After two straight days of clear blue skies (oh, my life is soooo hard) I finally caught a photo of a new cloud to share.
Introducing . . . Cirrocumulus!
Not only is this bad boy worth 40 points in my Cloud Collector’s Handbook, reading the description introduced me to my new favorite word: “cloudlet”.
A cirrocumulus cloud is actually composed of many little cloudlets, which gives it what the Handbook calls a “grainy” appearance, but looks to me more like foam left on the beach by a receding wave.
How does one tell a cloudlet from a cloud? Stand back for the super-complicated scientific method here: the cloudlet must be smaller than your pinkie finger when your hand is held out at arm’s length.
The cloudlets that make up cirrocumulus are made of tiny ice crystals – it’s too cold for water where these clouds live, usually more than five miles above our heads.
Cirrocumulus are also uncommon and evanescent – these fair weather fellows dissipate quickly, hence the high point value. Glad I took a moment to look up!