Nimbus cloud

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

A nimbus cloud is a cloud that produces precipitation. Usually the precipitation reaches the ground as rain, hail, snow, or sleet. Falling precipitation may evaporate as virga. Rain comes out of nimbus clouds and this is called precipitation. It is usually formed at less than 2000 feet. They bring continuous rain/snow.

Since nimbus clouds are dense with water, they appear darker than other clouds. Nimbus clouds are formed at low altitudes and are typically spread uniformly across the sky.[1]


Nimbus is a Latin word meaning rain cloud or rain storm. The prefix nimbo- or the suffix -nimbus indicates a precipitating cloud; for example, a nimbostratus cloud is a precipitating stratus cloud, and a cumulonimbus cloud is a precipitating cumulus cloud.


  1. ^ "Nimbus Clouds". Retrieved 8 April 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Smith, Alastair & Clarke, Philip (2001) Spotter's Guide to Weather. London: Usborne

External links[edit]