What is a nimbus cloud?
Cumulonimbus and stratonimbus clouds
Clouds don’t have to be just one kind of cloud. They can be more than one type at the same time. So you often see the names of clouds combined.
A cumulonimbus cloud is a cumulus cloud, a puffy thick cloud, with rain falling out of it.
And a stratonimbus cloud is a stratus cloud, a gray blanket cloud, with rain falling out of it. Or snow, if the weather is cold enough!
Nimbus clouds and the weather
Some parts of the world have nimbus clouds nearly every day, at least in the winter. The Chinook lived in a rainy place like that, in America’s northwest. Northern Europe is like that, too – northern France, and England, and northern Germany.
In other places, like the Sahara Desert in northern Africa or the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa, it almost never rains or snows, so nimbus clouds – rain clouds – are rare. The American Southwest, where the Pueblo people lived, is another place where it hardly ever rains.
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