Why we should all appreciate clouds, rain and rainbows!

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Why we should all appreciate clouds, rain and rainbows!

As it was ‘World Meteorological Day’ on the 23rd of March, you must have wondered about meteorological phenomena and how they work.

For example, whilst standing under your Beau Nuage umbrella, you might have thought: How do clouds form? And why does it rain? So, let’s see! It goes without saying that Beau Nuage is a brand that is obsessed with clouds and rain. Even the brand’s name: Beau Nuage translates to ‘beautiful cloud’ from French! So, there is no better place to find the answers to your meteorology questions, than on the Beau Nuage rainy blog!

So, how do clouds form?

According to NASA’s Earth Observatory, around 67% of the Earth’s surface is constantly covered by clouds, so it is a good idea to learn about them! Water vapour is always in the air, and when there is too much, the particles rise into the sky where the temperature is colder. Due to the change in temperature, the water vapour-which is a gas- turns to liquid water droplets. This is because cooler air can’t hold as much water vapour as the air near earth, which leads to saturation, which creates this condensation. In the sky, these liquid particles attach onto dust and other particles in the sky.

As they are made out of water, when this process happens with millions of particles in the same region, clouds turn white. But why does air rise in the first place? Namely due to sunshine, which makes the air warmer, and warm air tends to rise. Other reasons include: air travelling over hills and mountains, weather fronts (when warm and cold air meet, the warm air rises), turbulence or convergence (when streams of airflow meet and are forced to rise to the sky when they collide), when it is so turbulent, and you need an umbrella too, there is no better umbrella to use than a Beau Nuage, which is extremely wind resistant and strong, even the foldable models! If you are hungry for more information about clouds, here’s a video which further goes into the scientific elements: https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/nova/clouds/v/makingofacloud

How does this lead to rain?

Water vapour is initially created by the sun causing water on the earth’s surface to evaporate and turn into a gas. This then creates clouds (as explained above), but it’s what happens inside the cloud that then creates rain.In the clouds, the water droplets stick to each other and grow, and they become too heavy to be held in the cloud, so they fall to the ground as rain. This is when you need to take out your Beau Nuage umbrella, as its thick canopy has a Teflon ® coating, making it highly water repellent, and can easily dry by itself in its patented absorbent cover!

Through this process, the rain cycle is created, as the rain which falls is evaporated again and goes back into clouds, which is why the overall amount of water on Earth has been the same for 2 billion years!

Do these processes also create a rainbow?

Rainbows are rare, extraordinary experiences, which is why they need very precise steps to happen! The position of the sun and the raindrops in relation to the observer need to be as follows:

1. The sun should be behind you,

2. The sun needs to be low in the sky, as the lower it is, the better you’ll see the arc,

3. Some form of water droplets e.g rain or fog need to be in front of you, so that the water is opposite the sun.

Once these criteria are met, you see the colours of the rainbow because the sunlight shines onto the water droplet, and with the process of refraction of the coloured light, the colours of the rainbow reflect back from the droplet, The order of these colours is due to the amount each of the 7 colours is bent in the water droplet! If you love rainbows, you’ll love Beau Nuage umbrellas, which come in a range of colours to match any outfit and style, enough to create a rainbow!

Now that you know how all these wonders of mother nature are created, you can celebrate the World Meteorological Day with more admiration and enthusiasm!

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  • The Beau Nuage absorbent cover absorbs the raindrops and hold them with a patented three-layers technology. The inner "absorption" layer is composed of a microfiber fabric able to retain up to 200 times its weight in water.  There is an intermediate layer under the inner one. This layer is made of a water repellent fabric and has a dual function : not only does it enable the outer layer to stay dry by preventing the rain drops from coming through, it also attracts the water towards the microfiber layer in order to ventilate it and dry it effectively. Lastly, the outer layer is a thick umbrella fabric (200threads/in2) with a Teflon® covering which makes it waterproof. It thus prevents raindrops from leaking. In short, you can put your Beau Nuage umbrella into a bag or a pocket and keep it dry!

  • Yes, the Beau Nuage umbrella is eco-friendly! As of September 2020, we have decided to go the extra mile for the environment by designing all the canvases of our umbrellas and covers from recycled plastic bottles. The rPET® material we use is certified by the international organization Control Union. This assures you that your next Beau Nuage umbrella and its cover will have given a second life to a plastic bottle that would otherwise have polluted a beach or an ocean somewhere in the world. In addition to this step, from the start, we have taken measures to protect the environment. For example, the protection of and access to safe drinking water is crucial for a healthy planet. This is why we are very happy to be partners of the Solidarités International association, which has been fighting for more than 35 years for access to drinking water for all. Since June 2019, we donate to this association for each cloudy product ordered on our site. Each product ordered represents an average of 12 hours of access to drinking water for a household! In addition, we eliminate waste by donating all of our unusable Beau Nuage to the Nice Foundation. There, they are sorted by people in professional reintegration and volunteers. The overly damaged umbrellas are then recycled, to minimize the damage to our planet.

  • Yes it is! A Beau Nuage umbrella is inseperable from its cover and the other way around. Even Le Gentleman has its own absorbent cover that enables you to carry it over the shoulder! If you ever spot a Beau Nuage without its cover, contact us quickly…

  • The Beau Nuage umbrellas are built with innovating materials, both flexible and robust. These materials make our umbrellas more resistant and enjoyable than any others. The shaft is made of aluminium and steel so that it is not too heavy (only steel) nor too fragile (only aluminium). Likewise, the ribs of our umbrellas are made of flexible materials, like fiberglass, but very strong, stainless ones for the junction between the ribs, where we favoured nickel for its strength and aesthetic. Our canopies have 200 threads/in2 and are thicker than average (180 threads/in2) and the ribs and canopies are both handmade. Last but not least, our unique Beau Nuage cover, unique, allows you to know where your umbrella is at all times since you can always keep it in your bag ! In that way, the Beau Nuage umbrellas last much longer than others!

  • As of September 2020, all the canvases of our umbrellas are made out of recycled plastic bottles.  The rPET® material we use is certified by the international organisation Control Union. This assures you that your next Beau Nuage umbrella and its cover will have given a second life to a plastic bottle which would otherwise have polluted a beach or an ocean somewhere in the world. 

  • It depends! Le Mini and L’Original have a manual opening whereas L’Automatique and Le Gentleman have an automatic opening. Better still, the aptly named L'Automatique also has an automatic closing. The automation is a wonderful feature that allows you to open and close your umbrella iwith the most ease. But to be of good quality, like the Beau Nuage Automatique, this technology requires a stiff spring. It is thus primarily suitable for the robust and larger umbrellas, like Le Gentleman. That’s why we’ve favoured excellent quality manual openings for Le Mini and L’Original so that these two umbrellas are compact and easy to carry.

  • As we said previously, the Beau Nuage cover is able to retain up to 200 times its weight in water. Nevertheless, we advise you to thoroughly dry the umbrella before placing it back in its absorbent cover. It is recommended that you turn the cover inside out and leave the umbrella open to facilitate drying.

  • After heavy rain, we advise you to let your Beau Nuage cover and umbrella dry at home, like any other accessory subjected to rain. It will prevent any corrosion of your umbrella. If your absorbent cover is dirty, you can wash it, either by hand or in the washing machine, in delicate mode and at 30°C, without softener. Lastly, if your umbrella is wrinkled, you can iron it to make it look as good as new! To do so, you only need to open it and gently apply the steam for the iron on each parts of the canopy, one by one.

  • The technique for opening your Beau Nuage depends entirely on the model you have purchased! Did you choose l'Original? To open it, all you have to do is slide the mast upwards until it stops, without pressing the button. To close it, press the button then retract the mast by hand by pressing on the top of the umbrella. Have you selected le Mini? To open it, simply slide the mast until it stops. To close it, you just have to do the opposite. For l'Automatique, just press the button to open it. To close it, you must also press the button then retract the mast by hand, pushing on the top of the umbrella. Finally, for our majestic Gentleman, all you have to do is press the button to open it. However, it is closed manually. Store it in its absorbent cover head first so that you can take it out by holding it by the handle. For all models, after use, it is advisable to turn the absorbent cover over and leave the umbrella open to facilitate drying! 

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