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Convective Compositions

Ah, summer! (Well, in the Northern Hemisphere, that is.)  Aside from ice cream, beaches, flowers, vacations, and sunburns, summer also means impressive thunderclouds (cumulonimbus clouds).  Over the mountains of central Colorado, we usually don’t get the massive “supercell” thunderstorms that occur over the Great Plains of North America, but picturesque convective clouds still form almost daily.  Here are just a few examples from the last couple of weeks:

Small cumulonimbus cloud forming

Mad Hatter

Mammatus Clouds

Angry Mammatus Clouds from Severe Storm to the West

Cumulonimbus in the distance

Cumulonimbus in the Distance over the Rockies

Rain falling out of small thunderstorm

Rain Falling From Small Convective Cloud

Thunderstorm in the distance

Thunderstorm Moving Away

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