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Can You Identify These 8 Cloud Formations?

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  1. 1) You get to the airport and see this cloud. What is it?
    stem-1 Jim Brickett

    This is a towering cumulus cloud.

    This is a towering cumulus cloud.

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  2. 2) You see these clouds high in the sky. What are they?
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    These are cirrus clouds.

    These are cirrus clouds.

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  3. 3) What is this cloud that's capping the mountain?
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    This is a lenticular cloud.

    This is a lenticular cloud.

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  4. 4) This looks like a no-fly day. What are these clouds?
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    These are cumulonimbus mammatus clouds.

    These are cumulonimbus mammatus clouds.

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  5. 5) Is this a mushroom cloud? Nope, it's a:
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    This is a cumulonimbus capillatus incus.

    This is a cumulonimbus capillatus incus.

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  6. 6) They can't all be hard. What is this cloud?
    stem-6 David Radke/NOAA

    This is a funnel cloud.

    This is a funnel cloud.

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  7. 7) You're flying and see these clouds. What are they?
    stem-7 NASA

    These are roll clouds.

    These are roll clouds.

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  8. 8) What is the smooth cloud on top of this cumulus formation called?
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    There is a pileus cloud on top of the cumulus cloud.

    There is a pileus cloud on top of the cumulus cloud.

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Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at colin@boldmethod.com.

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