How many types of clouds are there?


There are 10 main types of clouds that are found in nature. These clouds are combinations of three different families; cirrus, cumulus and stratus clouds.

According to the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, the different families of clouds include cirrus "curl of hair" clouds, cumulus "heap" clouds and stratus "layer" clouds. Combinations of these different families of clouds make up 10 different types of clouds, which include cirrus, cirrocumulus, cirrostratus, altostratus, altocumulus, nimbostratus, stratus, stratocumulus, cumulus and cumulonimbus clouds. Cirrus clouds are wispy and high in the atmosphere. Stratus clouds are low and gray clouds. Cumulus clouds look like cauliflowers and appear before storms strike. Cumulonimbus clouds tend to bring about thunderstorms.

Q&A Related to "How many types of clouds are there?"
Clouds fall into three categories:
1. Check the shape of the cloud. Stratus clouds stretch across low the sky horizontally. These form between layers of cool air and moist, warm air and may stretch for several miles
1. Become more familiar with the clouds. There are many different types of clouds, and clouds are a great "collectible" for record-keeping. Cloud knowledge is fun for dinner
umulus, stratus, cirrus, and amoughes.
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