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Image Caption: Stratocumulus clouds, southern Pacific Ocean
This view is part of a large field of cellular stratocumulus clouds over
the southern Pacific Ocean. Such patterns are common over the tropical
and subtropical oceans when high pressure dominates and winds are light
and variable. Under these stable conditions, a gradual modification of a
cool, dry air mass to a more marine nature can occur, forming this cloud
pattern.