# How much do clouds weigh?

Though there is some variation between types of clouds, a 1-kilometer cube cumulous cloud would weigh about 1.1 million pounds. That is a lot of weight for something that just floats in the sky!

Clouds will easily weigh millions of pounds because they contain vast amounts of tiny droplets of water and ice. Cumulus clouds are the clouds that most people are familiar with. The average weight of these puffy white clouds is 1.1 million pounds (500,000 kg). That’s the weight of a loaded Airbus A380 passenger jet!

The average cumulus, or fair-weather, cloud (which is photographed here) has been determined by researchers to weigh 1.1 million pounds. Though, not every cloud is created equal. A cloud with less water droplets, such as a high, wispy cirrus cloud, weighs less than a cumulus cloud.

There are 3 methods that are typical: Condensation, for creation, or vaporization, for destruction, of clouds. This should be used if clouds are created or destroyed, by condensing / vaporizing the water that makes up the cloud. Convective available potential energy (cape) for creation of storms, or kinetic energy for moving of clouds are a couple additional things to take a look at.

One of the next things we asked ourselves was how much does one cubic acre of cloud weigh?

Where these low clouds are, the air weighs around one kilogram for every cubic metre – 4,000 times more than the water did. Given the volume of our cumulus cloud, that’s 1 billion kg, or one million tonnes. That is why the cloud can stay up in the air – the tiny water drops are held up by all that air.

## What are clouds made of?

Dust and other particles floating in the air provide surfaces for water vapor to turn into water drops or ice crystals. The tiny drops of water condense on the particles to form cloud droplets. Clouds are made up of a bunch of cloud droplets bundled together with raindrops.

How do clouds form in the sky?

That cools the water they leave behind. Heat causes some of the liquid water – from places like oceans, rivers and swimming pools – to change into an invisible gas called water vapor. This process is called evaporation and it’s the start of how clouds are formed.

You could be thinking “Is a cloud a gas or liquid?”

A cloud is a mass of water drops or ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. Clouds form when water condenses in the sky. The condensation lets us see the water vapor. There are many different types of clouds. Clouds are an important part of Earth’s weather and climate. Since they describe it as a vapor, that makes me think it is indeed a gas.

## Are clouds translucent?

Clouds can be transparent, translucent or opaque, depending on the quantity of water vapor in it. If the vapor density is low, the clouds are transparent. The visual property of a cloud shows up from a distance. Even dense clouds don’t look totally opaque if you are inside it.

Also, why are the bottoms of clouds always grey?

The bottoms of clouds are always grey while the sides (and tops) are white because the sides and top is reflecting direct sunlight to you and the bottom is only reflecting the light that makes it all the way through the cloud., and fun fact.

## What are translucent objects?

Translucent objects are those which allow only some visible light to pass through them. When light enters a translucent medium; its direction changes frequently and scattering takes place. That’s why most translucent objects cast a hazy shadow.

The answer is that if light passes through, the medium is transparent, if it does not pass through at ll then the medium is opaque- while a translucent medium is one through which some but not all light passes through -so forming clear images may not be possible. A medium may be transparent to some wavelength ranges and opaque to other.