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Learn these 10 cloud types and names and be able to describe them in your own words. [cirrus, cirrostratus, cirrocumulus, altstratus, altocumulus, stratus,

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1 Learn these 10 cloud types and names and be able to describe them in your own words. [cirrus, cirrostratus, cirrocumulus, altstratus, altocumulus, stratus, stratocumulus, nimbostratus, cumulus, cumulonimbus]

2 Root words Cirro high Alto middle Root words Cummulo puffy or clouds with vertical structure Stratus –sheet like (uniform layer) Nimbo - associated with precipitation

3 Cirocumulus clouds are often referred to as a mackerel (fish) sky. Cirrocumulus: high puffy clouds

4 Gordo's cloud gallery (cirrus clouds or mares tails) All photos and text Copyright © 1998-2001 Gordon Richardson Cirrus (whispy)

5 Cirrostratus are a uniform layer of ice particle and often have a halo around the moon or sun. Cirrostratus (Halo)

6 Gordo's cloud gallery All photos and text Copyright © 1998-2001 Gordon Richardson Cirrostratus (Halo)

7 http:// www.amtsgym-sdbg.dk/as/halo/ SunDogs

8 Altocummulus Middle puffy clouds

9 Altostratus Dim view of sun

10 Stratus Like high fog

11 stratocummulus Layer of low puffy clouds

12 Nimostratus Low level uniform rainy cloud Scud: little disconnected clouds

13 Fair weather cummulus Easy to confuse with stratocummulus

14 Cumulus congestus

15 cumulonimbus Thunderhead

16 Banner cloud

17 Gordo's cloud gallery All photos and text Copyright © 1998-2001 Gordon Richardson Lenticular clouds Lens shaped

18 http://www.crystalinks.com/lenticular.html My Fuji

19 Lenticular Clouds Mt. Rainer

20 Mammatus Clouds Bag like

21 http://www.hprcc.unl.edu/nebraska/june2004hastings-mammatus.html Mammatus Clouds

22 Aircraft concentration vapor trail Contrail. When the upper atmosphere is dry they disappear fairly fast; when its humid they persist for some time.

23 Make observations of sky cover directly upward to get correct reading.

24 Height to cloud base estimated with a laser ceilometer.


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