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Finally we add the atmosphere: clouds, storms, and even smog! When we look at Earth from space, we usually see lots of clouds. Rain and snow are often falling underneath the clouds, but you need radar to see them.

Some places on Earth, like the poles and the Equator, are almost always covered by clouds. If you look at the globe, you can see the line of clouds across the middle that closely follows the equator. Today there are also clouds over the jungles of Brazil, and lines of clouds along the leading edges of storms can be seen in the north and south Pacific and over North America. Other places, like the deserts in the American Southwest, are almost cloud-free.

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