About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
To contribute, email me at bloubird@gmail.com.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Weather is everywhere.

If clouds are made up of water, why do they differ in color, from fluffy white to dark and black?
Clouds are a visible masses of billions of droplets or frozen crystals floating in the atmosphere above of the Earth. The main reason clouds differ in color is the thickness of the cloud. Light tends to pass through nice, fluffy cumulus clouds. As it becomes more dense, less light comes through, and it becomes darker. These large dark, round masses are called stratocumulus clouds. Not a lot of sunshine gets through so there is a shadow beneath the cloud, which makes it appear dark.

Yesterday, the precipitation in mid-Michigan indicated we had a Nimbostratus cloud, a formless cloud layer that is almost uniformly dark gray.
According to the National Climatic Data Center's website, Lansing averages a 51% chance of sunshine and lists it as the fifth cloudiest city in Michigan. Marquette is officially the cloudiest city in Michigan.

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