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Weight of Clouds

From:  "Clark"

How heavy are clouds?

Sean P. Casey sent us this website to solve this mystery.

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It has a lot of jargon that people who aren't as interested in weather as I am would find boring, but one paragraph gives an answer of one type:

"Consider a cumulus cloud occupying a volume of one cubic kilometer (roughly 0.24 cubic mile)--not especially large as cumulus clouds go--and having an average liquid water content of 0.2 g/m3. The weight of this cloud would be 200,000 kilograms (440,000 pounds)."

The range between cloud weights depending on cloud types and other criteria is very large, however.
 

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