Clouds are pretty to look at and they add excitement to the atmosphere but they can do oh so much more. I'm going to show you how we can tell the weather by looking at the clouds. First, let's talk about the four major cloud types and their classifications.
Clouds are classified into 4 categories:
1. High Clouds
2. Medium clouds
3. Low clouds
4. Clouds with vertical development
(You can see picture #8 for easy reference)
These clouds form at various heights in the atmosphere, hence the names of the categories.
High clouds form at about 16,000 to 43,000 ft (3 to 8 miles high)
Medium clouds form at about 6,500 to 23,000 ft (1 to 5 miles high)
Lows clouds form from the ground up to about 6,500 ft (up to about 1.5 miles)
Clouds with vertical development can grow from about 3,000 to 60,000 ft (1 to 12 miles)
(You can see picture #9 for easy reference)
There are ten general classifications of clouds. Each picture of a cloud will tell you the type and describe what type of weather it may foretell. Now you'll be able to impress your friends by identifying clouds and telling them what weather will come.
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