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[mass noun] Cloud forming a low layer of clumped or broken grey masses.
- ‘It is characterized by a sky covered by a layer of stratus or stratocumulus which tends to persist because of the weak atmospheric circulation.’
- ‘Out over the Adriatic the overcast thickened to 10/10 and stratocumulus clouds reared up to 15,000 feet.’
- ‘If this is so, any cumulus which does form during the daytime will quickly stop growing and spread into a layer of stratocumulus and then disperse when night comes.’
- ‘The stratocumulus cloud breaks up and the sun comes back.’
- ‘In summer, Arctic Ocean packice cover is incomplete and heavily puddled, which maintains a constant layer of stratus and stratocumulus cloud cover.’
- ‘They tested their model by comparing its predictions with measurements from field projects devoted to characterizing marine stratocumulus clouds.’
- ‘Data was collected from aircraft flying through from cumulus clouds off the coast of Key West, Fla., in 2002, and from stratocumulus clouds near Monterey, Calif., in 2003.’
- ‘In case of overcast sky, the stratocumulus cloud type is assumed.’
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