The following are some of the more common clouds used to predict weather in three categories – high-level, mid-level and low-level clouds. The bases of these clouds form at about 6200 metres above sea level. They are usually composed of ice crystals. Cirrus clouds – thin, wispy clouds strewn across the sky in high winds.
This of course begs the inquiry “Why can’t we see clouds?”
One way to consider this is next time, you’ll be able to correct them. While it’s true that clouds contain water, they actually aren’t made of water vapor. If they were, you wouldn’t be able to see them. The water that makes up clouds is in liquid or ice form.
Do clouds cause wind?
Orographic clouds can also cause rain. Lenticular Clouds and Foehn Winds – occurs when air goes up a hill and drops down the other side, heating it. This causes some areas to be windy while others are calm.
What is the difference between wind and clouds?
So even if wind is blowing only a few miles per hour, it still has a lot of momentum but wind and clouds are illusions. Wind does not move air and clouds. Wind is the result of air mass motion and clouds simply mark a certain feature within that air mass.
Wind does not move air and clouds. Wind is the result of air mass motion and clouds simply mark a certain feature within that air mass. That feature (the temporary location of droplets of water) may move or not and droplets may vanish or reform so clouds have no real identity or mass.
Moreover, why do cloud roads follow the wind?
The best answer was like smoke from a haystack, cloud roads follow the wind. A cloud road indicates the wind is coming from the horizon. If the road is straight, the wind is steady – but if you see the road curve, it means that the wind direction will change. The way the road curves will tell you the new direction.
Why do clouds form when they do?
It’s only when that water vapor cools and condenses into liquid water droplets or solid ice crystals that visible clouds form. A cloud on a sunny, fair-weather day.
Another common query is “Why are clouds white?”.
Water droplets in the clouds scatter the entire visible spectrum, making clouds appear white. The sun is also the main contributing factor as to why clouds often, but not always, appear to be white.
Method (b) is the usual way that clouds are produced, and it is associated with air rising in the lower part of the atmosphere. As the air rises it expands due to lower atmospheric pressure, and the energy used in expansion causes the air to cool.
Clouds within a mile or so of Earth’s surface tend to cool more than they warm. These low, thicker clouds mostly reflect the Sun’s heat. This cools Earth’s surface. Clouds high up in the atmosphere have the opposite effect: They tend to warm Earth more than they cool. High, thin clouds trap some of the Sun’s heat.
Do clouds contain water?
While it’s true that clouds contain water, they actually aren’t made of water vapor. If they were, you wouldn’t be able to see them. The water that makes up clouds is in liquid or ice form.
What happens to clouds when the air is heated?
They are still very much a part of the air mass that is moving. Note that it is not the wind that is moving the clouds. The cloud is marking a certain place in the air mass and air mass is moving by natural convection. If somehow the air mass is heated like what happens when fog evaporates due to sunlight or heating you no longer see the cloud.
Well, that depends on where the clouds are in Earth’s atmosphere. Clouds within a mile or so of Earth’s surface tend to cool more than they warm. These low, thicker clouds mostly reflect the Sun’s heat.