cirrus cloud


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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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The development of cirrus cloud forecast products based upon operational forecasts from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) was essential to direct the aircraft into selected cirrus cloud systems.
Researchers had expected high-level winds to disperse its contrails, but instead, they appeared to attract more clouds that continued to grow as they were blown southwards until eventually they formed a hazy high-level blanket of cirrus cloud across southeast England.
When cirrus clouds contain ice crystals with the proper orientation, a pair of these parhelia (Greek for "beside the Sun") can appear 22[degrees] or more to either side of the Sun, sometimes on a sky-circling band called the parhelic circle.
In the other cases, the presence of clouds increases the emission, with a contribution that is visible primarily in the transparent windows, and ranging from the small effect of a thin cirrus cloud (red curve in Fig.
proposed that cirrus clouds regulate ocean surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific (SN: 5/11/91, p.
full) perspective in Science, researchers investigate the pros, cons and nuances of thinning cirrus clouds to allow more heat to escape Earth.
What two-word name can mean a wispy cirrus cloud and a pond plant?
While homogeneous freezing is important for cirrus cloud formation, heterogeneous freezing is the dominant process by which mixed-phase clouds form.
Our upper air witnessed two examples of tropical advection in the higher levels: lengthy bands of Cirrus cloud emanating from equatorial latitudes closer to South America and melding with mid latitude flows south and east of the sub-continent.
The U-2 flew above, in and below cirrus cloud formations to take thermal temperature measurements and aerial cloud formation photographs.
The persistent formation of contrails is associated with increased cirrus cloud cover, another factor warming the Earth's surface.
His attempts to precisely describe the cirrus cloud reflect the need to extend descriptive grammar towards a rhythmically paratactic prolixity, when the object of description itself is in a state of constant transformation.
The new data could be used to improve models of cirrus cloud formation, the researchers say.