cumulus cloud


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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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For, though the droplets in a Cumulus cloud are extremely small, there are one hell of a lot of them.
It has been demonstrated that mixing air from an adiabatic cumulus cloud with its environment will always result in some mixtures that are cloudy and negatively buoyant.
Helens created an ash cloud that, when viewed from a distance, looked much like a towering cumulus cloud.
A raging rainstorm can cause a pilot to lose control - an "upset" - amid the rapidly varying vertical air currents inside a mature cumulus cloud, and often the result is a high-speed dive that ends in a desperate pullout, which fatally overstresses the airplane's wings or tail.
If you are flying in an area of unstable air, experiencing turbulence and see a cumulus cloud building, go around it.
The scene consists of a blue sky, a Finnish flag (white and blue), and a cumulus cloud (white).
The firemen had reported a towering cumulus cloud and drops of rain before the cloud suddenly collapsed.
Within 12 hours the positive development of both convective cumulus cloud and the increasing middle level clouds showing turbulence were visible and active.
I found myself getting excited over a cumulus cloud.
As researchers in a plane approach a growing cumulus cloud, they open an envelope containing randomly assigned instructions on whether to seed.