Clouds Nikki Donoughe

Stratus- cloud forming a continuous horizontal gray sheet, often with rain or snow

Nimbostratus- a type of cloud forming a thick uniform gray layer at low altitude, from which rain or snow often falls (without any lightning or thunder).

Cumulus- a cloud forming rounded masses heaped on each other above a flat base at fairly low altitude.

Altostratus- cloud forming a continuous uniform layer that resembles stratus but occurs at medium altitude, usually 6,500–23,000 feet (2–7 km).

Altocumulus- cloud forming a layer of rounded masses with a level base, occurring at medium altitude, usually 6,500–23,000 feet (2–7 km).

Cumulonimbus- a cloud forming a towering mass with a flat base at fairly low altitude and often a flat top, as in thunderstorms.

Cirrocumulus- cloud forming a broken layer of small fleecy clouds at high altitude, usually 16,500–45,000 feet (5–13 km), typically with a rippled or granulated appearance (as in a mackerel sky).

Cirrus- cloud forming wispy filamentous tufted streaks (“mare's tails”) at high altitude, usually 16,500–45,000 feet (5–13 km).

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