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Clouds

The three RADARSAT Constellation Mission spacecraft

7 ways Satellites Help Fight Climate Change

Discover 7 ways satellite Earth observation helps fight climate change.

Clouds seen from an airplane

Weather: Clouds

This backgrounder describes the three major types of clouds.

Screen capture from the MinuteEarth video “Why are there clouds?”

How Do Clouds Form?

Learn how cumulus clouds form.

Thundersnow near a cabin on a hillside

Thundersnow: winter thunderstorms

When thunder and lightning occur but the main form of precipitation is snow, not rain, it’s called thundersnow.

dangerous tornado approaching wind turbine

What is a Tornado?

Tornadoes are a common extreme weather phenomenon in Canada. How are they formed? How can you stay safe? And what is a storm chaser?

Battery of Stiger Vortex rainmaking guns at Charleville, Australia, in 1902

What is Cloud Seeding?

Cloud seeding is a type of weather modification. Learn about cloud seeding, as well as its risks and benefits.

Stratus Clouds

Weather: Stratus Clouds

5 images of stratus clouds that cover a wide horizontal layer in the sky at low level and are often associated with rain or drizzle

Cumulus Clouds

Weather: Cumulus Clouds

5 images of cumulus clouds that are white, puffy clouds with a flat base at mid level and are often associated with fair weather

Cirrus Clouds

Weather: Cirrus Clouds

5 images of cirrus clouds that are wispy or feather-like clouds at high level, made of ice crystals and may indicate an approaching storm

Water

The Water Cycle

1 diagram illustrating the water cycle

Sunset

Sun: Sunset

5 images of scenes showing various sunsets

Sunrise

Sun: Sunrise

5 images of scenes showing various sunrises

Reporting The Weather

Careers: Meteorologist

4 images of some work that a meteorologist might do such as forecasting the weather and analyzing clouds