Virga, Rain That Does Not Reach the Ground 25 Tuesday Mar 2014 Posted by Dagny Gromer in az, iPhone Photo, weather ≈ 2 Comments Tagsdark sky, virga A dark sky overhead, with rain that is not reaching the ground. AdvertisementShare this:TwitterEmailLike this:Like Loading... Related
Gordy Weigle said:
Very interesting photo. Due to Prescott’s high elevation and low humidity, virga has to be fairly uncommon there.
Pilots that do a lot of lyfing, such as myself, are very familiar with virga – it’s common here in the southwest. Back east, where I lived for many years, I never encountered virga. There, with high humidity and low elevations, the weather is generally lousy for flying on a reguar basis anyway – so rain always reaches the gorund.
Usually, I simply fly around heavy rain storms. Even then, under virga conditions, light rain is still encountered at altitude, sometines even a few miles from the storm’s edge
This happens a lot in AZ sort of like kissing your cousin through the screen door “It doesn’t count”.