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Enhanced Cumulus areas (ECs) consist of a cluster of thicker and larger cloud cells within the usual cold air cloudiness behind frontal cloud bands.


Common Remarks

Enhanced Cumulus (EC) areas consist of clusters of convective cells which are thicker and mostly larger than the surrounding cloud cells. As such they are a special form of Cumulonimbus (Cb) Clusters. Clusters of convective clouds can be found in any unstable environment where dynamical forcing in the atmosphere plays a role as an additional triggering effect: e.g. in warm air ahead of a polar front (see Cumulonimbus Clusters ), within the frontal zone of a polar front (see Front Intensification by Jet Crossing ) and in the cold air mass behind a Cold Front. EC configurations are usually found in the cold air behind fronts.


I. Appearance in Satellite Data

Learn about how to recognise and detect Enhanced Cumulus in satellite images.

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II. Meteorological Physical Background

Find out more about the meteorlogical and physical background of Enhanced Cumulus.

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III. Key Parameters

Learn which key parameters to use for monitoring Enhanced Cumulus.

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IV. Typical Appearance In Vertical Cross Sections

Find out the typical appearance of Enhanced Cumulus in vertical cross sections.

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V. Weather Events

Explore the weather events associated with Enhanced Cumulus.

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VI. References

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