Meteorology (Weather)/Anvil clouds

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hi, my name is Tyron.
Dear Mr.Donald Rosenfeld,
  so were doing a science project for our 8th grade year. i obviously chose weather, and i was just wondering if you can tell me what an anvil cloud is, how it forms, and does it have anything to do with weather

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Hi Tyron

An anvil cloud (cumulonimbus incus) is the top part of some cumulonimbus clouds. Cumulous clouds that grow into cumulonimbus clouds are frequently associated with thunderstorms that are within the cloud; as the cloud grows to very high heights (35 to 60 thousand feet) they can develop anvil tops.

Here's some more info:

http://www.ee.nmt.edu/~langmuir/pics/theclou2.jpg

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TVSOtNdtBd4/Ta5PFU8BWBI/AAAAAAAAEYE/uM9-oRhanKo/s1600/

http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/wwhlpr/cumulonimbus.rxml

http://www.weatheranswer.com/public/Cloud_glossary.pdf

http://web2.iadfw.net/danb1/clouds.htm

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