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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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