cumulus cloud

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Noun1.cumulus cloud - a globular cloudcumulus cloud - a globular cloud      
altocumulus, altocumulus cloud - a cumulus cloud at an intermediate altitude of 2 or 3 miles
cloud - a visible mass of water or ice particles suspended at a considerable altitude
thunderhead - a rounded projecting mass of a cumulus cloud with shining edges; often appears before a thunderstorm
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These canisters smashed on striking the ground--they did not explode--and incontinently disengaged an enormous volume of heavy, inky vapour, coiling and pour- ing upward in a huge and ebony cumulus cloud, a gaseous hill that sank and spread itself slowly over the surrounding country.
From his bed he could see the great cumulus clouds that hung in the blue sky.
The second is the potent convection which produces towering cumulus cloud.
The skeptics doubted that seeding agents dispersed at the base of a tall cumulus cloud could wend their way 5,000 to 12,000 feet up, to the part of the cloud that contains moisture droplets.
For the Windhoek area on Tuesday, sufficient daytime heat resulted in higher level cumulus cloud.
One minute you think you are flying below or in the base of a harmless cumulus cloud only to find out that 10 minutes later, what looked like a harmless cloud now has a billowing tower starting to build its anvil shape.
These two interacting systems allow widespread cumulus cloud to develop, with a reasonably low cloud base, some 3500 to 4000 feet above surface, and build into an air mass drifting gently from the northeast bringing in tropical air in a layer at least 20000 feet thick.
Deep convection, or a thunderstorm, requires a similar environment except that some form of outside energy contribution is always required to take a congested cumulus cloud to the mature thunderstorm stage.
While this air parcel may be saturated or unsaturated, picture the air parcel as a typical, white, puffy, fair-weather, cumulus cloud.
The smaller droplets collide and coalesce into larger droplets and grow to a size greater than 50 microns especially near the top of the cumulus cloud.
On a recent flight home, we were cruising along at 7000 feet in good weather, except for the occasional encounter with the very top of a cumulus cloud.