Home » 1. Introduction to convective weather » Equilibrium level (‚anvil level‘) Equilibrium level (‚anvil level‘)

Now we have seen why some updrafts are vertical, while others are tilted and some even rotate. Now we take a look at what the top of the updraft looks like and why.

We asked ourselves at the beginning of this section:

  • Why does a Cumulonimbus capillatus get its distinctive fibrous top?
  • Why does a Cumulonimbus capillatus incus have this form?
  • Why do many thunderstorms have the distinct anvil shape, but not all?

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We are going to see why Cumulonimbus capillatus clouds get the fibrous look and why Cumulonimbus capillatus incus spread out into their distinct anvil shape. It all has to do with equilibrium level.