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How are clouds organized?
It became the basis of a modern international system that divides clouds into five physical forms which can be further divided or classified into altitude levels to derive ten basic genera. The main representative cloud types for each of these forms are stratus, cirrus, stratocumulus, cumulus, and cumulonimbus.
How do clouds form 4 ways?
The four main ways that clouds can form are:
- Surface Heating.
- Mountains and Terrain.
- Air Masses Being Forced to Rise.
- Weather Fronts (cold or warm)
What are straight line clouds called?
You can recognize cloud streets as long rows of puffy cumulus or cumulus-type clouds. They are most often straight, but might form patterns when the wind driving the clouds hits an obstacle. Cloud streets are formed by what are called convection rolls of rising warm air and sinking cool air.
Where can you find mammatus clouds?
Mammatus usually form on the base of a cumulonimbus anvil, but they have also been sighted to form on other cloud types, such as stratocumulus, altostratus and altocumulus. Mammatus have also been observed to form on the underside of volcanic ash clouds.
How are the different types of clouds formed?
And why do different types of clouds form? The water or ice that make up clouds travels into the sky within air as water vapor, the gas form of water. Water vapor gets into air mainly by evaporation – some of the liquid water from the ocean, lakes, and rivers turns into water vapor and travels in the air.
What kind of clouds are in the middle of the sky?
Water clouds tend to have sharp edges, and ice clouds are more wispy. Middle clouds include altocumulus and altostratus clouds. These are usually water clouds, except when it is cold enough at that altitude in the atmosphere for ice crystals to form.
How are water droplets formed in a cloud?
Dust and other particles floating in the air provide surfaces for water vapor to turn into water drops or ice crystals. The tiny drops of water condense on the particles to form cloud droplets. Clouds are made up of a bunch of cloud droplets bundled together with raindrops.
Why are clouds made of water and ice?
Clouds form when the air cools below the dewpoint, and the air can not hold as much water vapor. Clouds are made of water droplets or ice crystals that are so small and light they are able to stay in the air. But how does the water and ice that makes up clouds get into the sky? And why do different types of clouds form?