Cumulus Clouds

Cumulus clouds are white in appearance and are formed when warm moist air near the earth’s surface is forced aloft by day time heating. Cumulus clouds are usually associated with nice weather, however if they continue to grow and get more moisture and instability with them they can turn into Towering Cumulus and CB clouds which would change the weather to increase the chance of seeing thunderstorms.

Cumulus clouds are typically associated with being found ahead of the cold front and also right behind the Surface High pressure system, where the southerly flow starts to set back up. These clouds are typical in the summer along the Gulf Coast where the warm moist air is in place for these clouds to form during the afternoon heating.