Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Interesting science facts about clouds


Clouds are made up of millions of tiny droplets of water and ice, suspended in the atmosphere above the surface of the Earth.

Since clouds are made out of the tiniest possible droplets of water and ice when pilots pass through them with their planes they do not see nothing but clouds.

The role of clouds in regulating Earth's temperature and climate has still not been fully understand by scientists.

Any planet or moon with an atmosphere has clouds but not all are composed of water and ice like on Earth, for instance Saturn has some clouds composed of droplets of liquid methane.

When we see white clouds in the sky this really means that we are looking at dense deep clouds that exhibit a high reflectance (70% to 95%) so they appear white.

Some scientists believe how the properties of clouds can help predict the upcoming climate change effects.

Clouds reflect a significant proportion of solar radiation back into space.

The lead generated by human activities is causing clouds to form at warmer temperatures, since the temperatures are warmer that means there is less water in the clouds. In years to come this trend could significantly alter the pattern of both rain and snow in a warmer world.

Scientists believe there is a strong link between the Sun, cosmic rays, aerosols, and liquid-water clouds.

Cumulonimbus are the biggest clouds, located at around 9.7 kilometers (6 miles) above us. These clouds are believe to hold up to half a million tons of water.

Stratus are low clouds, middle clouds are altostratus, and high clouds are cirrus.

Dark gray clouds that produces rain is called nimbostratus cloud, the name of this cloud comes from the latin word "Nimbo" meaning rain.

The puffy clouds we often see floating in a blue sky are called cumulus clouds.

The color of a cloud, as seen from our point of view (down at the earth), can tell us almost everything what is currently happening inside the cloud.

The beautiful reddish and orange clouds that occur at sunrise/sunset creating wonderful picture are the result of the scattering of sunlight by the atmosphere, and they are actually not that color but reflect long, not scattered rays of sunlight.

9 comments:

Anonymous,  February 11, 2010 at 3:49 PM  

omg! thank you so much for this amazing site! I was searching and searching and this was the only site with decent cloud facts

Anonymous,  September 19, 2011 at 9:37 PM  

i agree this is a great site. the inly one i found with decent information
rock on

Anonymous,  February 20, 2012 at 2:20 PM  

Thank god. I can find a competent website on clouds! Thank you so much!!!

Anonymous,  February 27, 2012 at 11:21 AM  

Thanks for the information it really help me learn and it also really help with my report to find this website.

Anonymous,  March 31, 2012 at 12:06 AM  

great site! it has all interesting &informative knowledge!!!

Anonymous,  April 1, 2012 at 10:15 AM  

Took me a while to find a website that has this much info. about clouds, thanks!

Anonymous,  July 24, 2012 at 5:22 AM  

awsome info
finally 1 site that has good facts

Anonymous,  July 26, 2012 at 3:00 AM  

I wrote an essay and got ten out of ten !!! YAY !

Anonymous,  August 3, 2012 at 12:41 PM  

thank you so much. now i am a cloud expert and can do my essay now!!!!!!!!! :D