Cu radiatus

Morning cumulus in a line extending from land towards the sea. It was identified as such because the cloud`s upper section was not looking uniform as in the case with roll clouds but much more like cumulus. It might have formed that way due to localized winds interacting with the cloud or maybe convection which steadily increased as it approached the shore. A baric gap was present over the Island at 500mb height whereby Malta was neither under the influence of high pressure nor low pressure and the weather sounding indicated limited instability in the lowest 3km of the atmosphere. These are good conditions for such cloud to form but not cumulonimbus. The first thumbnail shows a cumulus base underneath very beautiful Gozitan countryside.

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