Types Of Clouds Quiz

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Do you know about the clouds and their types? You can take this type of clouds quiz to test your knowledge about clouds. In this quiz, you will get questions about clouds, their types, atmosphere, and a few more things. You can pick the correct answer from the options given in the question. With all the correct answers, you will get a perfect score on this quiz. Go for it! All the best! Do share the quiz with others.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which clouds look like heaps of cotton?

    • A.

      Cumulus

    • B.

      Stratus

    • C.

      Cumulonimbus

    • D.

      Cirrus

    Correct Answer
    A. Cumulus
    Explanation
    Cumulus clouds are the ones that look like heaps of cotton. They are white, fluffy, and have a flat base with a rounded top. These clouds are formed by the upward movement of warm air, which causes the moisture in the air to condense and form visible clouds. Cumulus clouds are often associated with fair weather, but they can also develop into larger, more towering clouds known as cumulonimbus clouds, which are associated with thunderstorms.

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  • 2. 

    What clouds look like wispy curls high in the air? (Cirrus/cumulus/stratus/nimbus)

    Correct Answer
    Cirrus
    Explanation
    Cirrus clouds are thin and wispy, resembling curls high up in the air. They are usually found at high altitudes and are composed of ice crystals. Cirrus clouds are often associated with fair weather, but they can also indicate the approach of a warm front or an approaching storm system.

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  • 3. 

    Which clouds spread out and look like a low cover just overhead? (Cirrus/cumulus/stratus/nimbus)

    Correct Answer
    Stratus
    Explanation
    Stratus clouds are low-level clouds that spread out horizontally and appear as a uniform layer just above the Earth's surface. They often cover the entire sky and have a grayish appearance. These clouds are typically associated with stable weather conditions and can bring light precipitation or drizzle.

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  • 4. 

    Which clouds are dark, gray blanket or puffs of smoke? (altocumulus/cumulus/stratus/cumulonimbus)

    Correct Answer
    stratus
    Explanation
    Stratus clouds form uniform layers that cover the sky like a blanket, often appearing dark and gray when they are heavy with moisture. They are associated with overcast days and can produce light precipitation like drizzle. While "puffs of smoke" might suggest a more turbulent or textured appearance typical of cumulonimbus clouds during stormy conditions, the descriptor of a "gray blanket" aligns more closely with the characteristics of stratus clouds.

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  • 5. 

    These clouds show it is going to rain and are stormy clouds. (altocumulus/cumulus/stratus/cumulonimbus)

    Correct Answer
    Cumulonimbus
    Explanation
    The given description states that the clouds are stormy and indicate rain. Cumulonimbus clouds are known for their vertical development and are associated with thunderstorms and heavy precipitation. They often have an anvil-shaped top and can extend high into the atmosphere. Therefore, cumulonimbus is the correct answer as it fits the description provided.

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  • 6. 

    These clouds are seen in the blue sky and are high curly, wispy clouds. (Cirrus/cumulus/stratus/nimbus)

    Correct Answer
    cirrus
    Explanation
    Cirrus clouds are known for their high altitude and wispy appearance. They are often seen in the blue sky and have a curly, feathery texture. Unlike other cloud types, cirrus clouds are composed of ice crystals rather than water droplets. Their presence indicates fair weather conditions and the possibility of a change in the weather in the near future.

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  • 7. 

    These clouds hang above the city and spread out. (Cirrus/cumulus/stratus/nimbus)

    Correct Answer
    stratus
    Explanation
    The given description states that the clouds "hang above the city and spread out." This indicates that the clouds are low-lying and have a flat, uniform appearance. Stratus clouds fit this description as they typically form at low altitudes and are characterized by their horizontal, layered structure. They often cover large areas of the sky and can create overcast conditions. Therefore, the correct answer is stratus.

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  • 8. 

    These clouds are white fluffy clouds. (Cirrus/cumulus/stratus/nimbus)

    Correct Answer
    cumulus
    Explanation
    Cumulus clouds are characterized by their white and fluffy appearance. They are formed by the upward movement of warm air, which causes the moisture to condense and form these distinct clouds. Cumulus clouds are often associated with fair weather, but they can also develop into towering cumulonimbus clouds, which bring thunderstorms and heavy rain. Therefore, based on the description provided, cumulus is the correct answer for the given question.

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  • 9. 

    These clouds are high, thin, white clouds made of tiny ice pieces. (Cirrus/cumulus/stratus/nimbus)

    Correct Answer
    cirrus
    Explanation
    Cirrus clouds are high, thin, and white, consisting of tiny ice crystals. They often appear as delicate, feathery strands or wisps in the sky. These clouds form at high altitudes and are associated with fair weather conditions. Their appearance indicates the presence of upper-level moisture and can sometimes indicate a change in weather patterns.

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  • 10. 

    These clouds are low flat gray clouds that are layered. (Cirrus/cumulus/stratus/nimbus)

    Correct Answer
    Stratus
    Explanation
    The given description states that the clouds are low, flat, gray, and layered. These characteristics are typical of stratus clouds. Stratus clouds form in stable, calm weather conditions and are often associated with overcast skies and light precipitation. They have a uniform, flat appearance and can cover large areas of the sky. Therefore, the correct answer is stratus.

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  • 11. 

    Stratus clouds that lie close to the ground are called. (cloud/fog/river/air)

    Correct Answer
    fog
    Explanation
    Stratus clouds that lie close to the ground are called fog. Fog is a type of low-lying cloud that forms when the air near the ground cools and reaches its dew point, causing water vapor to condense into tiny water droplets. Fog often reduces visibility and can create a misty or hazy appearance. It typically occurs in calm weather conditions and is commonly found in valleys, near bodies of water, or during the early morning and late evening when the temperature is cooler.

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  • 12. 

    Clouds that form in warm air on sunny days. (Cirrus/cumulus/stratus/nimbus)

    Correct Answer
    cumulus
    Explanation
    Cumulus clouds are large, fluffy clouds that form in warm air on sunny days. They are characterized by their distinct puffy shape and flat bases. These clouds usually indicate fair weather conditions, with little to no precipitation. Cumulus clouds are formed through the upward movement of warm air, which causes water vapor to condense and form visible clouds. They are often seen in the afternoon when the sun heats the ground and the warm air rises, creating the ideal conditions for cumulus cloud formation.

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  • 13. 

    Thunderhead clouds that are dark puffy clouds. (altocumulus/cumulus/stratus/cumulonimbus)

    Correct Answer
    cumulonimbus
    Explanation
    Cumulonimbus clouds are large, towering clouds that are associated with thunderstorms. They are characterized by their dark and puffy appearance. These clouds often have an anvil-shaped top and can extend vertically across multiple layers of the atmosphere. Cumulonimbus clouds are capable of producing heavy rain, thunder, lightning, and even hail. They can also generate strong winds and tornadoes. Therefore, cumulonimbus is the correct answer for the given description of dark puffy clouds.

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  • 14. 

    Water in the air. (condensation/evaporation/fumes/water vapor)

    Correct Answer
    water vapor
    Explanation
    Water vapor refers to the gaseous state of water molecules present in the air. When water evaporates from a liquid state, it turns into water vapor, which is invisible to the naked eye. This water vapor can be found in the atmosphere and is responsible for the formation of clouds, fog, and humidity. Therefore, in the given options, water vapor is the correct answer as it accurately describes the presence of water in the air in its gaseous form.

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  • 15. 

    Water vapor is liquid, solid, or gas.

    Correct Answer
    gas
    Explanation
    Water vapor is the gaseous form of water. When water is heated, it evaporates and turns into water vapor, which is invisible to the naked eye. Water vapor is responsible for the formation of clouds, fog, and steam. It is also an essential component of the Earth's atmosphere and plays a crucial role in the water cycle.

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  • 16. 

    Amount of water vapor in the air. (vapors/fumes/fog/humidity)

    Correct Answer
    humidity
    Explanation
    Humidity refers to the amount of water vapor present in the air. It is a measure of how saturated the air is with water molecules. High humidity indicates that the air contains a large amount of water vapor, while low humidity means that the air is relatively dry. Therefore, humidity is the correct answer as it directly relates to the amount of water vapor in the air.

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  • 17. 

    On hot summer days, these clouds generally cause thunderstorms (altocumulus/cumulus/stratus/cumulonimbus)

    Correct Answer
    cumulonimbus
    Explanation
    Cumulonimbus clouds are known for their vertical development and ability to cause thunderstorms. These clouds are characterized by their towering appearance, often reaching high altitudes. They are associated with warm and unstable atmospheric conditions, which are common on hot summer days. Cumulonimbus clouds have the potential to produce heavy rain, lightning, thunder, and even hail. Therefore, it is reasonable to conclude that on hot summer days, these clouds generally cause thunderstorms.

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  • 18. 

    These clouds form in high altitudes and are formed by ice crystals. (Cirrus/cumulus/stratus/nimbus)

    Correct Answer
    cirrus
    Explanation
    Cirrus clouds form in high altitudes and are composed of ice crystals. They are thin, wispy clouds that often have a feathery appearance. These clouds are typically associated with fair weather conditions and are often seen on clear, sunny days. Cirrus clouds are usually found at altitudes above 20,000 feet and can indicate the presence of an approaching warm front or an approaching storm system. Their formation is a result of the condensation of water vapor into ice crystals at high altitudes where temperatures are very cold.

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  • 19. 

    Clouds that are formed at higher altitudes and are fluffy white masses with flat bases. (Cirrus/cumulus/stratus/nimbus)

    Correct Answer
    cumulus
    Explanation
    Cumulus clouds are formed at higher altitudes and are characterized by their fluffy white masses with flat bases. These clouds are often associated with fair weather conditions and are commonly seen on sunny days. They are formed by the upward movement of warm air and indicate a stable atmosphere. Cumulus clouds can vary in size and shape, ranging from small and isolated to large and towering. They are a common sight in the sky and are often depicted in children's drawings of clouds.

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  • 20. 

    Low clouds without a definite form. (Cirrus/cumulus/stratus/nimbus)

    Correct Answer
    stratus
    Explanation
    Stratus clouds are low-level clouds that appear as a uniform layer covering the sky. They are characterized by their lack of definite form, often appearing as a flat, grayish layer. These clouds are typically associated with stable weather conditions and can bring light precipitation such as drizzle or light snow. The other options, cirrus, cumulus, and nimbus, are not suitable answers because they do not describe low clouds without a definite form.

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  • 21. 

    Clouds associated with fair weather. (Cirrus/cumulus/stratus/nimbus)

    Correct Answer
    cumulus
    Explanation
    Cumulus clouds are associated with fair weather because they are usually small, white, and fluffy in appearance. These clouds form when warm air rises and cools, causing water vapor to condense into visible cloud formations. Cumulus clouds often indicate stable atmospheric conditions, which are typically associated with fair weather. They are commonly seen on sunny days and are not usually associated with precipitation or severe weather events.

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  • 22. 

    Clouds associated with moist weather, drizzle, snow, or small ice particles. (Cirrus/cumulus/stratus/nimbus)

    Correct Answer
    nimbus
    Explanation
    Nimbus, or more specifically, "nimbostratus" clouds, are dense, thick clouds that blanket the sky, blocking out sunlight and are generally linked to continuous precipitation, such as rain or snow. These clouds are low to mid-level and are known for their extensive coverage and moisture-laden properties.

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  • 23. 

    Clouds closest to earth. (Cirrus/cumulus/stratus/nimbus)

    Correct Answer
    Stratus
    Explanation
    Stratus clouds are the closest to the earth's surface compared to other cloud types. These clouds are low-level clouds that form in a uniform, flat layer. They usually appear as a gray or white blanket covering the sky and can often bring light precipitation, such as drizzle or light snow. Stratus clouds are typically found at altitudes below 6,500 feet and are commonly associated with stable weather conditions.

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  • 24. 

    Clouds that are light gray in color and give winter skies a dull gray color. (Cirrus/cumulus/stratus/nimbus)

    Correct Answer
    stratus
    Explanation
    Stratus clouds are characterized by their low altitude and uniform, flat shape. They often appear as a blanket or layer covering the sky, causing it to have a dull gray color. These clouds are usually light gray in color, which aligns with the description given in the question. Therefore, the correct answer is stratus.

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  • 25. 

    Clouds that indicate the location of a distant storm or an approaching change in weather. (Cirrus/cumulus/stratus/nimbus)

    Correct Answer
    cirrus
    Explanation
    Cirrus clouds are thin, wispy clouds that are often found at high altitudes. They are made up of ice crystals and typically indicate fair weather. However, when cirrus clouds appear to be thickening and lowering, it can be a sign of an approaching storm or change in weather. Therefore, cirrus clouds can indicate the location of a distant storm or an approaching change in weather.

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  • 26. 

    On hot summer days, these clouds generally cause thunderstorms, heavy rains, and hail. (altocumulus/cumulus/stratus/cumulonimbus)

    Correct Answer
    cumulonimbus
    Explanation
    Cumulonimbus clouds are known for their ability to produce thunderstorms, heavy rains, and hail during hot summer days. These clouds are characterized by their towering vertical development, often reaching high altitudes. The upward motion within cumulonimbus clouds creates strong updrafts, allowing for the formation of thunderstorms and precipitation. Additionally, the presence of ice crystals in these clouds contributes to the formation of hail. Therefore, cumulonimbus clouds are the most suitable explanation for the given scenario.

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  • 27. 

    ________ clouds are thin, wispy clouds found at high altitudes and are composed primarily of ice crystals. They often indicate fair weather but can also be a precursor to a change in the weather, such as the approach of a warm front.

    Correct Answer
    Cirrus, cirrus
    Explanation
    Cirrus clouds are one of the main types of clouds classified based on altitude and appearance. These clouds are located at high altitudes (typically above 20,000 feet) and have a feathery, wispy appearance due to their composition of ice crystals. Cirrus clouds do not typically produce precipitation but are important indicators in meteorology for predicting weather changes.

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  • 28. 

    Air that surrounds the earth. (fog/atmosphere)

    Correct Answer
    atmosphere
    Explanation
    The air that surrounds the earth is called the atmosphere. It is a layer of gases that extends from the surface of the planet up to outer space. The atmosphere plays a crucial role in protecting life on Earth by absorbing harmful solar radiation, regulating temperature, and providing the necessary gases for respiration. It is composed of various gases, including nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, and trace amounts of other gases. The atmosphere also contains water vapor, which can condense to form clouds and precipitation.

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  • 29. 

    Warm rising air. (low pressure area/ high pressure area/ average pressure area)

    Correct Answer
    low pressure area
    Explanation
    Low pressure areas are characterized by warm rising air. As air heats up, it becomes less dense and rises, creating a region of lower pressure compared to the surrounding areas. This rising air can lead to the formation of clouds and precipitation. In contrast, high pressure areas are associated with sinking air and generally bring clear skies and fair weather. Average pressure areas refer to regions where the atmospheric pressure is neither significantly low nor high.

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  • 30. 

    Cool sinking air. (low-pressure area/ high pressure are/ average pressure area)

    Correct Answer
    high pressure area
    Explanation
    Cool sinking air is associated with high pressure areas. In these regions, air descends towards the surface, leading to compression and warming. As the air sinks, it becomes denser and can hold more moisture, resulting in clear skies and dry weather conditions. The sinking motion suppresses cloud formation and precipitation, which contributes to the cool and stable atmospheric conditions typically found in high pressure systems.

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  • 31. 

    Measures changes in air pressure. (airometer/barometer/speedometer)

    Correct Answer
    barometer
    Explanation
    A barometer is a device used to measure changes in air pressure. It is commonly used in weather forecasting as changes in air pressure can indicate changes in weather conditions. A barometer typically consists of a glass tube filled with mercury or a liquid, with one end open to the atmosphere. As the air pressure changes, the liquid in the tube rises or falls, allowing for the measurement of these changes. Therefore, a barometer is the correct answer for measuring changes in air pressure.

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  • 32. 

    Measures wind direction. (compass/wind vane)

    Correct Answer
    wind vane
    Explanation
    A wind vane is a device used to measure wind direction. It consists of a freely rotating arrow or pointer that aligns itself with the direction from which the wind is blowing. As the wind changes direction, the wind vane will rotate accordingly, allowing the user to determine the wind's direction. This makes it a suitable instrument for measuring wind direction in various applications, such as weather monitoring, aviation, and sailing.

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  • 33. 

    Measures wind speed. (barometer/anemometer/speedometer)

    Correct Answer
    anemometer
    Explanation
    The anemometer is a device used to measure wind speed. It typically consists of several cups or blades that rotate when exposed to wind. The rotation speed is then converted into a measurement of wind speed. This instrument is commonly used in weather stations, airports, and other locations where wind speed monitoring is necessary. A barometer, on the other hand, measures atmospheric pressure, while a speedometer measures the speed of a vehicle.

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  • 34. 

    Measures humidity. (barometer/hygrometer/speedometer)

    Correct Answer
    hygrometer
    Explanation
    A hygrometer is a device used to measure humidity. It is specifically designed to measure the amount of moisture or water vapor present in the air. This makes it the correct answer for the given question. A barometer, on the other hand, is used to measure atmospheric pressure, while a speedometer is used to measure the speed of a vehicle.

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  • 35. 

    The layer of the atmosphere where we live. (stratosphere/mesosphere/troposphere/exosphere)

    Correct Answer
    troposphere
    Explanation
    The troposphere is the layer of the atmosphere closest to the Earth's surface, where weather occurs and where we live. It extends from the Earth's surface up to about 10-15 kilometers in altitude. This is the layer where most of the Earth's weather phenomena, such as clouds, rain, and storms, take place. It is also where the majority of the Earth's air mass is located, containing about 75% of the total atmospheric mass. The troposphere is crucial for sustaining life on Earth as it contains the oxygen and other gases necessary for respiration.

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