Why do I care? Clouds are important in that they can form precipitation and bring rain to crops and plants. They also shade the earth, affecting the temperature and keeping sunlight from directly hitting plants.
Clouds can take on all sorts of shapes and sizes, ranging from thin wispy clouds (cirrus) to large, dark menacing clouds (cumulonimbus). While there are several factors that influence and affect the formation of clouds, the sun plays a major role in producing clouds.