Weather n Climate | VOL. 11, ISSUE 61, July-August 2010 |

Cloudbursts

Cloudbursts are primarily caused by convective, cumulo nimbus clouds resulting in heavy downpour. Various researches suggest that cloudbursts are manifestations of intense small scale vortices that generate strong convective currents, which lift moisture laden air with sufficient rapidity to create cumulo nimbus clouds that shed the water load with great strength and ferocity. The raindrops form a strong downdraft in an event that appears as if the cloud has burst open, with the larger drops falling with a terminal velocity...

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