The Incredible Weather of Arizona

Incredible Weather Time Lapses from the 2013 Arizona Monsoon Season

It’s hard to believe that the 2013 Arizona monsoon season is beginning to wind down.  It seems like just yesterday Chris Frailey, Larry Reeves and I were chasing down near Tucson on the very first day of the season.  However,  all good things  must come to a end.

If you follow my blog, you probably already know that the 2013 Arizona monsoon season has been my most successful and rewarding one ever.  As a storm chaser I feel like I was able to get into the right positions more often, and my photography and time lapses seem to have taken me to a whole new level.

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There are several sequences in this time lapse, but there are four I absolutely love!

  • At 1:14 into the video, you’ll notice a massive rain shaft just about a mile or two from me.  I’ve never been able to get so close to a rain shaft, and yet see so much detail thanks to the setting sun. I also stayed dry too!
  • At 1:23 this time lapse was captured just south of Sunflower, AZ.  I love how you can see two distinct rain shafts with beautiful cloud movements complimented by an incredible blue sky.
  • At 1:30 this was probably the most challenging and complex time lapse sequence I’ve ever attempted.  Starting in daylight, the scene goes to sunset and then complete darkness revealing the night sky and some meteors from the Perseids meteor shower!  Also, if you look closely, just above the center of the mountains you’ll see the lightning flashes from a storm that was up near Flagstaff.
  • At 1:37 you’ll notice several rain shafts merging together during a late August storm.  If you look closely you’ll see a dirt devil fire up and then dissipate right in the middle of the screen.

As I said above, the 2013 Arizona monsoon season has been a huge success for me! I’ve gotten several bucket list shots, made some new friends, but best of all I had a blast driving nearly 10,000 miles around the state capturing some of the most beautiful weather you’ll ever see!