fair-weather cumulus


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fair-weather cumulus

[′fer ‚weth·ər ′kyü·myə·ləs]
(meteorology)
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The G-l aircraft flights during HI-SCALE were not limited to days with fair-weather cumulus and included other days with clear skies, cumulus transitioning to deeper convection, or more complex cloud populations, which are still useful in addressing a subset of science questions related to land surface properties, ecosystems, aerosols, and their interactions with clouds.
I should have been suspicious, because there were some fair-weather cumulus in the area that were beginning to show some vertical development.
And that's how I learned the practical difference between a fair-weather cumulus and a storm cloud.
The stratocumulus (Sc) regimes associated with the eastern flank of the subtropical anticyclones evolve into fair-weather cumulus (Cu) regimes in the persistent trade winds associated with the anticyclones (Wood 2012).