Altostratus undulatus cloud

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Altostratus undulatus cloud
Cirrus and Altostratus undulatus clouds
Cirrus and Altostratus undulatus clouds
Abbreviation As
Symbol CM 5.png
Genus Alto- (high), -stratus (layered)
Species undulatus (waves)
Altitude 2400-6100 m
(8,000-20,000 ft)
Classification Family B (Medium-level)
Appearance Wavy, like ripples in a pond
Precipitation cloud? Usually no

The altostratus undulatus is a type of altostratus cloud with signature undulations within it. These undulations may be visible (usually as "wavy bases"), but frequently they are indiscernible to the naked eye. These formations will generally appear in the early stages of destabilizing return flows, especially over the southern plains of the United States, when the surface temperature is still relatively cool.[1] The wavy strips of clouds are generally near an inversion surface.

Also referred to as billow clouds, wind row clouds, or wave clouds, variations of the undulatus can be elements that have merged or single elements that have stretched through the sky. They often run parallel, but can also appear to interweave across the sky, especially if dual wave systems are seen (also referred to as biundulatus).[citation needed] Gravity waves aligned normally to the direction of the wind can show wide, near-parallel cloud strips.[2]

Undulated cloud in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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  1. ^ "Altostratus Undulatus". Stormeyes.org. Archived from the original on 13 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  2. ^ "AMS Glossary". Amsglossary.allenpress.com. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 

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