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NASA / NOAA Cloud Chart

Introduction to Clouds

For more information and details, visit the NOAA Web site associated with this cloud chart.
The cloud chart is intended for printing at 11 by 17 inch size. Printable PDF file
New  A Spanish Version of the cloud chart is now available.

NASA/NOAA Cloud Chart - Low Res Display Image - Click on PDF link above to download 11X17 high resolution printable graphic

NASA is interested in clouds because they are an integral part of the water cycle, and because they are a controlling factor in the Energy budget of the Earth. This chart provides a basic introduction to the identification of clouds. The reverse contains a much more detailed cloud chart from NOAA's National Weather Service.

Other Resources on Clouds

See more tips on cloud identification.
See some cloud type schematics for further information.
Try using a Dichotomous Key for Cloud Identification (developed by Dr. Tina Cartwright in West Virginia)
Take a Cloud Quiz
Print a 1-page cloud identification chart for S'COOL.
Visit an on-line cloud chart with additional examples of each cloud type.
View our cloud type tutorial
Read Lin's tips for S'COOL Observers

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