Cumulonimbus anvil clouds seen approaching lake

Cumulonimbus anvil clouds seen approaching lake

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Caption: Cumulonimbus with anvil. Billowing bank of clouds seen approaching a lake. The towering heads or "anvils" of cumulonimbus clouds are seen, with elongated tops. Cumulonimbus clouds are powered by violent updraughts and reach over 10,000 metres in altitude. When the upward-moving column of air reaches a high layer of moving air, the top of the cloud is drawn into the horizontal "anvil" shape. Cumulonimbus clouds are associated with hail, heavy rain and thunderstorms.

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Keywords: anvil, climate, cloud, cloud types, clouds, cumulonimbus, cumulonimbus cloud, meteorology, type, weather

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