Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In meteorology, a term adopted by the International Conference at Innsbruck, September, 1905, for clouds having an ovoid form with sharp edges: as, cumulus lenticularis, cumulo-stratus lenticularis. Such clouds occur especially in connection with sirocco, mistral and foehn winds, and frequently show rainbow colors.
“I admit there was a time when I didn't know a cirrus from a cumulus and sincerely believed that a lenticularis was a luxury car from Toyota.”
“Since moving to the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains I have enjoyed frequent sightings of spectacular altocumulus standing lenticularis or lenticular cloud formations.”
“Since moving to the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains I have enjoyed frequent sightings of these spectacular altocumulus standing lenticularis or lenticular cloud formations.”
“Cirrocumulus Standing Lenticularis CSL are the rarest type of lenticularis, appearing at over 24,000 feet.”
“They are so rare because there are very few geological structures at that altitude, which are required for lenticularis to form.”
“Altocumulus Standing Lenticularis ASL are mid-level clouds that are the most common type of lenticularis, found between 8,000 and 20,000 feet.”
“_Lenticula_, a lentil, a freckly eruption; _lenticularis_, lentil-shaped; so the nat.ord. ought to be (if this be right) _lenticulariaceæ_.”
“Mr Wilton believes the cloud was an altocumulus lenticularis - an almond-shaped or lens-shaped mass of cloud that appears dense but quickly evaporates.”
“Lenticular clouds - or altocumulus standing lenticularis - are stationary clouds that result from strong winds over rugged terrain and form at high altitudes.”
“We find among the gramineous plants, in the savannah of Cumanacoa, the Paspalus lenticularis, Panicum ascendens, Pennisetum uniflorum, Gynerium saccharoides, Eleusine indica, etc.] [* Estanco real de tabaco, royal monopoly of tobacco.]”
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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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