Monsoon Downburst

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    I love seeing a thunderstorm in action. Normally when you are just minding your own business, you just see the clouds move in, maybe some dust blows ahead of them and then the rain/lightning starts. But rarely do you get to see the origin of all that stuff.

    This is the second opportunity I've had this summer to see a dust storm forming. The first I posted last week, The Birth of a Monsoon Dust Storm, which was a fun "time lapse" of sorts. But today's photo really shows you the raw power of a thunderstorm's downdraft and what it can do. You might also consider this a microburst.

    I shot this on Saturday afternoon where storms were producing 65mph winds, hail and all kinds of lightning. Sometimes you can get a downdraft like this and not see the same results, but the storms were fairly severe on this day and so you get to see something kind of cool. The dust you see forming on the edges above looks like it's just on either side of the storm, but in reality, it was spreading in all angles and just hadn't picked up any dust yet.

    While this is a great way to see how a dust storm begins, it's nothing like the giant Haboobs we sometimes get where multiple cells like the above storm are all grouped together and producing many downdrafts that join forces to send massive walls of dust headed towards Phoenix.

    Dabbler, Matt Granz Photography, and 23 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. maurice.heuts 55 months ago | reply

      cool shot! love all the different kind of clouds!

    2. RZ68 55 months ago | reply

      Nice cloud-burst. The dust clouds are awesome!

    3. laguglio 55 months ago | reply

      Wow - this is an incredible shot!

    4. =Raul= 55 months ago | reply

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    5. susanirene 55 months ago | reply

      An amazing capture of a downdraft, Mike!! I've never seen the formation of a dust storm like this....absolutely incredible!

    6. ROCIO Ysapy 55 months ago | reply

      Great capture, you are great. Love this

    7. al.gc 55 months ago | reply

      Un shoot, un nuage incroyable !! superbe prise !!!

    8. Jess Bossé [deleted] 55 months ago | reply


      Hope to see you around my photostream!

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    9. photoaz 55 months ago | reply

      Storm chaser..the Discovery and Weather Channel would love this. Unbelievable capture of the power these have. Excellent !!

    10. regeniabrabham 55 months ago | reply

      This is incredible!!! I can almost smell it in the air and feel the power.

    11. J Tammaro 55 months ago | reply


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    12. Jeff D. Welker 55 months ago | reply

      A tremendous image that shows the power of Mother Nature - well done.

    13. jssteak 55 months ago | reply

      The reality of the down drafts going on is wonderful. Great capture.

    14. Viveca Koh FRPS 55 months ago | reply

      Fabulous photo - what a sky!

    15. KRP Images 55 months ago | reply

      You really captured the essence of a monsoon... excellent image!

    16. artland 55 months ago | reply

      This is a wonderful shot!
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    17. Elysium 2010 55 months ago | reply

      Impressive & excellent pic !

    18. Matt Granz Photography 35 months ago | reply

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