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Image Caption: This large tropical cumulonimbus thunderstorm was photographed in the Indian Ocean south of the Maldive Islands (12.0S, 73.0E). Cumulonimbus clouds are the familiar towering thunderheads that can rise up to as much as 75,000 ft. producing thunderstorms and sometimes tornadoes as well. This particular storm system displays a variety of meteorological phenommena such as towers, overshooting tops, squall lines and areas of high speed downdrafts.