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Know your Clouds.

Post #1 by ICE » Fri Apr 28, 2006 2:13 pm

Stratus
(Low)
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Low, gray layer cloud that covers most or all of the entire sky. Often looks like a layer of fog that was lifted off the ground.

Stratocumulus
(Low)
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Usually formed by a spreading cumulus cloud. A low, clumpy, gray layer cloud.

Nimbostratus
(Low)
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A low, flat layer cloud that looks as if it is going to rain. Darker gray and usually brings light precipitation.

Altostratus
(Middle)
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Like cirrostratus, but gray, thicker, and at a lower altitude. Less transparent than cirrostratus.

Altocumulus
(Middle)
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Gray and fluffy clouds at a middle altitude.These clouds often have varying levels of darkness within the cloud.

Cirrus
(High)
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Thin clouds at high altitude that have a tendency to elongate.

Cirrostratus
(High)
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Thin, transparent, layerlike clouds that are at high altitude and often cover the entire sky.

Cirrocumulus
(High)
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Small cotton-ball type clouds that occur either by themselves or in rows. The row type cirrocumulus has a rippled look to it.

Cumulus
(With Vertical Development)
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Fluffy, shape forming clouds that have a base and then extend upwards from that base.

Cumulonimbus
(With Vertical Development)
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A very large, usually anvil-shaped cloud associated with thunderstorms.

Fractus
(Varies)
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Dissipated stratus or cumulus clouds that have a "torn" look.

Lenticularis
(Varies)
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Lens-shaped cirrocumulus, altocumulus, or stratocumulus clouds that usually are elongated and well-defined.

Mammatus
(Varies)
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Sac-like clouds that hang off the bottoms of other clouds. Can occur in cirrus, altocumulus, altostratus, stratocumulus, or cumulonimbus clouds.


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