Hello Kagay-anaon’s! I woke up early this morning around 7am and was amazed on how clouds covered the sky here in our city of Cagayan de Oro. To further explain why there are cloud formations or to be exactly this cloud formation is called altocumulus.
Altocumulus (From Latin Altus, “high”, cumulus, “heaped”) is a middle-altitude cloud genus that belongs to the stratocumuliform physical category characterized by globular masses or rolls in layers or patches, the individual elements being larger and darker than those of cirrocumulus and smaller than those of stratocumulus.
Various cloud formations might be one of the most beautiful and a romantic sight in nature, but these masses of liquid droplets is also a complex and scientifically an interesting phenomena.
Cloud is a large collection of very tiny droplets of water or ice crystals. Droplets are so small and light that they can float in the air, air contains water. On Earth clouds are formed by the saturation of air in the hemisphere when air cools or gains water vapor.
Clouds are formed when the air that contains water vapor is cooled below a critical temperature called the dew point and the resulting moisture condenses into droplets on microscopic dust particles in the atmosphere. There are also tiny particles floating around in the air such as salt and dust, which are called as aerosols. The water vapor and aerosols are constantly bumping into each other. When the air is cooled, some of the water vapor sticks to the aerosols when they collide. Bigger water droplets form around the aerosols particles, and these water droplets start sticking together to another droplet that forms the clouds.
People often wonder what the reason behind those beautiful clouds in the sky that they’ve seen. They are actually formed by the rising air, although there were many factors that affect the clouds and all clouds go through the same process of creation regardless of the size.
Clouds affect temperature range and reflect light.