Stratocumulus-Cloud forming a low layer of clumped or broken gray masses.
Stratus- Cloud forming a continuous horizontal gray sheet, often with rain or snow.
Altostratus- Cloud forming a continuous uniform layer that resembles stratus but occurs at medium altitude, usually 6,500–23,000 feet.
Altocumulus-cloud forming a layer of rounded masses with a level base, occurring at medium altitude, usually 6,500–23,000 feet
Cirrostratus-Cloud forming a thin, more or less uniform, semitranslucent layer at high altitude, usually 16,500–45,000 feet.
Cirrocumulus-cloud forming a broken layer of small fleecy clouds at high altitude, usually 16,500–45,000 feet, typically with a rippled or granulated appearance
Cirrus-Cloud forming fluffy clouds at 16,500-45,000 feet.
Cumulonimbus- A cloud forming a towering mass with a flat base at fairly low altitude and often a flat top, as in thunderstorms.
Cumulus-A cloud forming rounded masses heaped on each other above a flat base at fairly low altitude.
Main Types of precipitation
Snow-atmospheric water vapor frozen into ice crystals and falling in light white flakes or lying on the ground as a white layer
sleet-a form of precipitation consisting of ice pellets, often mixed with rain or snow.
Hail-pellets of frozen rain that fall in showers from cumulonimbus clouds.
Tornados are the greatest threat to us right now in Iowa, they form by 2 fronts colliding rapidly.
Hurricanes are threats to people along the coast, they build their power from the water in the ocean and can have winds exceeding 80 MPH
A storm or wind blowing from the northeast, especially in New England, can bring feet of snow or rain