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Title: Cloud Types


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Cloud Types
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What are clouds?
  • A cloud is made up of tiny water droplets and/or
    ice crystals, a snowflake is a collection of many
    ice crystals, and rain is just liquid water.

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Cloud Names
  • Names of specific types of clouds are created by
    combining the name of the cloud's shape with the
    name of the cloud's height.

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Clouds
  • There are 3 main types of clouds
  • Cumulus or fluffy clouds
  • Stratus or layered clouds
  • Cirrus or thin feathery clouds

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Cirrus
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Cirrus
  • The word cirrus comes from a Latin word and means
    a tuft or curl of hair. Cirrus clouds are very
    wispy and feathery looking.

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Cirrus
  • The long stringy cirrus clouds are called "mares'
    tails."

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Cirrus Clouds
  • Cirrus generally occur in fair weather and point
    in the direction of air movement at their
    elevation.

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Cirrus Clouds
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Low Clouds Stratus
  • Stratus
  • Stratocumulus
  • Nimbostratus

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Stratus Clouds Low clouds are of made of water
droplets. However, when temperatures are cold
enough, these clouds may also contain ice
particles and snow.
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Stratus Clouds
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Stratus Clouds
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Stratus
The word stratus comes from the Latin word that
means "to spread out." Stratus clouds are
horizontal, layered clouds that stretch out
across the sky like a blanket.
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Stratus Clouds
  • Stratus Clouds stretch across the sky in low,
    large flat layers. They resemble fog, but they do
    not reach the ground. They often produce mist or
    drizzle.

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Vertically Developed Cumulus Clouds
  • Fair weather cumulus have the appearance of
    floating cotton and have a lifetime of 5-40
    minutes. The word cumulus comes from the Latin
    word for a heap or a pile. Cumulus clouds are
    puffy in appearance. They look like large cotton
    balls.

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Cumulus Clouds
  • Harmless fair weather cumulus clouds can later
    develop into towering cumulonimbus clouds
    associated with powerful thunderstorms.

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Cumulus
  • The clouds that produce heavy thunderstorms in
    summer are a form of cumulus clouds called
    cumulonimbus. Cumulonimbus clouds may extend
    upward for hundreds of meters.

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Fair Weather Cumulus
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Writing Activity
  • Write a paragraph about one type of cloud.
    Include 3 or more facts about the cloud.
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