What is Cloud Formation? - Definition, Types & Process


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Clouds with the word 'cumulus' in them are

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1. Nimbostratus clouds are found at _____ altitudes and indicate _____ weather.

2. Thunderhead clouds form from which type of cloud?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Clouds, condensed water droplets in the air, can take different formations based upon the atmospheric conditions at the time. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the different types of cloud formations. Some things you'll be assessed on include characteristics of clouds and identifying the categories of clouds based on altitude.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Characteristics of clouds with the word 'cumulus' in them
  • Where nimbostratus clouds are found and what type of weather they indicate
  • Which type of cloud thunderheads form from
  • The four main categories of cloud
  • Characteristics of clouds with the word 'stratus' in them

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding cloud formations
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the different types of cloud formations and their relationships to the weather
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information on cloud formations and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about how clouds form, review the accompanying lesson, What is Cloud Formation? - Definition, Types & Process. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Formation of clouds
  • Categories and types of clouds
  • Definition of cirrus, stratus, alto and cumulus