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Canon
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Jan 27, 2013, 3:11:14 PM
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High Desert Virga by steelprism High Desert Virga by steelprism
This was taken near the Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico. I highly recommend a visit if you're in the area. As beautiful as clear skies are, I felt fortunate for the dark clouds and precipitation on the day I visited. Random factoid, that type of rainfall that never reaches the ground is specifically referred to as "virga."

Virga (from wikipedia): In meteorology, virga is an observable streak or shaft of precipitation that falls from a cloud but evaporates or sublimes before reaching the ground.[1] At high altitudes the precipitation falls mainly as ice crystals before melting and finally evaporating; this is often due to compressional heating, because the air pressure increases closer to the ground. It is very common in the desert and in temperate climates. In North America, it is commonly seen in the Western United States and the Canadian Prairies.

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schechnerj Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thats pretty
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steelprism Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank You!
~Mike
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