Examples of convective clouds – how to distinguish them visually


Convective clouds can present a considerable range of appearances, depending on their type, size and strength of updraft. The following examples encompass much of the variety of convective clouds. Each example includes a photo of a convective cloud or multiple convective clouds with argumentation for their name.

  • Vertical development: how high does the cloud reach.
  • Cloud top: Is the top of the cloud sharp, or
  • Precipitation: is there precipitation? Weak? Strong?