stra·​tus | \ ˈstrā-təs How to pronounce stratus (audio) , ˈstra-\
plural strati\ ˈstrā-​ˌtī How to pronounce strati (audio) , ˈstra-​ \

Definition of stratus

: a low cloud form extending over a large area at altitudes of usually 2000 to 7000 feet (600 to 2100 meters) — see cloud illustration

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Low clouds fall into four divisions: cumulus, stratus, cumulonimbus, and stratocumulus. Catherine Zuckerman, National Geographic, "Clouds, explained," 24 Apr. 2019 Hill 88, Rodeo Beach: The coastal fog deck often (but not always) tops out at 600 to 1,000 feet — that’s when Hill 88 and its 1,053-foot summit provides a spectacular view across the stratus sea. Tom Stienstra,, "’Tis the season for ‘Dancing with Fog’," 12 July 2018 Near dawn and dusk, refracted sunlight filtered through the stratus can create a kaleidoscope of color for a few minutes and add to the phenomenon. Tom Stienstra,, "’Tis the season for ‘Dancing with Fog’," 12 July 2018 The rising air and sinking air meet in the lower atmosphere to form a marine layer—typically low-altitude stratus clouds. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "In absence of fog, the images from a SpaceX launch Tuesday are stunning," 23 May 2018 Cirrus and altocumulus clouds moved over Washington during sunrise while the storm’s stratus clouds and precipitation were west of the mountains. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, "Red sky at morning, sailors’ warning: Beautiful sunrise portends approaching storm," 19 Mar. 2018 Here's what the webcam looked like as the stratus moved into the #Boise area today — NWS Boise (@NWSBoise) December 6, 2017 Locally dense fog has formed in the Boise and Nampa areas. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "Is there anything in the forecast to shake up the inversion gripping Boise?," 8 Dec. 2017 Still, the stratus will be light and should burn off quickly. Rosemarie Stein,, "Portland Metro Tuesday Weather: Plenty of sunny days ahead with temperature near normal at 80," 11 July 2017 And the damage fell disproportionately on the lower stratus — immigrants in Colorado who worked in the coal fields. Jesse Paul, The Denver Post, "The coal mine explosion was the deadliest disaster in Colorado history," 27 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of stratus

circa 1803, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stratus

New Latin, from Latin, past participle of sternere

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stra·​tus | \ ˈstrā-təs How to pronounce stratus (audio) , ˈstra-\
plural strati\ ˈstrā-​ˌtī , ˈstra-​ \

Kids Definition of stratus

: a cloud extending over a large area at an altitude of from 2000 to 7000 feet (600 to 2100 meters)

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