Friday, November 20, 2009


I saw an interesting cloud formation and made several images, a few of which I am sharing today. I shared cloud photos in mid-October and someone suggested doing a series of photos on the various types of clouds. These clouds were very high and, according to one web site I checked, they could be cirrocumulus or altocumulus. You can see that it is difficult to classify certain types of clouds from the definition alone.

Cirrocumulus clouds appear as small, rounded white puffs. The small ripples in the cirrocumulus sometimes resemble the scales of a fish.

Altocumulus (Alto, "high", cumulus, "heaped") is a cloud belonging to a class characterized by globular masses or rolls in layers or patches, the individual elements being larger and darker than those of cirrocumulus and smaller than those of stratocumulus.

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