Cloud Type Descriptions MET
Describing the ten basic cloud types can be tricky but often you can fall back on real world experience. Stratiform clouds are generally greyer in colour; cumuliform are generally white (cumulonimbus being the exception.) With stratiform clouds, the sky is generally mostly covered (look for the words "layer" or "sheet"); with cumuliform clouds, generally the sky is more visible (look for the words "detached" or "isolated.")
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Which clouds may be described as "Transparent, whitish cloud veil of fibrous (hair-like) or smooth appearance, totally or partly covering the sky, and generally producing halo phenomena"?