Thursday, March 19, 2015

Cloud Étages

Clouds are sometimes grouped by what is called their étage, which is really just a fancy word for how high or low a cloud is in the sky.

There are high-étage, middle-étage and low-étage.
The high étage is way up high in the sky, 10,000 to 25,000 feet up!
The low étage is 6,500 feet or below, and the middle étage is right in between.

So the clouds in the different étages are called different things, just based on how high they are in the sky.
Like the cirrocumulus clouds are high-étage, the altocumulus are middle-étage and the stratocumulus are low-étage.

(from: wikipedia - cloud)

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