Cloud identification by: Jordyn Wagner

The High Clouds

Cirrus

Type of weather: The Cirrus cloud is associated with fair and pleasant weather

Atmosphere: Stable

Altitude: 6,000 meters (20,000 feet)

Cirrostratus

Type of Weather: Usually come 12-24 hours before a rain or snow storms

Atmosphere: Conditionally stable

Altitude: Above 6,000 meters (20,000 feet)

Cirrocumulus

Weather: indicator of coming afternoon/evening thunder

Atmosphere: Conditionally unstable

Altitude: 5,000-10,000 meters (16,600-30,000 feet)

Mid Clouds

Altostratus

Weather: Form ahead of storms with continuous rain or snow

Atmosphere: Unstable

Altitude: 2,400-6,100 meters (6,500-24,000 feet)

Altocumulus

Weather: Indicator of a high risk for coming thunderstorms

Atmosphere: Unstable

Altitude: 2,000-7,000 meters (6,500-22,000 feet)

Nimbostratus

Weather: Brings days of constant rain or snow

Atmosphere: Stable

Altitude: 0-2,000 meters (0-6,500 feet)

Low Clouds

Cumulus

Weather: Indicator of fair weather

Atmosphere: Unstable

Altitude: 0-2,000 meters (0-6,500 feet)

Stratus

Weather: Indicates either fair weather or fog

Atmosphere: Stable

Altitude: 0-2,000 meters (0-6,500 feet)

Cumulonimbus

Weather: Associated with hail and thunderstorms

Atmosphere: Unstable

Altitude: 0-2,000 meters (0-6,500 feet)

Stratocumulus

Weather: Fair weather with light rain when it's cold enough

Atmosphere: Stable

Altitude: 0-2,000 meters (0-6,500 feet)

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