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2002 Monsoon Season Images AZ/NM

LOOPY CG - WILCOX PLAYA 8-20-2002 (v)

A long faint lightning cloud to ground (CG) bolt drops from a mid day storm as a distant train crosses the Wilcox Playa in southeastern Arizona.

CG - WILCOX, AZ 8-20-2002 (v)

Only a couple of cloud to ground (CG) lightning bolts occured with these weak late day storms.

PEAK MOON - COOPER PEAK MTN, AZ 8-20-2002 (s)

The full moon appears to be temporarily resting atop this mountain peak in southeastern Arizona.

TOWERING CUMULUS - CHIRICHAHUA N.P., AZ 8-21-2002 (s)

A towering cumulus cloud rises above the mountainous terrain of Chirichahua National Park in southeastern AZ.

TOWERING CUMULUS 2 - CHIRICHAHUA N.P., AZ 8-21-2002 (s)

The beauty of a towering cumulus is reflected in a small pool of water left in the rocks by an earlier storm. Thunder could be heard from this developing storm when this photo was taken.

RINGS of SATURN - LOCO HILLS, NM 8-22-2002 (s)

These curious "rings of saturn" may have been created when this towering cumulus cloud punched thru an earlier pileus cloud.

OLD & NEW CONVECTION - ARTESIA, NM 8-22-2002 (s)

A beautiful blending of old and new convection can be seen in this photo. As a new updraft begins to form to the right, the fibrous anvil remnants from an earlier storm appear near the top of this photo.

A STORM BEGINS - ARTESIA, NM 8-22-2002 (s)

An "updraft bubble" begins to grow in this line of weak convection just as the sun sets. Notice that a weak rain shaft has developed below the cloud base.

MONSOON STORM 1 - ARTESIA, NM 8-22-2002 (v)

A bubble of convection has grown into a fledgling cumulonimbus cloud and produces its first CG (cloud to ground) lightning as the cloud top reaches about 15,000 feet.

MONSOON STORM 2 - ARTESIA, NM 8-22-2002 (s)

A picture perfect thunderstorm reaches maturity and spreads an anvil over the eastern plains of New Mexico.

MONSOON STORM 3 - ARTESIA, NM 8-22-2002 (s)

This isolated thunderstorm remained nearly stationary well after sunset. Photo scheduled to publish in 2005 Weather U.S.A. calendar.

MONSOON STORM 4 - ARTESIA, NM 8-22-2002 (s)

This thunderstorm continues to grow as the sky darkens over eastern New Mexico.

MONSOON STORM 5 - ARTESIA, NM 8-22-2002 (s)

The lights of Artesia, New Mexico can be seen below this isolated thunderstorm as nightfall approaches.

MULTIPLE CG'S - ARTESIA, NM 8-22-2002 (s)

A closer view of the lightning activity after nighfall.

MULTIPLE CG'S 2 - ARTESIA, NM 8-22-2002 (s)

Cloud to ground lightning and anvil crawlers over Artesia, New Mexico.

LIGHTNING! 1 - ARTESIA, NM 8-22-2002 (s)

CG (Cloud to Ground) lightning bolts filmed very close to the base of an isolated monsoonal thunderstorm in eastern New Mexico.

LIGHTNING! 2 - ARTESIA, NM 8-22-2002 (s)

CG (Cloud to Ground) lightning bolts, one in clear air...the other (right) imbedded in the rain shaft.

LIGHTNING! 3 - ARTESIA, NM 8-22-2002 (s)

These lightning bolts exhibit a "windswept" appearance.

LIGHTNING! 4 - ARTESIA, NM 8-22-2002 (s)

CG (Cloud to Ground) lightning bolts filmed very close to the base of an isolated monsoonal thunderstorm in eastern New Mexico.

LIGHTNING! 5 - ARTESIA, NM 8-22-2002 (s)

CG (Cloud to Ground) lightning bolts filmed very close to the base of an isolated monsoonal thunderstorm in eastern New Mexico.

LIGHTNING! 6 - ARTESIA, NM 8-22-2002 (s)

CG (Cloud to Ground) lightning bolts filmed very close to the base of an isolated monsoonal thunderstorm in eastern New Mexico.

LIGHTNING! 7 - ARTESIA, NM 8-22-2002 (s)

CG (Cloud to Ground) lightning bolts filmed very close to the base of an isolated monsoonal thunderstorm in eastern New Mexico.

PUMPJACK LIGHTNING - ARTESIA, NM 8-22-2002 (s)

Lightning back lights a pump jack in eastern New Mexico.

PUMPJACK LIGHTNING 2 - ARTESIA, NM 8-22-2002 (v)

Lightning back lights a pump jack in eastern New Mexico.

PUMPJACK LIGHTNING 3 - ARTESIA, NM 8-22-2002 (v)

Lightning back lights a pump jack in eastern New Mexico.

PUMPJACK LIGHTNING 4 - ARTESIA, NM 8-22-2002 (v)

Lightning back lights a pump jack in eastern New Mexico.

BRANCHED LIGHTNING - ARTESIA, NM 8-22-2002 (s)

A pair of highly branched CG's (cloud to ground) lightning bolts light up the sky near Artesia, New Mexico.

MOON & LIGHTNING - ARTESIA, NM 8-22-2002 (v)

Lightning illuminates a distant storm on the eastern horizon as a full moon rises.

 

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