Virga

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Virga falling from a nimbostratus cloud.

In meteorology, virga is precipitation that falls from a cloud but evaporates or sublimes before reaching the ground.[1] It is seen a lot in deserts and temperate climates. These areas have low humidity and high temperatures which cause the rain to evaporate before reaching the ground. In North America, it is seen a lot in the Western United States and the Canadian Prairies. It is also seen a lot in the Middle East and North Africa.

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  1. Glossary of Meteorology. American Meteorological Society. 2000. ISBN 1-878220-34-9.

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