Photograph by: NSSL
The soft or glaciated appearance of the Cb tops and anvil suggests little chance for updraft-dependent severe weather with this storm, as these visual clues strongly suggest a relatively weak or diminishing updraft.
Photograph by: Doswell
This southeast view of another multicell storm, from about 12 miles, shows a much crisper appearing Cb top, with hard, cumuliform structure also seen in the anvil. Another clue that this is a strong updraft is the "back-sheared" anvil, overhanging the back flank of the right-to-left moving storm complex. This storm produced marginally-severe, one inch diameter hail in West Texas in 1977.