I need 2 or 3 paragraphs on the below topic and replies to two peer posts listed below.
There are numerous cloud types that are often indicative, and even predictive, of specific storm types. Choose a cloud type or a storm type and describe it. Be sure to explain how it forms the weather we expect to experience when it is present. If you wish, you can even choose cloudless conditions! As always, make sure that you chose a topic that hasn’t yet been posted.
Peer Post 1:
I chose to research cirrocumulus clouds as they remind me of the upcoming winter season in Michigan. Cirrocumulus clouds are small puffs that normally appear in long rows at around 18,000 feet. These clouds are often white but can sometimes show as gray. If there are a lot of these clouds in the sky, they can resemble the scales of a fish – this instance would be called a “mackerel sky” (Cirrocumulus clouds, n.d.).
Cirrocumulus clouds are composed of extremely cold water dropets or even ice crystals. The appearance of this type of cloud is a good indicator that a warm front may be approaching and rain may be possible within 36 hours (Cirrocumulus, n.d.)
Cirrocumulus clouds. (n.d.). Retrieved October 17, 2016, from https://scied.ucar.edu/imagecontent/cirrocumulus-clouds
Cirrocumulus. (n.d.). Retrieved October 17, 2016, from http://www.weatheronline.co.uk/reports/wxfacts/Cirrocumulus.htm
Peer Post 2:
I decided to research cumulonimbus clouds, because my dad and I used to sit in the garage when I was a kid, to watch the rainstorms, thunderstorms, and hailstorms. Cumulonimbus clouds are associated with heavy rainfall, thunder, lightning, hail and tornadoes (Lutgens, Tarbuck & Tasa, 2014). Cumulus clouds are described as having a cauliflower structure (Lutgens et al, 2014). Cumulonimbus clouds produce precipitation by updrafts, where ice crystals form in the clouds, and as they drop they collect more water and drop to Earth (Lutgens et al, 2014). If these drops are still frozen they are hail, but most of the time they evaporate enough that it is just rain.
Lutgens, F. K., Tarbuck, E. J., & Tasa, D. (2014). Foundations of Earth Science (7th ed.) Upper Saddle River, NJ.