Mackerel sky; altocumulus clouds

Mackerel sky; altocumulus clouds

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Caption: Mackerel sky. A region of altocumulus cloud. This is often called a 'mackerel sky', due to the resemblance to the scales of a mackerel. Altocumulus is a middle-altitude water or mixed water/ice cloud. With sufficiently low temperatures, ice crystals may form and act as nucleation sites for snow.

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

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