cirrus cloud


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cirrus cloud

[′sir·əs ¦klau̇d]
(meteorology)
A principal cloud type composed of detached cirriform elements in the form of white, delicate filaments, of white (or mostly white) patches, or narrow bands. Abbreviated Ci.
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In their experiment, Bissonette and his team beamed an infrared laser up into a wintertime, low-level cirrus cloud.
Researchers had expected high-level winds to disperse its contrails, but instead, they appeared to attract more clouds that continued to grow as they were blown southwards until eventually they formed a hazy high-level blanket of cirrus cloud across southeast England.
proposed that cirrus clouds regulate ocean surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific (SN: 5/11/91, p.
The formation of wispy cirrus clouds is not a simple matter.
8C, so it's likely ice crystals could have formed in high cirrus clouds.
The laser sensor has an operating range of 15 kilometres and is capable of reliably detecting high cloud layers and cirrus clouds.
It is well known that commercial aircraft operations impact the atmosphere by the emissions of greenhouse gases and greenhouse gas precursors, and also through the formation of contrails and cirrus clouds.
These are relatively transparent clouds, like thin cirrus clouds on Earth.
The information was gathered from high altitudes over fresh and aged snow surfaces, ocean surfaces in high winds, tall coastal and forest conditions, and in the presence of thin cirrus clouds.
com Again, these are made from high quality 24 per cent lead crystal, and feature a cut pattern inspired by the thin, wispy forms of cirrus clouds.
In particular, they were working to understand how the convective clouds -- updrafts that cause storms to build high into the sky -- contribute to the creation of cirrus clouds.