Aerial view of a cumulonimbus storm cloud.

Aerial view of a cumulonimbus storm cloud.

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Caption: Cumulonimbus cloud. Aerial view of the anvil- shaped top, or thunderhead, of a cumulonimbus storm cloud. The thunderhead forms at the temperature inversion layer in the atmosphere, where the air above is warmer than the air below. The rising columns of moist, warm air which create cumulonimbus clouds are trapped by the inversion layer and so spread outwards. Cumulonimbus clouds can be up to 15 km tall and appear dark from beneath. The interior of a cumulonimbus cloud is highly turbulent, the built-up energy and water being released in the form of lightning and torrential rain or hail.

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