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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Virga Over Goose Lake

Just after entering Oregon I noticed the clouds were getting heavy with rain, but it hadn't yet reached the ground. The weather experts call this event "virga." Although virga is supposed to evaporate before hitting the ground, this didn't.

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Date Taken: 04.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Copyright: © John Van Winkle