It has been a very weak monsoon season this year year in Arizona, the weakest that I have experienced in my 19 years in Arizona.
I had a friend stop by my house at 12:30 am the other night. That friend was a convective cell virtually knocking on my door! I was just finishing up a phone call with a good buddy when I saw the sky light up in front of my house. A quick check of the the radar showed the cell just east of my house. I loaded the cameras in my car and in 5 minutes I was chasing. I could see the rain shaft clearly and headed to an area that I was familiar with. It is covered and perfect for the rain that I saw was going to be a part of this chase. I was fortunate to watch the cell move from overhead to the west. It was a rather productive storm just a few feet away from my perch. It produced lots of unique CG’s for this late night performance. The dark spots that you see in the imagery are not dust spots on the sensor, they are backlit raindrops from the deluge taking place, illuminated by the CG’s. I hope that you enjoy the images.
Yesterday, August 25, saw the monsoon cover the skies of southern Arizona before racing through the metropolitan Phoenix area. I made this capture near Marana, Az.
Ken Sklute has been honored as one of Canon’s Explorers of Light, a designation shared by only 60 top photographers worldwide. Ken has enjoyed a diverse career photographing landscapes, professional sports, and people.
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