Clyde Jr. & me

Gertie's Cloudin' up a Storm

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By: Gertrude Butterbean

Clyde Junior was studyin' the sky t'other day and asked me if I knew what kind of clouds were hanging above our heads. Since I know just about everything and he don't, I informed him that those purty puffy thangs were called cumulus clouds.

He said that he knowed that already from school, but forgot it just then. Yeah sure. He sounded just like his daddy. Anyways, takin' this for an opportunity for education, here's all y'all need to know about clouds!

First off, here are three of the most well-known kinds of clouds:

  1. Cumulus clouds are the puffy clouds that look like wads of cotton (without the bits of dirt and bugs). These clouds ain't tall and Granny Polly said they meant fair weather and lots of fun. The bottoms of cumulus clouds are purty close to the ground.
  2. Stratus clouds are what you see on cloudy rainy days. They're the lowest of the clouds - fog is a stratus cloud. Granny Polly hated these clouds cuz she said we kids stunk worse than usual because of the high humidity.
  3. Cirrus clouds are real high feathery-lookin' clouds. These clouds meant good lovin' was on the way, hey, I wonder if that's why most of my babies were conceived in the late fall?

Before I talk about the fourth kind of clouds, some of you know-it-alls may argue that there are lots more kinds of clouds than them three listed up yonder. The weatherman throws around words like nimbus (this means somethin' wet is falling from the cloud), cumulonimbus (a fancy word for "thunderhead"), stratocumulus (a fancy word for "partly sunny"), and nimbostratus (this means it's gonna rain out the church picnic).

Now for the fourth kind of cloud: in my neck of the woods, this common type of cloud is the flatus cloud. You rarely see these clouds, but their effects are common.

Do y'all have any of these clouds? Email Gertie!

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