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What’s the difference between Cirrus and Stratus clouds?

cirrus, stratus clouds

The term cirrus means “curl of hair” in Latin. These long white filaments form high up in the sky.

The Cirrus clouds announce the arrival of a warm front. They often announce precipitation in the following days.

The Stratus show high humidity. They can form during nighttime cooling. This huge cloud layer makes the sky dull and lifeless. Stratus usually bring drizzle and fog when close to the ground.

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