18.104.22.168. Examples of convective clouds – how to distinguish them visually
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Cumulonimbus calvus. Lightning indicates it it a thunderstorm, a Cumulonimbus. The top of the cloud still has sharp edges (blurred only by a slightly longer exposure), therefore a Cumulonimbus calvus. Photo: Jure Atanackov.
We have seen how convective clouds resemble cauliflower, how buoyancy drives convection and how convection drives thunderstorms. We have learned the various types of convective clouds. Next we take a look at how thunderstorms work: how instability influences their form, how wind influences their behaviour and we will