Saturday, 15 August 2009

Clouds are masses of floating moisture. They are made of millions of tiny water drops or ice crystals. Clouds form when warm air containing moisture rises and cools

If you watch the sky you will see clouds of different shapes. Different clouds bring different types of weather. White, fluffy clouds known as cumulus, usually mean fine weather

Cumulonimbus clouds are towering, flat-topped clouds. If you see these clouds, watch out for bad weather! They often bring heavy rain, hail or thunderstorms!

cumulonimbus clouds

It's raining..
Sooner or later, clouds shed their moisture as rain, snow, sleet or hail. This is called precipition. Very fine rain is known as drizzle. A short bust of rain is called a shower

raining ice

couple in the rain

In very high clouds, the moisture forms ice instead of water. Tiny ice crystals join up to make snowflakes. Snowflakes often melt on the way down to fall as rain!

Raindrops are not shaped like teardrops. They are round wit flatter top & bottom, like burger buns!

If the sun comes out when it's raining, you may witness a rainbow.

Raindrops bend the different colours in white light, separating them out into red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo & violet

credits: my first planet earth encyclopedia - jen green / various sources


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