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On Wed 5th May many sharp showers marched across the bay, displaying the phenomenon called virga; this photo shows clearly that these virga showers don’t reach the surface as they evaporate on the way down. It happens quite often in places like Denver, USA but not so often here.

In meteorology, a virga is an observable streak or shaft of precipitation falling from a cloud, evaporating (sublimating) before reaching the surface. 

Photo credit: Annie Strang.

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