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Science Ch 21

weather vocabulary terms

Weather is the condition of the atmosphere at a certain tine & place.
Cumulus Large clouds that sometimes look like huge puffs of cotton
Cirrus very high wispy clouds made of ice
Stratus stetched out, low layers of clouds that usually cover the whole sky and blot out the sun.
Nimbus clouds that bring rain.
Fog a cloud based on the ground rather than the atmosphere.
Cumulonimbus am much larger and more vertically developed than fair weather cumulus. I can exist as individual towers or form a line of towers called a squall line. I can easily reach 39,000 feet or higher.
Cirrostratus sheet-like, high-level clouds composed of ice crystals. Covers the entire sky and be up to several thousand feet thick. Relatively transparent, as the sun or the moon can easily be seen through.
Nimbostratus dark, low-level cloud accompanied by light to moderately falling precipitation. Can be found below 6,500 feet. When temperatures are cold enough, may contain ice particles and snow.
Altocumulus clouds that have parallel bands or rounded masses. Can be found on a warm and humid summer morning and am commonly followed by thunderstorms later in the day.
air mass is a large body of air that has the same temperature and moisture
Created by: Ryan Parnell