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Nimbus means rain so nimbus clouds are the really dark ones. They are dark because they are carrying lots of water droplets and they are ready to give us a shower. The water droplets may come out in many forms of precipitation such as rain, snow, hail, and sleet. Nimbus is usually mixed with another cloud type to describe not only that the cloud is carrying precipitation, but also the cloud's height. An example of this is cumulonimbus which are cumulus rain clouds.


Stratonimbus clouds over a city.

Stratonimbus Cloud
Photo by the University of Illinois WW2010 Project
For more information on clouds go to these sites:

cirrus | stratus | cumulus | nimbus | main


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Page Last Updated 10/20/2003






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