Stratocumulus (Sc)
Sc castellanus
Sc lenticularis
Sc stratiformis virga
Sc opacus praecipitatio
Orographic Sc
Sc undulatus


Orographic Stratocumulus Clouds

The temporal development of an orographical Stratocumulus cloud between 500 and 600 m is shown here. The cloud was formed at the Tavola Mountain in the North of Sardinia. This rock massiv which is 6 km long and 1 km wide with an average altitude of 500 m mainly consists of limestone and dolomite.

The images were taken from different sites at a hot summer afternoon within a period of three hours. The cloud existed all in all around four to five hours and dissolved in the evening, clearly before sunset within a few minutes. The oil painting created by Jawlensky shows a similar scene.

ScOro1-5.jpg: S. Borrmann, Porto San Paolo, Sardinia, September 1998

Alexej von Jawlensky, "Two white clouds" (1909) Oil on Board, 33 cm x 43.8 cm, private ownership in Switzerland