cumulonimbus cloud


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cumulonimbus cloud

[¦kyü·myə·lō′nim·bəs ‚klau̇d]
(meteorology)
A principal cloud type, exceptionally dense and vertically developed, occurring either as isolated clouds or as a line or wall of clouds with separated upper portions.
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Cumulonimbus clouds, or thunderheads, extend well up into the atmosphere, as high as 5 to 10 miles.
[3] named a first radar echo aloft in a cumulonimbus cloud as a "baby-rain-cell" and emphasized that a baby-rain-cell was a very effective sign for issuing early flash flood evacuation warnings.
Mammatus clouds -These are some of the most unusual and distinctive clouds formations with a series of bulges or pouches emerging through the base of the cloud.They are usually formed in association with large cumulonimbus clouds, particular when these are forming large thunderstorms.
The twister was likely to be a funnel cloud - condensed water droplets extending from the base of a cumulus or cumulonimbus cloud.
The twister was likely to be a funnel cloud - condensed water droplets extending from the base of a cumulus or cumulonimbus cloud. It's not the first time freak weather has hit the Midlands.
For example, the larger size of many newer homes, especially those with few large trees around them, makes them easy targets for a fiery bolt from a cumulonimbus cloud. A direct strike can ignite a house fire or send a surge of electricity through house wires, zapping electronic devices throughout the home.
William Rankin was passing over a monstrous cumulonimbus cloud when, at nine miles up, the engine of his F-8 fighter jet quit with a grating, rasping jolt.
A cumulonimbus cloud occupying a volume of 1,000 cubic miles often weighs more than 1 million (1.0 X [10.sup.6]) tons!
This was the question posed the last time I dared to venture there, nursing a wiffy pint of cumulonimbus cloud quality, destined to be left unfinished amid the wash of ``gorrennie'' beggars, ``wannennie'' salesmen of quality odd socks, flamethrower lighters and prosthetic limbs and the general meffing and blinding being bandied across the bar.
As it continues to pile up, it may form a cumulonimbus cloud or thunderhead, with a telltale anvil shape.
As for the concept of an atmospheric lightning cloud, it becomes one of a cumulonimbus cloud in the fulfillment of a number of critical conditions formulated in [3].
This storm came from highlevel cumulonimbus cloud that developed over the Holme Moss peaks and tracked NE across the town, with 10mm of rain falling in just 30 minutes.