Hi, citizens of Shreveport! It’s Beaux the Plumber here with a question for you; have you ever wondered how much a cloud weighs? How do they effortlessly stay afloat? It would be easy to assume they’re almost weightless, right?
Well according to scientists, the weight of the average cumulus cloud is 1.1 million pounds. Wow! Think about that for a moment, at any given time, the equivalent of 100 elephants is floating above your head.
How does that much weight stay afloat, you ask? Tiny droplets, which are too small to create fall velocity, are spread out over a large space. The lack of fall velocity paired with a constant flow of warm air rising to meet the cloud keeps it afloat.
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