San Simon Golden Light Haboob & Lightning (Day 2) (12 July 2013)
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About This Shoot
Date: 12 July 2013
Location: Three Points, AZ early. San Simon, AZ late
Shoot Type: Storm Chase
Late morning storms were moving north-northwest toward the southwest suburbs of Tucson and the Three Points area. I photographed the backside of these storms from along the Ajo Highway. Later in the evening, I noticed storms moving north close to the New Mexico border. This storm ended up providing some of my best images of the entire trip, as an incredibly photogenic haboob developed and rolled west toward me, just south of San Simon. Lightning over the distant Peloncillo Mountains was fantastic in the golden sky that materialized at sunset.

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12 July 2013

San Simon Golden Light Haboob & Lightning (Day 2)

Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:01:42 -0600
180-degree panoramic of approaching Arizona haboob near San Simon. 12 July 2013
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Sun, 08 Sep 2013 10:39:35 -0500
Series of images from the San Simon, AZ area of haboob and lightning. 12 July 2013
All the images below were taken from the same location south of San Simon, Arizona.

Horizontal lightning seemingly touching the advancing dust, which is taking on Haboob characteristics. Looking southeast from south of San Simon, AZ

From the same location, looking northeast at a distant cloud-to-ground flash with advancing dust storm in the foreground. The Peloncillo Mountains are seen here.

Another image in the same direction as the previous, but a little wider angle showing more storm structure above.

An amazing, branched cloud-to-ground flash looking northeast with an advancing dust storm about to overtake my location just south of San Simon, AZ

One of the last images I got of the approaching dust storm with the Dos Cabezas Mountains seen on the right.
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Fri, 12 Jul 2013 23:10:36 -0700
Day 2, July 12. Sunset magic along I-10 near the AZ-NM border
A breathtaking scene. I was so fortunate to capture a fabulous, branched
dual lightning flash with the southern end of the Peloncillo Mountains
becoming absorbed by the rust-colored dust moving west.
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Fri, 12 Jul 2013 20:20:45 -0600
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Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:52:22 -0700
Day 2, July 12. Early day storms between Tucson and Three Points
I left Tucson heading southwest to intercept an organized cluster or storms
moving northward toward the Three Points area. I was hoping for some
decent lightning, but whatever lightning there was was embedded in the
heavy core. I let the rain core go over me along the Ajo Highway between
Three Points and Tucson. What followed looking north was a fairly awesome
scene of the departing storm with the fresh, wet desert landscape in the
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