The build-up of heat in the atmosphere over Central Texashas created a rare series of rainless rainstorms akin to those witnessed aboveVenus.
“It’s a rainstorm, but without the rain,” claimsmeteorologist Cliff Dunnow, who says the rare weather occurrence makes duststorms look like monkey play, “or something similar,” he said.
Just exactly what monkey play has to do with weather isalso a complete mystery. At any rate, virgas, totally unrelated to Viagra orvirgins, are clouds that have plenty of rain in them, but in the form of icecrystals. When the crystals get heavy and fall, they hit the heat of theatmosphere and evaporate, so that it rains, just not on the ground.
“It’s one of God’s cruelest jokes played on the people ofTexas,” Dunnow said. “They keep praying for rain, see a storm approaching andthink to themselves ‘wow, finally,’ only to have the rain evaporate about 100feet above their heads.”
The weather pattern is expected to last a day or two,just long enough for the folks living in Central Texas to threaten to pick upsticks and move the hell out of the state. Meanwhile, Dunnow is asking anyonewho actually witnesses a regular rainstorm to call his office immediately as hesays a good old-fashioned downpour has become even rarer in Texas than thevirga.