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Cloud Types http://www.weatherwizkids.com/ Name: _____________________________

Directions: Match the cloud name to its description.

Remember that the altitude of a cloud is important to what kind of cloud it is. Date: _____________________

Illustrate a picture of the matching cloud to the right of the definition.

Period: ____________
Helpful Cloud links: http://www.usatoday.com/weather/wcirrus.htm
http://www.usatoday.com/weather/wcumulus.htm http://www.usatoday.com/weather/wstratus.htm
http://www.cloudman.com/gallery1_1.html http://www.srh.noaa.gov/srh/jetstream/synoptic/clouds_max.htm
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/astronomy/planets/earth/clouds/
http://eo.ucar.edu/webweather/cloudmatch.html





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Cloud Type picture images


Directions: cut out items and place by the matching definition on page 3.

Altocumulus Altostratus Cirrus


Cirrocumulus Cirrostratus Cumulonimbus





Cumulus Nimbostratus Stratus




Stratocumulus



Altocumulus, Altostratus, Cirrus, Cirrocumulus, Cirrostratus, Cumulonimbus, Cumulus, Nimbostratus, Stratus, Stratocumulus

1. ____________________The highest clouds. They are made up of ice crystals

and float in the chilly air more than four miles above you. The name for these wispy

looking clouds comes from the Latin word for curl. Some people call them mare’s tails.

2. ____________________Layered but puffy clouds that occur at middle and lower elevations.




3. ____________________ Thick, puffy clouds that can be found at middle altitudes.


4. ___________________ Low-lying clouds that are generally producers of rain and snow.


5. ____________________ Small cottony rows of cloud tufts that are made of ice crystals and

found at high elevations. The big rain cloud, part of its name means clouds, signifying rain to the

ancient Romans. These clouds can rise to heights of more than 50,000feet. When their tops reach

the fast-moving jet stream, they become cirrus-like and are called anvil heads. Some people also

call these clouds thunderheads, because they can bring heavy rain, lightning, and thunder.


6. ____________________ The big rain cloud, part of its name means clouds, signifying rain to

the ancient Romans. These clouds can rise to heights of more than 50,000feet. When their tops reach

the fast-moving jet stream, they become cirrus-like and are called anvil heads. Some people also call

these clouds thunderheads, because they can bring heavy rain, lightning, and thunder.




7. _____________________ The lowest clouds, they hang like a ceiling at less than 6,000 feet.

Their name comes from the Latin word to spread, as in layers. These clouds appear as a general

overcast and can produce widespread rain and snow.


8. ______________________ Wispy clouds that are found at middle elevations. Clouds of vertical development,

they get their name from the Latin word for pile or heap. The lowest are the puffy clouds of a summer day.




9. _______________________Clouds of vertical development, they get their name from the Latin word

for pile or heap. The lowest are the puffy clouds of a summer day.




10. _______________________Wispy, thin sheets of clouds that are made of ice crystals and found spreading

at high elevations.


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