Nimbostratus



[nim-boh-strey-tuh s, -strat-uh s] /ˌnɪm boʊˈstreɪ təs, -ˈstræt əs/

noun, plural nimbostratus.
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).
/ˌnɪmbəʊˈstreɪtəs; -ˈstrɑːtəs/
noun (pl) -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).
nimbostratus
(nĭm’bō-strāt’əs)
Plural nimbostrati (nĭm’bō-strāt’ī’)
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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