a cloud spotter’s guide
from cirro – meaning curly or fibrous – are the higher level clouds. Think a curl of hair, these wispy numbers are like delicate filaments composed of ice and are a positive sign as they usually mean good weather. Cirrus clouds are particularly beautiful at sunrise and sunset as they take on the glimmering red and yellow tones of the sun.
from strato, suggesting sheets or layers, are lower level clouds and are less well-defined and likely to cover the whole sky. Their specialty is in creating a halo effect in the sky when the sun or moon shines through them.
from cumulo, indicating heaped or piled, are also low level clouds. These billowing shapes that obscure a blue sky are the most bright white in colour. They generally increase in size throughout the day and dissolve again towards the evening.