(Answer) About how much does an average cloud weigh?

[7-31-2022] Microsoft Rewards Bing Homepage Quiz Question: About how much does an average cloud weigh?

The given options are:

  • 100 pounds
  • Nothing, they’re weightless
  • 1 million pounds

Correct Answer: 1 million pounds

Info: In meteorology, a cloud is an aerosol consisting of a visible mass of tiny liquid droplets, frozen crystals, or other particles suspended in the atmosphere of a planetary body or similar space. Water or various other chemicals may compose the droplets and crystals. On Earth, clouds are formed due to saturation of the air when it is cooled to its dew point or when it gains sufficient moisture (usually in the form of water vapor) from an adjacent source to raise the dew point to the ambient temperature. They are seen in the Earth’s homosphere, which includes the troposphere, stratosphere, and mesosphere. It may look like fluff, but experts say the average cumulus cloud weighs more than 1 million pounds, calculated by weighing the cloud’s water droplets. So, if they weigh so much, why do clouds float? Because the moist air in clouds is less dense than dry air—in other words, they float on air just as oil will float on water. (Ref)


All three questions from today’s Bing Homepage Quiz are below. You can find their answers by visiting those pages.

  1. These are noctilucent clouds. What does ‘noctilucent’ mean in Latin?
  2. About how much does an average cloud weigh?
  3. Clouds typically occur in the lowest layer of Earth’s atmosphere. What’s that layer called?

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2 Comments

    1. Per Google, it is about 1 billion 400 million pounds.
      Just imagine this much water is getting released at one place.

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