The Japanese Meteorological Agency revealed that the record levels of rain that fell in Fukuoka and Oita were caused by the formation of numerous cumulonimbus (dense, towering, and vertical-shaped) clouds. These intense bodies of cloud began to form due to warm, moist air flowing into the region from the southwest. The appearance of cold air in northeastern Kyushu, which followed rainfall in the Chugoku and Shikoku areas, also influenced the weather conditions. The cumulonimbus clouds swept into Fukuoka due to strong winds and then continued to form in the same location, resulting in a sustained period of heavy rain. Source: Sankei Shimbun, 7/16/2017
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