Definition - What does Cirrocumulus mean?

Cirrocumulus is the formation of clouds in the sky and is related to the weather conditions taken into account while performing any cost-intensive field activities such as oil and gas production activities. It is one of the design patterns of cloud formation in the sky. The shape of the cirrocumulus clouds are small heaps of white or pale blue color clouds broken into smaller elements or ripples.

Petropedia explains Cirrocumulus

Cirrocumulus is one of the fundamental types of clouds formation in high altitude troposphere layer. These clouds are formed at an average altitude of 16,000 feet (5 km) to 39,000 feet (12 km) from the ground level. Cirrocumulus clouds can be further divided into lower altitude clouds such as stratocumuli and cumuliform clouds. When cirrocumulus clouds are, it is usually an indication of shallow upper air convection followed by thunder, storms or tornadoes.

The air convection is formed when there is environment instability because of temperature differences between various atmospheric layers. Different lapse rates within moist and dry air result in instability and this leads air convection which further results into thunderstorms, downbursts, hail and tornadoes.

Weather surveyors study such cloud formations and notify the possible weather conditions for field activities such as oil and gas drilling and production activities, mining, air and water and rail transportation.

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