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Why Cloud Computing Is Ugly, But Clouds Are Sublime

Hey, that cloud looks like a baobab tree! And that one over there looks like a giant slice of apple pie! And that one is an altostratus merging with cirrocumulus, providing a backdrop to the low-lying comulonimbus clouds! Okay, maybe you wont say that last one, but this list will tell you what it means.

The type, description and height of the clouds in the sky.

 

CIRRUS

: 200,000 – 40,000 ft.
High, wispy cloud made of particles of ice : 33,380 – 66,760 m

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Cirrus Cloud

 

CIRROSTRATUS

: 20,000 – 40,000 ft.
Milky, thin, high clouds 33,380 – 66,760 m

Cirrostratus Cloud

 

CIRROCUMULUS

: 20,000 – 40,000 ft.
Thin, high lines of clouds with rippled edges 33,380 – 66,760 m

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Cirrocumulus CLoud Photo Credit : Turtlerangler/flicker

 

ALTOSTRATUS

: 6,000 – 20,000 ft.
Grayish sheets of clouds 10,014 – 33,380 m

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Altostratus Cloud in Hong Kong (Photo Credit : Wikiwand)

 

ALTOCUMULUS

: 6,000 – 20,000 ft.
Fleecy bands of clouds in blue sky 10,014 – 33,380 m

The sunrise patch of Altocumulus and ending with a sunset shot. (Photo Credit : cloud-maven)

 

STRATOCUMULUS

: 6,000 ft or lower
Low, dark, heavy clouds 10,014 m or lower

Stratocumus Cloud was filling in with Cumulus and slightly higher Stratocumulus clouds (Photo Credit : cloud-maven)

 

STRATUS

: 6,000 ft or lower
Low, dark, heavy clouds 10,014 m or lower

Stratus Cloud fractus is that low bar of clouds in the foreground just behind the tree. (Photo Credit : cloud-maven)

 

CUMULUS

: 6,000 ft or lower
White, heaped-up clouds seen in fair weather 10,014m or lower

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Cumulus Clouds (Photo Credit : coclouds)

 

CUMULONIMBUS

: Below 6,000 ft.
Towering clouds; may give heavy showers Below 10,014 m

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Cumulonimbus Clouds (Photo Credit : Wikipedia)
“You can tell how far away a thunderstorm is by timing the difference between seeing lightning flash and hearing a thunderclap. The less the time, the closer the storm.”

 



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