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How large is a cloud?

Asked by PhiNotPi (12680points) April 16th, 2011

What is the size (dimensions or volume) of a cloud? To be specific, a cumulonibus cloud (a large rain cloud).

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adventuretime's avatar

well for the big thunderstorms they can reach to the top of the troposphere or about 12000 meters or higher. As for the size it kinda depends. the super cells might only be once city in diameter or in the tens of miles. Or the large squall lines like the one that went through the south east last night could be in the hundreds of miles. It all really depends on the conditions.

PhiNotPi's avatar

@adventuretime I am looking for the size of a (I guess) middle-sized thunderstorm, not something massive, like very large storm systems.

jaytkay's avatar

@adventuretime Could a squall line look like one big cloud? I guess you would need a satellite view, but would that be a giant cloud or many clouds scattered in a line?

And in case nobody has mentioned it, welcome to Fluther, @adventuretime!

MrsNash's avatar

The one outside my window right now is HUGE!

asmonet's avatar

What the bat said. He just beat me to it.

adventuretime's avatar

@jaytkay yeah it would. the one over the northeast US is a squall line. So it really looks like one big cloud from above. But inside that cloud there are tons of different rotations, cloud heights, updrafts and other things that factor into the severity of the area. So while it looks like one big cloud it really is a line of systems all that can act differently while still moving in the same direction.

Brian1946's avatar

Edited and I’m to lazy to do any actual research.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@Brian1946 thats ok, so was the OP…

Brian1946's avatar


“Edited and I’m to lazy to do any actual research.”

And your also too lazy to proofread you’re post, doofus! ;-p

jaytkay's avatar


Muphry’s law
“If you write anything criticizing editing or proofreading, there will be a fault of some kind in what you have written”

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