Types of clouds
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the most common of the high clouds. They are composed of ice and are thin, wispy clouds blown in high winds into long streamers.
thin, sheet like high clouds that often cover the entire sky. They usually come 12-24 hours before a rain or snow storm.
small rounded white puff that appear in long rows. They usually indicate fair, but cool air.
gray or blue- gray mid level clouds composed of ice crystals and water droplets. They usually cover the entire sky. Often forms ahead of storms with continuous rain or snow.
mid level clouds that are made of water droplets and appear as gray puffy masses. Often in groups. If seen these on a warm, sticky morning, be prepared to see thunderstorms late in the afternoon.
grayish clouds that often cover the entire sky. This resemble fog doesn't reach the ground. Light mist or drizzle sometimes falls from these clouds.
low puffy and gray clouds. That form in rows with blue sky visible in between them. Rain very rarely occurs with these. They can turn to nimbostratus clouds.
dark grey, wet looking cloudy layer associated with continuously falling rain or snow often produce light to moderate precipitation
white puffy clouds that look like pieces of floating marshmallows and are often called fair weather clouds. The base of each cloud is flat and the top of each cloud has founded towers
thunderstorm clouds and high winds can flatten the top and make it look anvil-like shape. They are associated with heavy rain, snow, hail, lightning, and even tornadoes.
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