Big Buc's Blog: Cloudy Monday - Monday, February 10, 2020

Submitted by Big Buc on Mon, 02/10/2020 - 05:00
stratus cloud chart
cloud chart


Ahoy, Ye Matey!

Happy Cloudy Monday

Throughout the week, I’ve been sharing my knowledge of clouds with the cadets that I meet out on deck. Many of the Marine Transportation majors are quite the cloud experts.  Instead of me teaching them – they’ve been educating me.  Understanding clouds and weather are critical to the safe navigation of a ship. 

I can still, however, impress the Marine Engineering majors and the Facilities Engineering that I chat with.   I’ve enjoyed introducing them to our seven previous Clouds Of The Week; three high level clouds - Cirrus, Cirrocumulus, and Cirrostratus, two midlevel clouds - Altocumulus and Altostratus, and two low level clouds – Cumulus and Cumulonimbus.

This week, we’ll add another low level cloud to the list.

The Cloud Of The Week Is A Stratus Cloud!

1.  Unlike Cumulous clouds which develop vertically, a Stratus cloud develops horizontally.

2.  Stratus clouds resemble a thick, grey blanket hanging low in the sky.  The “blanket’s” color may range from dark grey to almost white.

3. Stratus clouds get their name from the Latin word “strato” which means layers

4.  Stratus clouds may be free of precipitation or may cause light precipitation and drizzle

5.  Many people make the mistake of referring to Stratus clouds as fog.  Stratus clouds are similar to fog but they do not touch the ground.  Sometimes when fog clears, Stratus clouds form.  I can understand why people confuse the two.

Please continue to search for, read about, draw, and photograph our new Cloud Of The Week – and the clouds that we have met in previous weeks.  Thanks for emailing your work to me at  

Your cloud-loving Buccaneer,

Big Buc





stratus cloud photo
stratus cloud over land