Virga and cloud shadows over Africa

Virga is rain that falls but doesn’t reach the ground. It helped create this spectacular scene over Mutare, Zimbabwe, on March 5, 2019.

Spectacular orange sunset clouds, with curved orange virga, above a silhouetted mountain.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Photo by Peter Lowenstein. He wrote: “Some lingering cloud and a strange curtain of virga left over after a late afternoon shower produced a spectacular display just after the sun had set below the horizon.” Thank you, Peter!

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Bottom line: Sunset with virga and cloud shadows, Mutare, Zimbabwe, March 5, 2019.

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