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What is ‘virga’ and why does Canberra keep copping it?



Anthony Sharwood,

Wednesday January 13, 2021 – 10:40 EDT

Canberra is known for hot air of the political variety. But with parliament in recess over summer, hot air of the literal kind generally takes hold of the capital, and that often makes for some interesting weather effects.

Like virga.

Like what?

“Virga is simply precipitation that evaporates before reaching the ground,” Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino explains.

“It’s more likely to happen away from the coast, where the air near the ground is often drier.”

Canberra media personality, naturalist and tour guide Tim the Yowie Man snapped this fantastic image of virga from Mt…



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