Up in the clouds

I am not a weather expert, but have only recently have found myself fascinated by clouds in the sky.

Wikipedia defines a cloud, interestingly enough they help form part of the troposphere which helps refract radio signals

In meteorology, a cloud is an aerosol comprising a visible mass of minute liquid droplets or frozencrystals, both of which are made of water or various chemicals. The droplets or particles are suspended in the atmosphere above the surface of a planetary body.[1] On Earth, clouds are formed by the saturation of air in the homosphere (which includes the troposphere, stratosphere, andmesosphere) when air cools or gains water vapor. The science of clouds is nephology which is undertaken in the cloud physics branch of meteorology.

Cloud types in the troposphere, the atmospheric layer closest to Earth’s surface, have Latin names due to the universal adaptation of Luke Howard’s nomenclature. It was formally proposed in December 1802 and published for the first time the following year. It became the basis of a modern international system that classifies these tropospheric aerosols into five physical forms. These are: 1./ stratiform sheets, 2./ stratocumuliform rolls and ripples, 3./ cirriform wisps and patches, 4./ cumuliform heaps of variable size, and 5./ very large cumulonimbiform heaps that often show complex structure. Most of these forms can be found in the high, middle, and lowaltitude levels or étages of the troposphere.

This is a selection of clouds that I sourced locally, enjoy!

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Finally a song about Cloud 9 from the Temptations

 

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