Stratocumulus clouds consists of large, rounded masses of stratus that form groups, lines or waves.
Height of base: 1,200 - 6,500 ft
Shape: Cumuliform "lump" at base
Latin: stratus - flattened; cumulus - heap
Low-level clumps or patches of cloud varying in colour from bright white to dark grey. They normally have well defined bases and some parts much darker than others. They can be joined together or have gaps between them. Stratocumulus clouds can be present in all types of weather conditions, from dry settled weather to light rain and snow.
Stratocumulus are usually present near a warm, cold or occluded front. Sometimes they can be thick enough to produce light rain or snow.
Last updated: 7 August 2014