Clouds, a Short Poem with a Can't-Miss Video

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Clouds

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Clouds are flat on bottom,
... Did you know?

They are like cotton;
... In evening they glow.

And when in Autumn swift winds blow,
... Then the clouds bring snow.

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Why Some Clouds are Flat on the Bottom

Cloud Quiz

Questions

1. What causes the flat bottom that some clouds have?

a. Clouds are NOT flat on the bottom; that is merely an optical illusion caused by the refraction of light.

b. It’s just a poem; clouds aren’t “flat on bottom”, they’re amorphously shaped.

c. When rising air reaches its dew point, it begins to condense. The flat part of the cloud is that dew point elevation.

d. Clouds that are flat on the bottom indicate the level above which airplanes are unable to fly safely.

2. Do flat-bottomed clouds have a special name?

a. Yes, they are cumulous clouds.

b. Yes, they are nimbus clouds.

c. No, they're just clouds.

Cloud Quiz Answers

Question 1: c--When rising air reaches its dew point, it begins to condense. The flat part of the cloud is that dew point elevation.

Question 2: a--Yes, they are cumulous clouds.

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wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

Learn something new every day! That is an awesome poem and the video is adorable. Very talented hub.


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Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Thanks so much, wetnosedogs! I really appreciate the encouragement (I'm not very sure of my poetry, but I've been on HubPages long enough that I feel "safe" trying it out).

The video was totally enchanting wasn't it?! I couldn't believe it when I found it. A budding scientist or engineer of some sort, that young lady--she'll go far, that's for sure.


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LKMore01 3 years ago

Voted up and useful Laura. I could have voted up and beautiful for the poem and the nature of clouds. There are days when I find myself gazing up into the sky to see the changing forms. It is as fascinating and relaxing as an adult as it was when we were children, Thank you for sharing.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Incredible view of the video and the poem sounds good too.


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Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

You're welcome, LKMore01. Like you, I can lay on my back for hours just watching the cloud float by. They're still magical for me, too.


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Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Thanks, DDE! I need all of the encouragement I can get on my poetry (weak/tender spot). Glad you liked the video--I was delighted when I found it, too! Cheers!


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PADDYBOY60 3 years ago from Centreville Michigan

I hate snow. But I liked your poem. Thanks.


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Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Thanks, PADDYBOY60! I'm so happy to get good feedback on my poems because it's an area I'm nervous about writing in-- thanks for taking the time to comment! I really appreciate it!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

lovely poem.


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Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Thank you Rajan Jolly! Thanks for reading it. I hope you'll check out mor of my poems.


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

Beautiful Laura! My son would love this. He is really into studying weather right now. I bought him a weather book and his favorite tv show is the weather channel.


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Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Hi CraftytotheCore! That's so cool! Your son will love the video. (A budding scientist in your family? Congrats!!) Thanks for the praise on the poem, too. I'm least sure of my poetry, so I appreciate all of the encouragement I get. :-). I hope your son likes it, too! Cheers!


Valleypoet 3 years ago

I love this short yet very neat poem...thank you :-))


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Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Thank YOU, Valleypoet! I'm so glad that you like it. :-)


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Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona

Your title grabbed my attention because I like clouds and all the cloud paintings within them. I did a hub on a similar subject. I enjoyed your poem, video and answers to the questions. I had not ever thought of the fact that some cloud formations are flat.


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Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

I love your phrase "cloud paintings within them"--I'll never look at clouds without looking at their paintings within again! Thanks for that image, and for commenting. Cheers!

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