Sacaton to Coolidge Dust & Lightning (Day 9) (19 July 2013)
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Date: 19 July 2013
Location: Tucson, AZ afternoon. Sacaton/Coolidge, AZ late night
Shoot Type: Storm Chase
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19 July 2013

Sacaton to Coolidge Dust & Lightning (Day 9)


Sat, 20 Jul 2013 10:13:50 -0700
Day 9, July 19. After dark lightning between Sacaton and Coolidge, AZ
Evan and I started the day observing initial showers from Windy Point on
the Catalina Highway above Tucson. After those moved off to the west,
there was nothing else to go after, so we made a brief stop for ice cream
and stopped by the hotel real quick then set off for the northwest toward
Casa Grande. We encountered quite a bit of dust along I-10 near Casa Grande
from strong south winds. After tracking a weak shower that rolled over us
along Hwy 387 close to sunset we noticed new development back to the east
which was also tracking to the west-southwest. We found a spot along
Highway 87 with widely scattered saguaro cactus for a nice foreground for
lightning. The lightning was fairly distant and rather infrequent as far as
cloud-to-ground flashes went, but we did manage to capture a few, albeit
somewhat soft (not perfectly tack-sharp focus thanks to the wind).
  
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