All clouds are made up of principally the identical factor, however their sorts are labeled by look and site within the sky.
CHICAGO (WLS) — All clouds are made up of principally the identical factor: water droplets or ice crystals that float within the sky. Cloud sorts are labeled by look and site within the sky.
Excessive clouds are given surname of “cirro” or “cirrus.” These clouds are floor at ranges from 20,000 toes to 45, 000 toes. So you will have cirrus clouds, cirrostratus, and cirrocumulus.
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Mid-level clouds are from about 7,000 toes to 23, 000 toes. They’re given the identify “alto” if they don’t seem to be producing rain, and “nimbo” if they’re.
Altocumulus are patchy white or grey layers. Altostratus clouds are grey and normally cowl the entire sky. Nimbostratus clouds are darkish and produce rain or snow.
Low degree clouds are discovered lower than 7,000 toes. Stratocumulus clouds have a honeycomb look to them and permit for some peaks of solar. Stratus clouds normally cowl the entire sky. They’re skinny.
Cumulus clouds are the gorgeous clouds that seem like white cotton balls floating within the sky. After which you will have Cumulonimbus, that are thunderstorms. From a distance they seem like big mountains or towers.
Take a look at this hyperlink with an excellent take a look at completely different cloud sorts from NOAA.
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