Dean M. Chriss
Photography
Raining Fire, Southern Utah

Raining Fire, Southern Utah

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In meteorology, virga is precipitation that falls from a cloud but evaporates before reaching the ground. These are frequently seen as one or two wisps descending from a larger cloud. In this case the virga was the most extensive I have ever seen, and it occurred precisely at sunrise. This made for an amazing scene as the evaporating rain fell against partial backlight from the rising sun.