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Types of Clouds


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  • 1. stratus – Stratus clouds form in blanket-like layers. They hang low in the troposphere most of the time.
  • 2. stratus – Stratus clouds form in blanket-like layers. They hang low in the troposphere most of the time.
  • 3. cirrus – Cirrus clouds form at high altitudes and are made of ice crystals. They are thin-looking, wispy clouds.
  • 4. cumulus – puffy clouds. They appear flat at the bottom and they are in the middle of the troposphere.
  • 5. nimbus – if rain or snow falls from a cloud, you add “nimbo” or “nimbus” to a cloud’s name. cumulonimbus nimbostratus
  • 6. alto – “alto” means middle-level clouds. If you see “alto” in a cloud’s name, you’ll find it in the middle of the troposphere. altocumulus altostratus
  • 7. fog – a cloud at ground level.
  • 8. hail – pellets or lumps of ice. Usually hail falls when it’s warm outside. If you hear hail, a tornado might be nearby.
  • 9. How is hail formed?
  • 10. sleet – precipitation that freezes as it falls though air that is below freezing in temperature.
  • 11. How is sleet formed? First, let’s talk about snow!
  • 12. How is sleet formed? Next, let’s talk about freezing rain!
  • 13. NOW! How is sleet formed?
  • 14. nucleus – the nucleus of a precipitation droplet is usually dust in the atmosphere. Nucleus means “center.” atmospheric dust nucleus of a cell
  • 15. overcast – the skies are completely covered with clouds. Weather station model for overcast skies.
  • 16. clear – the skies are clear of clouds Weather station model for clear skies.
  • 17. scattered clouds – clouds are scattered throughout the sky Weather station model for scattered clouds
  • 18. partly cloudy – the sky is about half clouds and half clear Weather station model for partly cloudy
  • 19. mostly cloudy – it’s almost overcast; very little blue sky is showing Weather station model for mostly