Aaron and Rivers for contributing questions about today’s Wonder topic! Aaron and Rivers for contributing questions about today’s Wonder topic! I learn that clouds droplets are very tiny and they weigh a little.I learn that if you see a cloud roll in a sunny day that means rain is on the way.
I learned that scientist have discovered that an inch of rain of on square mile is 17.4 million gallons of water and that much water can weigh up to 143 million pounds . I learned that clouds take water from the atmosphere and the droplets turn into drops and then are dropped to earth. Reader Jane wrote in to note that clouds look so nice and fluffy and lighter-than-air, so they certainly can’t weigh much.
When Peggy LeMone was in junior high, a friend’s dad pondered that same question, and she kept it in the back of her mind for years. Clouds are made up of tiny water droplets or ice crystals if it's cold enough that live high in the atmosphere above the surface of the Earth.
1Desert Aster (I think) in bloom seen on the link trail from the Baby Jesus Trail to the Deer Camp Trail.
It is virtually certain that there will be some high-based Cumulonimbus clouds and thunderstorms in these masses from the tropics, though maybe not here.  Most of the rain is projected for eastern California and western Arizona where rain is really needed–and how great is that? A second system floats in right after that and from Jan 29th through early in Feb, and more welcomed showers are possible. You can check out these prognostications in a more professional way  at IPS MeteoStar, this link to the latest model run from 11 PM AST last evening. However, be advised that some of the mid-day photos will show smog,  smog that was ingested into our poor clouds.
The north part of the West Coast and Gulf of Alaska are dominated by higher pressure with lower pressure to the south, so its kind of an upside-down-from-normal looking weather map, pretty rare, and that’s why its cherished by yours truly. When one first encounters this title with its unexpected play on words, we wonder what the author had in mind. Ultimately, we remain perplexed by this title; it forms an enigma that may never be confidently resolved. We, of course, reject the most plausible, superficial explanation, that the author’s play on words was merely describing a local, snow and rimed-tree mountain named after Ms. There was a rousing 0.24 inches of rain yesterday!  Our storm total has topped out at 0.89 inches! Well, my jaw dropped when this model run from yesterday at 11 AM AST came out, re-enforcing, even raising the bar on flooding, in central and southern California, and with those stronger storms, the possibility of flooding and major winter rains here in Arizona was raised.  The severity of the pattern shown aloft is not one I have seen before, and for that reason alone,  might be considered somewhat of an outlier prediction, one really not likely to occur. Also that blocking high in the GOA in Jan 1969 also forced unusually cold air into the Pac NW, where Seattle (SEA-TAC AP) accumulated 21 inches of snow over the month, still a record.
In the Beginning, the blocking high, shunting the jet stream to the south and to the north takes shape in the GOA.
There would be strong, damaging winds with one of these “coming-in-underneath”, too, and, for surfers,   giant waves! No real weather here for awhile, except around Christmas when a mild cold snap, and a little chance of precip occurs as a cold front goes by. Whilst CMP was glumly anticipating the end of Cumulus clouds, tropical ones on a daily basis anyway, due to the onset of westerly winds aloft, it has been pointed out by more astute forecasters, like forecasting legend, Mike L, at the U of AZ, TEEVEE ones, NWS, etc., (i e., namely, everyone else who knows anything at all about weather) that tropical air will still be feeding in enough from the east below the westerlies to keep some Cumulus going here and there, some even becoming Cumulonimbi with rain! Also, we got that cold front coming on the 27th or so, with another chance of rain as humid air is drawn northward ahead of it. More interesting perhaps to some, this modest rainbow formed just after 5 PM yesterday toward the Charouleau Gap, as seen from Catalina, and was still in almost the same spot after 30 minutes.  Have never seen that before since both the sun and the showers are drifting along and so the rainbow should change position.
Well, there is 3.5896421501278e+20 (358,964,215,012,780,000,000 (358 quintillion)) gallons of water on Earth.
Even though most clouds are very heavy, the weight is spread out for miles in the form of tiny water droplets or crystals.
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We are so glad that you enjoyed this Wonder Video, and that you learned something new today! Now all grown up, LeMone is a researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and she’s figured out an answer.
By measuring a cloud’s shadow when the sun is directly above it, you can get an idea of its width. As per research, an average cumulus cloud weighs an incredible 500,000 kg (or 1.1 million pounds!) - the equivalent weight of 100+ elephants - a lot more than you think right!


But the reason why cloud doesn't fall on your head although it weighs tons is because the droplets that formed clouds are so small and can be spread out over miles. Sun tried to break through some puffy clouds over the Catalinas after our 0.05 inch shower.
As we know so well, sometimes the best, most dramatic shots are those after the rain passes, and the rocky surfaces glisten in a peak of sunlight, here enhanced by crepuscular rays due to the falling rain. The deep blue sky, the puffy clouds topping Sam Ridge, the strong sun, the bit of humidity, the bird flying along on the left, gave the sense of one being in Hawaii I thought.
Those boundary layer clouds, Cumulus ones, were reaching their maximum depth about this time.
This was an amazing sight, to see a thin Stratus cloud fronting an early morning Cumulonimbus capillatus.
Here you can see the smog as it was advancing around Push Ridge and had gotten farther north along the side of Samaniego Ridge. To make a short story long, the advance of the smog, with its lower based clouds got as far as Golder Ranch Drive over there by Samaniego Ridge (whitish area below the  lowest cloud base on the left), before receding under a freshet of north wind.  However, some southern parts of Catalina were affected for a short time.
By this time, larger complexes of Cumulonimbus clouds, pretty weak ones, were developing over and north of the Tortolita Mountains and upstream of us  offering the hope of some measurable rain in Catalina, the smog pretty much pushed back to the southern parts or Oro Valley and Marana. Widespread light rain showers were in progress from these weak Cumulonimbus clouds, but sadly, bypassing Catalina.  But huge visual payoffs were ahead as the clouds broke at times, and some stunning sights emerged. The smog belt, held at bay during the day, still lurked to the SW of us, compromising our sunset by providing a reddish-yellowish sickening  hue to it, a sign of a smoky presence, that may compromise today if we’re unlucky. Altostratus translucidus again, with a few scattered Altocumulus cloud flakes, but this time with bulging Stratocumulus topping Samaniego Ridge, giving portent of a good Cumulus day if the As clouds will only depart and allow a LITTLE warmth.  They did. Before long, cloud bases darkened here and there, indicating mounding tops above a general layer, and with the low freezing level of about 7,000 feet, the formation of ice and precip was not far behind. Mountain obscuring showers were soon in progress due to both a little warming, but also because of a cloud energizing swirl in the upper atmosphere that passed over us at 1 PM AST.
Meanwhile, back upwind… This line of modest Cumulonimbus clouds fronted by a weak shelf cloud roared in across Oro Valley to Catalina.
Sometimes those clearing skies, the deep blue accentuating the smaller Cumulus clouds provide our most postcard scenes of the great life we have here in the desert.
While it was sad looking for ice in the afternoon clouds and finding none, the scenes themselves buoyed one.  The instability was great enough that even brief pileus cap clouds were seen on top of our Cu. And, as the cloud tops are kept low, we get those fantastic, quilted, richly colored scenes on our Catalina Mountains we love so much.  Here, looking toward Charouleau Gap and Samaniego Peak.   I could show you so many more like this from just yesterday! Even our lowly regarded teddy bear chollas have luster on days like this, the weak winter sunlight being reflected off its razor-hook-like spines, ones that many of us know too well. In my opinion, I doubt the Rose Bowl game between the Oregon Ducks and Florida State would take place in Pasadena, CA, if this were to transpire.
This is an unbelievably strong wave that has roared in from the lower latitudes of the Pacific. So, another coupla chances to make this a decent water year, one that ends on September 30th.
While the observer has moved some few hundred yards, the rainbow has stayed pretty much where it was after 30 min. So I would say that there could be as much as double that, or less then half of that, in the atmosphere of the entire planets atmosphere. And that is so cool that a cloud weighs more than a cow ,boat, horse, and your regular teen football player. That's how we feel sometimes when all we want to do is go outside and play.However, rain plays an important role in our world. We are so excited to know that you have been WONDERing with us about those big clouds up in the sky! That’s a lot of weight to wrap your head around, so LeMone suggests putting it in more familiar terms, like elephants. For one thing, the weight isn’t concentrated in a hundred elephant-sized particles or even a billion marble-sized ones. Visibility here well over 100 miles.  Never get tired of these views!  You got some Cirrocumulus up there, too. If you were hiking and were in this, it would be fog to you, still Stratus to me viewing it. Those lower cloud fragments along Pusch Ridge at the top of the smog tell you that the air was more moist than the air our Cumulus clouds were forming in,  and therefore, that this advancing smog bank likely associated with deliquesced aerosols from cars and other urban effluents (aka, “air sewage”) accumulated during the Tucson fog earlier that morning that was now being mixed into a deeper layer and heading this way! Before long, a heavy line of Cumulus and weak Cumulonimbus clouds formed again to the southwest and drenched Catalina with another round of rain, this time, only 0.06 inches.
While it rushes through Arizona in a hurry, heavy rains, and some flooding are likely should things transpire like this. This means that at any given moment, there are millions of pounds of water floating above your head.
Some of the droplets are so small that you would need a million of them to make a single raindrop.


Sure, we love the sun, too, but it can be fun to relax on a cloudy day and simply gaze at the clouds as they pass by. A typical cumulus, she says, is about a kilometer across, and usually roughly cubical—so a kilometer long and a kilometer tall, too.
It’s distributed among trillions of really tiny water droplets spread out over a really big space. Its pretty mandatory to note developments like this if you want to move on to the next level of cloud-mavenhood.
How did you figure out how much a cloud weighed and how long did it take for you to figure is out. Without regular rainfall, our world would be a dry, dusty place that wouldn't be any fun at all.If you see clouds roll in on a sunny day, it could mean that rain is on the way.
If you’re a Democrat and you’re feeling partisan, she says, you could substitute 2500 donkeys. This line of showers was spurred by that upper level wind shift that was going to occur over the next hour. Have you ever stared at those clouds and wondered whether they hold rain and, if so, how much?As it turns out, that question isn't easy to answer.
If you care more for dinosaurs than politics, you could also say the cloud weighs about as much as 33 apatosauruses. The amount of rainfall will depend on the climate where you live, for example in Wonder #928: What Is a Monsoon?. Clouds aren't like buckets, so they don't really “hold" water like a bucket would.Whether you realize it or not, the air around you is filled with water.
Water comes in three forms: liquid (that you drink), solid (ice) and gas (water vapor in the air). Get some cotton balls, construction paper, markers, glue and glitter and make your own cloudy picture. This means there is 3.5896421501278e+20 (358,964,215,012,780,000,000 (358 quintillion)) gallons of water on Earth. The amount of water inside a cloud is no different than the amount of water in the air around it.In the air around a cloud, water is a gas in the form of water vapor. This liquid is in the form of millions, billions or even trillions of tiny water droplets called cloud droplets.
Can you make your clouds look like something in particular, such as an animal?What do you like to do on a rainy day? Scientists call this process condensation.When water vapor in the air condenses into tiny cloud droplets, those droplets become visible.
Whether that liquid water will fall to the ground as rain depends on many factors.Cloud droplets are very tiny and weigh very little.
In addition, updrafts (winds that blow upward from the surface of the Earth) also help keep droplets suspended within a cloud.To fall to Earth, cloud droplets have to become heavier. If they combine with other droplets or if more liquid water continues to condense out of the air, they eventually become heavy enough to form drops that fall to Earth as rain. The scientific word for rainfall is precipitation.Once droplets grow into drops and fall to Earth as rain, it will continue to rain as long as conditions in the atmosphere keep causing water vapor to condense into liquid water and grow into drops heavy enough to fall as rain.So how much rain can a cloud produce?
Brainstorm and come up with a special list of things you can look forward to doing outside the next time the clouds let loose!Up for a fun and simple science experiment? Scientists estimate that one inch of rain falling over an area of one square mile is equal to 17.4 million gallons of water. This experiment will show you that cotton balls, like clouds, can hold more water than you might think.
With an eyedropper, you will slowly begin to add droplets of water to the cotton ball until it gets saturated. Before beginning, though, estimate how many drops you think the cotton ball can hold before it becomes saturated. The purpose of the experiment is to put as many droplets of water into the cotton ball as you possibly can.
As the cotton ball begins to fill with water, feel free to move the cotton ball or the eyedropper, so that you can put droplets of water into all the areas of the cotton ball.
Stop counting when the cotton ball becomes fully saturated and begins to “rain" into the bowl.
If you used the smallest droplets possible and completely saturated every area of the cotton ball, it's possible for a cotton ball to hold over 200 droplets of water! Of course, your first try at this experiment might not have given you a result of 200 or more droplets.
Just like rain clouds, cotton balls might hold more or less droplets for a variety of reasons, such as the size of the droplets, the size and thickness of the cotton ball and whether or not all areas of the cotton ball were saturated.



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