All About Clouds
By Noah Hattori
So what is a cloud?
The 3 Main Types of Clouds
Stratus clouds are the grayish clouds that are close to the ground, but doesn't touch it. Sometimes they can bring precipitation like a light rain of drizzle.
Cumulus clouds are the white puffy clouds that come with good weather. Their base is flat and their tops have rounded towers. They are relatively low clouds, just like the stratus.
Cirrus clouds are the wispy clouds high up in the air. As they are high in the troposphere, they no longer made out of water drops but ice crystals instead. The word cirrus originated from Latin, meaning "curl" or "tuft".
Other Types of Clouds
Cumulonimbus means "cumulus" and "rain". Cumulonimbus clouds have flat anvil shaped tops, reaching 15-22 kilometers at most. Their shape is formed by strong winds in the stratosphere, also known as jet streams. They may bring tornadoes, thunderstorms, and hail.