- There are two types of clouds. Stratiform or stratus
clouds indicate stability. Stratus means layered. Cumuliform or
cumulus clouds are "puffy" and indicate instability.
- Precipitating stratiform clouds produce rain or snow, while
precipitating cumuliform clouds produce showers.
- The prefix cirro- means high clouds. Cirrus clouds
are high, wispy ice clouds.
- The prefix alto- means mid-level clouds,
- The prefix nimbo- or the suffix -nimbus means
precipitating, such as nimbostratus or cumulonimbus.
- Stratocumulus are layered cumulus clouds.
- Virga is rain that evaporates before hitting the ground.
- Mamma are pouch-like clouds that often indicate severe
- Clouds are often used to forecast the weather because they often form because of synoptic-scale conditions.
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