Clouds By: Rayne Guinta

Stratus clouds are low level clouds also known as horizontal layering with a uniform base. As opposed to convective or cimuliform clouds that are formed by rising thermals found at very low levels less then 2000 meters or 6500 feet. Stratus clouds are large, thick, heavy looking gray clouds that take up the whole sky.

Nimbostratus is a low level stratiform genus that is known as The World Meteorological Organization as a vertices or multi level stratus. It's usually 10,000 feet in the air.

Cumulo means "heap" or "pile" in Latin. These types of clouds are known as puffy and fluffy clouds because of their looks. These have flat basses. It's usually 3,000 feet in the air.

Altostratus is are in the middle area between high and low clouds. They are in the stratiform category. These are typically gray and are in sheets and layers. It's lighter then a nimbostartus and darker than high cirrostratus. Their max altitude is around 8,000 and 20,000 feet.

Altocumulus is also in the middle altitude cloud genus. These are characterized by globular masses or in layers or it is patchy. It's maximum altitude is between 6,500 and 13,000 feet.

Cumulonimbus is a dense towering vertical cloud and is associated with thunderstorms and atmospheric instability, forming from water vapor. It's max altitude is 39,000.

Cirrocumulus is one of the main genus types of high altitude tropospheric clouds. They usually occur at 5 kilometers and 12 kilometers altitude.

Cirrus is a atmosphere cloud and is characterized as thin. Cirrus in Latin is ringlet or curling lock of hair. Is max altitude is 16,500 feet.

Credits:

Created with images by Alan Light - "Clouds" • judygva (back in town and trying to catch up) - "Clouds: Stratus, Cirrocumulus?, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Woodbridge, Virginia, October 31, 2014" • k4dordy - "Nimbostratus also (7)" • WolfBlur - "clouds clouds form cloud mountain" • Nicholas_T - "Hover" • alana sise - "Altocumulus Clouds" • paleo_bear - "Cumulonimbus" • potaufeu - "cirrocumulus" • ComputerHotline - "Cirrus"

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