American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A high-altitude, thin, hazy cloud, usually covering the sky and often producing a halo effect.
- n. meteorology A principal high-level cloud type appearing as a whitish veil, usually fibrous but sometimes smooth, which may totally cover the sky and which often produces halo phenomena, either partially or completely. Sometimes a banded aspect may appear, but the intervals between the bands are filled with thinner cloud veil. The edge of the veil of cirrostratus may be straight and clean-cut, but more often it is irregular and fringed with cirrus. Some of the ice crystals that comprise the cloud are large enough to fall and thereby produce a fibrous aspect. Cirrostratus occasionally may be so thin and transparent as to render it almost indiscernible, especially through haze or at night. At such times, the existence of a halo may be the only revealing feature, such as producing a halo around the moon. Abbreviated: Cs.
“One of Clams Casino's best tracks – one of the tracks of the year, in my opinion – is I'm God, a beautiful cirrostratus of a song that Lil B ended up rapping over, ruining its delicate charms in the process.”
“Only at the highest levels—up to 45,000 feet—do we find the ice-crystal clouds cirrus ("like white locks of hair"), cirrocumulus ("like grains of rice") and cirrostratus ("a light, milky whitening of the blue").”
“High-altitude clouds—cirrus, cirrocumulus, and cirrostratus—reside between three and seven miles above sea level.”
“Above the surface location of the cold front, high altitude cirrostratus and middle altitude altocumulus clouds are common.”
“High-altitude cirrus, cirrostratus and middle-altitude altostratus clouds are found well in advance of the front.”
“Weather Phenomenon Prior to the Passing of the Front Contact with the Front After the Passing of the Front Temperature Cool Warming suddenly Warmer then leveling off Atmospheric Pressure Decreasing steadily Leveling off Slight rise followed by a decrease Winds South to southeast Variable South to southwest Precipitation Showers, snow, sleet or drizzle Light drizzle None Clouds Cirrus, cirrostratus, altostratus, nimbostratus, and then stratus Stratus, sometimes cumulonimbus Clearing with scattered stratus, sometimes scattered cumulonimbus”
“Along the gently sloping warm front, the lifting of moist air produces first nimbostratus clouds followed by altostratus and cirrostratus.”
“The multidimensional spacetime of contemporary signification has rivers of Canadian nature poetry running through it, not to mention a cirrostratus layer of nature painting and music.”
“November 13th, 2006 at 10:11 pm cirrostratus says:”
“They would say things like “Weather Station Baker, 3:30 PM, 3/8 cirrostratus, bases at 1000′, temperature 62°, relative humidity 36%”.”
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We owe our current names for clouds to Luke Howard. Wikipedia tells us that "Howard was not the first to attempt a classification of clouds—Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744–1829) had earlier proposed a ...
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