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An extreme manifestation of a [[pyrocumulus]] (pyroCu) [[cloud]], generated by the [[heat]] of a wildfire, that often rises to the upper [[troposphere]] or lower [[stratosphere]]. Often abbreviated “pyroCb.” The pyroCb is distinctive owing to the presence of [[smoke]], giving the cloud an off-white color and peculiar signatures at certain [[infrared radiation|infrared]] [[wavelength|wavelengths]]. The distinguishing characteristics of pyroCb, as opposed to pyroCu, are production of [[lightning]], [[thunder]], or [[hail]] or a fibrous or diffuse upper portion. The discovery of hemisphere-scale stratospheric smoke plumes traceable to pyroCbs reveals their [[buoyancy|buoyant]] [[energy]] and potential to inject smoke into the lower stratosphere. A pyrocumulonimbus cloud is also known as a pyrocumulonimbus flammagenitus cloud (CbFg).<br/>
  
An extreme manifestation of a [[pyrocumulus]] cloud, generated by the heat of a wildfire, that often rises to the upper troposphere or lower stratosphere. Often abbreviated “pyroCb.” The pyroCb is distinctive owing to the presence of smoke, giving the cloud an off-white color and peculiar signatures at certain infrared wavelengths. The distinguishing characteristics of pyroCb, as opposed to pyroCu, are production of lightning, thunder, or hail or a fibrous or diffuse upper portion. The discovery of hemisphere-scale stratospheric smoke plumes traceable to pyroCbs reveals their buoyant energy and potential to inject smoke into the lower stratosphere.
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<div class="reference">World Meteorological Organization, 2017. International Cloud Atlas. Available at <nowiki>https://cloudatlas.wmo.int/en/home.html</nowiki>.</div><br/>
  
  
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Pyrocumulonimbus

An extreme manifestation of a pyrocumulus (pyroCu) cloud, generated by the heat of a wildfire, that often rises to the upper troposphere or lower stratosphere. Often abbreviated “pyroCb.” The pyroCb is distinctive owing to the presence of smoke, giving the cloud an off-white color and peculiar signatures at certain infrared wavelengths. The distinguishing characteristics of pyroCb, as opposed to pyroCu, are production of lightning, thunder, or hail or a fibrous or diffuse upper portion. The discovery of hemisphere-scale stratospheric smoke plumes traceable to pyroCbs reveals their buoyant energy and potential to inject smoke into the lower stratosphere. A pyrocumulonimbus cloud is also known as a pyrocumulonimbus flammagenitus cloud (CbFg).

World Meteorological Organization, 2017. International Cloud Atlas. Available at https://cloudatlas.wmo.int/en/home.html.



Term edited 1 March 2021