What Kind of Cloudy Is It?
Clouds are little drops of water or ice hanging in the atmosphere. A ceilometer measures the height of clouds.
|Cloud ||Descriptive Name ||Height ||Description|
|Cirrus ||Mare's tails ||4 miles + ||thin, feathery|
|Cirrocumulus ||Mackerel sky ||4 miles + ||small patches of white|
|Cirrostratus ||Bedsheet clouds ||4 miles + ||thin, white sheets|
|Stratus* ||High fogs ||0-1 mile ||low, gray blanket|
|Cumulus ||Cauliflowers ||1/4-4 miles ||flat-bottomed, white puffy|
|Cumulonimbus* ||Thunderheads ||1/4-4 miles ||mountains of heavy, dark clouds|
|*Indicates rain or snow clouds|
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