1. Cumulonimbus. Surely the almighty Zeus of all clouds: responsible for thunderstorms and flash floods, the Cumulonimbus is a malevolent, but majestic tower of icy condensation, with the kind of dark, brooding underside that makes you hear: â€œKill da waaaabit, kill da waaaabit!" in an operatic refrain wherever you might be.
2. Cirrus Fibratus. Of the Cirrus family, the Fibratus captures all the elegance and drama of your standard Cirrocumulus formations, but without those pesky clumps! Some may remember Cirrus as the budget broomstick model from the fictional quidditch game of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potterâ€‚series. Many cloud enthusiasts take mild offense to this, as clouds from the Cirrus family are amongst the most intriguing and complex, only forming at between 5,000 and 12,000 metres in temperate regions.
3. Stratocumulus. What can you really say about Stratocumulus that hasn't already been said? They are the blanket cloud, the fluffy, reassuring doona to the mattress that is our troposphere.
4. Altostratus. If Nick Drake were a cloud, he would almost certainly be Altostratus, probably undulatus in arrangement. Emotional and evocative, the Altostratus can bring light rain while still letting sun through it's ambiguous wisps, resulting in that most delicate of natural metaphors, the sunshower.
5. Nacreous. Nacreous are a rare, unusual breed. They are found only in polar regions, spying on snow foxes and narwhals from heights of 15,000 to 25,000 metres. Moisture is very scarce at such heights, and the physicality of these clouds is approaching astral. One might think of them as the titans to Olympus' gods, the Kronos to Cumulonimbus' Zeus: powerless and redundant in one sense, but wise and all-seeing like a quiet arctic ghost. Deep...
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