cloud column

cloud column

[′klau̇d ‚käl·əm]
(nucleonics)
The column of smoke extending upward from the point of burst of an atomic weapon.
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Used to covering wars and conflicts, they treat the weather like it was just another military operationif there isn't an Amud Anan (literally meaning Cloud Column, the name given to the IDF's last strike in Gaza, known abroad as Pillar of Defense) taking place, editors, reporters, and weathermen have to settle for another kind of cloud busting.
In 1982, it called its attack on South Lebanon "Al-Jalel Finger." It called its attack on Gaza four years ago "Cast Lead." And now, it is calling the operations "Cloud Column" or "the punishment of God." The operations are punishment to the Palestinians in the strip as well.
The top of the atomic mushroom reached a height of twelve kilometers while the diameter of the dust cloud column was approximately six kilometers'.