Discover some incredible pictures of different types of clouds that look out of this world. We have selected some of the craziest types of cloud formations and included their names and a little bit of information on these different types of clouds.
When you look up to the sky and see the amazing shapes of these fluffy clouds passing you might think they are random but actually these different types of clouds are quite common and the specific shapes have names and some of them take a particular shape for a reason.
So read on to see some of the most incredible pictures of different types of clouds….
1. Mammatus Clouds
Mammatus are like giant cloud droplets, they are a rare example of clouds in sinking air. They are usually formed after a heavy thunderstorm.
2. Roll Clouds
These billows of vapor are relatively rare to see. They are tube shaped and usually appear to be rolling along a horizontal axis.
3. Polar Stratospheric Cloud Types
These steam puffs form at very high altitudes and in extremely cold temperatures and so are only ever seen in the poles.
4. Lenticular Cloud Types
Lenticular clouds are stationary lens-shaped clouds. Because of their bizarre shape they sometimes get mistaken for UFOs.
5. Undulatus Asperatus
The term Undulatus asperatus means “agitated waves” and are a new type of cloud not yet recognized by the World Meteorological Organization.
We know that for the formation of clouds it is necessary that part of the water vapor contained in the atmosphere condense, forming small droplets of water, or solidify, forming tiny crystals of ice. This formation, or cluster of ice crystals and droplets, is called cloudiness.
A feature that differentiates the various types of billows of vapor is the height at which they form, or where their base and top are located. But, it is important to remember, that this height varies according to the geographical (latitudinal) position of the region in question. For example, in the tropical region the minimum height (low stage) and maximum height (high stage) of a cloud are usually 2 km and 18 km high respectively, while in the polar and temperate regions the distances are respectively 2 Km and 8 km, and 2 km and 13 km.
Because of this variation these puffs of steam received international classification to identify the type of formation, altitude and other characteristics.
But you do not have to be any cloud expert to just look up at the sky and enjoy this beautiful cloud formations.
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Next time you gaze up at the sky try to recognise the cloud shape and see if you remember it’s name.
Hope you enjoyed looking at these pictures of different types of clouds and with any luck you might have learned something too during the read.
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