15 Cloud Formations, Ranked By Splendor

Enjoy these clouds, you guys!

15. Cirrus Clouds

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LassenNPS

Latin for “curling hair.”

14. Cumulonimbus Clouds

Mike King
Mike King

AKA “Zeus Clouds”

13. Noctilucent Clouds

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

These clouds can be found in the north and south poles at dusk.

12. Altocumulus Clouds

Nicholas A. Tonelli
Nicholas A. Tonelli

An oldie but a goodie.

11. Pyrocumulus Clouds

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These clouds form atop fires or active volcanoes.

10. Jellyfish Clouds

Vince
Vince

Here are some more great pics of jellyfish clouds, from the good folks over at The Weather Channel.

9. Polar Stratospheric Clouds

Sara Bjork
Sara Bjork

So high they almost glow, reflecting light from the horizon at sundown.

8. Cirrocumulus Clouds

Nicholas A. Tonelli
Nicholas A. Tonelli

Cotton balls in the sky!

7. Hole Punch Clouds

Bart Everson
Bart Everson

Also called “Fallstreak Hole Clouds.” The holes in these clouds can be circular, oblong, or even pentagram shaped. Here’s some more info. on hole punch clouds.

6. Stratus Clouds

Todd Shoemake
Todd Shoemake

“Stratus” is a cognate of the Latin word for “bedspread.”

5. Shelf Clouds

Anthony Quintano
Anthony Quintano

Shelf clouds mean a storm is coming. This person should get off the beach because there is a shelf cloud above her head.

4. Lenticular Clouds

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Honestly, I can’t get enough of these clouds. They are like pancake stacks in the sky. They are also a favorite of the Cloud Appreciation Society

Here are more pictures of lenticular clouds. And here is a lenticular cloud montage:

3. Roll Clouds

darwin Bell
darwin Bell

Roll clouds were on the news in Virginia once:

2. Mammatus Clouds

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mark gallagher
kiwinz
kiwinz

Latin for “breast clouds.”

1. Cumulus Clouds

Alex
Alex

Classic. TC Mark

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