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.