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Cirrocumulus (Cc)

Description:
Fleecy cloud; Cloud banks of small, white flakes.

Origin:

  • By convection within thin unstable layers.

  • By elevation in lee waves or other atmospheric waves.

  • By far compaction of thin Cirrus clouds.

Possible cloud species, subspecies and special forms:

species
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Cirrocumulus castellanus Cc cas turrets-like
Cirrocumulus floccus Cc flo flaked puffy
Cirrocumulus stratiformis Cc str Expanded horizontal fields or layers.
Cirrocumulus lenticularis Cc len Lens-shaped or almond-shaped, often long stretched bands with sharply minted outlines.
subspecies
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Cirrocumulus undulatus Cc un Wavy arranged cloud banks.
Cirrocumulus lacunosus Cc la perforated (round frayed holes)
special forms
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Cirrocumulus mamma Cc mam sac-like, wart-like excrescences at the bottom side of the cloud
Cirrocumulus virga Cc vir Drop strip from ice crystals, which down-hang from the bottom side of the Cirrocumulus.

photos of Cirrocumulus:

Cirrocumulus virga Cirrocumulus floccus Cirrocumulus floccus Cirrocumulus undulatus
Cirrocumulus floccus Cirrocumulus virga Cirrocumulus virga Cirrocumulus undulatus

other Cirrocumulus clouds: [1][2][3][4]
 

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