How much water can a cloud hold?



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    Liquid water content (LWC) of clouds vary greatly from cloud to cloud, and convective clouds can contain as much liquid water as a glacier. LWC can be expressed in g/m3.

    In a typical cloud rising to a height of 10 Km, with a base temperature of 25 degrees celsius, there are 7.3 grams of water per cubic meter. This is about 0.2 ounce of water /cubic yard.

    Even a thin cloud, of LWC .5g/cubic meter may contain enough water to fill 4 backyard pools, or a half-million liters of water. 

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