Stratus clouds

Stratus clouds tend to be featureless, low altitude clouds that cover the sky in a blanket of white or grey.

Symbol: Stratus symbol

Height of base: 0 - 6,500 ft

Shape: Layered

Latin: stratus - flattened or spread out

Precipitation: Light

Stratus cloud

Stratus clouds are very low-level grey layers or patches of clouds with fuzzy edges. They are the lowest clouds and sometimes appear at ground level in the form of mist or fog. Stratus clouds are a fairly uniform grey or white colour and may be accompanied by drizzle, snow or snow grains. If there are no other clouds above the layer of stratus cloud, the sun or moon may shine through.

Similar clouds

  • Cumulus
    The fluffy, cauliflower-shaped cumulus are one of the most common and distinctive types of cloud. All cumulus clouds develop because of convection.

  • Stratocumulus
    Stratocumulus clouds consists of large, rounded masses of stratus that form groups, lines or waves.

Last updated: 7 August 2014