2 Cloud ClassificationClouds are classified based on altitude and shape.
3 Cloud Lingo Cumulus = puffy and rounded Stratus = flat and blanket-likeCirrus = high level (above 20,000 ft.)and thin/wispyAlto = middle level (6, ,000 ft.)Nimbus = rainWhat would you call a cloud that looks like a sheet at an altitude of 10,000 ft?What would you call a puffy rain cloud?
4 4 Major Groups of Clouds High Clouds: above 20,000 ft. Middle Clouds: between 6, ,000 ft.Low Clouds: below 6,000 ft.Clouds with vertical development
5 High CloudsComposed of ice crystalsThin and wispy
6 Middle CloudsComposed of water droplets and ice crystals