Cirrocumulus lenticularis

Cirrocumulus floccus
Abbreviation Cc len
Symbol CH 9.png
Genus Cirro- (curl of hair)
-cumulus (heaped)
Species lenticularis (lens-shaped)
Altitude Above 6,000 m
(Above 20,000 ft)
Classification Family A (High-level)
Appearance lens- or almond-shaped
Precipitation cloud? No
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Cirrocumulus lenticularis is a type of cirrocumulus cloud. The name cirrocumulus lenticularis is derived from Latin, meaning "like a lentil".[1] Cirrocumulus lenticularis are smooth clouds that have the appearance of a lens or an almond. They usually form at the crests of atmospheric waves, which would otherwise be invisible. This species of cirrocumulus can often be quite elongated and normally has very distinguished boundaries. Cirrocumulus lenticlaris forms when stable air is forced upward; this is usually due to orographic features, but can occur away from mountains as well.[2] Irisation can occasionally occur with these clouds.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ Numen - The Latin Lexicon. "Definition of lenticularis". http://latinlexicon.org/definition.php?p1=2032424. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Dunlop, Storm (2003). The weather identification handbook (1st Lyons Press ed. ed.). Guilford, Conn.: Lyons Press. pp. 66. ISBN 1585748579. http://books.google.com/books?id=BR2ft4G5TgQC&lpg=PA1&pg=PA66#v=onepage&q=Cirrocumulus%20lenticularis&f=false. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Callanan, Martin. "Cirrocumulus lenticularis". International Cloud Atlas. nephology.eu. http://nephology.eu/cirrocumulus/cirrocumulus-lenticularis. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 

External links

International Cloud Atlas - Cirrocumulus lenticularis


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