By: Ryan Fannock
Weather Word of the Day: Stratocumulus clouds
Stratocumulus clouds are low-level clumps or patches of cloud varying in color from bright white to dark grey. They are the most common clouds on earth recognized by their well-defined bases, with some parts often darker than others. They usually have gaps between them, but they can also be joined together.
Stratocumulus clouds usually form from a layer of stratus cloud breaking up. They are indicators of a change in the weather and are usually present near a warm, cold or occluded front.