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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Jim has fought forest fires and controlled traffic in the air and on the sea. Now he writes stories.
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8 Responses to Fair Weather Cumulus

  1. Laird Smith says:

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

  2. emmylgant says:

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

    • arjaybe says:

      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. emmylgant says:

    “Yup, that one!” she snapped. 😉

  4. arjaybe says:

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


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