Have you ever wished you could reach up into the sky to break off a bite from a cloud, because it looked so puffy and delicious, like some cotton candy or a marshmallow??
Fluffy, puffy clouds are almost always the type of cloud known as “cumulus clouds.” They get this name for a good reason: cumulus means “heap” in Latin! Clouds form when tiny, light droplets of water float up into the sky and hold on to each other. Depending on the conditions (like temperature and wind) that are present during the formation of a cloud, the cloud comes out looking wispy, feathery, curly, lumpy, or puffy!
A cloud becomes a fluffy cumulus cloud instead of a wispy or thin or curly type of cloud when the water droplets that are joining together are in patches of moist air with breezes moving upwards. This makes them grow tall and puff up!