Mini Cloud Atlas
Congestus at Sunset
About an hour and a half before this scene, a heavy-precipitation (HP) supercell passed over the semiarid southwest Texas scrubland below, dropping large hail and copious rainfall, causing flash flooding, and leaving behind a dense puddle of cold outflow air that covered thousands of square miles. Above all that mayhem and residue billowed a fresh new development: a towering updraft that condensed an impressively crisp display of deep moist convection, piled thick in the golden glow of the setting sun. When the intervening sky is clean and free of too much scuddy cloud junk, this is the look of convection in an elevated, low-level warm advection regime. The middle-lower updraft column, visible at front, loosely resembles a lobster tail.
5 N Del Rio TX (30 Mar 7) looking E.