Three Types of Clouds

Stratus

Cumulus

Cirrus

Latin for "layer" Latin for "heap" Latin for "hair"

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Stratus Clouds stretch across the sky in low, large flat layers. They resemble fog, but they do not reach the ground. They often produce mist or drizzle. Cumulus clouds are   fair-weather clouds that are seen on a beautiful day. At low altitudes, these puffy white clouds are formed from water droplets. The higher sections of tall cumulus are made of ice crystals. Cumulus clouds resemble cotton balls with flat bottoms and rounded sides and tops. Cirrus clouds are located at three miles and higher in the sky.  These feathery, milky clouds are made of ice crystals and usually are the first sign of an approaching storm.The long stringy cirrus clouds are called "mares' tails."
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 Photo Credits:  Fowler, Allan,  What Do You See in a Cloud?  

                      Canada:   The Children's Press.  1996.

                                

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