Cumulonimbus capillatus

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cumulonimbus capillatus

A species of cumulonimbus cloud characterized by the presence, mostly in its upper portion, of distinct cirriform parts, frequently in the form of an anvil (incus), a plume, or a vast and more or less disorderly mass of hair.

This cloud is usually accompanied by a shower or thunderstorm, often by a squall, and sometimes by hail. It generally produces very apparent virga. The species capillatus is unique to the genus cumulonimbus.


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