Weather Alerts for California

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1. Red Flag Warning for: Los Angeles County Coast including Downtown Los Angeles

2. Red Flag Warning for: Los Angeles County San Gabriel Valley

3. Red Flag Warning for: Ventura County Coast

4. Red Flag Warning for: Los Angeles County San Fernando Valley; Santa Clarita Valley; Ventura County Coastal Valleys; Ventura County Interior Valleys

5. Red Flag Warning for: Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Area

6. Red Flag Warning for: Los Angeles County Mountains, Angeles National Forest; Ventura County Mountains, Los Padres National Forest

7. Red Flag Warning for: Orange County Coastal; Orange County Inland; Riverside County Mountains-Including The San Jacinto Ranger District Of The San Bernardino National Forest; San Bernardino County Mountains-Including The Mountain Top And Front Country Ranger Districts Of The San Bernardino National Forest; San Bernardino and Riverside County Valleys - The Inland Empire; San Diego County Coastal Areas; San Diego County Inland Valleys; San Diego County Mountains-Including The Palomar And Descanso Ranger Districts of the Cleveland National Forest; San Gorgonio Pass Near Banning; Santa Ana Mountains-Including The Trabuco Ranger District of the Cleveland National Forest

8. High Wind Warning for: Los Angeles County Mountains excluding the Santa Monica Range; Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Area; Ventura County Mountains

9. Wind Advisory for: Los Angeles County Coast including Downtown Los Angeles; Los Angeles County San Fernando Valley; Los Angeles County San Gabriel Valley; Santa Clarita Valley; Ventura County Coast; Ventura County Coastal Valleys; Ventura County Interior Valleys

10. High Wind Warning for: Orange County Inland; Riverside County Mountains; San Bernardino County Mountains; San Bernardino and Riverside County Valleys-The Inland Empire; San Diego County Inland Valleys; San Diego County Mountains; San Gorgonio Pass Near Banning; Santa Ana Mountains and Foothills

11. Lake Wind Advisory for: San Bernardino County-Upper Colorado River Valley

12. Red Flag Warning for: Lower Colorado River Valley

13. Air Quality Alert for: Fresno; Kern; Kings; Madera; Merced; San Joaquin; Stanislaus; Tulare

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Weather Topic: What are Stratus Clouds?

Home - Education - Cloud Types - Stratus Clouds

stratus clouds Next Topic: Nimbostratus Clouds

Stratus clouds are similar to altostratus clouds, but form at a lower altitude and are identified by their fog-like appearance, lacking the distinguishing features of most clouds.

Stratus clouds are wider than most clouds, and their base has a smooth, uniform look which is lighter in color than a nimbostratus cloud. The presence of a stratus cloud indicates the possibility of minor precipitation, such as drizzle, but heavier precipitation does not typically arrive in the form of a stratus cloud.

Next Topic: Nimbostratus Clouds

Weather Topic: What are Stratocumulus Clouds?

Home - Education - Cloud Types - Stratocumulus Clouds

stratocumulus clouds Next Topic: Contrails

Stratocumulus clouds are similar to altocumulus clouds in their fluffy appearance, but have a slightly darker shade due to their additional mass.

A good way to distinguish the two cloud types is to hold your hand out and measure the size of an individual cloud; if it is the size of your thumb it is generally an altocumulus cloud, if it is the size of your hand it is generally a stratocumulus cloud.

It is uncommon for stratocumulus clouds to produce precipitation, but if they do it is usually a light rain or snow.

Next Topic: Contrails