Meet the Clouds!

Clouds come in many different shapes and sizes. Some are long and narrow. Others are round and puffy, like a cotton ball.

Some clouds are low in the sky. They might even touch the ground. Others clouds are so high in the sky that they look small.

There are two types of clouds that make rain and snow.

Get to know the different cloud types in the graphic below and then visit the Cloud Gallery to learn more about all of these clouds.


Cloud chart showing low clouds (stratus, stratocumulus, cumulus, and nimbostratus), middle level clouds (altocumulus, and altostratus), high clouds (cirrostratus, cirrocumulus, and cirrus), and cumulonimbus clouds which extend vertically from low to high altitudes

UCAR/L.S. Gardiner



Visit The Cloud Gallery to learn more about the types of clouds in the sky. 

Visit Making Raindrops with Mindy to learn how raindrops form.