Wondering Why?

Why do Clouds Float?

Why do Clouds Float?

I’m sure as a kid you fantasized about the clouds being an endless mass of white cotton candy floating on midair and the thought of it would make you salivate and wish that you were living up there,¦ in heaven. And then by the time you reach grade school and the age of reason, you eventually learned about the earth’s inevitable gravitational pull which in turn made you wonder why the clouds are not affected by this natural phenomenon. If something as light as a feather could fly and then eventually land on the ground, why is it that clouds do not? This is probably a question that crosses the minds of many curious children.

To answer that question, scientists have discovered that the particles that make up a feather are actually heavier than that of a cloud. It is quite hard to believe, isn’t it? How is that possible ‚ when the particles are heavier than the object it composes? Clouds particles on the other hand are composed of those that are as light as dust. Here are some facts that will help us analyze this observable fact.

Think about it this way; imagine dust particles that are projected in a shaft of light. As you would notice, they would appear to float in mid air. This is exactly the same reason behind why clouds actually float. In a study done by scientists, they found out that clouds are made off small water droplets that are light enough to not be affected by gravitational velocity. When the weather or temperature is too cold, clouds are comprised of ice crystals and the same way are light enough to float in mid air. These particles are so negligibly small causing them to float and not fall to the ground at any particular instance.

Do you think the article can be improved? Share Your Expertise

You must be logged in to post a comment.