Sea of Stratocumulus

Sea of Stratocumulus (Opacus)

Gently convective, yet also partly stratified, this unbroken cloud deck would appear opaque and rather drab from below, with no substantial openings of sunlight reaching the ground—all these characteristics earning the formation the Latin name stratocumulus opacus.  From above, the cloud deck gently rolled like an ocean of cottony vapors, trapped beneath an inversion of dry, stable air through which the airplane flew.  In the distance, left of center, a boomerang-shaped contrail marked the location where a higher-flying plane made a 90° turn.

over eastern Oklahoma (25 Nov 13) Looking E

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