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A cloud type in the form of a white or gray grouping of smaller clouds, similar in appearance to cumulus clouds except they don’t grow very large because they often form within a shallow layer of moisture.
Altostratus clouds usually take the form of a relatively thin gray or blue-ish layer that can appear to have ridges. These clouds are often composed of many fibrous elements with feathery edges, or can have a more uniform appearance.
Cumulus clouds form of individual elements that are generally dense and possess well-defined, rounded outlines. These clouds are typically described as puffy or having a cotton-like appearance because they grow vertically until they reach a layer of stable air.
Cirrus clouds are composed of small separated clouds in the form of white, delicate filaments, of patches, or narrow bands.
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