Refilling Clouds

September 30, 2004


Provided and copyright by: John Eckard
Summary authors & editors: John Eckard

This is how rain clouds get refilled. A tanker cloud comes along and dumps new rain in from above. The above photo was taken from Colorado National Monument, near sunset, on July 20, 2004. It actually shows virga -- rain falling from the stratocumulus deck at the top of the picture. Most or all of this wispy precipitation is quickly evaporated in the comparatively dry layers below the clouds.

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