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CIRRUS CLOUDSThe most common form of high-level clouds are thin and often wispy cirrus clouds.

Nimbus clouds are formed when air cools and results in the condensation(a process where the water vapor turns into liqud) of water vapor that is invisablw=e and produces visable cloud or ice droplets.

CUMULUS CLOUDCumulus clouds are puffy clouds that sometimes look like pieces of floating cotton. The base of each cloud is often flat and may be only 1000 m (330 ft) above the ground. The top of the cloud has rounded towers. When the top of the cumulus resembles the head of a cauliflower, it is called cumulus congestus or towering cumulus. These clouds grow upward, and they can develop into a giant cumulonimbus, which is a thunderstorm cloud.

STRATUS CLOUDA stratus cloud typifies a unique kind of cloud formation identified by its horizontal layering

ALTOCUMULUS CLOUDAltocumulus clouds are part of the Middle Cloud group (2000-7000m up). They are grayish-white with one part of the cloud darker than the other. Altocumulus clouds usually form in groups and are about 1 km thick.Altocumulus clouds are about as wide as your thumb when you hold up your hand at arm's length to look at the cloud.If you see altocumulus clouds on a warm humid morning, then expect thunderstorms by late afternoon.



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