How well do you know your clouds?

I’m sure we all know that by looking up at the clouds we can have an idea of what the weather has in-store for us, but how well do you know the different types of clouds and what they indicate? Have a quick read of my guide here.

Cirrus Clouds

Cirrus clouds
Cirrus clouds

Cirrus clouds are light and high, whispy looking. The are the first sign of a warm front.

Altostratus Clouds

Altostratus clouds
Altostratus clouds

Altostratus clouds have more cloud coverage and are lower than Cirrus clouds.

These clouds indicate there could be some precipitation, they are a sign that things are starting to change.

Nimbostratus Clouds

Nimbostratus clouds
Nimbostratus clouds

Nimbostratus clouds are dark in colour, and are thick clouds.

They indicate the onset of continuous precipitation but no lightning or thunder.

Cumulus Clouds

Cumulus clouds 2
Cumulus clouds 2

Cumulus clouds are often described as happy clouds. These clouds are an indication that things are brightening up, these are a warm sector of air. They are fluffy in appearance, cauliflower-shaped. They are one of the most common and distinctive types of cloud.

Cumulonimbus Clouds

Cumulonimbus clouds
Cumulonimbus clouds

Cumulonimbus clouds looks like plumes or towers, they tend to level out at the top as they can’t go any higher into the atmosphere. These clouds are commonly known as thunder clouds. They are the only cloud type that can produce hail, thunder and lightning.

They are a sign of cold air catching up with warm air. You should take precautions if you see these clouds.

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