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Cloud identification

I love clouds XD they are so fascinating to watch, that’s why I want you to enjoy cloud watching as much as I do with this picture guide to how to identify a cloud.

How to identify a cloud
1.Low Level Clouds
Low level clouds are typically found from the surface to about 2000 metres or about 6000 ft into the troposphere. There are various types of low level clouds ranging from fog to stratus.
Fog:

Found near or on the ground, restricting visibility and scattering sunlight.

Stratus:

Horizontal clouds with uniform bases, usually the cause of cloudy or drizzle days. Meaning layers in latin.

Nimbostratus:

 

Dark, non-uniform low clouds capable of producing light to medium precipitation under normal conditions. This is the cloud that causes most of the rain in the spring and fall. These clouds may also contain ice particles and snow.
Nimbo meaning rain.

Stratocumulus:

 

Low clouds in large, rounded masses usually forming clumps or lines, formed by weak convective currents and does not typically exceed 8000 ft.

 

2.Mid Level Clouds
Altostratus:
Mid altitude, semi opaque clouds with a uniform base. solar light usually visible to a certain extent. Usually signals coming rain in the next 48 hours. Alto meaning mid-range
Altocumulus:
Mid level clouds forming globular masses or rolls in layers or patches, the individual elements being larger and darker than those of cirrocumulus and smaller than those of stratocumulus.
Can signal a variety of different patterns, wait for the next blog post :)
3.High clouds
Cirrus:
High clouds resembling whisps of hair, usually transparent to light.
Cirrocumulus:
At approx 3.1 miles high, these globular clouds signify slight convection in the upper atmosphere. Resembling fish scales lol
Cirrostratus:

Cirrostratus is a thin layer of high clouds sometimes producing a halo around the sun.

4. Convective Clouds

Cumulus:

Puffy convective clouds spanning from low to mid altitudes, usually white in colour and indicates fair weather if it does not keep growing bigger.

Towering cumulus:

Tall cumulus clouds, usually dark at the base and capable of producing rain or hail, capable of turning into a Cumulonimbus

Cumulonimbus:

Thundercloud. Cumulonimbi usually span the entire troposphere, forming an anvil shaped top when coming in contact with the stratosphere. This cloud is capable of producing anything imaginable, rain, snow, hail, lightning, tornado etc

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