Kids Want To Know: How Many Clouds Are There?

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  • Storm clouds roll into Graham Courtesy: Michelle Ayers
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GREENSBORO, NC -- Matthew Taylor wanted to know about clouds and more specifically, how many clouds are out there.

We caught WFMY News 2's Eric Chilton counting clouds when we told him about this. "There is no real way to count all the clouds in the sky. Thats because clouds don't have one size. They can be as big as the county or as small as the size of your hand. But there is another way to calculate this thats pretty cool."

This is how Eric thought about it:  the earths surface,  the surface land and water together, thats 197 million square miles of surface. NASA says that at any given time, up to 50 to 75 percent of the earth is covered with clouds. So if you do that math, that means that between 98 and 134 million squares miles are covered with clouds. and remember we said, there's no one real cloud size. So basically a lot of clouds at any given time.

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