Cloud FAQs:


Q: Is cloud an aerosol comprising a visible mass of minute liquid droplets or frozen crystals?

A: Yes, and both of which are made of water or various chemicals.

Q: Are clouds known to have harmful effects over the polar regions of Earth?

A: Yes.

Q: Is cloud determined mainly by air mass characteristics such as stability and moisture content?

A: Yes.

Q: Were clouds presented as ways to forecast the weather?

A: Yes.

Q: Is cloud sufficiently large and the droplets within are spaced far enough apart?

A: Yes, and a percentage of the light that enters the cloud is not reflected back out but is absorbed giving the cloud a darker look.

Q: Is cloud a vaporous mass?

A: Yes, and concentrated and producing water.

Q: Is cloud known as accessory clouds?

A: Yes.

Q: Are clouds gray?

A: Yes, and middle clouds appear rose-colored, and high-etage clouds are white or off-white.

Q: Are clouds forced through a mountain range?

A: Yes, or when ocean wind driven clouds encounter a high elevation island, they can begin to circle the mountain or high land mass.

Q: Are clouds better able to trap the long-wave radiation thus mitigating the cooling effect to some degree?

A: Yes.

Q: Are clouds not further subdivisions of cloud types below the species and variety level?

A: Yes.

Q: Are clouds formed by the saturation of air in the homosphere?

A: Yes, The air may be cooled to its dew point by a variety of atmospheric processes or it may gain moisture from an adjacent source.

Q: Are clouds composed of sulfur dioxide and appear to be almost entirely stratiform?

A: Yes.

Q: Are clouds variable or unpredictable in their overall effect because of variations in their concentration?

A: Yes, and distribution, and vertical extent.

Q: Are clouds sometimes classified separately from the other vertical or multi-étage types because of their ability to produce severe turbulence?

A: Yes.

Q: Are clouds found from near surface up to 2,000 m?

A: Yes, Genus types in this étage either have no prefix or carry one that refers to a characteristic other than altitude.

Q: Are clouds the highest in the atmosphere and form near the top of the mesosphere at about ten times the altitude of tropospheric high clouds?

A: Yes.

Q: Are clouds not generally found in the low étage?

A: Yes, and an altitude range where their place is taken by clouds of the cumulus genus.

Q: Are clouds classified as high and thus constitute a single genus cirrus?

A: Yes, Stratocumuliform and stratiform clouds in the high étage carry the prefix cirro-, yielding the respective genus names cirrocumulus and cirrostratus. When comparatively low-resolution satellite images of high clouds are analized without supporting data from direct human observations, it becomes impossible to distinguish between individual genus types which are then collectively identified as cirrus-type.

Q: Is cloud determined by how light is reflected?

A: Yes, and scattered, and transmitted by the cloud's particles.

Q: Were clouds identified as always upper level and given the genus name cirrus from the Latin for hair?

A: Yes.

Q: Are clouds generally of the genus cirrus and have the appearance of detached or semi-merged filaments?

A: Yes.

Q: Are clouds usually collectively identified as 'middle-type' on satellite images?

A: Yes.