Examples of convective clouds – how to distinguish them visually


Cumulus congestus. The top of the cloud is sharp. Vertical development is significant, however, likely less than 6 km*. A strong rain shower is ongoing beneath the cloud. Photo: Jesper Mulderij.

* – the base of the cloud is likely at <3000 m altitude and there appears about the same vertical extent from the base to the top of the cloud.

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