Clouds are one of the most fascinating sights to see in the sky.

a condensed form of atmospheric moisture consisting of small water droplets or .

tiny ice crystals. Clouds represent a vital step in the water cycle. This includes .

the evaporation of moisture from the surface of the earth, the carrying of the .

moisture into higher levels of the atmosphere, the condensation of water vapor .

into cloud masses, and the return of water to the surface as precipitation. The .

major topics to discuss when talking about clouds are types/levels, formation, .

and history. There are many types of clouds classified into three levels. The first .

group is called High Level clouds. The type of clouds most often found in the high .

level stage are cirrus, cirrocumulus and cirrostratus. These clouds are composed .

primarily of ice crystals and usually present a bright white, or mostly white .

appearance except near sunrise or sunset. Cirrus clouds are detached clouds in .

the form of white delicate filaments, patches, or narrow bands. These clouds .

have a hair-like appearance. Cirrus clouds are composed almost exclusively of .

ice crystals. These crystals are in general very small which together which .

accounts for the semi-transparency look of most cirrus clouds. Cirrocumulus .

clouds are thin, white patched sheets or a layer of clouds without shading. They .

are composed of very small elements in the form of grains or ripples. They can .

be merged together or separate. Cirrostratus clouds are a semi-transparent .

whitish cloud, totally or partly covering the sky. They generally produce a halo .

appearance. Cirrocumulus are composed almost exclusively of ice crystals. .

These clouds in the High level group have an altitude of above 6000 meters. .

These clouds are not considered precipitation makers. When cirrus clouds are .

followed by cirrocumulus clouds they warn us of stormy weather. The next group .

is Mid Level clouds. The clouds found in this stage are altocumulus and .