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S: Clouds

FC: By: Anna Schlegel and Megan Watt | Clouds

1: Science Period 5 Computer Period 4 | Table of Contents Cumulus................3 Cirrus...............4 Altostratus................7 Altocumulus................8 Stratus................10 Cumulonimbus................13 Nimbus................15 Cirrocumulus...............16 Cirrostratus...............18 Stratocumulus...............21

2: Cumulus The Latin root of Cumulus is heap or piled up. If there is a cumulus cloud then there should be fair weather. This is true unless you have the Latin root nimbus attached to it, a cumulonimbus clouds means storms and rain, not fair weather. But on a beautiful afternoon you can see fluffy clouds in a light blue sky like the picture on the right.

4: PHANG NGA BAY, PHUKET | November 7

5: Cirrus | Cirrus means "curl of hair". Cirrus clouds are thin wispy clouds that are high up in the sky. They are over 20,000 feet up in the sky! Cirrus clouds form from ice crystals or super cooled water droplets. They predict a warm front coming but also cause fair weather. They are the most common form of high level clouds.

6: Altostratus clouds come from two words. Alto, meaning middle and stratus, meaning layers. These clouds usually form ahead of storms and will produce continuous precipitation. They are composed of ice crystals and water droplets, like several other clouds.

7: Altostratus

8: WEST KRABI COAST | November 10

9: Altocumulus are middle level clouds that are puffy but also spread apart. The appearance of these clouds in the mornings usually means that there will be thunderstorms in the afternoon.

11: Stratus clouds are grayish clouds that often cover the entire sky. They resemble fog that does not reach the ground. Usually no precipitation falls from these clouds, sometimes they may drizzle.

12: Cumulonimbus are thunderstorm clouds. There bases may be no more than 300 m above the Earth's surface. Lighting, thunder, and violent tornadoes are associated with cumulonimbus clouds.

13: Cumulonimbus

14: Nimbus clouds are dark storm clouds that carry precipitation. Usually the precipitation reaches the ground as rain, hail, snow, or sleet. Nimbus means rain in Latin.

15: Nimbus

17: Cirrocumulus clouds appear as small, rounded white puffs. A sky with cirrocumulus clouds is sometimes referred to as a "mackerel sky." Like all high-level clouds cirrocumulus clouds are made of ice crystals.

19: Cirrostratus clouds are thin, sheetlike high clouds that can cover the entire sky. They are so thin that the sun and moon can be seen through them. Usually cirrostratus clouds indicate large amounts of moisture in the upper atmosphere.

20: A stratocumulus cloud appears as a large, dark rounded mass. Stratocumulus usually indicates bad weather, or it it is just clearing. Unless this cloud is really thick only drizzle and light rain will fall from it.

22: Sources | National Science Fondation. "Cloud Types!" 302 Found. Science Learning Network, 2000. Web. 30 Mar. 2012. . Holle, Ronald L. "Cloud Types:common Cloud Classifications." University of Illinois, 7 Sept. 1997. Web. 13 Apr. 2012. . ParrMr. "Storm Clouds Song." YouTube. YouTube, 05 Oct. 2011. Web. 13 Apr. 2012. .

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