Altocumulus Castellanus

What You Need to Know:

Name(s): Altocumulus castellanus, Thunder altocumulus

Altitude of Formation: 2,000 – 5,500 m (mid-level)

Signals: Thunderstorms or heavy precipitation to come, medium-level instability in the air

Meaning of the Name: The name ‘castellanus’ relates to the shapes of castle turrets in the clouds. The cloud turrets form above individual cells or cloud clumps.

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