I have not abandoned AZWC. I went through something terrible recently, and I am trying to recover.
BIG THANK YOU to those who have stuck by me during this time. Hopefully I will be back up and chasing winter weather here in Arizona in no time.
Yesterday was one of the best days of my 39 years on this planet. I roused my friend Cris out of bed with numerous text messages and spam style phone calls. Picked him up at noon and headed south. We stopped at McMasher’s (www.mcmashers.com) in Casa Grande to eat before heading further down the I-10. They have free wi-fi, and the food is amazing. Its a good pre or post chase grub grill. The radar started showing that things were beginning to pop out in Avra Valley, so we settled up and ran out the door, Twister style. Cris is definately “Dusty” from Twister, always the last one in the truck. We ran into a little storm on the drive but it wasnt very photogenic, so I left that one out…..FAST FORWARD…..
I kept yelling to Cris “Holy Sh*t, it’s a shelf cloud!” as I danced around on the side of the road.
The shelf cloud spanned as far and I could see north and south.
The farmer of this field came a drivin’ out to see what we were up to. Gave us the stink eye as I waved happily to him. I don’t trespass.
This here is the orgin of the dust that got dust storm warned from this cell. Sandario Road and Avra Valley Road. We watched at as it got taller and eventually ate Picacho Peak.
The majestic Santa Catalina Mountains blanketed by cottony clouds, you can see the backside of a storm on the right side of the mountains.
On the way to Oracle we just happened to see a micro burst in progress….unbelievably lucky! (Iphone pic)
In Oracle, we pulled over at a Mom & Pop store and started clicking away on our cameras.
This just so happened to roll by…..
A beautiful sunset wasn’t the end of this day….amazingly it got better….
A train at Tangerine Road and the I-10!
Dry…..that sums up this post in a nutshell. Here in Phoenix, we haven’t had any significant rain in months. We are all feeling a little forlorn these days, but keep the faith my friends…or at least try to! These photos will keep you company until the raindrops start falling from the heavens.
Dry, dry desert. Saguaro Park West
A great place to cloud watch.
I love a lonely road…..
Near Three Points, Arizona
It was a great day for “God Beams”.
Cue the sunset…..
Rain and a faint rainbow looking east towards Blackwater.
I ended up having to change my route home, due to a road closure at Page, Arizona. I drove 89A from Kanab, Utah to Bitter Springs, Arizona. It was a very beautiful drive, especially going through Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. Thank you to @ArizonaDOT (Twitter) for tweeting me the link for this route!
For more information about Vermilion Cliffs go to: http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/blm_special_areas/natmon/vermilion.html
Do you see those HUGE boulders? Yeah, those are everywhere, they fall from the cliffs. I saw some as big as my car near the roadway. Luckily I did not have to contend with huge rolling rocks chasing me!
Every year the school near my sisters house has a fireworks display. Luckily we have a family member who lives just 2 blocks from the school. They block off the streets and we have huge parties! I video taped the finale. Enjoy!