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Here are some cool cumulonimbus cloud pictures. You can make any of these images into your computer desktop wallpaper. Just click on an image to enlarge it, and then choose “Set as Desktop Background”.
This is a nice oblique view of the cumulonimbus clouds taken during the STS-1 mission on April 14, 1981. Cumulonimbus clouds are often associated with thunderstorms like what we see in the image above. Cyclonic spiral gyres are visibly developing within the clouds.
Here’s an image of thunderstorm clouds over the Indian Ocean. This was captured by the STS-35 mission crew member on December 10, 1990. The peak of cumulonimbus clouds can reach up to 75,000 feet tall.
This amazing image of thunderstorm clouds over Brazil was captured by an astronaut on February 1984 from the space shuttle Challenger during the STS-41B mission.
This is a nice photo of cumulonimbus clouds over Zaire taken from the Space Shuttle Challenger on April 4, 1983. Cumulonimbus clouds are characterized by tall and dense clouds like the one we see in the image above.
This is a view of the storm clouds or cumulonimbus clouds over New Guinea as seen by the crew members of the STS-35 mission on December 10, 1990. These kind of clouds is a result of atmospheric instability.
We’ve also recorded an episode of Astronomy Cast all about planet Earth. Listen here, Episode 51: Earth.