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Let’s look at the different cloud types!. Cumulus  Description: fluffy, rounded piles of cotton  Means: “heap” or “mass”  Height: low level (below.

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1 Let’s look at the different cloud types!

2 Cumulus  Description: fluffy, rounded piles of cotton  Means: “heap” or “mass”  Height: low level (below 2 km – 18 km)  Weather: indicate FAIR weather

3 Cumulus Mounds of clouds with flat bases; bright white in the sun; fine weather

4 Cumulonimbus  Description: towering clouds with flat tops  Means: “rain”  Height: mid to high level (tall – vertical development)  Weather: often produce thunderstorms

5 Cumulonimbus Dense, dark thundercloud; storms coming

6 Stratus  Description: flat layers  Means: “spread out”  Height: low level  Weather: as they thicken can produce rain, drizzle, and snow

7 Stratus Thick, gray, low-level sheet; similar to fog; can cover high ground

8 Nimbostratus  Description: As stratus clouds thicken they are called nimbostratus  Means: “rain” and “spread out”  Height: low level  Weather: rain, drizzle, or snow

9 Nimbostratus Gray layer; often dark; blots out the sun; rain or snow

10 Cirrus  Description: wispy, feathery, thin, white  Means: “curl of hair”  Height: high level (above 6 km. where temp. is low)  Weather: Usually indicate fair weather

11 Cirrus Wispy, high-level clouds; made of ice crystals; weather is about to change

12 3 Things Clouds Need to Form  1. High humidity  2. A surface for the water to condense on (ex. dust)  3. A change in temperature

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15 Play the Cloud Game!  Go to this website to quiz yourself on the types of clouds: hool/dondero/msm/weather/game.h tml hool/dondero/msm/weather/game.h tml

16 More websites to explore…  Weather Wiz Kids W  All About Clouds at USA Today All About Clouds All About Clouds At this website, you learn about the different kinds of clouds, their location, where they were formed, and more!  Cloud Boutique at the PSC Meteorology Program Cloud Boutique Cloud Boutique Here you can find explanations of and access to detailed pictures of some basic cloud forms.  Clouds Clouds This site explains about clouds and how scientists measure them. There's also information on the water cycle, including evaporation, precipitation, and evapotranspiration.  Cool Clouds for "Kids" of All Ages Cool Clouds for "Kids" of All Ages Cool Clouds for "Kids" of All Ages Go through the photos sequentially within each group.


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