Types of Clouds

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Types of Clouds

Altocumulus are composed primarily of water droplets and are located between 6,500 and 20,000 feet above the ground. They may appear as parallel bands or rounded masses.

TYPES OF CLOUDS

Cumulonimbus are much larger and more vertically developed than fair weather cumulus. They exist as individual towers or a from a line of towers called Squall Line. They easily reach 39,00 feet or higher.

Cirrus clouds are ice clouds. They can look like delicate white feathers or streamers. They are always more than five kilometres up where the temperature is below freezing, even in summer. Wind currents twist and spread the ice crystals into wispy strands.

All air contains water, but near the ground it is usually in the form of an invisible gas called water vapor. When warm air rises, it expands and cools. Cool air can't hold as much water vapor as warm air, so some of the vapor condenses onto tiny pieces of dust that are floating in the air and forms a tiny droplet around each dust particle. When billions of these droplets come together they become a visible cloud.

Cumulus clouds are puffy clouds that sometimes look like pieces of floating cotton. The base of each cloud is often flat and may be only 1000m above the ground

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