Have you ever found yourself staring at the clouds?
Whenever I’m in the cockpit of the plane, I can’t help but think how lucky I am to be flying across the sky.
Clouds are formed when water vapor rises into the atmosphere and condenses onto small particles that become visible. They take different shapes depending on their height.
Knowing that safety always goes first, pilots need to know what different types of clouds mean.
High clouds are situated at a minimum of 7000 meters above the sea level, some examples are:
Whitish and see-through, they predict that the weather is getting cold.
Round shapped, they predict storms.
Very thin and long, they predict storms or warm fronts.
Middle clouds are between 2000-7000 meters above the sea level. Some of the types are:
Dense in layers or patches, they predict bad weather with rain or storms.
Tend to be thin with denser layers, they predict light rain and drops in temperature.
Low clouds, which are below 2000 meters:
Long and grey, they predict rain in summer and snow in winter.
Different tones of grey, they predict good weather.
Different densities and shades of grey, they predict good weather.
Big and grey, they predict heavy storms.
Massive grey clouds, they predict heavy storms and hailing.
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