Learn about the ten basic cloud types.
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created June 11, 2017
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|Cumulus||Below 6,000 feet.||Low||These "fair-weather" clouds are common on sunny days. Individual puffs of cloud.|
|Stratus||Below 6,000 feet.||Low||When earth-bound, these clouds are called fog or mist. Formed when a large air mass cools all at once.|
|Cirrus||Above 18,000 feet.||High||Composed entirely of ice crystals, these clouds look like streaks in the sky. The precipitation from these clouds evaporates before it reaches the ground because of the great height of these clouds.|
|Altostratus||6,000 - 20,000 feet.||Middle||This type can cause ice accumulation on aircraft.|
|Cirrocumulus||Above 18,000 feet.||High||Transitional clouds between Cirrus and Cirrostratus, these clouds have a rippled appearance.|
|Altocumulus||6,000 - 20,000 feet.||Middle||"Rows" of clouds.|
|Cumulonimbus||700 - 50,000 feet.||Low||Plate or mushroom shaped clouds that carry heavy precipitation.|
|Cirrostratus||Above 18,000 feet.||High||Thin, streaky clouds. Because of the hazy film they create, the sun can be seen to have a halo when these clouds are present.|
|Nimbostratus||2,000 - 20,000||Middle||Dense and grey clouds that carry precipitation. Base has a ragged edge from the constant precipitation.|
|Stratocumulus||Below 6,000 feet.||Low||Puffy like Cumulus clouds, these differ by being in a layer, rather than in individual puffs.|