Singapore Storm Clouds

August 22, 2004

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Provided by: Jurgen de Boer
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster; Jurgen de Boer

On a hot day at the Sentosa Beach in Singapore this past May, I noticed the development of intriguing looking cumulonimbus clouds. This particular cloud was in the mature stage -- it's anvil top was almost directly overhead and nearly spanned the entire sky. Singapore lies just north of the Equator, and experiences a bimodal rainfall pattern -- two distinct wet seasons. During these periods, storm clouds producing brief but intense rains can occur just about every day.

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