Presentation on theme: "Let’s look at the different cloud types!. Cumulus Description: fluffy, rounded piles of cotton Means: “heap” or “mass” Height: low level (below."— Presentation transcript:
Let’s look at the different cloud types!
Cumulus Description: fluffy, rounded piles of cotton Means: “heap” or “mass” Height: low level (below 2 km – 18 km) Weather: indicate FAIR weather
Cumulus Mounds of clouds with flat bases; bright white in the sun; fine weather
Cumulonimbus Description: towering clouds with flat tops Means: “rain” Height: mid to high level (tall – vertical development) Weather: often produce thunderstorms
Cumulonimbus Dense, dark thundercloud; storms coming
Stratus Description: flat layers Means: “spread out” Height: low level Weather: as they thicken can produce rain, drizzle, and snow
Stratus Thick, gray, low-level sheet; similar to fog; can cover high ground
Nimbostratus Description: As stratus clouds thicken they are called nimbostratus Means: “rain” and “spread out” Height: low level Weather: rain, drizzle, or snow
Nimbostratus Gray layer; often dark; blots out the sun; rain or snow
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
Cirrus Wispy, high-level clouds; made of ice crystals; weather is about to change
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
Play the Cloud Game! Go to this website to quiz yourself on the types of clouds: http://www.cityofportsmouth.com/Sc hool/dondero/msm/weather/game.h tml http://www.cityofportsmouth.com/Sc hool/dondero/msm/weather/game.h tml
More websites to explore… Weather Wiz Kids W http://www.weatherwizkids.com/cloud.htm All About Clouds at USA Today All About Clouds All About Clouds http://www.usatoday.com/weather/wcloud0.htm 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 http://vortex.plymouth.edu/clouds.html Here you can find explanations of and access to detailed pictures of some basic cloud forms. Clouds Clouds http://www-airs.jpl.nasa.gov/html/edu/clouds/Cloud_introduction.html 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 http://pals.agron.iastate.edu/carlson/main.html Go through the photos sequentially within each group.