Clouds Kameron Cox

Stratus Clouds

They resemble fog that doesn't reach the ground. Light mist or drizzle sometimes falls out of these clouds

Stable clouds

Located 2 Kilometers above the ground

Stratocumulus Clouds

Stratocumulus produce little to no precipitation, and when they do, it is generally only light rain or snow. These clouds are often seen at either the front or tail end of worst weather, which indicates storms are coming

Unstable Clouds

Usually below 2.4 Kilometers off the ground

Cumulus Clouds

These clouds indicated fair weather

Unstable Clouds

Located 2 Kilometers above the ground

Cumulonimbus Cloud

Cumulonimbus clouds are associated with heavy rain, snow, hail, lightning, and even tornadoes. The anvil points in the direction in which the storm is moving

Unstable Clouds

Up to 12 ,190 m above Earths surface


Dark, wet looking cloudy layer associated with continuous rain or snow fall. Rain or snow is usually light to moderate

Stable Clouds

6,500 ft above Earths surface

Altocumulus Clouds

Made of water droplets and may appear as grey puffy masses. They usually form in groups

Unstable Clouds

2,000 - 6,1000 m high

Altostratus Clouds

Generally uniform gray to bluish green sheet or layer.

Stable Clouds

6,500 - 20,000 feet above Earths surface

Cirrus Clouds

They are composed of ice crystals that originate from the freezing of supercooled water droplets

Stable Clouds

Above 20,000 feet

Cirrocumulus Clouds

Usually white, but sometimes grey. The size of the width of your smallest finger. Mostly just hang around the sky and no rain cone from them

Unstable Clouds

20,000 feet and above

Cirrostratus Clouds

High, very thing, generally stratified genus-type of cloud, composed of ice crystals.

Stable Clouds

20,000 feet and above

Pyrocumulus Clouds

A dense cloud associated with fire or volcanic eruptions that may produce dry lighting.

Unstable Clouds

Anywhere up to 10 km high

Polar Stratospheric Clouds

Calm clouds in the winter polar stratosphere and form when low lee waves cool the lower stratosphere.

Stable Clouds

15,000 - 20,000 meters

Altocumulus Castellanus

Their towering appearance is a sign of medium level instability in the air and they often serve as a precursor to Thunder and Lightning or heavy precipitation

2,000 - 6,000 meters

Instable Clouds

Noctilucent Cloud

Forms in the mesosphere nearly 50 miles about the Earths surface. These clouds can't form ice crystals and can be drier than the Sarhara desert

Stable Clouds

50 miles above Earths surface

Altocumulus Lenticularis

These large clouds indicate light precipitation or snow.

Unstable cloud

Up to 12,000 m high

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