- Why do clouds stay up in the sky?
- Why do clouds not fall from the sky?
- Are clouds always in the sky?
- What happens if you touch a cloud?
- Can you touch clouds?
- Can you feel clouds?
- How do clouds disappear?
- Can you touch a rainbow?
- Does the sun burn the clouds away?
- What is a Moonbow?
As warm, moist air rises, it gets cooler and cooler. And as it cools, more tiny water droplets form. And they’re surrounded by tiny warm blankets of air, which lift them up towards the sky. That’s how clouds weighing billions of tonnes can stay afloat up in the sky.
Clouds are made of water. Water is denser than air. Water doesn’t float in the air. Therefore, clouds can’t exist.
Clouds form from water in the sky. The water may evaporate from the ground or move from other areas. Water vapor is always in the sky in some amount but is invisible. Clouds form when an area of air becomes cooler until the water vapor there condenses to liquid form.
The droplets scatter the colors of the sunlight equally, which makes clouds appear white. Even though they can look like cushy puffballs, a cloud can’t support your weight or hold anything up but itself.
Well, the simple answer is yes, but we will get into it. Clouds look like they would be fluffy and fun to play in, but they are actually made of trillions “cloud droplets”. Unfortunately, it does not feel like cotton balls or cotton candy, but most people have technically touched a cloud before.
Unfortunately, it does not feel like cotton balls or cotton candy, but most people have technically touched a cloud before. If you wanted to touch an airborne cloud, the best way to do this is either skydiving or in a hot air balloon, though I would not want to be stuck in a cloud while in a hot air balloon.
The three primary ways that clouds dissipate is by (1) the temperature increasing, (2) the cloud mixing with drier air, or (3) the air sinking within the cloud. When the temperature increases, the air has a higher capacity to evaporate liquid water. Some environmental air does mix into the cloud mass.
In short, you can touch someone else’s rainbow, but not your own. A rainbow is light reflecting and refracting off water particles in the air, such as rain or mist. However, it is possible to touch the water particles and refracted light (if you agree that you can touch light) of a rainbow that someone else is viewing.
Strong sun over long days works against low clouds, since solar heating warms the surface and tends to cause the lower atmosphere to mix, destroying fog and stratus. The deeper the cool, cloud layer near the surface, the harder to burn off.
But have you ever seen a moonbow? This rare phenomenon, also known as a lunar rainbow, occurs at night when light from the Moon illuminates falling water drops in the atmosphere. Sometimes the drops fall as rain, while in other cases the mist from a waterfall provides the necessary water.