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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.

stratiform

Clouds spread out in extensive horizontal sheets or layers. The term applies to stratus, stratocumulus, nimbostratus, and cirrocumulus clouds.
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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.
Among the memories that stand out: sunset on Colden summit, where the tips of the peaks poked above a low layer of stratus clouds that obscured the valleys.
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.
The weather was good except for some solid, low stratus clouds in mid-trip.
For example, smooth sheets of stratus clouds, which bring light rain, tend to reflect more sunlight than they absorb.
An increase in the number of condensation nuclei was thought to make marine stratus clouds reflect more sunlight.
And we also had the sun's rays reflected off very high cirrus ice clouds high in the atmosphere and also off stratus clouds in the lower atmosphere.
For example, they cant's account for slightings of lightning before rainfall and they can't explain how stratus clouds, without ever shedding a raindrop, can leak negative "dark currents" to the earth.