Cumulus clouds over a desert road

Cumulus clouds over a desert road

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Caption: Cumulus clouds. Cumulus clouds against a blue sky. Beneath is an asphalt road which leads through the desert into the distance. Cumulus clouds form at low altitudes (under 2000 metres) from water droplets that condense out of rising columns of moist air. They develop into vertical heaps with flat bases and cauliflower-shaped heads, measuring 500-1500 metres in height. Although sometimes dark when seen from below their tops are brilliant white (as seen here). Cumulus clouds often form at cold fronts, where advancing cold air pushes warmer air upwards, causing moisture to condense very quickly. Photographed at Regan's Ford in Western Australia.

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