John Mitchell

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Would it be accurate to call this a mackerel sky or simply caption it "cirrocumulus clouds" (I think)?

 

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44 minutes ago, RedSnapper said:

 

Thanks for the link. I guess altocumulus makes more sense. Cirrocumulus clouds would be higher up. The pattern is also patchy.

 

So maybe "altocumulus floccus" would be more accurate?

 

BTW, I took this photo from my front steps.

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And then there are "altocumulus mamma" clouds. The ones I photographed look like they might have quite a bit of moisture in them.

 

Perhaps I had better stick with the general name "altocumulus clouds" just to be safe. This stuff gets complicated...

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Not altocumulus mammatus clouds - they form near thunderstorms. They are very rare.

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10 hours ago, vpics said:

Not altocumulus mammatus clouds - they form near thunderstorms. They are very rare.

 

Thanks. I've decided to stick with plain "altocumulus" and leave the rest up to the gods. B)

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I would include "cumulous" also, John. Being accurate is important, but these terms might also be used by buyers looking for an attractive cloud image who may not be cloud experts either. 

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3 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

I would include "cumulous" also, John. Being accurate is important, but these terms might also be used by buyers looking for an attractive cloud image who may not be cloud experts either. 

 

Thanks for the good suggestion, I neglected to do that and shall remedy the situation.

 

I also forgot "floating pink marshmallows" but perhaps that's a bit of a stretch. ^_^

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16 hours ago, John Mitchell said:

 

Thanks for the good suggestion, I neglected to do that and shall remedy the situation.

 

I also forgot "floating pink marshmallows" but perhaps that's a bit of a stretch. ^_^

You never know.......

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5 hours ago, Jansos said:

Do you need to have your head in the clouds to be a good meteorologist? ;-)

Have you tied - 

https://scied.ucar.edu/webweather/clouds/cloud-types

They look quite low down so I would concur with the suggestions made but also add 'pink fluffy clouds'

 

 

Thanks, I forgot "fluffy" (the cloud, not the kitten). B)

 

 

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