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'''Cirrostratus (Cs)'''
 
==Description==
 
==Description==
 
 
High level, uniform layer of thin white cloud.
 
High level, uniform layer of thin white cloud.
  
[[Image:Cirrostratus1.jpg|Layer of Cirrostratus seen from above at 34,000ft. In the distance a Cumulonimbus cloud can be seen pushing up through the Tropopause. Photo by Captain Murray O'Shea]]
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[[File:Cirrostratus1.jpg|none|thumb|400px|alt=cirrostratus|Layer of cirrostratus seen from above at 34,000ft. In the distance a [[Cumulonimbus]] cloud can be seen pushing up through the [[Tropopause]]. Photo by Captain Murray O'Shea]]
  
 
==Characteristics==
 
==Characteristics==
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Viewed from below the cloud, the sun and moon may be seen to have a bright halo with a red tinge to the edges.
  
Viewed from below the cloud, the sun and moon may be seen to have a bright halo with a red tinge to the edge.
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Because of the high altitude, and therefore low [[Air Temperature|temperature]], cirrostratus clouds are composed of ice crystals rather than water particles.  
 
 
Because of the high altitude, and therefore low temperature, cirrostratus clouds are composed of ice crystals rather than water particles.  
 
 
 
==Further Reading==
 
  
*[[Cloud Types]]
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==Related Articles==
*[[Cloud Formation]]
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Cirrostratus (Cs)

Description

High level, uniform layer of thin white cloud.

cirrostratus
Layer of cirrostratus seen from above at 34,000ft. In the distance a Cumulonimbus (Cb) cloud can be seen pushing up through the Tropopause. Photo by Captain Murray O'Shea

Characteristics

Viewed from below the cloud, the sun and moon may be seen to have a bright halo with a red tinge to the edges.

Because of the high altitude, and therefore low temperature, cirrostratus clouds are composed of ice crystals rather than water particles.

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