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  1. Clouds

  2. What is a cloud? • Tiny liquid particles that are suspended in the air. • The liquid drops are so light that the air holds them up. Clouds

  3. What are the three basic types of clouds? • Stratus, cumulus and cirrus Types of clouds

  4. What are stratus clouds • Low lying clouds that cover the sky like a blanket • Stratus clouds on the ground are called fog Stratus clouds

  5. Stratus clouds

  6. Fog

  7. What are cumulus clouds like? • Cumulus clouds are puffy like cotton and can be found at all altitudes Cumulus clouds

  8. Cumulus

  9. What are cirrus clouds like? • Cirrus clouds are feathery or wispy clouds. They are high in altitude and made of ice crystals Cirrus Clouds

  10. Cirrus clouds

  11. What about the other types of clouds • All other cloud types are a combination of the three basic types. • Example: Cirrostratus is a combination of cirrus and stratus All other clouds

  12. Cirrostratus

  13. What are cumulonimbus clouds? • The word nimbus means rain. • Cumulonimbus clouds are giant thunder clouds that cause lightning, rain, hail and tornadoes Cumulonimbus

  14. Cumulonimbus

  15. What are the three basic types of clouds and where in the sky are they located? • What is fog? • How are other types of clouds made? • What type of weather can a cumulonimbus cloud make? Review Questions