altocumulus cloud


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Noun1.altocumulus cloud - a cumulus cloud at an intermediate altitude of 2 or 3 milesaltocumulus cloud - a cumulus cloud at an intermediate altitude of 2 or 3 miles
cumulus, cumulus cloud - a globular cloud
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Tabada said an altocumulus cloud forms over mountain ranges when moist air flows over the mountains and is unable to rise because it is cold at the top.
For an ice-precipitating altocumulus cloud, the range-resolved circular polarization measurements show the same transition from ice virga at the cloud base to a dense, liquid state at the cloud top as do those for linear polarization.
This warmer influence is presently limited by dry air above it (the anticyclonic fringe) so the resultant Altocumulus cloud band is not so thick, yet still turbulent enough to assist occasional lower-based cumulus cloud in its convective thrust.