convective cloud

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Any form of cloud that arises directly as a result of convection. Although stratiform clouds often break up into altocumulus, cirrocumulus, or stratocumulus as a result of shallow convection occurring within the layer, the term is normally reserved for the types that make convection readily visible, namely the cumulus species mediocris and congestus, and cumulonimbus.

Subjects: Meteorology and Climatology.

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