How much does a cloud weigh?
Today’s Video of the Day from the American Chemical Society explains how a cloud manages to float when its weight is usually the equivalent of about 300 midsize cars.
As water vapor rises, it cools and condenses into tiny droplets of water or ice. These droplets, which are distributed throughout the cloud, do not weigh much on their own because they are so minuscule.
However, these droplets combine to form massive clouds. The average cumulus cloud is made up of 5 trillion grams of water, which is about 1.1 million pounds.
Video Credit: American Chemical Society