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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 »

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Like all clouds, stratus clouds are made of water vapor, water droplets and even ice crystals. Stratus clouds are identified not by what they are composed of, but by their general appearance, which is uniform, wide-rangi... More »

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Cumulus clouds are detached clouds seen on sunny days, stratus clouds are gray, thick and cause drizzle and cirrus clouds are wispy, thin clouds composed of ice crystals. Each type of cloud has unique characteristics reg... More »

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