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French term or phrase:nuelle
English translation:pseudo-cloudlet
Entered by: kashew
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16:42 Dec 22, 2010
French to English translations [PRO]
Science - Meteorology / cumulus clouds / thermals
French term or phrase: nuelle
This term is used twice in the text I'm translating about cumulus clouds and thermals, but the word doesn't seem to exist (even on the web).

Apparently, these "nuelles" are barely visible at the top of blue thermals - actually, I can't see a thing on the accompanying photo! My first thought was that it's a haze dome, but the second usage of the term in context actually refers also to a "dôme brumeux" so I'm not sure.

Here's the context:
En fait, ce ciel parsemé de quelques misérables cumulus cache des thermiques parfois sans même une barbule de cumulus.
Ainsi, en observant attentivement le ciel, on peut remarquer que le bleu n’est pas homogène. Il y a des poches plus claires qui ne sont pas un défaut de prise de vue.
Ces lentilles brumeuses parfois visibles au sommet des thermiques bleus sont appelées *** nuelles. ***

And a few lines further on:
*** Les nuelles *** sont le plus souvent visibles par temps stable.
L’été les ascendances peuvent se résumer à un discret dôme brumeux éventuellement accompagné de quelques barbules.
Sheila Wilson
Spain
Local time: 09:00
pseudo-cloudlet
Explanation:
I made it up!
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:ZWzO4SF...
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kashew
France
Local time: 10:00
Grading comment
A point for a possibility, Kashew, with thanks. More research and client contact has given "nascent cloudlet" or "wispie" as other candidates
1 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
3pseudo-cloudlet
kashew
Summary of reference entries provided
Nuelle
Frensp

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6 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
pseudo-cloudlet


Explanation:
I made it up!
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:ZWzO4SF...

kashew
France
Local time: 10:00
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 1
Grading comment
A point for a possibility, Kashew, with thanks. More research and client contact has given "nascent cloudlet" or "wispie" as other candidates
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Reference comments


26 mins
Reference: Nuelle

Reference information:
"Terme de météorologie. Couches blanches et grises dont se compose un nuage isolé entre lesquelles se forme le grésil, tandis que la grêle se forme entre les groupes de nuages bien distincts et d'un volume considérable. Diminutif de nue."


    Reference: http://francois.gannaz.free.fr/Littre/xmlittre.php?requete=n...
Frensp
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench
Note to reference poster
Asker: I too found this definition - after posting the question! Doesn't seem to fit the context of a blue, cloudless sky, though

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Dec 26, 2010 - Changes made by kashew:
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