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Shihiyea





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PostPosted: 6/24/2004, 8:07 pm    Post subject: Virga in the NW Valley Reply to topic Reply with quote

I had to run some errands tonight and when I was driving back home, I saw Virga over the Pinnacle Peak area. COOL, but isn't it a bit early for that? Mary
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PostPosted: 6/24/2004, 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

don't see this too often on here...

1st glance I thought it said blue pill Crazy
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PostPosted: 6/24/2004, 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

blue pill over the pinnacle Peak area......gotta be some potent poopie Crazy
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PostPosted: 6/24/2004, 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

Mary,

Maybe you're referring to the constellation Virgo (visible to the SW) in spring and summer in the Northern hemisphere. Or, if you were looking at one very bright star to the NE, it probably was Vega? Not sure what direction you were heading when you were star gazing Smile

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PostPosted: 6/24/2004, 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

Nope, she's talking about Virga -> http://www.noaa.gov/questions/question_081701.html

We were headed north on the 51 to the 101 this afternoon and it looked like there were monsoon clouds building up north of the New River Mountains.
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PostPosted: 6/24/2004, 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

And here I was thinking she was star gazing!!! I never knew they referred to that as Virga....you learn something new every day! Thanks for setting me straight, Mike!

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PostPosted: 6/24/2004, 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

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Thanks for setting me straight, Mike!

You're welcome!

Now if we could just set Hooli straight....
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PostPosted: 6/24/2004, 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

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Now if we could just set Hooli straight....


I ain't going there Laughing

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PostPosted: 6/24/2004, 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

No I won't got there either!

Virga is precipitation evaporating before reaching the ground.
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PostPosted: 6/24/2004, 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

Funny I never heard if it referred to as "virga". Maybe that's something you learn after being out here for 5 years! After Mike set me straight, I looked it up on the Net and read up on it. We never had that problem on the east coast, ALL the precipitation hit the ground!

Mary, I thought you were star seeking so I sent you a night sky map! Oh well, it might come in handy Very Happy

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PostPosted: 6/24/2004, 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

Wink I got the night sky map. Thank you, we'll see if I ever remember any of it! I just love to look at the skies, especially when there is activity going on. Mary
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PostPosted: 6/25/2004, 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

Funny when I first glanced at it I thought it said "virgin" ----- lots of gorgeous clouds in Tucson and a little rain!!! Doesn't quite have the monsoon flavor yet. Soon???
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PostPosted: 6/25/2004, 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

I noticed the very same virga last night Mary...was wishing it would move over towards us and actually hit the ground!
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PostPosted: 6/25/2004, 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

Yeah I live over in the far NW valley, its a very common thing that I see "virga" out there. Just so happens there were two different ones when I was driving home yesterday from work.
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PostPosted: 6/25/2004, 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

Yes, I actually saw three area. It's cool. Mary
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