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altocumulus

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From the Latin altum (height) and cumulus (heap). A genus of cloud composed largely of water droplets, and consisting of grey-white sheets, or banded layers and rolls, which may also be...

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cap cloud

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A stratiform orographic cloud that remains essentially stationary either above or actually enshrouding an isolated hill or mountain. The term is also occasionally used for pileus.

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cirrocumulus

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Cloud genus comprising shallow, high-level cloud in stable air. The form is sheeted or layered with small-scale billows, or ripples. As freezing of the supercooled droplets of young cloud...

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cloud classification

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Clouds have been classified by various systems according to form, altitude, and the physical processes generating them. The World Meteorological Organization (International Cloud Atlas,...

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cloud particles

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Primarily water droplets, generally in the range c.1–100 μm, with a tendency for larger droplets to be found in cumuliform rather than stratiform clouds. Ice crystals of various physical...

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cloud species

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Part of the system of cloud classification, consisting of a subdivision of cloud genera according to structure or shape. Cloud species are: fibratus, spissatus, uncinus, castellatus,...

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convective cloud

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Any form of cloud that arises directly as a result of convection. Although stratiform clouds often break up into altocumulus, cirrocumulus, or stratocumulus as a result of shallow...

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corona

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A series of coloured rings in the sky that surround the Sun or Moon, caused by the diffraction of light by small water droplets.

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cumuliform

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In the shape of a cumulus cloud. Cumuliform convection is vertical convection.

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duplicatus

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From the Latin duplicatus meaning ‘doubled’, a variety of cloud with overlapping layers, typified by such genera as stratocumulus, altocumulus, altostratus, cirrostratus, and cirrus. See...

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