Meteorology (Weather)/Cloud color

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Why are storms clouds darker than snow clouds? What makes storm clouds dark?

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Hi Raelynne

Snow clouds are brighter because snow is white. Thunderstorm clouds are darker because of the greater thickness due to the overall height of the cloud.

For more info, see:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-do-clouds-turn-gray-b/

http://www.livescience.com/39069-why-are-rain-clouds-dark.html  

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