Daily Archives: June 21, 2013
Colorado Cumulonimbus thunderhead supercell cloud exploding with inter cloud to cloud lightning strikes.
A cumulonimbus cloud is a type of cloud responsible for thunderstorms. They are tall and dense, looking like mushrooms, and form from the fluffy-looking cumulus clouds. They emit lightning. When the top of the cumulus resembles the head of a cauliflower, it is called cumulus congestus or towering cumulus. These clouds grow upward, and they can develop into a giant cumulonimbus, which is a thunderstorm cloud.
Cumulonimbus clouds are thunderstorm clouds that form if cumulus congestus clouds continue to grow vertically. Their dark bases may be no more than 300 m (1000 ft) above the Earth’s surface. Their tops may extend upward to over 12,000 m (39,000 ft). Tremendous amounts of energy are released by the condensation of water vapor within a cumulonimbus. Lightning, thunder, and even violent tornadoes are associated with the cumulonimbus.
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