UGH! What!> Am I doing your homework for you? I remember when this was my homework back in gradeschool. 1 Cumulonimbus; 2 cirrus; and 3 stratus. 1 Fluffy and full (often darker and full of moisture, rain); 2 whispy, composed of ice crystals (percipitation not guarenteed); 3 whispy and light (often occurring in streaks or waves, similar to jet exhaust). Be careful, if you copy this word for word you will get some points off for spelling (actually, scratch that, I edited it!). Plus you should def put it in ur own words! Actually learn it from the links, hey I took the time to find ‘em — the least u can do is ponder! HAHA – wait, things have changed from when I learned this in the late 90′s / early 00′s check out how many types of clouds these weather geeks categorize now-a-days:
THIS SECOND LINK IS MUCH MORE READABLE:
This section provides verbal descriptions and pictures of clouds that have been observed in this area. Because of their size, these images have been stored in JPG format. To view a picture, click on the appropriate cloud name or other highlighted text.
High Clouds are primarily composed of ice crystals and include the following:
Middle clouds have many similarities to the cumuloform and stratiform high clouds. Since they are closer to a groundbased observer, the cumuloform elements in particular appear larger than their high cloud counterparts. They can contain ice crystals and/or water droplets and may occasionally be associated with some light precipitation.
Low clouds are most often composed of water droplets, but can have ice crystals in colder climates. Some of these clouds can develop into the multi-level clouds and can go through various phases, such as, a morning stratus deck turning into late morning stratocumulus, then early afternoon cumulus, and vertical development into cumulonimbus which can produce heavy rain and possible lightning and thunder.
Multi-layer clouds are the heavy precipitation producers. The depth of these clouds give precipitation hydrometeors a better environment to develop and grow.
Your basic types of clouds can be broken down as follows:
High-Level Clouds: “cirrus” and “cirrostratus”
Mid-Level Clouds: “altocumulus” and “altostratus”
Low-Level Clouds: “nimbostratus” and “stratocumulus”
Verticle Development: “fair weather cumulus” and “cumulonimbus”
Other Types: contrails, billow clouds, mammatus, orographic, and pileus
You can look to the Latin Roots of the names for a description:
cumulus means “heap”
stratus means “layer”
cirrus means “curl of hair”
nimbus means “rain”
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