Neat-looking “closed cell” stratocumulus clouds were diagnosed in GOES-16 visible satellite imagery in the eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California during the day on 31 October 2017. These cloud formations typically form under high pressure and calm winds. Rising warm air in the center of each cell sinks on the edges, creating the darker/less reflective areas.
-Bill Line, NWS
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