Types of Cloud

We know clouds as those that form within a natural process already defined by science, in which the vapor that condenses once it rises to the sky intervenes , forming precisely the clouds, which at a certain moment tend to collide each other, which causes what is known as the rains. The way in which the vapor is condensed is thanks to air currents.

It will be, precisely, the way in which the air participates according to its current, that the types of clouds that are known up to now will be formed. That is, the air currents determine how they are signed and the particular characteristics of the clouds. Clouds are generally classified into three large groups, which are reviewed in more detail later: high, medium, and low.

Cloud types

High clouds

Cirrus clouds

They are known like this, those clouds that at first glance offer a panoramic view of being a kind of parallel lines. The clouds are also shown in a white color and in some moments transparent. They generally look like this since clouds are made up of some ice crystals that manifest in the sky. It is for that reason that they look like parallel lines.

Cirrocumulus

They are known like this, those clouds that show a type of layer in a rounded way, as if they were small cotton balls. The color of the clouds are completely white and do not show any kind of shading anywhere. They are generally found in the highest parts of the sky and are formed by the warming of clouds known as cirrus clouds.

Cirrostratus

It is a type of cloud that has a certain resemblance to a veil in its appearance. Generally, it is the physical criterion that is used for its classification since it is not usually determined exactly, a type of physical form to the clouds, precisely because that is how they appear. At times they usually cover the entire sky and sometimes only a part of it.

 

Middle Clouds

Altocumulus

The shape that these clouds present is irregular, showing a type of shadow inside the clouds themselves. They are generally formed when, according to the weather conditions, they are defined as bad weather or when there is a type of effect such as storms. They are formed from the presence of a cold front.

White clouds

Altostratus

They are classified as such, those clouds that have the particularity of being made up of small transparent layers, and are normally formed when, in meteorological terms, there is a chance of rain. It also usually happens when the ambient temperature of the place where the clouds form begins to drop gradually.

sky with striped clouds

Low clouds

Stracumulus

This type of cloud belongs to those whose main characteristic is the fact that they occupy large areas in the sky, showing to the naked eye a series of irregular undulations. In addition, there is a variation of various shades of gray in these clouds around the extent they occupy. Generally they do not cause fluvial precipitations. It does not rain.

yellow sun in the sky

Strata

They are clouds that have the particularity that they form a gray haze throughout the sky at short distances in relation to the earth’s surface. Because of the way it is displayed, it is difficult to determine a specific shape of the clouds. Like the other low-type clouds, the grayish tones depend on the amount of water they have.

mountains with low clouds

Nibostratus

They are those clouds that are observed with a degree of opacity, that is, they are usually seen with the naked eye in all shades of gray. It is very common to see them in the rainy season, particularly in the spring season. Also in winter and summer. They are observed in that grayish color due to the high concentration of water at low altitude.

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