altostratus cloud

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altostratus cloud

[¦al·tō¦strat·əs ′klau̇d]
(meteorology)
A principal cloud type in the form of a gray or bluish (never white) sheet or layer of striated, fibrous, or uniform appearance; very often totally covers the sky and may cover an area of several thousand square miles; vertical extent may be from several hundred to thousands of meters. Abbreviated As.
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