How Clouds Get Their Names
You may have wondered how clouds get their names, and why they are called so. When meteorologists name clouds, they gauge them by how they look, and how high they are in the sky. Most clouds have the first part of their name associated with height, and the second part to do with the way they look.
Clouds are classified in two ways - if they are high leveled clouds, the prefix 'cirro' forms the first half of their name, and if they are middle leveled clouds, the prefix 'alto' becomes the first half of the name. Low clouds aren't affixed with any kind of prefixes.
Clouds have Latin roots to their names:
|Cirrus||Curl of hair|
Types of Cloud Formations
You'll find names of clouds, that will help you to understand better what the different cloud formations are.
Rare Cloud Formations
Hope that this write up explains about how clouds form, and may you be lucky enough to get it on camera if you happen to spot these.