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aggregation of minute particles of water or ice suspended in the air. Formation of Clouds

Clouds are formed when air containing water vapor is cooled below a critical temperature called the dew point and the resulting moisture condenses into droplets on
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A principal cloud type predominantly stratiform, in the form of a gray or whitish layer of patch, which nearly always has dark parts.

stratocumulus (Sc)

Low clouds that form large, heavy rolls or elongated globular masses arranged in long, gray parallel bands that usually cover most of the sky. See cloud classification.


Meteorol a uniform stretch of cloud containing dark grey globular masses
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A broad bank of rumpled stratocumulus clouds drifts in soundlessly from the sea.
These water-needy locales all share certain physical requirements for converting fog to usable water for their populations: prevailing winds from a cool, offshore marine environment; elevated landforms at least thirteen hundred feet above sea level for maximum fog-water collection and within three to six miles of the coast, where fog-collecting arrays can be sited perpendicular to the onshore wind; recurring marine stratocumulus clouds that intercept these land-forms and become fog; and the technical facilities and know-how to convert these life-giving fogs into potable water.
But if Earth's climate warms as atmospheric scientists predict, we may all beg for stratocumulus clouds.
While cirrus clouds warm the atmosphere, marine stratocumulus clouds cool it.
Marine stratocumulus clouds, says Albrecht, "are probably the most important low-level clouds in a climatological sense because of their large aerial extent and their persistent nature.