This photograph is of stratocumulus clouds at sunset.
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Stratocumulus (weather symbol - Sc) clouds consist of water droplets and belong
to the Low Cloud
(surface-2000m) group. These clouds are low, lumpy, and gray. These clouds can look like cells under a microscope - sometimes they line up in rows and other times they spread out.
Only light precipitation, generally in the form of drizzle, occurs with stratocumulus clouds. To distinguish between a
stratocumulus and an altocumulus cloud, point
your hand toward the cloud. If
the cloud is about the size of your fist, then it is stratocumulus.
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