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A Quick Introduction to Clouds Lis Cohen firstname.lastname@example.org www.WeatherOutreach.org
Cloud Naming Cloud naming is based on four cloud characteristics and three cloud levels There are about 30 distinct cloud types Professionals may use 10, a casual observer 3 or 4
Cloud Characteristics Cirrus – Fiber or Hair Cumulus –Heaped or Piled
Cloud Characteristics Stratus – Sheet or Layer Nimbus – Rain Making
Cloud Levels High Cumulus –Size of top of thumb at arms length Low Cumulus –Size of fist at arms length Photo: WBZ-Mos
Cloud Levels High Stratus –Sun and Moon easily seen Low Stratus –Sun and Moon difficult to see
Cloud Levels High Clouds Generally form above 20,000 feet Usually appear white, except for sunrise/set Usually thin and composed almost exclusively of ice crystals
Cloud Levels High Clouds Indicative of upper level moisture (storms possible in 6-24 hours).
Cloud Levels High Clouds CIRRUS CIRROSTRATUS CIRROCUMULUS Photo: WBZ-Mos
Cloud Levels Middle Clouds Cloud bases are located between 6,500-23,000 feet in the mid-latitudes Composed of water droplets and when temperatures are low enough, some ice crystals
Cloud Levels Middle Clouds ALTOSTRATUS ALTOCUMULUS
Possible marker of PM t-storms when seen in the AM with greater vertical development. (Clouds form in unstable air with stable air above them.) Cloud Levels Middle Clouds
Cloud Levels Low Clouds Cloud base lies below 6,500 feet Almost always composed of water droplets, but in cold weather, may contain ice particles and snow
Cloud Levels Low Clouds Stratus Stratocumulus Nimbostratus Museum of Science/WBZ conference
Cloud Levels Low Clouds Can form drizzle like precipitation Often stable layer is found above these clouds
Cloud Levels Large Vertical Development CUMULUS CUMULONIMBUS
Cumulus Humulis Cumulus Fractus Cloud Levels Large Vertical Development Photographer: Unknown
Cumulus Congestus Cumulonimbus Incus Cloud Levels Large Vertical Development Photographer: Unknown
Occurs with an unstable atmosphere Often indicative of thunderstorms and heavy rain Cloud Levels Large Vertical Development
Unique Clouds Lenticular Clouds Pileus Clouds Photographer: Unknown Photographer: Jay Shafer
Unique Clouds Mammatus Clouds Condensation Trail or Contrail Photographer: Unknown
Common Cloud Types
Description of Sky Conditions SUNNY OR CLEAR less than 1/10 sky covered by clouds PARTLY CLOUDY/ PARTLY SUNNY 1/10 to 5/10 of sky is covered by clouds
Description of Sky Conditions MOSTLY CLOUDY (MOSTLY SUNNY) 6/10 to 9/10 of sky is covered by clouds (sun) OVERCAST more than 9/10 of the sky is covered in clouds Undercast
Hear a Music Clip. Cloud Classification 1. Based on Altitude 2.Appearance from the ground LATIN ROOTS Cirrus - Curl of hair -Wispy fibers or Feathery.
Cloud Terminology Cumulus = heap Stratus = layer Cirrus = curl of hair Nimbus = rain Prefixes Cirr = high; Alto = mid-level.
Moisture in the Air MOISTURE IN THE AIR. Weather Present state of the atmosphere and current conditions.
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1.) Clouds are made up of tiny water droplets or: a.) snow droplets b.) ice crystals c.) sleet particles.
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Clouds are made of tiny bits of water and ice that would be invisible if they were viewed individually (they are 100 times smaller than a raindrop)
A cloud is a visible aggregate of tiny water droplets and/or ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere They can exist in a variety of shapes and sizes.
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CLOUDS Name Block Date Cloud – A collection of millions of tiny water droplets or ice crystals Humidity – The amount of water vapor or moisture in the.
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Your Cloud Encyclopedia 16-2 Notes on Clouds Cirrus Clouds High, ice-crystal clouds Look like wispy curls of hair Look feathery Often the first.
CLOUDS. * Form of condensation * Visible chunks of small water droplets or ice crystals * Good indicators of what’s going on in the atmosphere.
Check your cloud chart to be sure you have the information correct: Cirrus: description—thin, wispy (curly) shaped clouds high altitudes; indicates.
The weather changes from day to day. Some days it is cloudy and rainy. Other days it is sunny and warm. People can predict weather by looking at the clouds.
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Cloud Classification system Use the arrow right to move the slide to the next page. Use the arrow to the left to move the side to the previous page.
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