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Weather Education Episode #9:  Basic Formation of a Thunderstorm
2012-04-25 03:00:07

RedOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly In this lesson, we are going to look at how a thunderstorm is created from the ground up. To begin with, we need to identify  the known as stages of a thunderstorm´s life. There are three stages that we will be talking about -- the first is the Cumulus stage, followed by the Mature stage, and then leading into the Dissipating stage. The cumulus stage is the first stage in our life cycle of a thunderstorm. This is when the warm air from...


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Cumulus-nimbus Clouds
2014-01-11 00:00:00

The image above shows a Cumulus-nimbus cloud that has an anvil top to it. The reason that can be identified is that the cirrus is in place above the center of the storm. The image below does not have an anvil top yet. The anvil top forms on CB clouds after they reach the height in the atmosphere where they begin to feel the upper level winds becoming too strong for them to continue development vertically. The storm on the right has not felt the upper level winds yet, that is why it lacks the...

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2009-07-04 15:37:27

Nimbostratus clouds are distinguished by a formless cloud layer that is predominantly dark gray in color. "Nimbo" comes from the Latin word "nimbus", meaning rain. It is a cloud that produces rain, and develops a cloud base between the surface and 10,000 feet. These clouds normally have a thickness of 6,500 to 10,000 feet, but can range from 3,500 to 15,000 feet. In rare cases, nimbostratus can be very thin and be accompanied by a separate layer of altostratus divided by a cloudless layer....

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2009-07-04 15:24:37

A Stratus cloud is a cloud belonging to a class distinguished by horizontal layering with a uniform base. This type of cloud is different from other clouds that are usually taller than they are wide (these are known as cumulus clouds). The term "˜stratus', In Latin, means layer or blanket. Stratus clouds are flat, featureless clouds of low altitude that can vary in color from dark gray to nearly white. A typical cloudy day usually features a sky filled with stratus clouds obscuring the view...

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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.