nimbostratus


nimbostratus

noun, plural nim·bo·stra·tus.

  1. a cloud of a class characterized by a formless layer that is almost uniformly dark gray; a rain cloud of the layer type, of low altitude, usually below 8000 feet (2440 meters).

noun plural -ti (-taɪ)

  1. a dark-coloured rain-bearing stratus cloud
n.

1932 (earlier use from late 19c. refers to different cloud types), from Modern Latin nimbus (see nimbus) + connecting element -o- + stratus (see stratus).

Plural nimbostrati (nĭm′bō-strătī′)

  1. A dark, gray, mid-altitude cloud that often covers the entire sky and precipitates rain, snow, or sleet. Nimbostratus clouds generally form around 2,000 m (6,560 ft) but often extend to much higher and lower altitudes. See illustration at cloud.

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