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What Are Clouds?

When water on land or in the ocean evaporates - turns from a liquid to water vapor - it rises. The water vapor cools and turns back into a liquid in the shape of tiny droplets. The result is clouds, unless it's on the ground - then we call it fog. When enough droplets get together they fall to the ground as rain or if it's very cold, they freeze and fall down as snow, sleet or hail.

Clouds play an important role in the energy balance of Earth. They cool the earth by reflecting sunlight back out to space. How else do you think astronauts see where they are going? More importantly, clouds replenish our water supply. It's a never-ending cycle but one that keeps the earth balanced.

You can tell a lot by looking at a cloud's shape, size and texture. Clouds are put into categories according to their shape, how high they are in the sky, their size, how fast and in what direction they are moving, etc. The three different types of clouds are high clouds (because they are high in the sky), medium clouds and low clouds (just over 10,000 feet high or 3 km.)

High Clouds

Cirrus (Ci): The ice-crystal cloud is a feathery white cloud that is the highest in the sky. It has a wispy looking tail that streaks across the sky and is called a fallstreak.

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Cirrostratus (Cs): A milky sheet of ice-crystal cloud that spreads across the sky. It's easy to name because it's the only cloud type that creates a ring or halo around the sun or moon. There's an old proverb that goes, "A ring around the sun or moon brings rain or snow upon you soon."

Cirrocumulus (Cc): This very rare cloud type appears in clusters of small, white, roundish patches.

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Low clouds

Cumulus (Cu): The fair weather cloud. Each cloud looks like a cauliflower.

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Stratocumulus (Sc): A layer of cloud that can sometimes block the sun. It looks like a thick white blanket of stretched out cotton.

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Stratus (St): A fog that isn't that far above the ground. In the morning, wind can push very low fog into stratus clouds. This can be a hazard for hikers.

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Rain Clouds

Nimbostratus (Ns): The dark, rain carrying cloud of bad weather. It is to blame for most of the winter rains and some of the summer ones. It covers the sky and blocks the sun. You have to fly in a plane through the cloud to realize how deep and solid this cloud can be.

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Cumulonimbus (Cb): The cloud that produces showers and thunderstorms. The rain comes and goes with these clouds. Big Cb clouds have lumps that look like cows' udders, called mamma. In the US if you see a mamma this might mean a possible tornado.

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Every individual has different personalities.They can understand when you come out to them,or they will not.It's really simple. I'll try to be as honest as I can.... People should really not be judged by their gender or any kind of stuff a man can judge,except their personalities.Take an example of the Black-African slaves.People were destroying their lives so that their lives are easier.It is really bad for us,but it might be good for the people the slaves worked for.The Black people had no choice but to obey,for they were to be executed if they don't. But,Even if some of the People had slaves,they would not be rude to him (Mainly men were chosen for heavy work,please do not be offended by what I said). It's the same with today's aspect of coming out. Your relatives might think that being anything other than Male or Female is bad for you,for the world might discard you because of you being a special snowflake.They are but right for the most part.We've come to the point of not even trusting our own world. But then again,You will have company to support you; Your friends,some of your relatives,and even whole organizations (i.e : somewhereto_ or GLBT Nationial Support Center) This is a cruel world we live in,but at the same time,it can be gracious. The point is,everything has two sides.One good,and one bad.It is your job to know how to get to the good one,even if you stumble on the way. After all,You are not alone.
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Bella: A brown haired highschool junior who meets a pale, sparkly vampire. High jinks ensues.
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[I hope you are proud of how terrible these characters are. I have even gone to the painstaking level of making terrible art of them and writing this in bad grammar. This has caused me so much pain and torture, and I hope it will do the same to you who read it. >:3 *why did i even try and make a form for these monstrosities*]Name: Datenshi Nokibo (Fallen Angel of Hope)Age: TwelveGender: FemaleFandom: DanganronpaUltimate?: Ultimate ???, but actually Ultimate Hope. (so sUGOI DESU)Appearance: I drew this myself and yes i used a base doNT HATE ART IS HARD. AND I KNO SHE HAS NO WINGS BUT SHE CAN HIDE THEM BC SHES A KAWAII SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE.Personality: Datenshi is really kawaii and amai and loves everyone!!! She is bestfriends with all of 77 class and 78 class because she's so kakkoi~ and shes really good at every talent because shes the ultimate hope and has no flaws because she wouldnt forgive herself if she had any!! Flaws are for bakas!!! Shes super depressed tho and gets rlly sad but her friends always cheer her up!!! History: Datenshi was sent to earth from heaven as a fallen angel because her parents didn't love her, so she never met them ever!!! She lived in an orphanage her whole life and people bullied her because she was so sugoi and kakkoi and an angel and not a silly baka like those bullies. She got really depressed but then hopes peak academy found her and let her join to be the ultimate hope!!!!!!! Then she became super kawaii and popular!!!!!! Relationships?: Shes bestfriends with Aoi and Sakura and Ibuki and Peko and she likes Celes and Junko and Hiyoko and Sonia!!! She is dating Byakuya and Chihiro and Mahiru and Mikan bc she loves them all~~~~~!!!! Her enemies are Sayaka and Toko bc Sayaka is super jelous bc she isn't as pretty as her and Toko loves Byakuya but he loves Datenshi!!!!!! >_<Other: Datenshi is a sugoi-kawaii fallen angel!!!!! And she has majikku powers that make her control all the elements!!!! :3 Sugoi, nee~ Name: Arial Age: 1 million human years, looks 13 Gender: Female Fandom: Undertale Species: 1/2-Skeleton, 1/2-Ghost, 1/2-Fairy, 1/2-Vampire, 1/2-Demon Fox~~~~~. Powers: All of sans's powers like Bad Time mode!!! She is more powerful than sans and asriel combined~!!!! Appearance: Yeah i drew dis myself again and I KNO SHE DOESNT HAVE HER EARS AND WINGS AND FANGS BUT SHE CAN HIDE THEM SHUT UP STOP HATING ON MY KAWAII OC. Personality: Arial is super-super-super emo and hates her life and everyone. She will try to kill anyone who goes near her who she doesn't like and succeeds because she's super powerful. Shes really depressed bc of her overly-tragic backstory and thats why she hates everyone. She gets really sad about it and cries about it. But everyone loves her because she's amazing and everyone wants to be her friend~~~~~~~~!!! History: Arial was born on the surface but her parents were killed by humans and she was almost killed her whole life!!! She killed the humans who killed her parents but she almost died!! She was banished down to the underground and lived there with the other monsters and she hated all of them but all of them loved her unconditionally because she's absolutely perfect with no flaws ever at all. Relationships?: She is bestfriends with EVERYONE!!!! Even tho she hates the other monsters. she is dating sans and mettaton and undyne and asgore but loves sans more. She hates ALLL THE HUMANSSSS!!!!! >:c Other: Arial is the most popular monster ever even tho she doesnt like many people but they all love her~~~~!!! [I regret everything end my misery please]
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