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Old Mar 1, 2006, 8:40 PM   #1
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This was shot 36hours before Hurricane 'Wilma' last fall. The hurricane came just south of my location.



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Old Mar 1, 2006, 9:19 PM   #2
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I think thats a great shot. it looks like a wall
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I like these type of photos, the clouds produced by hurricanes are awesome. Enjoyed browsing through your gallery, nice work.
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Thank you sybbie, when I first saw this formation I was not in a good location to shoot so with a bit of luck and by the time I got my camera/self to a better location I was able to photograph the sky. I also was amazed at how high the formation seemed to reach. Thanks again for taking the time to comment and your kind words.

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Thank you VP, I agree these clouds were awesome. I am glad I was able to snap the shutter when I did. Thanks for taking the time to view my galleries and your kind words.

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Cumulonimbus Calvus... you recognise it from fully developed Capillatus from fact that it's bald, like name suggests.
Those haze like horizontal clouds are additional cloud called Pileus which form when rising air pushes layer of higher humidity air upwards.


Now high do you think they can be when CBs can show nearly two hundred kilometres away, and those are just small 10km high clouds.
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That's really impressive, I like it
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Old Mar 3, 2006, 10:27 PM   #8
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Thanks for taking a look ET and making the imformative comments it is much appreciated. I have no idea how high these clouds are maybe 50k I do know that they seemed to just keep going higher, it was an awesome moment.

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Thank you John.
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djp wrote:
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I have no idea how high these clouds are maybe 50k...
I assume that's 50k feet which is really good quess.

Because that's about height limit in lower latitudes, more exactly limit is tropopause. When cloud top hits that it starts to spread hotizontally and can form anvil shaped top when cloud becomes Cumulonimbus Incus.
If you see storm farther away there's sometimes something rising above top of anvil, this feature is called as overshooting top and it means updraft was strong enough to penetrate into stratosphere.
That also means those under the cloud get better show than usual...
Like in this one, there's clearly something rising on top of anvil in one of cells little right from image's down center.
http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/r...05000.250m.jpg
And I managed to be directly below storm in few kilometres wide best spot.
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