How to recognize a cloud type?



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    Have you ever looked at the sky and wondered what kind of clouds are there? In this and next episodes we will tell you about 10 basic types of clouds!

    At first, there are clouds right above our heads, so called low-level clouds, which are from the surface to 2,000 m (6,500 ft). These are Stratus, Stratocumulus and Cumulus.

    Higher we can find mid-level clouds, which are up to 7,000 m (23,000 ft). They are called Altostratus, Altocumulus and Nimbostratus, although Nimbostratus can have an extension into the lower level.

    The highest clouds are in the upper Troposphere, which ends around 12,000 m (40,000 ft). They are Cirrus, Cirrocumulus and Cirrostratus.

    photo: commons.wikimedia.org;link: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cloud_types_en.svg;licence: cc;desc: Cloud classification, cloud types, according to WMO, according to height.;

    The last cloud is special, because it reaches from the low-level up to the high-level of the Troposphere and is called Cumulonimbus - the biggest beast among them.

    Next episodes will tell you more about them! We will open it with the most beautiful cloud - the Cumulus!


    23 January 2019



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