In meteorology, Virga is an observable streak or shaft of precipitation that falls from a cloud but evaporates or sublimes before reaching the ground. Don’t you think this is a rather dull description?
This is Virga! We see a lot of it here in the Southwest. Many years ago I read a wonderful book.
As Richard Shelton is driving south of Tucson, he looks over at the mountains and sees Virga. Then he shared something I have never forgotten. The Tohono O’odham call it Dancing Rain. Isn’t that much more descriptive and beautiful? The rain is truly dancing and her feet never touch the ground. If you want to read more about Richard Shelton’s Bisbee trip, please click on the book and it will take you to Amazon to order.
Which do you prefer, Virga or Dancing Rain? In my book, the Native Americans win over the meteorologists on this one! Please cast your vote in the comments below. Be on the lookout for Dancing Rain in where you live.