Cloud Types and Formation in Weather Systems

Cloud formation occurs when wet air rises, expands, and cools. Clouds form when water vapor condenses into tiny droplets or ice crystals when the air cools.

Types of Clouds: Elevated ice crystal clouds are called cirrus clouds. They usually suggest fair weather but can signal a shift in weather.

Puffy, white cumulus clouds with flat bases. Common in fair weather but can grow into storm clouds. The sky is blanketed by low, gray stratus clouds. They bring cloudy skies and light rain.

The classification of clouds is based on their appearance and altitude. Ice crystals make up high clouds, while water droplets make up low clouds.

Towering clouds linked with thunderstorms are called Cumulonimbus clouds. They can trigger stratospheric rain, thunder, lightning, and tornadoes.

Ground-level fog is generated when air near the surface cools, condensing water vapor. Fog reduces sight in valleys and over water.

Lenticular Clouds: Lens-shaped clouds near mountains or obstructions. They signal severe winds and can stay put.

Cloud seeding involves introducing substances into clouds to induce precipitation and influence meteorological conditions.

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