Altostratus clouds are part of the middle cloud group.
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The middle cloud group consists of Altostratus
and Altocumulus clouds. The prefix alto- means
'middle.' Middle clouds consist of ice crystals and water droplets. The base
of a middle cloud above
the surface can be anywhere from 2000-8000m in the tropics to 2000-4000m in the
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