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Photo of the Week: Desert Storm Over Tucson's Avra Valley

Photo of the week: Desert Storm

Desert storm forming over the Avra Valley near Tucson, AZDesert Storm on Labor Day, 2009:  Hiking in the Tucson Mountains, I followed the progression of a desert thunderstorm from its early stage (right) to its maturity (above.) 

The remains of Hurricane Jimena have left significant moisture in the air here in Tucson over the past four days.

Combine that moisture with our summer heat in the desert, and we have the makings of some of the world's most spectacular thunderstorms.

Wide open spaces allow us a front-seat view.

The first photo on the right was taken approximately one hour before sunset, and the one above was set afire by the evening glow of Tucson's rays from that same setting sun.

My vantage point was the southwestern flank of Golden Gate Mountain, the second highest peak in the Tucson Mountains.  My hike took me one third the way up the mountain.

The vertical cloud that formed the first part of the storm is perhaps seven miles across in the middle. 

By the time the storm was fullblown, as seen in the top photo, there were three separate areas of rain, and the thundercloud was about forty miles wide.

Our secluded community of Tucson Estates II attracts people from all walks of life, from all over the globe. 

You can see why that is, can't you?

 

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Comment balloon 44 commentsMike Jones • September 08 2009 06:01AM

Comments

Oh Mike you know a photo is good when you feel it....I felt like I was right there in the first one, those hues, those tones ahhh....

Posted by Cynthia Bartch about 11 years ago

Cynthia,

Thanks for being the first to comment.  Isn't this a beautiful little corner of the globe?!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

Mike, great shots.  It really looks so beautiful. Hopefully it didn't cause any damage or flooding. 

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 11 years ago

Ooooh, beautiful clouds! This time of year seems to bring out the best in clouds... at least here in WNC. But we don't have the beautiful colors as often as you are able to enjoy them.

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing about 11 years ago

Beautiful pictures, Mike!  That second photo almost looks like a mushroom cloud.  Your neighbors to the north in Nevada aren't doing any more testing are they???

 

Posted by Sharon & Bruce Walter, West Lafayette homes for sale (Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN) about 11 years ago

Good grief!  You just never tire of tempting me to visit Arizona, do you?  LOL  Those are beautiful shots, Mike.  Just gorgeous!  Thanks for making me add yet another $1.00 to my Arizona Trip fund.  :)

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) about 11 years ago

Mike,

Vertical clouds touching the horizon scare me! But, I come from tornado country.

Great photo.

Bill

Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) about 11 years ago

sometimes storms make the best sky eye candy... These are great captures love the color.

Posted by Diane Daley (Caron's Gateway Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Mike - these are both great photos but I really love the gold light in the first one.

Have a great day!

Ann

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) about 11 years ago

Mike  It makes you want to head for some serious cover  :)  Karen

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) about 11 years ago

Mike - I had my D50 in my hand yesterday when the storm came through Tennessee, but the light didn't cooperate. Great shots.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) about 11 years ago

Mike,

Absolutely awesome.  Thanks for posting your photos!  They are truly spectacular!

Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) about 11 years ago

what beautiful colors you captured!  it looks like a painting!

tina in virginia

Posted by Tina Merritt, Virginia Real Estate (Nest Realty) about 11 years ago

Mike,

It certainy is beautiful where you live and one day I hope to spend my winters down there.....your photos are absolutely breathtaking.

(-;

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith about 11 years ago

Wow - Mike you've got some great shots here.  We loved the storm over the weekend here in Phoenix! We live close to mountains so we got dumped on - and loved it all.  I posted pics as well.  What an amazing state we live in, et!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRS, Broker, Instructor, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) about 11 years ago

Hi Mike: Thanks for sharing.  The scenery is Arizona is always beautiful!

:)

Posted by Matt Listro, Your Credit Repair Expert (National Credit Fixers - Matt Listro) about 11 years ago

Absolutely Beautiful! We had a storm last night as well but the storm didn't have a good backdrop (like the mountains) - I immediately thought about taking photos though :) ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) about 11 years ago

I sure can! Your photos are always beautiful..great job in capturing the storms..I feel like I'm there!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) about 11 years ago

Mike - Those are some beautiful pictures!  Truly an example of God's perfection... thanks.

Posted by John Morgan about 11 years ago

Mike - Spectacular stuff.  We don't get those kind of scenes here in Sacramento.  The top photo looks like the clouds are on fire.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 11 years ago

Mike

That a great sky and outstanding photo's

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 11 years ago

Hi Mike,

As usual spectacular photos.

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) about 11 years ago

Lynda,

Thanks for saying so.  See you on your blog.

Lou,

You're always so formal!  I sure appreciate your signoff:  "Good luck and success."  Don't ever change that!

Myrl,

That's what my Darlin' said when she saw the photo.  The sky's on fire!

JD,

Let's talk tomorrow.  Thanks for stopping by.

Dorie,

Wonderful!  That's what I want to accomplish with my photos.

Rita,

I'm sure you did!  Thanks for commenting.

Matt,

Any luck with the referral?  I may have another.

Anna Banana,

It was great to meet you in person at the AR Meet-up.  We do live in one spectacular state in this union.

Jo,

I need to schedule a fishing trip to your neck of the woods!

Tina,

That's what I thought when I first saw the photo fullsize on the computer.  Maybe Lenn Harley will paint it.

Mike,

You're welcome!

Larry,

That happened to me today.  Big storm, no time to capture it.

Karen,

I was thinking the same thing.  I cut my hike short as the storm grew closer.

Ann,

Me too!  See you over on your blog.

Caron,

I've loved storms since I was a kid.  My dad was the same way.

 Bill,

I don't know if we ever have tornados here in Tucson.  None that I know of in the past 12 years.

Carol,

I'm going to have to try harder!  I would have thought this one would make you dig a little deeper!

Sharon,

It sort of does, doesn't it?  We'll have to get Harry Reid to check it out.

Susie,

Thanks for commenting! You'll just have to point the Airstream westward.

Gabe,

Not to worry.  We treasure the storms for the water they bring to our desert.  We put up with the rest.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

The sunset through the storm makes quite a beautiful photo. I can never see so far into the distance in the trees.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) about 11 years ago

Beautiful pictures. Mike.  You are in the wrong business.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) about 11 years ago

Mike, those are awsome photos!  Thanks for sharing them with us!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) about 11 years ago

I was hoping Hurricane Jimena would come straight up the Baja peninsula and bring us some interesting clouds, lightning, rain, and sunsets. But noooooooooooooo....

Great pictures.

Posted by Not a real person about 11 years ago

Just can't beat nature's beauty.  How wonderful that you captured it in photos. 

Posted by Donna Yates, Blue Ridge Mountains (BHGRE - Metro Brokers) about 11 years ago

Sky pictures speak to how great this universe is!  Wonderful pics, Mike. Hope the new position is working out well for you!

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) about 11 years ago

Judi,

Thanks for the well-wishes.  I love Sunstreet!  Regarding the storm photo, isn't God's creation beautiful!

Donna,

It always makes me smile when I get a good photo.

Russel,

It took a hike east of you, didn't it?  Next time...

Tony & Darcy,

You're most welcome!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

I love stopping by here for your pictures. The heat of summer produces some spectacular thunderclouds here in Austin before sundown. I just wish it would produce a little more rain!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Russell,

I'm glad to have you stop by!  Thanks for being a subscriber.  Looks like you're getting some rain today, from what I see on the Weather Channel!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

wow - how do you catch all this nature?  Amazing stuff. 

Posted by Kate Bourland, Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing (Marketing with Kate) about 11 years ago

Kate,

It starts with being outside as often as possible, and ALWAYS having a camera.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

Mike - These photographs are breath-taking and I have featured this post at two of my favorite groups, here is one and I also plugged this post because it is wonderful!

Featured at ......... CLOUDS AT ACTIVERAIN (clouds attached)

                 www.VegasBuildingsForSale.com

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz about 11 years ago

Mike - I have also featured this post at ......... EXPRESS WITH PHOTOGRAPHS AT ACTIVERAIN  and I think the AR Gods missed this post!

VB ;o)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz about 11 years ago

Both of these are incredible photos Mike.  The color in the first is almost surreal and the defined cloud structure in the second is very unique.  You certainly have an eye for recognizing ideal images.

Posted by Erik Hitzelberger, Louisville - Middletown Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes) about 11 years ago

Outstanding pics, Mike. Always wanted to go to Arizona -- Maybe some day.....

Posted by Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale (Kinard Realty Group Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Mike, Thank you for sharing those two amazing photos. I really enjoyed them.

Posted by Gary Coles (International Referrals), Latin America Real Estate (Venture Realty International) about 11 years ago

Beautiful photos, Mike! I am a big fan of clouds, sunsets, and sky photos in general. Keep up the good work!

Cheers,

Robin

Posted by Robin Rogers, CRS, TRC, MRP - Real Estate Investment Adviser (Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas) about 11 years ago

Robin,

Cheers back at ya!

Gary,

You're most welcome!

Barbara,

Before you die.  Put it on the bucket list.

Erik,

Both pictures are the same storm, one hour apart.

Vegas Bob,

Thanks for the features!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

You are very welcome and keep them coming!

VB ;o)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz about 11 years ago

Mike , these are great shots. Clouds and weather are such great subjects. They leave me in awe as do these photos

Posted by Randy DeLaMare, Helping friends Realize their Real Estate Dreams (Realtypath LLC) about 11 years ago

Wow, that is a remarkable site! You did a fabulous job capturing the view, as wel as describing it to us! Thank you so much for sharing!

Posted by Kayla Pearce, Real Estate Agent - Milford Delaware (First Class Properties) about 11 years ago

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