Fair Weather Cumulus

Pathway to the clouds - © Andrea Terzaghi.

Pathway to the clouds – © Andrea Terzaghi.

Cloud of the Day – Fair weather cumulus

Photo credit - PiccoloNamek

Photo credit – PiccoloNamek

Fair weather cumulus clouds, also known as cumulus humilis, are the puffy white clouds that most people think of first when they think of clouds. You usually see them on a nice, warm day, where they contrast prettily against the blue sky. With their low vertical development, they indicate relatively stable air and fair weather for the next few hours. However, since they are formed by rising air, they can be indicative of further vertical development impending, and possible bad weather.

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7 comments for “Fair Weather Cumulus

  1. July 13, 2013 at 10:05

    What? No controversy? Great relaxing pictures though, thanks for the mood setters.

    • July 13, 2013 at 10:12

      What? Controversy?-)

      Hey, did you see the sheep? Fluffy, eh?


  2. July 14, 2013 at 03:20

    Water bearing clouds? Simply lovely. I can see half a tutrle among the fleecy sheep. 🙂

    • July 14, 2013 at 07:57

      If you mean likely to rain, no. That’s why they’re called fair weather cu.-) Some condition in the atmosphere is preventing further development into rainclouds. A turtle? Like Donovan? “I can make like a turtle and dive for your pearls in the sea.”


  3. July 15, 2013 at 06:59

    “Yup, that one!” she snapped. 😉

  4. July 15, 2013 at 09:11

    Oh, a snapping turtle. I’ll mind where I put my fingers.-)


    • July 16, 2013 at 01:45

      I always thought you were a Wise one.

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