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Last updated at 12:27 BST, Wednesday, 26 August 2009


Kate and Rebecca discover how clouds have been classified over the last two hundred years and hear from the founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society.

This week's question:

Not all clouds are a sign of rain. In fact, some mean that good weather is about to arrive. Which type of cloud is a sign of sun rather than rain?

a) a wispy and thin cloud
b) a tall and fluffy cloud
c) a gray flat cloud

Listen out for the answer in the programme!

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Vocabulary from the programme


divided in to groups according to height and appearence


normally refers to a set of animals or plants in which the members have similar charactristics to each other


shape or way something is made

amateur meteorologist

someone who studies the weather as a hobby, not as a job


light and full of air

to be under a cloud

an expression to describe someone who is sad or depressed

to have a cloud hanging over him

when someone is feeling depressed or unhappy

a cloud on the horizon

when there is trouble or bad things ahead

Types of clouds

cumulus clouds

fluffy, white clouds which look a bit like ice cream

cirrus clouds

thin, wispy clouds which tend to be high up

stratus clouds

low, gray clouds which usually cover most of the sky