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Title: Cloud Types


1
Cloud Types
  • Chapter 11, Section 3

2
Clouds are classified according to their
height above and appearance (texture) from the
ground.                   
  • The following terms are used (and can be
    combined) to classify clouds.
  • 1) Cirro-a high level cloud, means wispy (always
    used first, when combined)
  • 2) Alto- a mid level cloud (always used first,
    when combined)
  • 3) Stratus-means layer (used alone, as a low
    level cloud, or used second if it is a
    cirrostratus or altostratus)
  • 4) Nimbo-means precipitation is coming from that
    cloud (nimbus if it comes second in the
    combination, like cumulonimbus)
  • 5) Cumulo-means heap, or kind-of like cotton
    balls (cumulus if it comes second in the
    combination, like altocumulus)

3
Cirrus
  • Thin, wispy clouds. These clouds are formed by
    ice crystals because they are so high up.

4
Cirrostratus
  • Very thin sheets of clouds that cover large parts
    of the sky.

5
Cirrocumulus
  • Clouds that are very high up, but look a little
    puffy. They may look similar to fish scales.

6
Altocumulus
  • Mid-level cloud, kind of gray and puffy. Common
    on hot, humid summer days. Usually a sign that
    thunderstorms will follow later in the day.

7
Altostratus
  • Covers the entire (or most) of the sky. Can form
    before rain storms.

8
Stratus
  • Low-lying, gray clouds that cover all or nearly
    all of the sky.

9
Nimbostratus
  • Dark gray clouds that produce falling rain or
    snow.

10
Cumulus
  • Fair weather clouds, that look like floating
    cotton balls.

11
Cumulonimbus
  • Very tall, puffy, thunderstorm clouds. Produce
    rain, lightning, hail, and/or tornadoes.

12
There are a few more cloud types that are RARE,
like contrails or lenticular clouds
  • If interested in those rare types, please do a
    google image search on your own
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