trade-wind cumulus

trade-wind cumulus

[′trād ¦wind ‚kyü·myə·ləs]
(meteorology)
The characteristic cumulus cloud of the trade winds over the oceans in average, undisturbed weather conditions; the individual cloud usually exhibits a blocklike appearance since its vertical growth ends abruptly in the lower stratum of the trade-wind inversion; a group of fully grown clouds shows considerable uniformity in size and shape. Also known as trade cumulus.
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