Well high level clouds have a prefix “cirro-”, mid-level clouds usually start with “alto-” which means “mid”. These clouds can combine liquid water droplet, supercooled liquid droplets, and ice crystals all within one cloud since their level is between 6,500 to 20,000 feet high. It is not uncommon to see mid-level clouds with high level clouds since they have such a variety of different forms within the clouds. Even though there can be several different types of mid-level clouds, today’s discussion will only focus on the three main mid-level clouds. These three forms are: Altocumulus, Altostratus, and Nimbostratus.
Next weekend Courtney's Cloud Corner will discuss different types of low level clouds!