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Weather Updates, Lightning Photos

Posted: 11 July 2021

Monsoon Season cloudy skies returned on Sunday, 27 June 2021. Wednesday evening, 30 June, received 0.65" of rain from a thunderstorm. Friday afternoon, 2 July, had 0.6" of rain in 15 minutes from a severe thunderstorm, with a total of 0.93" rain from the storm. Sunday morning, 4 July, received 0.03" rain. Sunday afternoon a large Gambel's Quail family came by.


Sunday late afternoon had an hour long power outage that ended at sunset. It was probably caused by some storms in the area.


The sky was mostly clear on Tuesday, 6 July, until about 90 minutes before sunset when the sky became mostly cloudy. As is common during for the Monsoon weather pattern, the sky would be mostly clear during the daytime and cloud up as sunset approached.

Saturday afternoon, 10 July, severe Monsoon Season thunderstorms began in southeastern Arizona. After sunset a dust storm about 40 miles away was visible to the west as seen in this D850 DSLR photo (f/2.8, 5 seconds, ISO 400, FL 28mm).


I also took some lightning photos. The storms were pretty far away so I had to do a lot of cropping of the photographs, but I managed to capture some interesting lightning displays. The photos were taken with the D850 DSLR (30 seconds, ISO 400, and f/8, f/8, and f/5.6 respectively).


Only a few sprinkles were received here from the storms.

The current issue (Volume 15 Issue 5) of "Astronomy Technology Today" magazine mentions my autobiography "Finding my Way to the Stars".

Phone Skope has published my guest post iPhone Astrophotography using the Phone Skope Digiscoping Adapter on their blog.

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