cloud formations might be one of the most beautiful and romantic sights
in nature, but these masses of liquid droplets is also a complex and
scientifically interesting phenomena. Regardless of the shape and the
looks of the cloud, they’re all made of the same thing – condensed water
or ice. When the sun heats the ground, warm air starts to evaporate and
rise towards the sky. Once these water vapor particles cluster
together, a cloud is formed. If it is being joined by more water
crystals and keeps growing, it will eventually reach us on the ground as
rain or snow. Otherwise the cloud simply evaporates into the thin air.
though different cloud formations might seem random and indescribable
to you, there’s a whole cloud classification system that’s uniform
worldwide. Luke Howard, British manufacturing chemist and an amateur
meteorologist, was the first to introduce a nomenclature system for
clouds back 1802. Today clouds are categorized based on their shape,
altitude, process of formation and other features.
you don’t need to be a meteorologist or a science fan to appreciate the
beauty of differently shaped and colored clouds. Here’s a selection of
some stunning cloud pictures – we bet that among them you’ll find some
cloud formations that you’ve never actually seen before!