When it comes to monsoon storm photography we have the whole ‘find storms in the daytime’ thing down pat. Yesterday Eugene Thieszen, Brandon Goforth, and myself all spent some time around Sedona, AZ watching storms bubble in the distance and hoping that we’d see them propagate towards us through the afternoon.
Unfortunately it soon became clear that the dream of shooting a monsoon storm in the Oak Creek Canyon area was imply not to be, and we left that area for a storm forming to our SW.
This storm spit out a few bolts of lightning and dumped rain on the distance ridgeline while we watched it do its thing. However, this cluster of CU was dead by the early parts of the evening. We noted some convection trying to take shape to our SE but it was struggling over a distant ridge so we decided to stop for a dinner and let the atmosphere sort itself out.
As we emerged we noted that vigorous convection was indeed ongoing to our SE so we ended up traveling down a rough gravel road for a few miles and shot a beautiful stormy sunset with colors near Camp Verde, AZ.
Storms with hat blowing off your head type of wind on Monsoon day 4 in Arizona! pic.twitter.com/3edc0cuXoA
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The storms wound down into sunset but that didn’t stop the colors from becoming incredible over the sky.
We then departed back to Phoenix, winding down a dirt road in the evening light.
Today will be our last day with a chance to get evening and nighttime lightning it appears as our return date will be on Tuesday with only a chance to document some afternoon monsoon storms across New Mexico. Thus, our forecast today on where to go is incredibly crucial. Wish us luck!