Four technical terms for cloud coverage to impress your friends with

The winter months are very much upon us. Temperatures are dropping, and more rain/snowfall is predicted.

So what better time to impress your friends by telling them all about your favourite types of cloud coverage? This blog post is in no way, shape or form sponsored by The Met Office.

Cirrocumulus cloud

Cirrocumulus clouds are them ones that you get on a warm summer evening. Ooooh, aren’t they precious? They’re a layered cloud that have that fluffy, white cotton ball vibe. They also may line up in streets or rows across the sky, they can be pretty beautiful actually, especially at sunset.

Shelf cloud

These ones admittedly are a bit mad. You know some shit is about to go down if you see one of these bad boys. A shelf cloud is low, horizontal and sometimes wedge-shaped. You’d usually associate these with a big old thunderstorm that’s about to hit. They also carry the potential for strong winds, similar to me after beans on toast. 

Cumulonimbus cloud

Otherwise known as The King of Clouds, the cumulonimbus cloud is a rather menacing-looking multi-level specimen and can extend high into the sky in towers or plumes. Similar to the shelf cloud, these are also associated with rainfall. These can become very dense, blocking out the sun with ease, and can ruin a picnic quicker than you can say quiche Lorraine. 


Fog is perhaps the most misunderstood type of cloud coverage, sometimes associated with a beautiful ravine, adding a little mystery to your country walk but just as often related to the evil of a slow car ride as dawn breaks. Block out the hater’s fog. We love you.

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