A report on Cloud and Stratocumulus cloud

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Rain from stratocumulus cloud cover
Stratocumuliform cloudscape
Stratocumulus mamma
Tropospheric cloud classification by altitude of occurrence: Multi-level and vertical genus-types not limited to a single altitude level include nimbostratus, cumulonimbus, and some of the larger cumulus species.
Stratocumulus stratiformis
Cumulus humilis clouds in May
Stratocumulus lenticularis
Windy evening twilight enhanced by the Sun's angle, can visually mimic a tornado resulting from orographic lift
Stratocumulus castellanus
Nimbostratus cloud producing precipitation
Stratocumulus undulatus clouds, seen from an airplane
Cirrus fibratus clouds in March
Stratocumulus undulatus asperitas clouds, seen from Earth
Stratocumulus over Orange County.
Stratocumulus radiatus
Stratocumulus cloud
Stratocumulus duplicatus; Stratocumulus stratiformis (right) and Stratocumulus floccus (left)
Cumulus humilis clouds
Stratocumulus lacunosus
Cumulonimbus cloud over the Gulf of Mexico in Galveston, Texas
Stratocumulus stratiformis opacus radiatus praecipitatio
High cirrus upper-left merging into cirrostratus and some cirrocumulus upper right
A large field of cirrocumulus
Sunrise scene giving a shine to an altocumulus stratiformis perlucidus cloud (see also 'species and varieties')
Altostratus translucidus near top of photo merging into altostratus opacus near bottom
Cumulus humilis clouds over Jakarta, Indonesia
Stratocumulus stratiformis perlucidus over Galapagos, Tortuga Bay (see also 'species and varieties')
Stratus nebulosus translucidus
Deep multi-level nimbostratus cloud covering the sky with a scattered layer of low stratus fractus pannus (see also 'species' and 'supplementary features' sections)
Cumulus humilis and cumulus mediocris with stratocumulus stratiformis perlucidus in the foreground (see also 'species and varieties')
Towering vertical cumulus congestus embedded within a layer of cumulus mediocris: Higher layer of stratocumulus stratiformis perlucidus.
Progressive evolution of a single cell thunderstorm
Isolated cumulonimbus cloud over the Mojave Desert, releasing a heavy shower
Altocumulus lenticularis forming over mountains in Wyoming with lower layer of cumulus mediocris and higher layer of cirrus spissatus
Example of a castellanus cloud formation
Cumulus mediocris cloud, about to turn into a cumulus congestus
A layer of stratocumulus stratiformis perlucidus hiding the setting sun with a background layer of stratocumulus cumulogenitus resembling distant mountains.
Cirrus fibratus radiatus over ESO's La Silla Observatory
Altocumulus stratiformis duplicatus at sunrise in the California Mojave Desert, USA (higher layer orange to white; lower layer grey)
Cumulus partly spreading into stratocumulus cumulogenitus over the port of Piraeus in Greece
Cumulonimbus mother cloud dissipating into stratocumulus cumulonimbogenitus at dusk
Cirrus fibratus intortus formed into a Kármán vortex street at evening twilight
Global cloud cover, averaged over the month of October 2009. NASA composite satellite image.
Lenticular nacreous clouds over Antarctica
Noctilucent cloud over Estonia
Joshua Passing the River Jordan with the Ark of the Covenant (1800) by Benjamin West, showing Yahweh leading the Israelites through the desert in the form of a pillar of cloud, as described in
Stratocumulus stratiformis and small castellanus made orange by the sun rising
An occurrence of cloud iridescence with altocumulus volutus and cirrocumulus stratiformis
Sunset reflecting shades of pink onto grey stratocumulus stratiformis translucidus (becoming perlucidus in the background)
Stratocumulus stratiformis perlucidus before sunset. Bangalore, India.
Late-summer rainstorm in Denmark. Nearly black color of base indicates main cloud in foreground probably cumulonimbus.
Particles in the atmosphere and the sun's angle enhance colors of stratocumulus cumulogenitus at evening twilight
Total cloud cover fraction averaged over the years 1981-2010 from the CHELSA-BIOCLIM+ data set

A stratocumulus cloud, occasionally called a cumulostratus, belongs to a genus-type of clouds characterized by large dark, rounded masses, usually in groups, lines, or waves, the individual elements being larger than those in altocumulus, and the whole being at a lower height, usually below 2000 m. Weak convective currents create shallow cloud layers because of drier, stable air above preventing continued vertical development.

- Stratocumulus cloud

The main representative cloud types for each of these forms are stratiform, cumuliform, stratocumuliform, cumulonimbiform, and cirriform.

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Cumulus clouds seen from above

Cumulus cloud

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Cumulus clouds seen from above
Lines of Cumulus clouds over Brittany
Some cumulus mediocris clouds
Cumulus congestus clouds compared against a cumulonimbus cloud in the background
A large field of cirrocumulus clouds
Altocumulus clouds
Stratocumulus clouds

Cumulus clouds are clouds which have flat bases and are often described as "puffy", "cotton-like" or "fluffy" in appearance.

There are also cumuliform clouds of limited convection that comprise stratocumulus (low-étage), altocumulus (middle-étage) and cirrocumulus (high-étage).

Middle cloud weather map symbols: Includes middle-étage and downward growing vertical.

Altocumulus cloud

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Middle cloud weather map symbols: Includes middle-étage and downward growing vertical.
Altocumulus perlucidus
Altocumulus lenticularis
Altocumulus at sunset
Altocumulus floccus with line of castellanus
Altocumulus during the day
Altocumulus undulatus during a cold front
Altocumulus mamma
Altocumulus stratiformis radiatus

Altocumulus (From Latin Altus, "high", cumulus, "heaped") is a middle-altitude cloud genus that belongs mainly to the stratocumuliform physical category 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.

Stratus undulatus clouds during a rainy day.

Stratus cloud

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Stratus undulatus clouds during a rainy day.
A cirrostratus cloud
Stratocumulus cloud

Stratus clouds are low-level clouds characterized by horizontal layering with a uniform base, as opposed to convective or cumuliform clouds that are formed by rising thermals.

Stratus stratocumulomutatus clouds occur when stratocumulus opacus patches fuse to create a stratiform layer.

Altostratus radiatus cloud showing distinctive parallel bands

Altostratus cloud

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Altostratus radiatus cloud showing distinctive parallel bands
Sun shines dimly though the translucidus variant of altostratus clouds
Diagram of a warm front
Heights of various cloud genera including high-, mid-, and low-level clouds
Cirrostratus cloud
Altocumulus clouds
Stratus cloud

Altostratus is a middle-altitude cloud genus made up of water droplets, ice crystals, or a mixture of the two.

Globally, clouds reflect around 50 watts per square meter of short-wave solar radiation back into space, cooling the Earth by around 12 C-change, an effect largely caused by stratocumulus clouds.