Columns: Wacky Weather – Cloud Formations

A. Williams, Managing Editor, Senior Staff Writer

Weather is everywhere and always changing in one way or another. It can never be fully understood because every day there is something new to discover. Many times people think nothing of a cloud formation or the animals around them. The truth is if you pay attention to your surroundings you many notice something that could end up saving your life.


Jon Harris
Fluffy severe storm clouds brewing one evening in Texas.

Different types of clouds have to do with different types of weather. Knowing which leads to certain weather conditions, this could save you some time or even affect how you dress that day. Many people just use a weather app or Google, but that doesn’t always work. If you know what clouds are in the sky and even what color they are, it could save you a lot of trouble.

Cumulonimbus clouds are what you would associate with severe weather. They span over the low, middle, and high layers of the atmosphere. They are often dark and hazy at the bottoms and the tops flat. They can bring thunderstorms, hail, and even a possibilities for tornadoes.

Nimbostratus clouds are found on the low level of the atmosphere and lay flat in the sky. They are usually gray or dark gray in coloration. You usually will see them when there is steady rainfall or snowfall.