Cumulus under Cirrus before the heat returned

Cumulus_humilis_Cirrus_SheilaMartin-Lynch_ReddingCA_26Jun2014

Sheila Martin-Lynch
Location: Redding, CA
Date: 26 June 2014

Early on this, moist onshore flow found its way into this valley, providing moisture for shallow cumulus clouds to form. Upper-level cirrus clouds above indicated moisture associated with a disturbance moving through the area, responsible for light showers prior to this photo. But, as high pressure nudged its way back into the area, the lack of instability limited the growth of the “fair-weather” cumulus humilis clouds, eventually clearing out the sky for the return of hot, dry conditions for the weekend.

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