Altocumulus Clouds above Homestead, Florida

March 21, 2010

Altocum from Homestead

Photographer: Andrea Arostegui
Summary Authors
: Andrea Arostegui; Jim Foster

The photo above showing a sky riddled with altocumulus clouds was taken prior to the passage of a cold front in the early afternoon of February 8, 2010, from Homestead, Florida. These mid-level clouds are composed of supercooled water droplets and are often associated with coronae and iridescence. Slight iridescence is detectable here. Additionally, altocumulus clouds are frequently seen when strong winds are aloft -- they commonly align as wave clouds. Make sure not to look toward the Sun without proper eye protection!