Ah, so ephemeral. While watching their stormy behaviors and crepuscular shows, I capture unexpected events—tornado funnels forming and undulating waves of virga.
Virga is a meteorological term describing rain that evaporates before hitting the earth. In Montana we call it ghost rain. Never had I seen this atmospheric phenomena with such dramatic colors as one evening when the lingering rays of sunlight reflected on the streaks of ghost rain. The clouds danced and bucked wildly to the howls of an oncoming savage wind. The beauty of the ghost rain’s light and color are contrasted with the massively ominous black storm approaching from the Southwest.
Another time, while absorbed writing one of my books, my husband phoned from out of town. I walked outside to speak with him, and saw a fierce green-black cloud give birth to a tornado funnel. I had to run…not into hiding, but to grab my camera.
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