Storm Chasing.

Lightning.

So we’re up to three nights in a row of thunderstorms here in the desert. This is rather enjoyable.

More Storms.

Itís well beyond monsoon season but another Nature continues to be in a stormy mood.

While out for my walk yesterday afternoon I noticed more air traffic than usual overhead. A little digging into Twitter and it turns out Phoenix has being hit with 50+ MPH winds and an impressive sandstorm, so inbound flights to Sky Harbor were in holding patterns over Tucson. This ties in well with my instrument training currently in progress as Iíve been practicing these types of holds in much smaller airplanes.

Hereís one of the tracks of holding airliners overhead during the sandstorm.

It looks like this pilot wanted to do their own thing, though.

I enjoy storms, as long as Iím not flying in them.

Monsoon.

The Monsoon has ramped up in these parts. Looking at the weather radar as I write this (21:27 / 9:27 PM MST), there’s a bunch of storms headed in our general direction from Mexico. We’ll see if they make it up here tonight.

In the meanwhile, during our adventures today we saw lots of lightning. †Lightning is cool.

Lightning.

I followed two impressive thunderstorms today, mostly around Garden City and Dodge City, Kansas. The lightning was quite impressive.

The daylight storm was very impressive with its winds as well. I needed two hands firmly on the steering wheel to keep the car on the roadway.

I trailed the nighttime storm, getting close to it, taking some photos, and then catching it again.

A great afternoon and evening of storm chasing.