Virga

Virga

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Caption: Virga, the wispy bottom portion of these clouds, occurs when precipitation falls from the clouds but the very dry atmosphere evaporates the moisture before it hits the ground. This is a beautiful, but common occurrence in desert locations such as this one in southeastern Utah.

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Keywords: cloud, clouds, desert, desert meteorology, desert weather, dry air, dry climate, evaporation, landscape, meteorology, precipitation, rain, utah, utah desert, virga, weather, west, western

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