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Published on: March 5, 2012, by: Admin

Clouds

There are several types of clouds, and they are split into 3 catagories, Low Clouds, Middle Clouds and High Clouds.

LOW CLOUDS

Stratus clouds are a kind of grayish cloud that often cover the entire sky. They resemble fog that does not reach the ground. Usually no rain falls from stratus clouds, but sometimes they may drizzle.

Nimbostratus clouds form a dark gray, “wet” looking cloudy layer associated with continuously falling rain or snow. They often bring light/moderate rain.

MIDDLE CLOUDS

“Alto” Clouds

Alto Clouds are middle level clouds that have bases between 2000 and 7000 m (6500 to 23,000 ft.).

Altocumulus clouds are made of droplets of water,  and appear as gray, puffy clouds which can sort of be rolled out in parallel waves or bands. These clouds can result in thunderstorms.

Altostratus clouds are gray or blue-gray that are made of both ice crystals and water droplets. They usually cover the entire sky. In the thinner areas of the cloud, the sun may occasionally be seen. Altostratus clouds often form ahead of storms that will produce a lot of rainfall.

HIGH CLOUDS

Cirrus Clouds

Cirrus clouds are thin, wispy clouds that are blown by high winds into long streamers. These are high clouds, which can be found over 6000 m (20,000 ft). Cirrus clouds usually move across the sky from west to east. They generally mean quite nice weather

Cirrostratus clouds are very thin, high clouds that can cover the sky. They are so thin that the sun and moon can be seen through them

Cirrocumulus clouds appear as small, rounded white puffs.

Cumulus clouds are puffy clouds that sometimes look like pieces of cotton wool or candyfloss. The base of each cloud is often flat and may be only 1000 m (330 ft) above the ground. The top of the cloud has rounded towers. When the top of the cumulus resembles the head of a cauliflower, it is called cumulus congestus or towering cumulus. These clouds grow upward, and they can develop into a giant cumulonimbus, which is a thunderstorm cloud.

Info taken from Wikipedia

 

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