I was born in 1946 and went to school from 1951 onwards. In those days we learned or seemed to do so, by "rote" eg times table, A B C etc , and I am not knocking that except that at a very early age I learned about the cloud "Cumulonimbus"
This cloud and its effect on the weather has stayed with me ever since. I think I was no more than 9 when our teacher told us of this terrifying cloud that as a pilot of a "wooden" plane he flew in the war, he would have to, at all costs, avoid.
He told us of this anvil shaped cloud, on top of ordinary cumulus clouds, that had been "flattened off " by the stratosphere and contained very destructive updraughts and downdraughts which would wreck a light plane of the sort he had flown.
He told us that ice crystals were forced downwards and then upwards and were continually getting bigger until on their downward journey they became too large and heavy to be forced upwards again so fell to Earth as, heavy rain, hail stones, etc etc.
I do not know all the different cloud formations but have had a fascination for them ever since that time, over 50 years ago when our ex R A F pilot/teacher told us of the dreaded cumulonimbus and continue to do so 50 odd years later!!
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