Cirrus Floccus

Cirrus are gorgeous wispy high-level ice clouds. ‘Floccus’ comes from the Latin for a lock of wool/hair, and cirrus floccus display little tufts and raggedy bottoms, sometimes even forming virga (larger tufts that look like rain coming down, but never reach the ground as precipitation)

I love cirrus floccus.

cirrus floccus

cirrus floccus

cirrus floccus

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Over the last year I have noticed many more of these flocked cirrus, particularly on days where the clouds have primarily developed from spreading contrails, as in the pictures below…

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