When two storms collide!

Discussion in 'Nature' started by WNG, Aug 14, 2015.

  1. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    On Aug. 11th, two major dust storms (haboob) hit the city of Phoenix. 1st one arrived mid morning, with fierce winds, followed by torrential rain. Caught me by surprise and didn't have my camera ready.

    2nd storm warning came in for that evening. A couple of us bravely/foolishly ventured into the open desert near Superstition Mountain, to find a good vantage point to photograph the event. Nature didn't let us down. Needless to say, it was exciting and unnerving to be standing there with a big aluminum Manfrotto tripod, as bolts of lightning came down all around us! :)

    Monsoon thunderstorm to the East, vs. Dust Storm approaching from the South. It wasn't a big one, dust wall was less than a mile high. Wind speed did hit 62 mph (100 kph) in some parts of the city.

    19954775304_b7fdd3bec6_h. mEXICAN sTANDOFF by wNG 555, on Flickr

    20568399742_ece1c850fc_h. fATAL aTTRACTION I by wNG 555, on Flickr

    19956481483_8e5079e4d1_h. fATAL aTTRACTION III by wNG 555, on Flickr
    19954780434_696a4a1cf9_h. fATAL aTTRACTION II by wNG 555, on Flickr

    Wall of dust clearly visible with the lightning flashes and reflections. Approximately 2500 feet high.

    19956465443_6b2fc4b3fc_h. fATAL aTTRACTION IV by wNG 555, on Flickr

    19956483223_428d7a9241_h. fATAL aTTRACTION V by wNG 555, on Flickr

    20577350715_c42b76b086_h. fATAL aTTRACTION VI by wNG 555, on Flickr

    Wall is less than a mile away and closing quickly.

    19956456963_f5eacd691b_h. fATAL aTTRACTION VII by wNG 555, on Flickr

    Wind and rain was soon right over our location. But the dust storm reached us first due to its speed.
    I made a hasty retreat with my gear as the first drops hit. Glad I did. Friend stayed 10 minutes longer and got pelted.


    Captured with my a6000 and a TOU/Five Star 28-f/2.8 manual focus wide angle lens.
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2015
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  2. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 8, 2013
    Outstanding...that's taking the initiative, going after it, and getting it done !!
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  3. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Well done. These things are impressive.
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  4. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Oct 11, 2012
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  5. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur Subscribing Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    Ad Dieleman
    Brave undertaking and some nice pictures from it.
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  6. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dec 13, 2013
    Tucson, AZ
    Wicked shots, man! I was actually out in the same storm down here...holy smoke was that an incredible monsoon storm.
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  7. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 17, 2015
    Right time, right place, that's what it's all about.
    Nice work!
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  8. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
  9. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    No harm done, no gear lost, a spectacle that was worth witnessing up close. Numerous photographers were along our route to Superstition.
    Thanks all!