How much does the cloud weigh and why doesn't it fall to the ground?
From the ground, the clouds seem weightless to us. Is it true that they weigh hundreds of tons?
“Clouds consist of a mixture of air and tiny water droplets with a diameter of only a few microns, or the smallest ice crystals,” Igor Mokhov, scientific director of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, explained to AiF. “The lightest clouds are cirrus, in the upper troposphere at an altitude of 8 km.” According to scientists, clouds weigh from 10–20 tons (a small white cloud) to several thousand or even millions of tons (a thunderstorm, almost black cloud). The most widespread and most recognizable cumulus cloud weighs an average of 500 tons. Thunderclouds can weigh 20-25 million tons. Water droplets are dispersed in a cloud over a very large space and are sometimes so small that even gravity does not affect such a microscopic suspension. Therefore, the cloud moves freely through the air and does not fall to the ground.