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Opening night of the Monsoon Season | by AndrewPielage
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Opening night of the Monsoon Season

EXPLORED #258

 

Last monsoon season the storms seemed to come in fast and furious, leaving a little rain and a thick layer of dust over the valley and then it was over. But the monsoon storm last night was different. It reminded me of the type of monsoons that I would see growing up in Phoenix. The kind you could watch all night. The wind started off innocently enough with a slight breeze in the early evening. Soon after, in true monsoon fashion, you could smell the rain hit the desert floor before it actually starts to rain at your location. I could hear the low rumble of the thunder and flashes of lightening in the distance. As the wind started to gust, the rain was coming down gently now. Around 10pm the thunder and lighting were cracking and booming in all four directions over my head and over the entire Phoenix area. In the true and insane " I have to get a shot" kind of way I headed up to the exposed rooftop deck of the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale around 11:30pm.Luckily I had a break in the rain so I knew I had to get the shot a quickly as possible. Thirty wet and terrifying minutes of booms and flashes later, with the rain come down in full force, I managed to get the shot I had been waiting for.

 

After retreating to the safety of my vehicle, the full force of the monsoon was coming down and I got the all-to-familiar hair raising on my right forearm. I'm no expert but I think that means its going to be a great monsoon season for the Valley!

 

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Taken on July 12, 2012