High Sierra Virga

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Apple iPhone 11
151369/21862 sec. / ISO 100
State/Province/Region
California
Nearest Area
John Muir Wilderness
Description

I was lucky enough to encounter virga at sunset recently in the John Muir Wilderness. Virga is the term used to describe precipitation that falls from a cloud but doesn’t reach the surface. This phenomenon is common in the Eastern Sierra where precipitation often evaporates before reaching the ground. It also sometimes occurs on summer evenings when thunderstorms lose their fuel/energy. In this instance, virga formed directly above this lake and turned orange/pink, creating a beautiful—albeit fleeting—scene.

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Date Added
March 17, 2021
Date Taken
August 17, 2020