29 April 2010

Skywatch Friday: Virga

With the warmer (i.e. above freezing!) temperatures of spring comes that most delightful aerial phenomenon, virga. Sometimes called "dry rain," virga is precipiation that falls from clouds but dries up before touching Earth. It creates lovely veils of smoke and is especially beautiful when backlit by the setting sun. Here are a few pics looking westward down the Clark Fork River Valley from my home in Walkerville, Montana (near Butte America):




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15 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic captures! I do remember seeing the dry rain when I lived in Montana! Such beautiful colors! Hope you have a terrific weekend!

Sylvia

Claire P. said...

Love the sky shot :-) The colors are just amazing!

Check mine out HERE.

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful photos, gorgeous colours!

Maria said...

Oh ... you "stole my thunder"
;o)
I have some virga photos too!
Was going to post about them...but gave into the chamomile tea.

... virga is so neat to see, isn't it?!
Your shots are so colorful!
A beautiful sunset~

Mine virga shots are amidst a very, very gray sky--with the clouds looking like Michelin tire monsters!
~Maria

Al said...

That is beautiful. We get a lot of that where I live too, in the spring and summer.

J Bar said...

Amazing cloud shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Frostbite and Sunburn said...

Stunning captures and colours, and I never knew what this was called. Thanks!

gretchen miller said...

The Montana sky is magnificent. The colors during a beautiful sunset have always been a fascination of mine. It is amazing how quickly they change. Great shots!

mountain.mama said...

I never knew what that was called either; or if I did, I forgot. Great dramatic sky shots!

noel said...

aloha,

beautiful skywatch today, i love your moody skies, very pretty

thanks again for sharing this.

tsduff said...

I've been trying to remember the name of that term (falling rain which evaporates before hitting the ground) for months! Thanks for showing your photos - they are beautiful as always.

secret agent woman said...

I've never heard of that phenomenon, but it's beautiful.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

ER: That is certainly a beautiful sky, so nicely captured.

Linnea W said...

Such beautiful sky captures!

EG Wow said...

Wonderful photos. I didn't know dry rain had a special name...but now I do. Thanks!