A GROUP FOR ALL TYPES OF CLOUD IMAGES.
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Cloud Identification: On the bottom left side of the Group Page you will find Images and written descriptions of the four main Cloud types. There are other sub categories of clouds that are identified scientifically but all clouds can be found in one of the four main types.
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The Cumulonimbus cloud is the tallest of all clouds. They can span all cloud layers and extend to 60,000 feet. These clouds can produce lightning, thunder, heavy rains, strong winds, and tornadoes. Cumulonimbus clouds usually have large anvil-shaped tops because of the stronger winds at those higher levels of the atmosphere.
The high altitude cirrus cloud like the one shown here have bases above 18,000 feet. They are mostly made of ice crystals and appear wispy, thin; almost hair-like. Cirrus clouds generally occur in fair weather and will point in the direction of air movement at their elevation.
The stratus cloud is the lowest of the low clouds. They appear as a gray overcast deck, but can be scattered. Because the stratus cloud is low it too has a base below 7,000 feet and is made of mostly water droplets. The individual stratus cloud has ill-defined edges compared to other low clouds.
This low cloud with a typical base of below 7,000 feet is a cumulus cloud. These clouds have distinct edges, are usually white, puffy with a popcorn like appearance. They have a noticeable vertical development. Cumulus clouds can be seen isolated as in this picture or grouped together is clusters.
The Group Clouds opened on May 13, 2010.