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8.22 Weather 101: A Tutorial on Cloud Types

Cirrus – High level cloud. Thin wispy structure.

Cumulus – Low level cloud. Fluffy white cotton ball shape.

Stratus – Commonly low level. Sheet or layer of cloud. Hazy white or gray mass.

Nimbo-form – Rain clouds.

  • Nimbostratus – Stratus cloud which have precipitation.
  • Cumulonimbus – Thunderstorm clouds. Cumulus with precipitation.
8.22.8 Describe the meaning of the following cloud terms:
(a) cumulus or cumulo (prefix);
(b) stratus or strato (prefix);
(c) alto (prefix);
(d) nimbo (prefix) or nimbus (suffix);
(e) cirrus or cirro (prefix).

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