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cloud on title (cloud)

n. an actual or apparent outstanding claim on the title to real property. "Clouds" can include an old mortgage or deed of trust with no recording showing the secured debt was paid off, a failure to properly transfer all interests in the real property (such as mineral rights) to a former owner, a previous deed which was improperly written or signed, an unresolved legal debt or levy by a creditor or a taxing authority, or some other doubtful link in the chain of title. Often the "cloud" can be removed by a quiet title action, by finding a person to create or execute a document to prove a debt had been paid or corrected. Title companies will refuse to insure title to be transferred with a "cloud," or they will insure ownership except for ("insure around") the "cloud." (See: chain of title, quiet title action, mortgage, deed of trust, reconveyance, title, title report)

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These water-needy locales all share certain physical requirements for converting fog to usable water for their populations: prevailing winds from a cool, offshore marine environment; elevated landforms at least thirteen hundred feet above sea level for maximum fog-water collection and within three to six miles of the coast, where fog-collecting arrays can be sited perpendicular to the onshore wind; recurring marine stratocumulus clouds that intercept these land-forms and become fog; and the technical facilities and know-how to convert these life-giving fogs into potable water.
Stratocumulus and cirrus clouds do not spawn thunderstorms, tornadoes or other severe weather, so they haven't attracted as much attention from researchers as more menacing cloud forms.
Mitchell, 1994: Absorption feedback in stratocumulus clouds: Influence on cloud top albedo.
At 2100 UTC, the convective system was broken over the entire area and stratocumulus precipitation prevailed.
The research team flew through stratocumulus clouds at a constant altitude in aircraft equipped with the holographic detector for clouds, or HOLODEC-- a clawlike instrument fixed under the wing of the plane that takes 3D images depicting the shape, size, and spatial position of everything it encounters.
On the other hand, stratocumulus and fair weather cumulus clouds, which are all cumuliform, are not likely to produce much more than light icing because of the weak updraft strengths.
Here, CloudSat-defined cloud categories: cirrus, altostratus, stratus, stratocumulus, cumulus, nimbostratus, and deep convection.
Burnet, 2005: Evaluation of the aerosol indirect effect in marine stratocumulus clouds: Droplet number, size, liquid water path, and radiative impact.
This stratus and stratocumulus can reach as far west as Lubbock and Amarillo, and as far north as southern Nebraska.
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