Making Cloud Observations

The app tutorial provides the information you need to make a cloud observation, but if you'd like more information or more practice, here is a selection of resources to familiarize yourself with the process of making observations with the GLOBE Observer Clouds tool.

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Simple Cloud Tutorial

PDF version of the in-app tutorial, providing information to make an observation.

Contrail Formation Tutorial - Interactive

In this tutorial, you can explore the physics of contrail formation in the atmosphere and develop the ability to recognize the several types of contrails that form under varying atmospheric conditions. Practice classifying the type and abundance of contrails. (Requires Flash)

Cloud Type Practice - Interactive

This interactive web-based tool asks a series of questions to help you narrow down the type of cloud you are observing. It can be used both for practice and in the field to identify clouds. (Requires Flash)

Cloud Identification Key

Use this step-by-step key to identify each type of cloud you see.

Cloud Cover Estimation - Interactive

This interactive web-based tool allows you to calibrate your eye by practicing cloud cover estimation using images on the computer. (Requires Flash)