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ESC1000 Chapter 17 Clouds

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cumulus
Form of cloud that is puff balls, often with a flat base (but can lose flat base due to air circulation).
cirrus
Cloud that is high level and wispy, or light and patchy in form. Made of ice crystals and is always up high.
cirrostratus
High level, very light layers of cloud.
cirrocumulus
High level, puffy ball clouds.
altocumulus
Mid-level puffball clouds.
altostratus
Clouds at mid-level that form a light sheet that lets the sun or moon show as a bright spot.
nimbostratus
Clouds that are low-level, uniform layer, usually very dark, that bring strong precipitation.
cumulonimbus
Clouds that are the product of growth of cumulus which can form huge thunderheads.
stratus
Form of cloud in sheets or layers, that may cover the whole sky, and doesn't have separate clouds. Also refers to low clouds.
alto
General term for clouds that are at mid level
stratocumulus
Clouds that are low-level layers of cumulus clouds, that begin to touch each other and fuse.
nimbus
General term for clouds that means "rainy" in Latin.
cumulus
Form of cloud that is puff balls, often with a flat base (but can lose flat base due to air circulation).
cirrus
Cloud that is high level and wispy, or light and patchy in form. Made of ice crystals, and is always up high.
cirrostratus
High level, very light layers of cloud.
cirrocumulus
High level, puffy ball clouds.
altocumulus
Mid-level puffball clouds.
altostratus
Clouds at mid-level that form a light sheet that lets the sun or moon show as a bright spot.
nimbostratus
Clouds that are low-level, uniform layer, usually very dark, that bring strong precipitation.
cumulonimbus
Clouds that are the product of growth of cumulus which can form huge thunderheads.
stratocumulus
Clouds that are low-level layers of cumulus clouds, that begin to touch each other and fuse.

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