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    Classification of clouds

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    How are clouds classified? What are the characteristics of each cloud type?

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    The international system of cloud classification is based upon the shape and vertical extent of the cloud, and its altitude. Generally a prefix or suffix attached to a root word describes the cloud. The prefix alto- means middle level clouds and nimbo- or -nimbus means rain-bearing. cirr- means high. However, the definition of high or low changes with latitude. For example high clouds occur above 6,000 m in the tropics and above 3,000 m in high ...

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    The classification system of clouds is based on three criteria and Latin roots are used to describe them. This system is explained, as well as the circumstances under which different cloud formations arise.

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