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Why do some clouds have a "fluffy" edge to them?

Published On: Jul 22 2011 02:52:45 PM EDT


If a cloud contains more ice particles than water droplets (or all ice particles) it appear to have a "fluffy" edge to it (example: Cirrus clouds).

The wind blows the ice crystals giving a wispy, thin white appearance.

Clouds that contain mostly water droplets (example: Cumulus clouds) often have a very distinct edge.

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