Southern Arizona's weather

Southeast Arizona has some of the most interesting weather during its summer monsoons. The almost daily thunderstorms are as intense as you will find. Lightning storms usually precede the heavy rain starting in early July and lasting until early September. This weather pattern is caused by moist air moving from the gulf into the deserts of Mexico and moving northward into New Mexico and southern Arizona. Below is an example of some of these storms.

Monsoon 2014

Monsoon 2009 and earlier

This lightning strike only looks like it is hitting a house when in fact its way in the background

Sheila caught this storm in town as it passed overhead.

Sheila was again out in the stormy weather to catch this shot south of Benson, AZ.

An early evening thunderstorm

Another early evening thunderstorm