Cirrostratus fibratus

Cirrostratus fibratus is a type of cirrostratus cloud. The name cirrostratus fibratus is derived from Latin, meaning "fibrous".[2] Cirrostratus fibratus is one of the two most common forms that cirrostratus often takes, with the other being cirrostratus nebulosus.[3] They are formed from strong, continuous winds blowing at high altitudes, and they often cover a large portion of the sky.[4] Cirrostratus fibratus may often develop from either cirrus fibratus or cirrus spissatus cloud.[5] Precipitation is often imminent behind these clouds; however, they are not a precipitation-producing cloud.[6]

Cirrostratus fibratus
AbbreviationCs fib
GenusCirrus- (curl of hair)
-stratus (layered)
Speciesfibratus (fibrous)
AltitudeAbove 6,000 m
(Above 20,000 ft)
Appearancefibrous veils[1]
Precipitation cloud?No

See also


  1. Wolken Online. "Cirrostratus". Cloud Atlas. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  2. Numen - The Latin Lexicon. "Definition of fibratus, fibratus". Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  3. Dunlop, Storm (2003). The weather identification handbook (1st Lyons Press ed.). Guilford, Conn.: Lyons Press. p. 62. ISBN 1-58574-857-9. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  4. Rodgers, Alan; Streluk, Angella (2007). Cloud cover (Rev. and updated. ed.). Chicago, Ill.: Heinemann Library. p. 25. ISBN 978-1-4329-0077-9.
  5. Callanan, Martin. "Cirrostratus fibratus". International Cloud Atlas. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  6. Institute of Atmospheric Sciences at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. "Cirrostratus (fibratus)". A Guide to the Sky. Retrieved 15 September 2011.

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