Types of Clouds

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Types of Clouds

  1. 1. Weather Types of Clouds
  2. 2. There are 3 main types of clouds Stratus Clouds Cumulus Clouds Cirrus Clouds
  3. 3. Stratus Clouds Stratus clouds are low, sheetlike gray clouds. Sometimes they look like a gray blanket covering the whole sky. Cloudy days = sky covered with stratus clouds Some stratus bring rain
  4. 4. Stratus Clouds
  5. 5. Cumulus Clouds Cumulus clouds are puffy clouds. They are often flat on the bottom. You see white cumulus clouds in nice weather. Usually higher than stratus clouds. Often spread out, with blue sky between them.
  6. 6. Cumulus Clouds
  7. 7. Cumulus Clouds Sometimes they grow vertically (higher up in the sky), become bigger, and darker. They fill with rain and become Cumulonimbus clouds. Nimbus/Nimbo means rain.
  8. 8. Cumulonimbus Clouds
  9. 9. Cirrus Clouds The highest clouds are cirrus clouds. They are wispy and look like feathers in the sky. Cirrus clouds form where the air is very cold, so they are made up of ice crystals. These clouds form in fair weather, but rainy weather often follows a few days later.
  10. 10. Stratus Clouds
  11. 11. Fog Not all clouds form high in the sky. Fog is a cloud that is at or near the ground. If you go outside on a foggy day, you walk through a cloud.
  12. 12. Fog
  13. 13. Other varieties of clouds - page D44

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