Cirrus castellanus cloud

Cirrus castellatus
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Abbreviation Ci cas
Symbol CH 1.png
Genus Cirrus (curl of hair)
Species castellatus (castle-shaped)
Altitude Above 6,000 m
(Above 20,000 ft)
Classification Family A (High-level)
Appearance A series of dense lumps, or "towers" of cirrus, connected by a thinner base.
Precipitation cloud? No
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Cirrus castellanus is a type of cirrus cloud. Its name comes from the word castellanus, which means "of a fort, of a castle" in Latin.[1] Like all cirrus clouds, the clouds occur at high altitudes. They appear as separate turrets rising from a lower-level cloud base. Often these cloud turrets form in lines, and they can be taller than they are wide.[2] They tend to be clouds are often dense in formation.[3]

See also

List of cloud types

References

  1. ^ Numen - The Latin Lexicon. "Definition of castellanus". http://latinlexicon.org/definition.php?p1=1002184. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Dunlop, Storm (2003). The weather identification handbook (1st Lyons Press ed. ed.). Guilford, Conn.: Lyons Press. pp. 57. ISBN 1585748579. http://books.google.com/books?id=BR2ft4G5TgQC&lpg=PA1&pg=PA56#v=snippet&q=cirrus%20castellanus&f=false. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Callanan, Martin. "Cirrus castellanus". International Cloud Atlas. nephology.eu. http://nephology.eu/cirrus/cirrus-castellanus. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 

External links

International Cloud Atlas - Cirrus fibratus


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