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Stratocumulus clouds are part of the low cloud group.
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Low Clouds

The low cloud group consists of Stratus, Stratocumulus, and Nimbostratus clouds. Low clouds consist of water droplets. The base of a low cloud is from the surface to 2000m.

Last modified September 25, 2007 by Becca Hatheway.

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