August 23, 2019
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The Old Farmer's Almanac For Kids
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QUESTION OF THE DAY:

I've heard of cirrocumulus clouds, but don't know how to recognize them. Can you explain?

ANSWER:

Cirrocumulus clouds are loosely packed sheets of small, white cloud segments at altitudes of 18,000 to 20,000 feet or more. They form what some call a "mackerel sky," resembling scales on a fish. The clouds may consist of ice crystals or water droplets or both. Their patchy appearance is caused by vertical air currents at the cloud level, indicating a lack of stability and a possible approaching storm.

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