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Weather Part 3 The Clouds. Clouds form when the air temperature cools and causes water vapor in the air to condense into tiny drops of water.

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1 Weather Part 3 The Clouds

2 Clouds form when the air temperature cools and causes water vapor in the air to condense into tiny drops of water.

3 As you can see there are many different types of clouds. They form as high as 40,000 feet and as low as 1 foot.

4 There are three basic types of clouds, Cirrus, Stratus, and Cumulous.

5 CIRRUS CLOUDS - These high altitude clouds are made up of tiny ice crystals. These are wispy clouds.

6 Cirrus generally occur in fair weather and point in the direction of air movement at their elevation.

7 These clouds are called Stratus clouds. These are the gray clouds you see on rainy days.

8 STRATUS CLOUDS form a low layer of dark gray clouds, they form along warm fronts and can bring light rain or snow showers.

9 CUMULUS CLOUDS – These puffy cotton-ball clouds begin to form when water droplets condense at middle altitudes.

10 Cumulus clouds signify a change in the weather.

11 These clouds can become Cumulonimbus clouds. These occur when a cold front moves through.

12 CUMULONIMBUS – are the towering clouds you see just before it rains. These are where the thunder storms form. Photo by Herbert Campbell NOAA Central Library /NWS

13 QUIZ TIME Identify the following types of clouds

14 1.2. 3. 4. Cirrus CloudsCumulus Clouds CumulonimbusStratus Clouds Wispy Clouds Cotton Balls Towering Storm Clouds Grey/Icky


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