Clouds Resource Library

Activities

Cloud Cover

Create a cloud collage and ask your friends to guess the percentage of cloud cover. Expand or adapt this activity by printing photos of the sky and asking participants to identify the cloud coverage.


Cloud in a Bottle

Create a cloud using rubbing alcohol and an air pump and investigate it using a laser.

You can also do this demonstration using water, ice and a match.


Cloud Opacity

Categorize various materials by opacity and understand why cloud opacity matters. Add a light sensor to measure how much light passes through the materials.


Cloud Teller

Learn about the different types of clouds with this paper fortune teller.


Cloudscape

Create a sky scene using materials like wax paper, fabric and paper, and learn about the different characteristics of clouds.


Sky Conditions

Demonstrate how aerosols affect visibility using water and milk.


Printables

Cloud Identification Chart

Use this printable guide to help identify the clouds.


Cloud Teller

Learn about the different types of clouds with this paper fortune teller.


Sky Window

Cut out the rectangle in the middle of the Sky Window and use the information on the frame to help describe sky conditions and identify clouds.


Videos

Anatomy of a Raindrop

[2:50] Learn about the shape of a raindrop and why it is important for satellites like GPM to be able to measure the size of a raindrop.

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Correlation Between GLOBE Citizen Science and NASA Satellite Observations

[1:49] In this animation, data from Aqua, CALIPSO, CloudSat and GLOBE Observer are combined to show how multiple observations reveal the structure of clouds.

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For Good Measure

[2:01] This video provides examples of how rain affects our lives and explains how NASA uses satellites to study precipitation.

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GLOBE Clouds: Getting Started

[2:35] This short video describes how to use the GLOBE Observer app to observe clouds and includes helpful tips.

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GLOBE Observer Cloud Science

[2:45] Atmospheric scientist, Jessica Taylor, describes how clouds affect our weather and climate and explains how your cloud observations help scientists study clouds.


Introducing GLOBE Observer

[0:40] This short video introduces the GLOBE Observer app.

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NASA Behind the Science: Dr. Yolanda Shea

[9:59] Dr. Yolanda Shea shares how watching the weather forecast led her to a career as a NASA scientist. Dr. Shea uses remote sensing to study the role of clouds in Earth's climate.


Show Me the Water

[2:49] This video breaks down how much of Earth's water is usable and why studying precipitation is important for preparing for extreme weather, like flooding or drought.

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Books

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Books for Kids

Books for Teens and Adults