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April 02, 2009|By FRANK ROYLANCE | FRANK ROYLANCE,frank.roylance@baltsun.com

Jeff Brauner, in Baltimore, asks if there's a difference between cumulo-stratus clouds and strato-cumulus: "Also, are there really nimbo-stratus clouds? Sounds like an oxymoron." Cloud names are bewildering, but I find only stratocumulus in my references -- broad, low clouds with brighter, puffy heaps. Nimbo means rain, so nimbostratus clouds are simply low, featureless clouds that rain.

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