"The Book of Clouds," published in October by Barnes & Noble, captures Day's lifelong fascination with cloud formations. The book is a culmination of his lifetime of cloud gazing and cloud photography. Primarily visual, the text contains a 150-page portfolio of clouds, 70 percent of which were taken by Day. It includes reader-friendly explanations for the general public.
Day is currently using the text experimentally in his meteorology class, which he has taught each January Term since his retirement from Linfield 25 years ago. He also writes a weekly column for the McMinnville News-Register and has become known as "The Cloudman" for his knowledge of the subject.
Day's images of clouds have been exhibited in a number of public galleries including the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Calif., and The Hong Kong Science Museum. They also appear on note cards and calendars offered by Barnes & Noble.
Day received a bachelor's degree in physics from Colorado College. He attended Boeing School of Aeronautics and joined Pan American Airways, first as a part-time airport guide and then as a full-time meteorologist forecasting weather for the Clipper flights. He was given assignments in Hawaii and New Zealand. Pan Am became part of the Navy during World War II and Day continued as a meteorologist, traveling to Australia, the Philippines and Japan. After the war, he accepted a position at Oregon State University where he taught engineering physics and meteorology and earned a Ph.D. in cloud physics. He later taught at the University of Redlands for two years, before joining the faculty at Linfield in 1958.
The reading is free, open to the public and sponsored by Linfield's Northup Library and Friends of McMinnville Public Library. For more information, call 503-883-2517.