Stratocumulus Clouds (“The low, puffy
Stratocumulus cloud consists of large, rounded masses of stratus that form groups, lines or waves.
Stratocumulus clouds are low-level clumps or patches of cloud varying in colour from bright white to dark grey. They are the most common clouds on earth recognised by their well defined bases with some parts often darker than others.
Stratocumulus clouds can be present in all types of weather conditions, from dry settled weather to more rainy conditions, but they themselves are often not the culprit. Stratocumulus are often mistaken for rain clouds, when in reality it is quite rare to get anything more than the lightest drizzle from them, if anything at all, However, these clouds are often seen at either the front or tail end of worse weather, so they may indicate storms to come, in the form of thunderheads or gusty winds
Typical Altitude: 2,000-6,500 ft.
Location: Worldwide –very common
Precipitation: Occasional light rain, snow
Composition: Liquid water
Formation: Spreading and joining of cumulus clouds below a temperature inversion, wind turbulence in a stratus