towering cumulus


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towering cumulus

[′tau̇·ə·riŋ ′kyü·myə·ləs]
(meteorology)
A descriptive term, used mostly in weather observing, for the cloud type cumulus congestus.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"As the cold front passes, towering cumulus or cumulonimbus clouds continue to dominate the sky.
Especially in towering cumulus, ice accumulation can be sudden and severe.
In addition to finding it in and near towering cumulus, dangerous turbulence is especially prevalent in wintertime at those altitudes.
Tilt--Leaning cumulus or towering cumulus clouds suggests wind shear between the lower and upper troposphere, and possible severe weather.--TV
The firemen had reported a towering cumulus cloud and drops of rain before the cloud suddenly collapsed.
Often called nature's heat engine, thunderstorms are born from cumulus clouds that grow into towering cumulus and, ultimately, reach adulthood as cumulonimbus.
But now da-talink weather is green, yellow and red, with towering cumulus clouds climbing high into the clear air around you.
Although there's clear blue sky with a few bands of altocumulus, the sky to the north looks like a sea of towering cumulus. In spite of this, the ride is mostly just light to moderate chop.
We're starting to see vigorous towering cumulus clouds rising off all the mountain ranges and forming prolific streamers of glaciated cloud, just like what was shown on the satellite image.
You should also avoid flight between multi-cellular convection, including towering cumulus. A cumulus cloud between two larger cells can seem pretty benign from the distance.
But if you've had an uneasy feeling for the past 50 miles because there are a lot more towering cumulus than you expected or that tailwind you planned for has evaporated, look at your en route alternate.