Clouds are arranged in three families--low (surface to 6,500 feet), middle (6,500 feet to
16,500 feet), and high (16,500 feet to 45,000 feet)--and are categorized into 10 basic
types that have many different forms and varieties. Two additional types of cloud
Cloud Types and Characteristics
There are many different types of clouds, each with its own distinguishing
characteristics (see Figure 1-5).
Figure 1-5 -- Cloud types and characteristics.