Weather Tips

Types of clouds

There are 10 basic types of clouds all with Latin names that indicate their physical structure, altitude or process of formation. Then there are unusual clouds such as Lenticular (ones that look a bot like a spaceship) , Kelvin-Helmholtz (look like breaking ocean waves) and Mammatus (looking like a field of tennis balls – pouches of cloud that hang underneath the cloud base).

Lenticular Clouds
Kelvin-Helmholtz Clouds
Mammatus Clouds

Cloud Groups and Types of Clouds

There are 4 major cloud groups (High, Middle, Low and Clouds with vertical development) and 10 major cloud types:

The UCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research) Centre for Science and Education has a range of great interactive information on the different cloud types use the button below to find out more.

There are some great online resources and activities – You can even make your own your own portable cloud.

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