Cumulus clouds are located at a low level in the atmosphere and are also short. They are indicators of good weather. Cirrus clouds are at a high altitude and are thin and wispy. They generally form ahead of storms. Stratus clouds are midlevel clouds, usually thin and gray, and have the potential to cause light precipitation. In addition to bringing and being indicators of the weather, clouds are also a sort of atmospheric blanket that assists in regulating Earth’s temperature.

Look at this incredible cloud cover! These clouds hover over the Trolltunga cliffs in Norway. Trolltunga was carved by a large icecap that once covered most of Scandinavia. Ringedalsvatnet lake sits in the center.


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