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stratiform

[′strad·ə‚fȯrm]
(geology)
Descriptive of a layered mineral deposit of either igneous or sedimentary origin.
Consisting of parallel bands, layers, or sheets.
(meteorology)
Description of clouds of extensive horizontal development, as contrasted to the vertically developed cumuliform types.
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stratiform

Clouds spread out in extensive horizontal sheets or layers. The term applies to stratus, stratocumulus, nimbostratus, and cirrocumulus clouds.
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In general, the main factors that cause differences in the values of cloud parameters between land and ocean are aerosol characteristics and vertical motions (stability), both of which influence the characteristics of stratus clouds, as has been discussed elsewhere [5-7, 23].
--, and --, 1999b: Links between annual variations of Peruvian stratus clouds and of SST in the eastern equatorial Pacific.
These clouds often extend over large distances, like stratus clouds do, but the temperature profile within them is rather unstable, like cumulus clouds, so they can produce a good bit of liquid water.
Both exhibit a temperature inversion and the cloud top temperatures are both warmer than -12 degrees Celsius which implies an all-liquid process (stratus cloud tops are identified where the temperature and dew point diverge by at least 5 degrees Celsius).
The weather gods, to spite me for my laziness, fiendishly have placed a moratorium on those nimbo stratus clouds that drip rain like saturated, coal-dark towels.
It's amorphous and triumphant a haze of acoustic guitars, airy synthesizers and tumbling drums floating beneath Vernon's hallucinogenic yowl, like two stratus clouds overlapping in a dream.
Stratus clouds are low, around 5,000 feet above the ground, while cirrus clouds can top 30,000 feet.
Look at the clouds and write down whether they are cirrus, cumulus, or stratus clouds. Each day, write down your observations from your wind vane and barometer too.
An increase in low, reflective stratus clouds, on the other hand, might cool the planet by preventing sunlight from reaching Earth.
At night time, the top of the MABL radiates long wave energy and cools, strengthening the inversion further and temporarily lowering the bases of stratus clouds.
Together with many others in the eastern United States, TONY FLANDERS saw superb stratus clouds on August 11th and 12th.
The California and New England coasts are well known for the frequent occurrence of stratus clouds.