Cloud Types And Roots

Cumulonimbus- Tall towering clouds, anvil shaped- Thunderstorms and heavy rains, hurricanes and tornadoes- 500 to 1,800 meters

Cumulus- Dense fluffy clouds, your “typical” cloud- Fair weather- 500 to 1,800 meters

Nimbostratus- Thick layer of dark clouds- Steady, hard precipitation- Below 2,000 meters

Stratus- Low layer of gray clouds, may cover whole sky- Light rain- Below 2,000 meters

Stratocumulus- Soft, gray clouds, one continuous layer- Light rain or snow- Below 2,000 meters

Altostratus- Gray clouds, form in ripples- Continuous light rain- 2,000 to 6,000 meters

Altocumulus- Light gray clouds, form in patches or rolls- Indicate upcoming storm- 2,000 to 6,000 meters

Cirrostratus- Veil like clouds, known to form halos around moon and sun- Form in fair weather, precede upcoming storm- Above 6,000 meters

Cirrocumulus- White, thin clouds that look like ripples or waves- Form in fair weather, precede upcoming storm- Above 6,000 miles

Cirrus- Thin, feathery clouds of ice crystals- Form in fair weather, precede upcoming storm- Above 6,000 miles

There are many other types of clouds, but these are the few that we see most often.

Roots

Strato………..blanket
Cirro…………..high level
Cumulus………cotton ball like
Nimbo………….rain bearing
Alto……………low/mid level

By: Ika

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