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cumulus cloud

[′kyü·myə·ləs ‚klau̇d]
(meteorology)
A principal type of cloud in the form of individual, detached elements which are generally dense and possess sharp nonfibrous outlines; these elements develop vertically, appearing as rising mounds, domes, or towers, the upper parts of which often resemble a cauliflower.
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The researcher explained that within the puffy cumulus clouds, tiny ice particles are formed.
Moist air, containing water vapor, retains its heat and releases it that vapor condenses, usually into cumulus clouds. The heat of condensation--a corollary to evaporative cooling--adds heat energy that warms the air so it continues to rise, creating more lift, which results in more cooling and condensation.
Tilt--Leaning cumulus or towering cumulus clouds suggests wind shear between the lower and upper troposphere, and possible severe weather.--TV
There will be fresh and light northwesterly winds in the west accompanied with dust during the day with a drop in temperatures and the appearance of some cumulus clouds in the east and over the mountains in the afternoon.
Do the same for the cumulus clouds (small, fluffy, white) and stratus clouds (low, flat, gray).
MTU's Prof Raymond Shaw, and the NCAR team studied the smallest part of clouds--water droplets--by flying airplanes, fitted with a Holodec instrument, through fluffy 'cotton ball' cumulus clouds in Wyoming and Colorado.
Give me, rather, Smallwood's nature poem: "Cumulus clouds fly the sky today: / queens of optimism, / delight of dreamers." For I'm one who, in reading poetry, likes to dream a little.
Her garden is younger than mine but when her magnolias are in bloom it is like walking through cumulus clouds.
They spotted large cumulus clouds, the best type for cloud-seeding over the target reservoir.