Lenticular and stratus clouds form when air is forced upward and the rising air cools rapidly. When warm air rises and moves over cooler air, any of the three major types of clouds, called stratus, cirrus or cumulus clou... More »

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According to the National Weather Service, common clouds that occur high in the atmosphere contain the ciro- prefix and include cirrus clouds, cirrostratus clouds and cirrocumulus clouds. Those that travel at a medium at... More »

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The differences among cloud types depend on their altitude and their appearance. There are a few basic types of clouds. They are cirrus, stratus, cumulus and nimbus. More »

Cirrocumulus clouds are composed of supercooled water droplets and form through shallow convection within thin labile layers of air. These high-altitude clouds form between 16,600 and 30,000 feet. More »

Stratus clouds are formed when an upward-moving current of air collides with a thinner layer of air above it, causing water drops to form. The name "stratus cloud" derives from the shape of the cloud formation, where the... More »

Cumulonimbus clouds form when warm, moisture-laden air travels upward and is cooled, condensing into a tall body of water droplets. Cumulonimbus clouds can reach up to 10 kilometers in height and take on a flat-topped ap... More »

There are 10 main types of clouds that are found in nature. These clouds are combinations of three different families; cirrus, cumulus and stratus clouds. More »