Cirro Energy | When Good Clouds Go Bad

What’s more relaxing than cloud gazing on a warm summer afternoon? As time goes by, you may notice there are many different types of clouds. Among them is the cirrus cloud. Yes, Cirro Energy was named after a type of cloud! Cirro means “wisp of hair” and it’s a term used to describe high altitude clouds made entirely of tiny ice crystals. While these clouds may be beautiful and harmless, not all clouds are. Do you know how to tell a good cloud from a dangerous one? In the interest of protecting your well-being, here are a few weather safety tips to keep you in the know.Cirrus Cloud Image

Recently, Texas residents have had surprising encounters with clouds, though it wasn’t the type of encounter some of them initially thought it was. After severe weather hit eastern Texas on May 25, a series of lenticular clouds rolled through Robertson and Leon counties, looking suspiciously like UFOs! This type of cloud is rare in most places, although they’re commonly seen over mountains because they’re formed by fast moving air moving over a topographic barrier. Some people were quite spooked by their appearance in Texas, but you needn’t worry; if you see lenticular clouds, it doesn’t mean we’re being invaded.Lenticular Cloud Image

Sometimes, though, clouds are a cause for concern.

Everyone knows the ominous funnel-shaped tornado cloud, but do you know what precedes it? The sky often gets dark, sometimes greenish. Wall clouds may be seen, or you might witness the approach of a cloud of debris. Right before the tornado strikes, the wind may die down, leaving the air very still, but then again, you might hear a loud roar, similar to a freight train. Meteorology has come a long way in predicting tornadoes, but there are still many variables, so the best plan is to be prepared. One thing to note is that while tornadoes can happen any time, they typically strike between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.Pre-Tornado Cloud Image

Shelf clouds have an outer part that’s smooth, with a tiered look underneath, accompanied by rising motion. They look interesting, but be cautious: they can bring strong winds.Shelf Cloud Image

Cumulonimbus clouds are also known as thunderclouds. Tall, dense and unstable, they’re often triggered by a cold front and can produce thunder, lightning and rain. Be prepared to take cover when you see these big, dense clouds.Cumulonimbus Cloud Image

Clouds can be both beautiful and dangerous. A photographer in Colorado captured a picture of this double tornado touching down. It’s a great shot, but we don’t recommend that you try this at home! If you see dangerous storm clouds, put down the camera and seek shelter. Leave the storm chasing to the professionals.Double Tornado Image

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