upper level clouds

there are 3 types
-Cumulus:the puffy clouds that look like puffs of cotton. Cumulus clouds that do not get very tall are indicators of fair weather. If they do grow tall, they can turn into thunderstorms. The bottom of cumulus clouds are fairly close to the ground.
-Stratus:look like flat sheets of clouds. These clouds can mean an overcast day or steady rain. They may stay in one place for several days.
-Cirrus:high feathery clouds. They are up so high they are actually made of ice particles. They are indicators of fair weather when they are scattered in a clear blue sky.

middle level clouds

Altostratus: Gray or bluish cloud sheets or layers, that cover the sky partly or totally but thin enough to regularly reveal the sun as if seen through ground glass. at times may even reach the ground causing very light precipitation.

Altocumulus: White and/or gray patch, sheet or layered clouds,rounded masses or rolls.

Nimbostratus:The continuous rain cloud.This is a dark gray cloud layer diffused by falling rain or snow. It is thick enough throughout to blot out the sun.

different clouds

interesting clouds!

lower clouds

Cumulus:Detached, generally dense appears in the morning, grows, and then more or less dissolves again toward evening.

Stratus:A generally gray cloud layer with a uniform base which may, if thick enough, produce drizzle, ice prisms, or snow grains.

Cumulonimbus:The thunderstorm cloud, this is a heavy and dense cloud in the form of a mountain or huge tower. Cumulonimbus clouds also produce hail and tornadoes.

2 types of vertical clouds & 4 types of FOG

Cumulus:develop vertically in the form of rising mounds

cumulonimbus: it grows high rather than everywhere else.


-Radiation Fog: results when the round loses heat through radiation, usually at night. As the heat radiated away from the ground passes through the lowest layer to the high area the air closest to the ground cools as heat flows to the relatively cool ground and fog condenses in the cool air at the Dew Point.
-Advection Fog: when warm, moist air moves horizontally over surface, such as snow-covered ground or a cold ocean current. from d\sea to land.
-Upslope Fog: created adiabatic cooling when humid air climbs a topographic slope
-Evaporation Fog: water vapor is added to cold air that is already near saturation.