What Types of Clouds are There?

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“What are the different types of clouds and what elevations are they at?”
Cody Allsop
St. John’s Elementary School

There are ten major cloud types: High: Cirrus, Cirrostratus, and Cirrocumulus. Mid-level: Altostratus, Altocumulus, and Nimbostratus.  Low-level: Stratus, Stratocumulus, Cumulus, and Cumulonimbus. High level clouds in temperatures zones are above 20,000 feet and are made of ice crystals and tend to be thin. Mid-level clouds range between 6,500 feet to 20,000 feet and can be made of a mix of liquid water droplets and ice crystals. Low-level clouds are below 6,500 feet and are usually made of liquid water droplets, but can be made of super-cooled droplets or ice crystals during winter.