Cirrostratus nebulosus

Cirrostratus nebulosus
Cirrostratus nebulosus clouds being illuminated by the sun and forming a halo
Cirrostratus nebulosus clouds being illuminated by the sun and forming a halo
Abbreviation Cs neb
Symbol CH 7.png
Genus Cirrus- (curl of hair)
-stratus (layered)
Species nebulosus (full of vapor)
Altitude Above 6,000 m
(Above 20,000 ft)
Classification Family A (High-level)
Appearance smooth, fog-like veil[1]
Precipitation cloud? No
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Cirrostratus nebulosus is a type of cirrostratus cloud. The name cirrostratus nebulosus is derived from Latin, meaning "full of vapor, foggy, cloudy, dark".[2] Cirrostratus nebulosus is one of the two most common forms that cirrostratus often takes, with the other being cirrostratus fibratus The nebulosus species is featureless and uniform, while the fibratus species has a fibrous appearance.[3] Cirrostratus nebulosus are formed by gently rising air. The cloud is often hard to see unless the sun shines through it at the correct angle, forming a halo.[4] While usually very light, the cloud may also be very dense, and the exact appearance of the cloud can vary from one formation to another.[5] In the winter, precipitation often follows behind these clouds; however, they are not a precipitation-producing cloud.[6]

See also

List of cloud types

References

  1. ^ Wolken Online. "Cirrostratus". Cloud Atlas. http://www.clouds-online.com/cloud_atlas/cirrostratus/cirrostratus.htm. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Numen - The Latin Lexicon. "Definition of nebulosus". http://latinlexicon.org/definition.php?p1=1010419. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Dunlop, Storm (2003). The weather identification handbook (1st Lyons Press ed. ed.). Guilford, Conn.: Lyons Press. pp. 62. ISBN 1585748579. http://books.google.com/books?id=BR2ft4G5TgQC&lpg=PA1&pg=PA62#v=onepage&q=cirrostratus%20nebulosus&f=false. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Rodgers, Alan; Streluk, Angella (2007). Cloud cover (Rev. and updated. ed.). Chicago, Ill.: Heinemann Library. pp. 25. ISBN 9781432900779. http://books.google.com/books?id=SjIlttq9lDYC&pg=PA25&dq=%22cirrostratus+nebulosus%22&hl=en&ei=wKVxTp7mOYncgQeYiZWNBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&ved=0CEUQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=%22cirrostratus%20nebulosus%22&f=false. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Callanan, Martin. "Cirrostratus nebulosus". International Cloud Atlas. nephology.eu. http://nephology.eu/cirrostratus/cirrostratus-nebulosus. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Institute of Atmospheric Sciences at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. "Cirrostratus (nebulosus)". A Guide to the Sky. http://www.ias.sdsmt.edu/dept/clouds/2e.htm. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 

External links

International Cloud Atlas - Cirrostratus nebulosus



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