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Common Clouds

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Clouds come in many forms. They are named after their shape and how high in the sky they are. Get the scoop on four types of clouds.

Thin and Feathery

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When it’s nice out, you might see cirrus clouds. They are high in the sky. Some people say they look like hair.

Thick and Puffy

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Cumulonimbus clouds hold rain. They are closer to the ground.

Cotton Balls

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Cumulus clouds are seen on sunny days. They are puffy. They are fairly low in the sky.

Long Layers

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On foggy, rainy days, flat layers of stratus clouds cover the sky. They often cause drizzling rain

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