Stratus Cloud Page
(all photographs by J. Gerencher)

Stratus clouds form in layers.  When formed close to the Earth's surface, they are commonly associated with lingering rain and dark, grey skies.

Stratus clouds lower than the 900 foot high summit of
South Mountain in Bethlehem, PA.
Viewed from Collier Hall of Science of Moravian College.

Stratus clouds over Seattle, Washington.
Such weather is common in the Pacific Northwest.
Viewed from ferry in Seattle Harbor.

Low deck of stratus clouds over Atlantic Ocean, as seen
from and altitude of 33,000 feet.  Cloud deck is moving from
left to right and some disturbance below is creating a wave that
propagates down wind.