GEOG 1101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Puffy Amiyumi, Altocumulus Cloud, Altostratus Cloud

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GEOG LESSON EIGHT
Altitude:
* Four altitudinal classes: low, middle, high, and
vertically developed thru the troposphere
Low clouds are those which lie from near the surface up to 2000 m
(6500 ft.). These clouds typically consist primarily of liquid water droplets. can consist of ice
crystals, esp. in winter.
EX: stratus, stratocumlus, nimbostratus
Middle clouds are those which lie between 2000 m & 6000 m (20,000 ft.). these typically consist of a
mixture of liquid water and ice crystals, dependent on the season
EX: altostratus, altocumulus
High clouds are those which lie between 6000 m & 13,000 m (43,000 ft.). these typically consist
primarily of ice crystals
EX: cirrus, cirrostratus, cirrocumulus
Vertically developed thru the troposphere refers to those cloud
masses which may stretch from near the surface to over 13,000 m. Theses typically consist primarily
of liquid water at lower levels and ice crystals at higher levels.
EX: cumulus, cumulonimbus
Shape:
* Three basic forms: flat, puffy, wispy
Flat clouds are those which show primarily horizontal
development and are often layered. These are stratiform clouds.
Puffy clouds are those which show more vertical development.
These are cumuliform clouds.
Wispy clouds are those which form at high altitude and consist of
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