Look Up and Be Amazed

20 Dec

A Life to Live

Melody Hendrix

Have you ever wondered how much a cloud weighs?
According to scientists, the weight of the average cumulus cloud is 1.1 million pounds!
Think about that for a moment. This means that at any given moment, there are millions of pounds of water floating above your head. That’s the equivalent of 100 elephants.
To start with, this weight isn’t all concentrated in one point, it’s obviously spread out over a huge space. Clouds are also made up of water droplets that are sometimes so tiny that gravity has hardly any effect on them. And because of condensation, clouds are actually buoyant.
Perhaps even more surprising is the fact that even though a cloud seems to float in air, both the air and the cloud have mass and weight. A cloud is actually less dense than dry air, so that keeps them floating yet it turns out they weigh a lot.

Cirro clouds
Are high in the air,
Alto clouds
are halfway there.
Strato clouds
Are way down low,
That is how
The cloud layers go.

Stratus clouds
Fill the air,
Nimbus clouds
Mean rain is there.
Cumulus clouds
Are bumpy and tall,
Cirrus clouds

Are thin. That’s all.



3 Responses to “Look Up and Be Amazed”

  1. Danny Kemp December 20, 2016 at 5:09 pm #

    A terrific post!


  2. divoran09 December 20, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

    As I said on Face Book this I a wonderful photo and a very interesting small essay on clouds. God surprised us time and again with things we would have though were impossible.

    Love, DiVoran


  3. LOUISE GIBSON December 20, 2016 at 12:45 pm #

    So interesting and informative. Our God does all things well, doesn’t He?


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