General KnOWLedge At Home: Why are clouds white?

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clouds white

Clouds inspire a lot of different thoughts and emotions in us.

Their effortless floating can calm us. Fast-moving clouds can thrill us. Their surprising shapes and configurations can have us seeing everything from turtles and trains to planes and puppies! And when spread over the blue, they can look like someone has painted across the sky.

Hmm... speaking of painting, that brings up a question. Why are clouds white?

Colours come together

It's a question that we were asked by OWL reader Kulsoom. And it's a great one, too—one that we couldn't ignore, even from quarantine. So we did the only thing that we could do. We brought back OWLconnected General KnOWLedge! But now At Home!

Check out our answer to Why are clouds white? below. And if you have a question that you'd like us to answer, send it to We can't wait to hear from you!

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