Friday, July 8, 2011

4th of July storm

4th of July storm by angryparsnip
4th of July storm, a photo by angryparsnip on Flickr.

Our huge start to our Monsoon season started on the 4th of July
You can see in this close up how very powerful and destructive these
fast moving rain storms can be. When this storm hit my home about
5:15 pm it lasted about 20 minutes but the winds that came with it
were clocked at 65 to 77 mph. Hello... can you say hurricane ! ! !

As I was standing outside to take some photos before the rain hit, the
wind sounded like a train zooming by.
Between the micro bursts and the over 1000 lighting strikes in an
hour, I am thinking maybe it was good idea to get back in the house.

You will again have to click on my blog to see 2 more storm photos. Can't wait till next month so Japanese son can help me with my blog/photo posting.

wet. . . parsnip
music. . . Open Your Eyes, Snow Patrol


  1. I love the idea of a big storm, though have never experienced one, it sounds so exciting, and looks wonderfully dramatic in your photos. The damage they do, though, sounds frightening. Very wise to go inside!

  2. Eryl...
    I rather love the summer storms. Not all of them are so destructive. If you high enough in the foothills you can watch them sweep across the valley that Tucson is in.

    Thanks so much, Nature is quite fabulous.

  3. I read about your storms in our papers - at least it should put an end to all you terrible fires.

  4. Wow! I love thunderstorms - the roll of the thunder, the flashes and when the rain is so hard you think the sky could not possibly hold so much! And I have no doubt ours are significently less fierce than yours.

    I also envy your ability to track the progress - great photographs. We can only estimate how far away they are by counting seconds between flash and sound.

  5. Weaver...
    The firefighters have finally go a handle on the fires and all this rain can only help. Now we watch for lighting strikes.

    I too love the thunder storms and the lighting we get is really fantastic.
    I actually found some lighting in one of my photos caught by accident, but I don't have the right camera to photograph them.
    We have alerts sometimes to tell people how and were are places for some great shots.
    The summer storms are very tractable, when I was growing up in Tucson we use to go out and watch them. Not every storm passing is so destructive.

  6. Never mind the layout - and I share your frustration at times - the photos are stunning.
    I hope you were spared the dirt cloud that Charlie had in Phoenix.

  7. Pat...
    Yes ! frustrations abound !
    No dirt cloud for Tucson just some of the wind.

  8. Your pictures are great. Storms are powerful, destructive, and yet amazing to watch. I love storms unless someone gets hurt.

  9. Umbrellas obviously important there.