Cumulonimbus Cloud Over Africa
April 20, 2011
High above the African continent, tall, dense cumulonimbus clouds, meaning 'column rain' in Latin, are the result of atmospheric instability. The clouds can form alone, in clusters, or along a cold front in a squall line. The high energy of these storms is associated with heavy precipitation, lightning, high wind speeds and tornadoes.
Topics: Weather, Environment, Cold front, Storm, Cumulonimbus cloud, high-energy, Atmospheric instability, Squall, Lightning, Tornado, Thunderstorm, Cumulus cloud, Nimbus cloud, Precipitation, Cloud