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cirrus clouds

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cirrus clouds [(sir-uhs)]

Lacy or wispy clouds that form at high altitudes, generally before a change in the weather.

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  • cirrus clouds, or others, dissolve, or cirrus have tails down.

    Reading the Weather

    Thomas Morris Longstreth
  • Bars of cirrus clouds covered the whole sky—the presage of a coming storm.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • At other times the margins themselves are fringed with filaments similar to cirrus clouds.

    Meteorology Charles Fitzhugh Talman
  • Before the larger storms these cirrus clouds are sent up as storm signals twenty-four and even forty-eight hours in advance.

    Reading the Weather

    Thomas Morris Longstreth
  • The heaviest electrical disturbances have cirrus clouds a few hours in advance of them very much as their winter relatives.

    Reading the Weather

    Thomas Morris Longstreth
  • He looked up and saw the blue sky above fretted with cirrus clouds.

    When the Sleeper Wakes Herbert George Wells
  • He would watch the cirrus clouds sailing grandly ten miles above him on some stream that never approached nearer.

  • cirrus clouds, for instance, exhibit many forms, and these so diverse that they must be due to very different causes.

  • The moon soon after rising, passed behind a long dense body of cirrus clouds, that floated over the eastern horizon.

  • The cirrus clouds are the smoke of his pipe, and he always holds his pipe in his hand.

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