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How to Identify...

Altocumulus- Look for single white or gray clouds that seem to clump together and form a variety of patterns. Occur year-round in North America.

Altostratus- Look for gray sheets that cover nearly the entire sky. These clouds look smooth and have no distinct shape. Occur year-round in North America.

Cirrocumulus- Look for puffy white rippled clouds that form rows across the sky. Occur year-round in North America.

Cirrostratus- Look for large, high white or gray clouds that layer the sky. These clouds can go on for miles and have no distinct shape. Occur year-round in North America.

Cirrus- Look for wispy clouds in different shapes and sizes. Long stringy cirrus clouds are called "mares' tails." Occur year-round in North America.

Cumulonimbus- Look for tall white clouds that usually have a dark bottom (which usually mean a storm is coming). These clouds have a flat top and can reach heights of 70,000 ft. Occur in spring, summer and fall in North America.

Cumulus- Look for large, puffy clouds that appear in a clear blue sky. These clouds are flat bottomed and round-topped. Occur year-round in North America and are most common during the summer.

Fog- Look for thick gray clouds that settle at groung level. Occur year-round in North America and are most common over coastal and eastern areas.

Gust Front- Look for a long line of dark clouds, usually low to the ground (usually indicating strong winds). Occur in spring, summer and fall in North America most commonly over eastern areas.

Mammatus- Look for bulging clouds (sometimes a reddish-orange color) that seem to hang from the sky. Occur in spring, summer and fall in North America.

Stratocumulus- Look for close together clouds, usually dark gray. Occur year-round in North America and are most common over coastal and eastern areas.

Stratus- Look for light or gray clouds that layer the sky at low altitudes. Occur year-round in North America and are most common over coastal and eastern areas.

They bring

Altocumulus- These clouds indicate an approaching storm.

Altosratus- These clouds indicate that rain or snow is on the way.

Cirrocumulus- These clouds indicate that turbulence is on the way.

Cirrostratus- These clouds indicate that rain or snow is on the way.

Cirrus- These clouds indicate that a storm is breaking up.

Cumulonimbus- These clouds indicate rain or a storm is coming.

Cumulus- These clouds indicate that the weather is good.

Fog- These clouds indicate that rain will be coming soon.

Gust Front- These clouds indicate that strong winds are on the way.

Mammatus- These clouds indicate severe weather is coming.

Stratocumulus- These clouds indicate that a storm is clearing up.

Stratus- These clouds indicate that it is dreary out.

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Altocumulus

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Cirrus