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There's more to clouds than 'dull or grey' and 'white and fluffy': These incredible pictures show the variety of our sky

Actinoform clouds: Visible from space, actinoform clouds form ray like patterns over hundreds of kilometres. They are associated with drizzle and gloomy weather

People want to see patterns in the world. It is how we evolved Satellite photos of actinoform clouds

There's more to clouds than 'dull or grey' and 'white and fluffy': These incredible pictures show the variety of our sky

A shelf cloud looms over Minnesota: When seen from the ground they appear as low, wedge shaped clouds and are usually associated with severe thunderstorms

There's more to clouds than 'dull or grey' and 'white and fluffy': These incredible pictures show the variety of our sky

Pileus cloud above the Sarychev volcano as it erupts, in the Kuril Islands, Russia: Pileus clouds are small clouds that form on top of a bigger cloud. In this photo a pileus cloud (centre) has formed above a cloud of volcanic ash from the Sarychev volcano. A large plume of smoke, steam and ash is erupting from the volcano while pyroclastic flow of denser ash descends the volcano sides. The snap was taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station