Stratus Clouds (“The clouds that weigh heavily on your
Stratus clouds are the lowest forming and are often called fog or mists when they are earth-bound
Stratus clouds are formed when a large air mass cools at the same time (e.g. –a warm air parcel drifts into or above a cooler region)Typical Altitude: 0-6,500 ft.
Location: Worldwide, but especially common around coasts and mountains
Precipitation: No more than light drizzle
Composition: Liquid water
Formation: Advective or radiative cooling