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How Much Does A Cloud Weigh?

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Have you ever wondered how much a cloud weighs?

Because they float so effortlessly, it would be easy to assume they are almost weightless. But, they are most certainly not.

According to scientists, the weight of the average cumulus cloud is 1.1 million pounds! Think about that for a moment. This means that at any given moment, there are millions of pounds of water floating above your head. That’s the equivalent of 100 elephants.

So, how does that much weight stay afloat? For one thing, the weight is spread out into millions of droplets over a really big space. Some of the droplets are so small that you would need a million of them to make a single raindrop.

How much would you have guessed a cloud weighed? Want to learn more about how scientists came up with the weight? Head over to Mental Floss for more on this cool story.

5 Comments on How Much Does A Cloud Weigh?

  1. I would of thought it was 0.00000001 oz., but it isn’t!

  2. body steeler // June 10, 2013 at 7:47 pm // Reply

    think its zero and bam the world is more complicated

  3. Yes but does it have an edge?

  4. limegreen lover // October 25, 2014 at 1:24 pm // Reply

    I can’t belive that it weighs 1.1 million pounds. WOW!

  5. How much water is in the atmosphere around the entire globe?

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