One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Cloud forming a broken layer of small fleecy clouds at high altitude (usually 5 to 13 km, 16,500 to 45,000 ft), typically with a rippled or granulated appearance (as in a mackerel sky).
- ‘The type of clouds most often found in the high level étage are cirrus, cirrocumulus and cirrostratus.’
- ‘The cirrocumulus formation is basically the same cloud as the stratocumulus and altocumulus but at higher altitude.’
- ‘Cirrocumulus has no shading (which altocumulus usually has), and because it is so much higher, the cloudlets of cirrocumulus are much smaller than those of altocumulus.’
- ‘The breeze was soft, but bracingly cool, and the deep blue of the sky was checkered with a high cirrocumulus web, glinting golden and magenta in the glancing sunlight.’
- ‘They are similar to the higher cirrocumulus, but are larger and have dark, shadowy sides.’
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