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Why does it seem like clouds never lose their shape in the sky?

Asked by pleiades (6207 points ) January 9th, 2013 from iPhone

Or why can’t we see the shape shifting as fast as they really do? Or! Do they not lose shape swiftly?

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zenvelo's avatar

Depends on the type of clouds and type of day and where you are.

I was in a boat off the shore of Vernazza, Italy, on a bright warm day. Looking north towards a cape. I could see clouds forming in the sky, drifting south to where I was, and then the clouds evaporating as they moved south from me. I was amazed at it happening continually while I watched for half an hour.

pleiades's avatar

Edit (referring to clouds from afar)

wildpotato's avatar

It depends on what type of clouds they are and how fast the wind is moving them around, but you can see all clouds move if you watch long enough, even stratus. In my experience the best for seeing significant motion are altocumulus at sunset.

Afos22's avatar

You just aren’t watching them for long enough

hearkat's avatar

My observation is quite the opposite. I see them morphing continuously, with the exception of those that are very high up in the atmosphere.

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