Cool clouds!


I am a HUGE fan of cool weather photos.  Ever since I’ve been involved with anything weather (which has been awhile) I’ve loved what Mother Nature can do.  So I thought I would share one of my favorite pictures!

The low wispy hanging clouds that are flowing out from the main clouds are called virga or fallstreaks. As seen here, they are at their most spectacular when lit by the rays of a setting sun.

Virga are streams of raindrops, snowflakes or ice crystals. They fall from the clouds but evaporate before reaching the ground.  They can be seen from all levels of cloud but more usually from medium level altocumulus, altostratus and from higher cirrus.

Another factor is that as the water droplets or ice crystals evaporate and shrink they fall ever more slowly and finally drift horizontally with the wind. -Cyndi Kahlbaum


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This post was written by qni_it on October 28, 2009

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