fractocumulus

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fractocumulus

(ˌfræktəʊˈkjuːmjʊləs)
n, pl -li (-ˌlaɪ)
(Physical Geography) low ragged slightly bulbous cloud, often appearing below nimbostratus clouds during rain. Also called: fractocumulus cloud
[C19: from Latin fractus broken + cumulus]
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It looks to me to be some form of cumulus fractus cloud.
While some say that the sighting could have been be a small portion of a larger cloud that was separated by strong winds, referred to as cumulus fractus clouds, others say that the angle from which it was photographed could have been the reason behind the distinctly spherical shape as another picture of the same cloud showed a change in shape.