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Locally Heavy Rainfall

I always enjoy seeing rain lit up by lightning, and this bolt did a nice job of showing the heavy, localized rainfall so typical of many of our monsoon storms. This is one of the last shot I got out of this little storm, which ended up giving me ten keepers. This particular storm wasn't moving much over the hour or so I photographed it, so that small patch of desert got a nice drink. We average a bit over 9.5in (24cm) of rain a year, and much often comes during our monsoon season. My weather station has only recorded 3.64in (9.25cm) of rain this year so far. The small, white dots at the top left are stars, not hot pixels ;).

 

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Lightning, 2012.08.05, 9709

  

If you've not already seen my article on lightning photography on Slices of Silence , an eZine produced by Nathan Wirth, have a look. Maybe you'll find it interesting.

 

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Taken on August 5, 2012