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The height of clouds?

  1. Jan 15, 2008 #1
    Hi all

    Clouds can be very high or quite low and we all just guess. How can we roughly identify the height of a cloud by using binoculars, camera or anything?

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  3. Jan 16, 2008 #2

    Danger

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    If you know the winds-aloft speed, you can measure the angular movement against that.
     
  4. Jan 16, 2008 #3

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    Pilots usually gauge cloud height by their morphology. In other words, certain cloud shapes generally occupy specific altitudes.

    - Warren
     
  5. Jan 16, 2008 #4
    I have heard somewhere they can approx. the cloud's height by its color, but I am not sure. Does anyone know this?
     
  6. Jan 16, 2008 #5

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    I can't imagine this is possible. Your eye is too subjective an instrument to be of much use in accurately measuring color. I can tell you that, as a pilot, we do not consider color at all.

    - Warren
     
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