10 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Clouds

Mar 19 2014 | by Jonathan Nimrodi

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  1. When moist, warm air rises to a cooler elevation, and water condenses onto microscopic dust-like “seeds”, bacteria or ash. Air and seeds that updraft = clouds.

  2. Every planet with an atmosphere has clouds. That includes the moon.cloud-gavin-tobin-_-the-blasket-islands-co-kerry-ireland

  3. Clouds reflect the suns light, which causes them to appear white.

  4. Cumulonimbus cloud, or in English, Storm cloud, is what’s making your flight run late. It is capable of producing lightning and other dangerous severe weather, such as gusts, hail, and occasional tornadoes. It is so unpredictable that pilots never fly through them, which often causes flight delays.cloud-lauraine-ayers-briel-_-maui-hawaii-us

  5. Big clouds are normally made up of water droplets and have a base under 2,000 meters.

  6. High altitude clouds are usually made up of ice crystals, which can also serve as seeds, and have a base somewhere between 5,500 and 14,000 meters.

  7. If those crystals take on moisture, they may become too heavy for updrafts to support, which is what causes rain.cloud-ron-biggs-e28093-lenticularis-e28093-puerto-de-la-cruz-tenerife

  8. So, it makes sense that “shooting” those so called “seeds” to clouds should make them rain out.cloud-ron-engels-towering-cumulus-over-central-brazil

  9. People have actually tried to do that, on several occasions, with an attempt to end global warming by shooting crystal salt seeds at clouds, causing a permanent low hanging cloud cover that will deflect the sunlight and stop global warming. The experiment proved to be unsuccessful when the scientists realized that excess cloud cover might actually warm the planet by trapping heat. In fact, a 2009 Stanford University Study shows that aircrafts, which create clouds are accountable for 4 to 8 percent of the warming that has occurred since record keeping began in 1850.

  10. Working days cause bad weather. A team of American/Israeli scientists have found a correlation between 15 years of pollution records and the “National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center’s” records on storms. Their findings were that storms over the United States peak during working days, meaning in mid-week, when air pollution is at its worst.cloud-danny-mcneal-_-sacramento-california-us

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