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Sunday Skies

Virga

 

So often we can see the rain in the sky

We can smell the humidity in the air

But never feel one drop

The atmosphere here can be so dry

The water just never makes it to the Earth

 

"Definition: Virga is a form of precipitation that evaporates before it hits the ground. Low humidity and high temperatures can cause rain to evaporate completely, shortly after its release from a cloud. Desert areas often have clouds showing virga. In fact, the precipitation often starts out in the form of ice crystals and never reaches the ground."

 

 

 

Sunday Skies

Virga

 

So often we can see the rain in the sky

We can smell the humidity in the air

But never feel one drop

The atmosphere here can be so dry

The water just never makes it to the Earth

 

"Definition: Virga is a form of precipitation that evaporates before it hits the ground. Low humidity and high temperatures can cause rain to evaporate completely, shortly after its release from a cloud. Desert areas often have clouds showing virga. In fact, the precipitation often starts out in the form of ice crystals and never reaches the ground."

 

 

 

comments (18)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 6 Jul 2014, 00:17
Excellent, as is your short lesson on Virga, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Ray! I imagine you'd get Virga in Australia?
  • Hollie
  • United States
  • 6 Jul 2014, 05:27
Beautiful clouds!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They are lovely, aren't they!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 6 Jul 2014, 07:37
This is a very good illustration of what you describe Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Chris! I'm pleased it is- I always wanted a good photo of Virga. We see it so often, but it doesn't always make for a good image!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Jul 2014, 08:24
I've heard of this before but never knew the name. This shows it well.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Well there you go! Thanks Alan!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Jul 2014, 08:24
My turn to learn something - makes a dramatic photograph too.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile Oh I feel very pleased then! Thanks Mike!
Wow, that's amazing, Elizabeth. Very good explanation too.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Pauline!! Not something you see in England I'd guess!
I had not heard of the term virga but knew this happened. Awesome shot to show it.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Well there you have it! Thanks very much Mary!
Has Purrl been sticking close to home like a good girl?
Great shot, Elizabeth, I remember you telling me about this, see, we have the opposite effect, the rain reaches the ground before it leaves the sky...smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile You're so funny!!!! Actually - there's probably some truth to that smile
Excellent illustration to accompany your description, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Beverly! I've been trying to capture a good image of Virga for a while. We see it quite often, but it doesn't always make for a good photo.
I thought for one minute that it had actually rained. What a shame. We pray that it doesnt rain in the UK, you probably pray FOR rain.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile We've had some good rain the last few days, Suzanne! I hope it's an indication of a productive monsoon season- but only time will tell. Yes- you're right! I pray for God to send YOU'RE rain to US! smile
Well I never knew that! Thank you for educating me. It perhaps explains why there is so little rain in Droitwich
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Oh YAY! I've taught you something! Can't let the whole bindweed thing to to your head! smile
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Jul 2014, 16:50
What an interesting cloud formation, I have a feeling this never happens here - the rain just comes!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: We see it a lot here!!
Honest to goodness I had never heard of this before but now I've not only read about it but can see a brilliant photo of it actually happening in front of me.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm glad you've learned something new from the Buckalew Blog! Thanks Brian!
Wonderful clouds Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Richard!
dry perhaps, but the blues look really cool and inviting here
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much Ayush!!! Welcome back!
Beautiful image
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Raheem!
How amazing Elizabeth....
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It's a beautiful thing!
  • Robbyne
  • United States
  • 16 Jul 2014, 16:07
Finally some rain! Beautiful capture

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