February 14, 2017

Cumulonimbus Cloud over Africa seen from the International Space Station

Cumulonimbus Cloud over Africa seen from the International Space Station

High above the African continent, tall, dense cumulonimbus clouds, meaning 'column rain' in Latin, are the result of atmospheric instability. The clouds can form alone, in clusters, or along a cold front in a squall line. The high energy of these storms is associated with heavy precipitation, lightning, high wind speeds and tornadoes.

Image Credit: NASA

1 comment:

  1. Awesome power in that cloud formation. Amazing photo from the ISS.

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