Cirrus radiatus

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Cirrus radiatus
Cirrus radiatus.jpg
Cirrus radiatus clouds with a contrail crossing through
Abbreviation Ci ra
Symbol CH 5.png
Genus Cirrus (curl of hair)
Variety radiatus (extensive bands)
Altitude Above 5,000 m
(Above 16,500 ft)
Appearance parallel bands
Precipitation cloud? No

Cirrus radiatus is a variety of cirrus cloud. The name cirrus radiatus is derived from Latin, meaning "rayed, striped".[1] This variety of cirrus clouds occurs in parallel bands that often cover the entire sky and appear to converge at a single point[2] or two opposite points on the horizon. Cirrus radiatus is often partly made up of cirrocumulus or cirrostratus.[3]


  1. ^ Latin Dictionary. "Definition of: radiatus". Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Dunlop, Storm (2003). The weather identification handbook (1st Lyons Press ed.). Guilford, Conn.: Lyons Press. p. 58. ISBN 1-58574-857-9. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Callanan, Martin. "Cirrus radiatus". International Cloud Atlas. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 

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