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Undulatus Asperatus Clouds Seek Official Status
2012-09-20 19:06:49

A new variety of cloud is attempting to be officially added to the classification system after first being discovered in 1951.


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2009-07-04 15:40:07

Altocumulus clouds belong to a class distinguished by globular masses or rolls in layers or patches. These clouds are larger and darker than cirrocumulus and smaller than stratocumulus. Like other cumulus clouds, altocumulus indicates a vertical and upward transference of atmospheric conditions. Altocumulus are often seen preceding a cold front, and their presence on a warm, humid, summer morning usually signals the development of thunderstorms later in the day. A form of altocumulus, the...

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2009-07-04 15:02:09

Cirrocumulus clouds are high-altitude clouds that mainly occur between 16,000 and 40,000 feet. Like most cumulus clouds, these clouds indicate a vertical and upward transference of atmospheric conditions. Unlike other cirrus clouds, cirrocumulus composition includes super-cooled liquid water droplets. Ice crystals are also present, and usually, the ice crystals cause the droplets in the cloud to freeze rapidly, transforming the cirrocumulus into cirrostratus. This process can also produce ice...

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Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.