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storm gallery: August 21-25, 1999

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Arizona on August 22: Cloud towers go up over the desert during a very brief monsoon chase, during which, no matter where Bob Le Mons and I went, storms died at sunset or ran away from us before we could set up and take lightning photos. Over and south of Meteor Crater, which is east of Flagstaff, Arizona, storms were popping up, but they didn't stick around after dark.




Near Meteor Crater on August 22, this little storm cell formed a classic shape and put down a few daytime lightning bolts. Here's the same cell, at sunset, just after some antelope trotted in front of our car. (Where the deer and the antelope play!)




East of Flagstaff on August 22, just before most of the storms died, there was a lovely sunset. A storm chaser's worst nightmare, a tourist's dream on August 24: saguaro cactus under a clear blue sky in Saguaro National Park, west of Tucson, Arizona. This was the day after Bob, Susan Jensen and I chased elusive evening storms from Phoenix to Tucson.




Just south of Phoenix on August 23, the dust devils were going crazy. Photo from video. Here's the same dust devil a few minutes later. What a tube! Photo from video.




The dust devils gave us a repeat performance on August 24, again south of Phoenix, where we measured a temperature of 109 degrees Fahrenheit. Photo from video. Here's another dust devil from August 24. They were incredibly long-lasting -- sometimes 10 minutes or more. Photo from video.




Cumulus clouds dotted the air above Arizona and New Mexico as I began my flight back east on August 25 -- probably a sign of enhanced moisture creeping into the area from what was left of Hurricane Bret. Now this is the way to see a storm's anvil -- somewhere over middle America, from 30,000 feet in the air!










Go to more chase accounts and photos:

May 9-16: Picturesque storms and three tornadoes in one day in Kansas

May 20-24: A tornado in Texas, funnels, a gorgeous gust front, and blistering lightning

May 25-31: Supercells, a tornado (or was it a tricky lowering?), a spectacular twilight, and some beautiful cells in Kansas

June 1-5: A double rainbow in Oklahoma, a funnel, a bust, and two wild Nebraska tornadoes

July 22-August 14: A few lightning storms in the middle of a drought in Maryland

August 21-25: Dust devils and daytime convection during the Arizona monsoon

November: Storms, a rainbow and fabulous sunsets on Florida's Space Coast



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