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The sky appears blue to the human eye as the short waves of blue light are scattered more than the other colours in the spectrum, making the blue light more visible.
The range of ways in which clouds can be formed and the variable nature of the atmosphere results in an enormous variety of shapes, sizes and textures of clouds.
Nimbostratus clouds are dark, grey, featureless layers of clouds, thick enough to block out the sun and produce persistent rain.
Gales are the most common cause of damage and disruption in the UK.
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