10 Amazing Cloud Formations

Clouds are probably the most fascinating and beautiful of all weather phenomena. While there are a wide variety of cloud shapes and sizes, they are all made of the same thing: condensed water or ice.

Clouds are probably the most fascinating and beautiful of all weather phenomena. While there are a wide variety of cloud shapes and sizes, they are all made of the same thing: condensed water or ice. One way to predict the weather is through the help of cloud formations.

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Clouds are formed when water that has evaporated from the Earth surface (water vapor) condenses into particles of dust that are floating in the air. The condensation happens when warm air rises and expands and eventually cools. This happens because cool air can’t hold as much water vapor as warm air and excess water condenses into either liquid or ice.

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Sunlight is made up of the colors of the rainbow and when all these colors are added together it becomes white. Clouds reflect all these colors at the same time, this is the reason they are white. 

Clouds turn gray or dark in color when they get thick enough or high enough and all the light cannot pass through. The shadow of the other clouds around it can also add to its gray or dark appearance.

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Cirrus clouds are the most common of the high clouds. These are formed above 20,000 feet in the atmosphere. They are usually white and forecast fair to pleasant weather. These curly and fibrous clouds indicate that a change in weather will occur in the next 24 hours.

Stratus clouds are flat and layered. They are uniform and grayish and often cover the entire sky. They are formed up to 6,500 feet in the atmosphere looking like fog that doesn’t reach ground. A drizzle usually falls out of these clouds.

Cumulus clouds look puffy and piled up. They are often called “fair-weather clouds.” The base of each cloud is often flat and may be only 330 ft above the ground. When the top of these types of clouds look like a cauliflower head, they can develop into thunderstorm clouds.

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Other cloud types include mammatus and lenticular. Mammatus clouds are sagging and pouch-like in appearance. They are usually seen when the worst of a thunderstorm has passed. Lenticular clouds look like flying saucers that form near a mountain.

Special clouds include: nacreous clouds(stratospheric), noctilucent clouds, condensation trails (contrails), clouds from waterfalls, clouds from fires, clouds from volcanic eruptions, clouds resulting from industry and clouds resulting from explosions.

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  1. Dee Gold Says...

    On March 5, 2009 at 5:54 am

    wow!clouds fascinate me.thanks for sharing this


  2. Unofre Pili Says...

    On March 5, 2009 at 6:04 am

    Wow! really awesome…


  3. Joe Dorish Says...

    On March 5, 2009 at 6:09 am

    Fun to watch clouds except when they are storm clouds.


  4. The Quail Says...

    On March 5, 2009 at 6:16 am

    Awesome article well done.


  5. Kate Smedley Says...

    On March 5, 2009 at 6:24 am

    This is a great article, the photos are quite simply amazing, brilliant work.


  6. Amsky Says...

    On March 5, 2009 at 6:25 am

    I like clouds formation too..This one is so detailed. love it!


  7. Michael Degenhardt Says...

    On March 5, 2009 at 7:16 am

    Wow, the pictures are awesome and the text is quite informative. Excellent work and presentation here! Michael


  8. papaleng Says...

    On March 5, 2009 at 8:16 am

    a well-researched article very informative and nice photos.


  9. Mr Ghaz Says...

    On March 5, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Excellent! that was marvelous! nicely done and beautiful pics too. Thanks 4 sharing


  10. miraj Says...

    On March 5, 2009 at 10:18 am

    I simply loved the pictures,they are like the living canvas,who could have painted it better than Him.


  11. Edward J Rodrigues Says...

    On March 5, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    awsome pics….


  12. CutestPrincess Says...

    On March 5, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    This is a really interesting article with brilliant pictures!
    You must have worked really hard on this!


  13. Betty Carew Says...

    On March 5, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    These are awesome JK What an excellent job you did on theis I really enjoyed it.


  14. Joni Keith Says...

    On March 5, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    What a beautifully illustrated and well written article. And to think, I spent most of my morning trying to get my head out of the clouds.


  15. rutherfranc Says...

    On March 5, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    really awesome..


  16. Bren Parks Says...

    On March 5, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Those are really neat!


  17. Anne McNew Says...

    On March 5, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    those are very great photos. nice article. nice post.


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  19. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On March 5, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    These clouds are indeed awesome and great!


  20. Vikram Chhabra Says...

    On March 5, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Magnificent shots!!


  21. nutuba Says...

    On March 5, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    These are beautiful! Growing up in the midwestern U.S., where it’s so flat you can see for miles in any direction, we’d see some beautiful formations. These pics reminded me of that.


  22. James DeVere Says...

    On March 5, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    JK you have done it again. Very nice article – full of joy – like the rest of your work. Thanks . j


  23. valli Says...

    On March 5, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Awesome formation of clouds.


  24. j0anne Says...

    On March 6, 2009 at 2:21 am

    Wow!


  25. macon Says...

    On March 6, 2009 at 7:13 am

    awesome. but i really got a little frightened with those cloud pictures.


  26. Blue Buttefly Says...

    On March 6, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Wow, amazing!


  27. kitschkitty Says...

    On March 7, 2009 at 5:18 am

    There are some amazing pictures here.


  28. denus Says...

    On March 10, 2009 at 5:19 am

    super amazing article and great pictures!


  29. Ayzha Says...

    On May 31, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    I think that this is AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m ten years old know every thing about the weather


  30. Sean Brown Says...

    On June 25, 2009 at 4:17 am

    GOD even has science behind his endless ever changing artwork!


  31. Sean Brown Says...

    On June 25, 2009 at 4:21 am

    My hat goes off to you JK* from a fellow photographer!


  32. erfan Says...

    On June 13, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    woooooooow


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