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Stratocumulus (Sc)

Cloud plaices, rollers or banks compound dark gray layer cloud.


  • By turbulence.

  • By convection in unstable air layers, which are limited by a strong inversion upward.

  • By undulation in very damp air layers and usually at inversions.

  • From other clouds (Nimbostratus, Cumulus, Stratus)

Possible cloud species, subspecies and special forms:

name abbr. meaning
Stratocumulus castellanus Sc cas turrets-like
Stratocumulus stratiformis Sc str In expanded horizontal fields or strips.
Stratocumulus lenticularis Sc len Elongated one, lens or almond-shaped banks with clearly defined outlines.
name abbr. meaning
Stratocumulus undulatus Sc un Wavelike arrangement of the cloud parts, sometimes in parallel rollers, which are separated by cloud strips.
Stratocumulus radiatus Sc ra radially, parallel bands and strips
Stratocumulus lacunosus Sc la With round, often frayed holes as with an irregular net or a honeycomb.
Stratocumulus duplicatus Sc du In two or several layers lying one above the other.
Stratocumulus perlucidus Sc pe By small irregular gaps transparent.
Stratocumulus translucidus Sc tr translucently
Stratocumulus opacus Sc op not translucently, darkly
special forms
name abbr. meaning
Stratocumulus mamma Sc mam sac-like, wart-like excrescences at the bottom side of the cloud cover
Stratocumulus virga Sc vir with drop strips
Stratocumulus praecipitatio Sc pra with precipitation

photos of Stratocumulus:

Stratocumulus undulatus Stratocumulus virga Stratocumulus stratiformis Stratocumulus undulatus
Stratocumulus undulatus Stratocumulus mamma Stratocumulus lenticularis Stratocumulus lenticularis

other Stratocumulus clouds: [1][2][3][4][5]

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