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Nimbus, Cumulonimbus, Nimbostratus, and Fog

Nimbus is another word associated with clouds. Adding “nimbus” means precipitation is falling from the cloud.


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Cumulonimbus clouds are the “thunderheads” that can be seen on a warm summer day and can bring strong winds, hail, and rain.


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Nimbostratus clouds will bring a long steady rain.


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Fog is a cloud on the ground.


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