[sir-oh-strey-tuh s, -strat-uh s]
- a cloud of a class characterized by a composition of ice crystals and often by the production of halo phenomena and appearing as a whitish and usually somewhat fibrous veil, often covering the whole sky and sometimes so thin as to be hardly discernible: of high altitude, about 20,000–40,000 feet (6000–12,000 meters).
Origin of cirrostratus
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Cirri and cirrostratus clouds have been very prevalent during the day, and cumulostratus during the night.
Night clear and very cold; no wind; towards morning, sky became slightly overcast with cirrostratus clouds.
Towards afternoon, cirrocumulus and cirrostratus began to appear moving northward.
- a uniform layer of cloud above about 6000 metres (20 000 feet)
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- A thin, hazy, high-altitude cloud composed of ice crystals, often covering the sky in sheets and producing a halo effect around the sun. Cirrostratus clouds generally form between 6,100 and 12,200 m (20,000 and 40,000 ft). See illustration at cloud.
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