Wednesday 8th August 2018 – Az (Marginal Risk)

Today would see the start of the ramp up in Monsoon Activity due to Hurricane John 600 miles off the Baja Peninsula and the High Pressure Ridge being perfectly placed allowing for 15-25kt ENE Flow bringing in much better dynamic for stronger storms. Todays Risk was areawide over most of Arizona so I opted for a change from the Tucson to Wilcox area and went North and West of Phoenix. We had lunch in Wickenburg and watched towers exploding to our North and North East. We ventured up Highway 89 through Peeples Valley to a favoured viewing spot overlooking the Prescott Valley and watched an area of strong storms advancing towards us. Stuart pulled off some really nice daytime shots seen below

The structure was pretty decent as well for Arizona with a Whales Mouth visible.

We relocated once the storm pushed an Outflow South West and settled on just West of Wickenburg towards the Town of Aguila and tucked in behind storms initiating to our South East, South and West. Some stunning colours from the setting sun firstly and then the Lightning started to really crank up.

I then managed to pull off this shot, A 1 second Exposure at F22 and ISO 100

And more Lightning below

We then had more cells going up even closer and shot some Lightning at much closer range

And the closest of the Night below

We finished quite early and had dinner back in Phoenix by 1030pm. A really enjoyable chase day and tomorrow looks even better for a Severe Risk with the SPC going for a Slight Risk.


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