Stratocumulus Congestus

Stratocumulus Congestus

A peculiar mound of dense convection welled up in seemingly boiling fashion, leading to a doming effect in an otherwise benign field of stratocumulus.  The upward motion in this dome was strong enough that a moat of subsidence (and resultant clearing) partially encircled it, showing up best on the left and upper sides.  Although I don’t know of any such “official” nomenclature combination yet, the densely packed, relatively deep feature has all the characteristics of congestus, but in a field of stratocumuli–hence the name stratocumulus congestus that I have given to it.

over the Gulf of Mexico S of the Mississippi coast (4 Dec 10) Looking NE

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