This is an example of Altocumulus stratiformis translucidus. Wow, that’s a mouthful! Let’s break it down a bit. Altocumulus are mid-level patches of clouds (cloudlets), existing between 6500 and 20,000 ft, that are mostly made of water droplets. They indicate some instability at that level. Stratiformis is its species because they are spread out over a large area. Note how they are different from the layered altostratus clouds because you can still make out the individual cloudlets. The variety Translucidus means that you the clouds are thin enough to see the sun through. If these were to continue to spread out and thicken to altostratus, it would be an indication of more inclement weather to come.

Angela Rowe
Location: Oahu
Date: February 2011



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s