Cirrocumulus clouds forming a Mackerel Sky

Cirrocumulus clouds forming a Mackerel Sky

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Caption: Cirrocumulus clouds. Sky filled with small delicate cloudlets of the cirrocumulus type, to form a "Mackerel Sky". The illumination of the Sun behind the clouds can be seen. Cirrocumulus clouds form at high altitude (5,000-6,000 metres height and above) and are composed largely of ice crystals. They may form in lines, groups or ripples. The presence of cirrocumulus clouds indicates the approach of a frontal system and changing weather.

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Keywords: cirrocumulus, cirrocumulus cloud, climate, cloud, cloud types, clouds, mackerel sky, meteorology, type, weather

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