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CORDERO'S CORNER: What are Altocumulus clouds?

Posted at 6:45 AM, Jan 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-10 05:37:47-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) -- Every Tuesday on WTXL Sunrise, you'll be able to have one of your own weather questions answered by Meteorologist Alex Cordero.

This week, our question comes from Tim Whitfield via Twitter (@TimWhitfield54).

He took a picture of "Altocumulus" clouds and asked what they are and what causes them.

To start, altocumulus clouds are mid-level clouds which are a few thousand feet above the ground. They are cumulus clouds, the same puffy ones, just higher in the sky. They look smaller due to being higher in the sky. These are often seen before or after a change in the forecast, like a cold front bringing rain.

They do not produce rain, but they look very organized sometimes. They are neatly shaped in rows and they can spread for dozens of miles.

A similar cloud type is a cirrocumulus cloud. These are even HIGHER than altocumulus clouds. They look even smaller due to the height they are in the atmosphere. The neat rows these clouds are also found in may resemble scales of a fish, or honeycombs. These are often found during the cold months, and normally accompany quiet and cold weather.

Remember you can send your questions to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or send them to ACORDERO@WTXL.TV