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Stratocumulus clouds

Stratocumulus clouds

A low-level cloud that forms a grey or white layer clumped clouds. The groups can be in waves or lines of conjoined clouds


Low-level clouds that have puffy clumps. They are a mixture of cumulus and stratus in one and as such there are many different subgroups. They can vary from bright white to dark grey and can have gaps so you can see the sky.

What's in a name?

Stratus- to spread out, extend, flatten, layer. Cumulus-heap

How was it made?

In order for Stratocumulus clouds to form you first need the conditions for stratus. As these conditions become less settled and calm the Stratos clouds start to break and clump-forming Stratocumulus clouds.

What weather will you have if these are overhead?

It could be dry or it could drizzle although it is unlikely to be from the Stratocumulus clouds as they rarely form precipitation.

How high is it?

Anywhere from 400m (1200ft)  up to 2000m (7000 ft).

The outcome for you.

It's going to be an interesting day with sunshine and perhaps drizzle but you should get to see the sun. A great time to see many different cloud shapes.

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