cloud deck

cloud deck

[′klau̇d ‚dek]
(meteorology)
The upper surface of a cloud.

cloud deck

A visible dense layer of cloud as seen from above.
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The report is an average of the previous 5 minutes, but because the sensor only sees straight up, a sudden cloud deck could be a stray cloud.
Beginning near 1200 UTC, breaks began occurring regularly in the liquid- and mixed-phase cloud deck near 6.
If the spectrum doesn't have any such telltale fingerprints, then the planet is bland-looking with a high cloud deck.
Not long after starting down on the five-mile final, I found myself flying in and out of the broken cloud deck, with glimpses of the ground below.
The bands reach at least 350 to 400 kilometers beneath the cloud deck, Bolton reported.
After a second set of more sensitive observations led by researchers at the University of Chicago returned the same result, it became clear that a high cloud deck must be masking the signature of absorption from the planet's atmosphere.
I've used a loop of string around my neck as a place to hang a pen and I've wondered where to put my sunglasses after descending into a cloud deck and setting up for an instrument approach.
Saturn was bright in Virgo in the late evening; Mr James showed a superb image of the planet by Damian Peach, and a software transformation that showed the remarkable standing wave in the planet's cloud deck called the 'north polar hexagon'.
Scientists were able to exclude an internal source, such as water rising from deeper within the planet's atmosphere, because it is not possible for water vapour to pass through the "cold trap" that separates the stratosphere from the visible cloud deck in the troposphere below.
We were concerned about doing a whiteout take off and inadvertently entering the low cloud deck.
I just did a project in the Congo, flying all day at 700 metres under solid cloud deck.