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a wispy white cloud (usually of fine ice crystals) at a high altitude (4 to 8 miles)


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8C, so it's likely ice crystals could have formed in high cirrus clouds.
Normally we carefully avoided those towering cloud castles of violent turbulence, but that one was masked in some cirrus clouds.
The AFCRL controlled U-2 aircraft investigated the radiation characteristics of high-altitude jet stream Cirrus clouds.
While some contrails swiftly disappear, others form widespread cirrus clouds which block both the sun's rays and heat energy from the ground.
Contrails--those white lines of vapor left by jets crisscrossing the sky--contribute to the formation of cirrus clouds as the lines break up.
gain access to new data including ozone depletion and the size of water particles in cirrus clouds.
Some have identified the lights as merely a circum-horizontal arc--an unusual, horizontal rainbow refracting through ice crystals in cirrus clouds.
Because the air temperature there is below freezing, cirrus clouds are made up of ice crystals instead of liquid water droplets.
They depict 15 different types of clouds, from the frightening cumulonimbus with a tornado whirling beneath to the choppy cirrus clouds that often precede a storm.
According to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), aerosol particles that are emitted in aviation such as soot, metals and sulfuric acid can indirectly influence climate change by causing additional cirrus clouds to form, which in turn trap the heat rising from the Earth's surface.
If the Living Room tethers you to water and land, the Reading Room on the 10th floor unleashes a user for flights of imagination in an atmosphere evoking cirrus clouds.
The formation of wispy cirrus clouds is not a simple matter.
Alan Brown, a spokesman for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, said the delay could improve the plane's chances of reaching 100,000 feet because high cirrus clouds present Saturday may be gone today, permitting more sunlight to charge the aircraft's solar cells.
They suggest that the visibility of the constellation might be affected by the presence of wispy cirrus clouds high in the atmosphere.
This artwork demonstrates the spectacular effects that a great watercolorist such as Palmer can achieve, from the cirrus clouds and streaming sunlight to the soft canopy of leaves and shimmering swirls of water.