, Volume 23, Issue 11, pp 1225–1242 | Cite as

From Heavens to Earth A Biography of Cumulus Clouds

  • Deepak Govind MadivalEmail author
General Article


In this article, I discuss the life cycle of cumulus clouds. The events of birth, growth and demise of clouds are discussed in terms of microphysical processes that underlie them. My hope is that the next time you raise your eyes to the sky and see a cloud, it will present itself to your mind’s eye as more than a ‘white fluffy thing’.


Cumulus clouds cloud droplet growth turbulence condensation evaporation collision-and-coalescence rain formation 


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    R R Rogers and M K Yau, A Short Course in Cloud Physics, Butterworth-Heinemann, 1989.Google Scholar

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© Indian Academy of Sciences 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Engineering Mechanics UnitJNCASRBangalore-64India

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