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lilclairey2012

Question On Clouds

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Hiya everyone.

Since the storm on the 28th of June, I have been interested and fascinated in the clouds.

I know nothing about them at the minute.

I have some pictures from the thunderstorm today.

What info could you give me on the following pictures. Anything and everything if possible please.

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Difficult from photos but the first looks like the base of a Cumulonimbus with fracto stratus below and the second developing Cumulonimbus. It helps with cloud photos if you can get a broader perspective. Not much help I'm afraid.

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Hiya everyone.

Since the storm on the 28th of June, I have been interested and fascinated in the clouds.

I know nothing about them at the minute.

I have some pictures from the thunderstorm today.

What info could you give me on the following pictures. Anything and everything if possible please.

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Nice photos, Claire. Sorry cannot help as I still have a lot to learn about weather et al. But this is a great place to learn as the people here are very knowledgeable. Welcome to NW.

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My reply somehow got mixed up in the quote there.

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Thanx Knocker!

I'm going to post some pictures up of the thunderstorm yesterday. I don't know if it will help at all, but it's worth a shot!

They are in order from before the storm, during, and after.

The pictures are all pretty much from the same spot.

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Hi Claire. In the first three you have large cumulus developing then either developing further into a cumulonimbus or the Cb has developed downwind and arrived over you and produced the storm. Either way it's seems a fairly classic case of storm development involving large Cumulus becoming cumulonimbus storm clouds. A not unusual scenario that you have caught very well with your photo sequence. Well done.

Malcolm

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Thanx, Malcolm!

I am starting to grasp the clouds a bit now...I think.

This is a photo from today. Going off what you have said, I would say this was a cumulus cloud.

Am I right?

I'm really sorry if I am coming across as a wee bit thick ha. I'm just new to all of this. I'm too interested to let it go though!

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Spot on. Don't worry about it cloud observing can be very difficult at times even for people who have been doing it for years. For starting just try to familiarise yourself with the basic types of low, medium and high clouds. This site might help a tad.

http://www.clouds-online.com/

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Thanx. I will grab a copy of that :)

I'm just waiting for the next thunderstorm to head my way. I keep looking up in hope, but it's just sunny! 30% chance of a storm - highly unlikey though :(

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Hi Claire. I know you posted this some time ago but I thought I would add my suggestion of pointing you in the direction of my own website which contains a gallery of all the main cloud types, where and when you are likely to see them and what weather to expect from them. I have kept it fairly basic for those learning or less knowledgeable but I think you could find it helpful. Just click on the link to my website contained in my signature below.

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Hi Claire. I know you posted this some time ago but I thought I would add my suggestion of pointing you in the direction of my own website which contains a gallery of all the main cloud types, where and when you are likely to see them and what weather to expect from them. I have kept it fairly basic for those learning or less knowledgeable but I think you could find it helpful. Just click on the link to my website contained in my signature below.

Very good site Gibby but with respect I think your description of fog a little misleading.

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Very good site Gibby but with respect I think your description of fog a little misleading.

Ok. Point taken. Now changed.

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In addition to what've been said up to now, I strongly recommend you familiarize with the main could types: these are:

1) cumulus

2) stratus

3) cirrus

All other clouds are a combination of the above mentioned and you'll find it very easy to deal with them. The next step would be to aquire the skill of putting these type of cloulds into their proper elevation. That's to say: to determine if you have a low, medium or high clouds.

P.S.: A good shot on the cumulus clouds. You've nailed it! Just to be quite accurate we must keep in mind that there are some stratocumulus cumulogenitus, which are simply the rest of your cumulus clouds. They appear after the dissipation process takes place. :)

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/media/pdf/r/i/Cloud_types_for_observers.pdf This is a guide from Met office in which clouds are discussed widely and broadly. I think you'll find it useful. Good luck!

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