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1. Severe Thunderstorm Warning for: Kern

2. Flash Flood Warning for: Kern

3. Severe Thunderstorm Warning for: Kern

4. Severe Weather Statement for: Kern

5. Flash Flood Warning for: Santa Barbara; Ventura

6. Special Weather Statement for: Ventura County Mountains

7. Wind Advisory for: Apple and Lucerne Valleys; Coachella Valley; Riverside County Mountains; San Bernardino County Mountains; San Diego County Deserts; San Diego County Mountains; San Gorgonio Pass Near Banning

8. Flood Advisory for: Ventura

9. Winter Weather Advisory for: Riverside County Mountains; San Bernardino County Mountains

10. Winter Weather Advisory for: Los Angeles County Mountains excluding the Santa Monica Range; Ventura County Mountains

11. Winter Storm Warning for: North Central and Southeast Siskiyou County; South Central Siskiyou County

12. Winter Weather Advisory for: Greater Lake Tahoe Area; Mono

13. Winter Weather Advisory for: Eastern Sierra Slopes of Inyo County; White Mountains of Inyo County

14. Wind Advisory for: Chuckwalla Mountains; Imperial County West; Imperial Valley; Joshua Tree NP West

15. Wind Advisory for: Imperial County Southwest

16. Wind Advisory for: Death Valley National Park; Morongo Basin; Western Mojave Desert

17. Winter Weather Advisory for: Central Sierra; North Kings River; Sequoia Kings

18. Winter Weather Advisory for: West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada

19. Special Weather Statement for: West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada

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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

Weather Topic: What is Fog?

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fog Next Topic: Fractus Clouds

Fog is technically a type of stratus cloud, which lies along the ground and obscures visibility.

It is usually created when humidity in the air condenses into tiny water droplets. Because of this, some places are more prone to foggy weather, such as regions close to a body of water.

Fog is similar to mist; both are the appearance of water droplets suspended in the air, but fog is the term applied to the condition when visibility is less than 1 km.

Next Topic: Fractus Clouds