INCREDIBLE Lightning Show North of Flagstaff, AZ!

Eugene Thieszen and myself sat north of Flagstaff for over two hours, waiting patiently for developing storms to finally unleash tons of lightning. I was about to give up hope until, near sunset, the final storms of the day finally showed their fury. The bolts varied from massive branched bolts to quick single strokes. It…

Beautiful monsoon skies near Flagstaff, AZ

I absolutely love chasing the high desert of Northern Arizona during monsoon season. The landscapes are absolutely breathtaking, but in a different sort of way. The area around/near Flagstaff is one of my favorite places in the whole country, and seeing storms over this area is almost a yearly tradition. In this video, myself and…

Eating the Dirt in Arizona: Casa Grande Haboob

Haboobs (another name for dust storms) are usually outflow-driven events with collapsing thunderstorms throwing out strong wind gusts, which pick up ample dust at the surface. As this mini cold front surges outwards and away from the collapsing storms, a wall of blinding dust accompanies it. On this day, Raychel and Eugene finally achieved their…

That Darned Ridge is Dominating the Weather (And It’s Hot)

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Tracking down an Arizona Dust Storm

A cluster of storm cells pushed out a lot of outflow south and west of Casa Grande, Arizona. This set the stage for a classic southwest monsoon event: A dust storm. We positioned ourselves west of Casa Grande, AZ as we saw dust emerge in the distance. It was clear that we were about to…

Dust in the Wind: The Conditions Before A Haboob in Arizona

As the week moved on during our monsoon chase trip, it was becoming obvious our hunt for the elusive haboob was going to have its best shot at success on July 24, 2022. On this day, we knew a cluster of storms would form south of Tucson and likely race north. The outflow from this…

This Monsoon Moment Was Worth The Wait

Some moments in storm chasing are just indescribable. But I’m going to try anyways. As myself and Eugene watched a dream storm on the west side of Tucson, I knew a massive bolt from the storm branching out and away from the storm could happen. This would give me an absolute dreamy shot of a…

Beautiful Building Storm Over Saguaro National Park!

This monsoon chase day started off VERY slow. As you can see in the video, I was beginning to blame Eugene for all of our failings on what seemed like a hopeless day (hint: I was joking because I was actually at fault). We even had gotten to the point we gave up on the…

Electric Adventure: Monsoon Lightning in SW New Mexico

Join Raychel and Eugene on a thrilling monsoon storm chasing adventure in southwest New Mexico! We were lucky to watch in awe as the sky transformed into a canvas of dark clouds and vivid lightning bolts during our first storm chase of the week. With towering cloud to ground lightning strikes, this storm was a…