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A little break in the pictures from Mexico for this awesome cloud shot I took yesterday, actually. These clouds (during this time of year) come from complete nowhere it seems like.
In Arizona and southern California we experience monsoons, the only in North America. Instead of the wind moving from west to east across the continent like it does for 10 months out of the year, it shifts and begins moving from south to north. I think they're caused by low pressure air around the Four Corners (northeastern tip of Arizona where it meets with 3 other states) and high pressure air at the northern tip of the Gulf of California, along with high surface temps and lots of humidity. The humid air (from the Gulf of California) during the day gets so heated that it rises to however many feet/meters clouds form at and then those clouds start to rain on us - all in a matter of hours. Anyway, we get a large part of our annual rainfall from this time of year. It's really amazing to be outside at about 4 PM when you can feel the shift in the wind and these huge billowing clouds form from seemingly nowhere and you just watch as your perfect, cloudless day turns into a flash flood.
Luckily these floods end up filling our dried up rivers ('washes') and rarely is there any damage to our houses and such. However, because we get rain so rarely, sometimes our roads go right through washes, when they do flood it's sometimes difficult to get where we need to go. Here in Tucson we have at least a couple of people a year who try to brave across them and end up losing their cars and sometimes their lives.
But not to end on such a sad note, judging by this bit I've written, which is probably the most I've written here on TE, monsoons are probably one of the coolest things about living in the Southwest.
The slighly low quality of this shot being because I accidently had my camera on the lowest settings possible.

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