Meaning and Kind of Cloud

Meaning and Kind of Cloud

Meaning and Kind of Cloud

Meaning and Kind of Cloud

       We are sure that everyone knows what cloud is. Almost every day we can look it on the sky, especially when there is going to rain. When we lie on the floor or on the grass and look up the sky, there are clouds. There are different shapes in the clouds we see. One cloud might look like the body of human. Another side might look like an animal. Sometimes they are moving across the sky. Or another time they look like in motionless. (Also read : Report Text About Dolphin)

       Then, what is a cloud (Clouds)? To answer this question, in this occasion we want to share about the Meaning and Kind of Cloud.

The Meaning of Cloud

       A cloud is water vapour in the atmosphere (sky) that has condensed into very small water droplets or ice crystals that appear in visible shapes or formations above the ground. Water on the Earth evaporates (turns into an invisible gas) and rises up into the sky.

The other meaning of Cloud (Clouds)

       Clouds are made of small drops of water or tiny pieces of ice. The water and ice in clouds come from Earth’s surface, especially from lakes, rivers, and oceans. Water on the surface evaporates. It changes into a gas called water vapor. Water vapor goes up into the air.

       The higher up we go, the colder the air gets. When water vapor gets cold, it changes back into drops of water. If it gets cold enough, the water changes to ice.

       The water droplets and bits of ice are so small that they float on the wind. You see the water and ice in the sky as clouds. Strong winds and gentle breezes make different kinds of clouds.

Kind of Cloud (Clouds)

       Meteorologists (scientists who study about weather) group clouds into four families. Three families are called high clouds, middle clouds, and low clouds. These three families form at three different levels in the sky. The fourth family is made up of towering clouds that go up through the three levels. Meteorologists have grouped about 100 types of clouds into these four families. (Also read other article at : Pengertian dan Contoh Majas Paralelisme)

       1. High Clouds

       Cirrus, cirrostratus and cirrocumulus clouds are delicate wispy clouds that are located at altitudes above 20,000 feet and composed of ice crystals, because at such altitudes temperatures are perpetually below freezing. Cirrostratus is a thin cloud layer that causes a halo to appear around the sun and moon. It is often seen 12 to 18 hours in advance of an unsettled weather system. Cirrocumulus clouds look like many small tufts of cotton, rippled sand or even the scales of a fish.

      2. Middle Clouds

       Altostratus, altocumulus and nimbostratus clouds are typically found between 6,000 and 20,000 feet above the ground. Altostratus resembles a smooth gray sheet across the sky. Sometimes the sun shines through the layer as a diffuse ball as if you were looking at it through a pane of frosted glass.

       When cumulus cloud tops begin to resemble cauliflower, they are called towering cumulus, and they can develop into thunderstorm clouds.

       When cumulus cloud tops begin to resemble cauliflower, they are called towering cumulus, and they can develop into thunderstorm clouds.

       Altocumulus clouds can appear in a wide variety of different shapes. When these clouds are very thin or semi-transparent, you might see a series of colored rings appearing immediately around the moon or sun, causing an atmospheric effect called a corona. Sometimes the clouds themselves take on iridescent colors; a phenomenon known as irisation. Nimbostratus clouds are smooth layers of gray, which often cannot be seen clearly because of the precipitation falling from them.

      3. Low Clouds

       Stratus, cumulus and stratocumulus clouds are based at altitudes of 6,000 feet or lower. Stratus clouds appear as smooth, even sheets; light rain and drizzle often fall from them; light snow or freezing drizzle during the winter. Fog is merely a stratus cloud reaching to, or forming on the ground.

       Cumulus clouds can range in size from resembling balls of cotton to big heaps of mashed potatoes in the sky. They are often referred to as “fair weather clouds,” because they usually are not associated with precipitation, but occasionally they can grow into thunderstorms (cumulonimbus). They are convective clouds and are caused by the heating of the ground by the Sun. Stratocumulus clouds are similar to altocumulus in that they can appear in a wide variety of different shapes and textures. (Also read other article at : Heart is Waiting in Long Distance)

      4. Towering Clouds

       Towering clouds stretch through the low, middle, and high cloud layers. There are two main kinds of clouds in this group. Cumulus clouds have flat bottoms and rounded tops that look a little like cauliflower. Cumulonimbus clouds are dark, heavy-looking clouds. They rise up like mountains high into the sky. Sometimes the tops of these clouds spread out at the top. The top is made of ice. Cumulonimbus clouds are also called thunderheads. These clouds bring thunderstorms and sudden, heavy rains.

       That’s all the post about the Meaning and Kind of Cloud we can share for this occasion. We hope the post about the Meaning and Kind of Cloud above can add our knowledge about Clouds. (Also read other article at : Soal PTS Prakarya Kelas 8 Semester 1)

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