The Phoenix Haboob
This is just a color version of the haboob hitting Phoenix.
Lightning over Phoenix
A late July monsoon thunderstorm rains releases a massive strike over downtown Phoenix. Bucket list shot for me.
A horizontal lightning strike flies across the horizon in the midst of storm clouds and low lying fog. My favorite lightning shot of 2011.
A strong monsoon storm dumps rain over the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson, Arizona.
Chaos of Light
A massive strike explodes over the town of Casa Grande on August 25th, 2011.
Snowstorm on the Beeline
The Beeline Highway is a road known by name mainly to Arizonans. It's on the northeast side of town on the way to Payson and is still considered the desert. Which is why this storm dropping snow in December was so unique and so exciting.
This strike illuminates the falling rain in a crazy purple hue, while the city of Phoenix in the background gives another, pale color.
A hundred million fingers
This lightning strike was a bit unusual because of the amazing amount of tendrils or fingers coming off the main bolts.
Lightning extrends out of a downdraft of rain from a thunderstorm located SW of highway 85 between Gila Bend and Ajo, Arizona.
Two strikes hit in the Catalina Mountains northeast of Tucson, Arizona.
A winter rain over Phoenix
Seen from outside of town, rain falls over the Phoenix area late Monday evening.
Snow on the Four Peaks
Only once or twice a year do you really get a lot of good snow on the Four Peaks northeast of Phoenix, AZ. This shot was taken just a few minutes after a big storm blew over the mountains and dropped fresh snow.
The Arizona Twister
This is not a tornado, but just a lonesome dust devil that happens to be in front of a nice thunderstorm dropping rain in the distance. Welcome to Arizona.
A gnarled old hand
An old, dead tree stands in the desert during some cloudy monsoon skies.
Vortex of Electricity
A microburst, combined with a lightning strike and a nasty looking clouds slam down over Casa Grande.
The dust bowl known as Phoenix
A shot of a second large dust storm approaching downtown Phoenix on July 18th, 2011.This happened just 13 days after the huge one on the 5th.
This is a night-time capture of a microburst over Casa Grande, Arizona. A microburst is a strong downdraft of rain and wind that spreads out when it hits the ground at incredible speeds, sometimes up to 100mph. You can see the rain falling, the way it spreads out and then dust that is kicked up flowing like waves over the city.
Over the Top
Lightning strikes off in Buckeye, Arizona.
The stormy skies of Arizona
Just some random dirt road between Phoenix and Flagstaff with storms up on the horizon.
Into the Light
Taken along Bush Highway northeast/east of Phoenix. Just a morning drive out to see what I could see during some rainy weather. One of my favorite shots.
Lightning on the 89A
A beautiful lightning strike shot west of Sedona, Arizona along Highway 89A.
Beauty before Dark
An epic sunset in downtown Phoenix from July 31st, 2011. A large approaching storm creates amazing colors in the sky. A dust storm looks under the dark clouds as it moves towards Phoenix.
San Tan Downpour
A downdraft over the San Tan Mountains during the 2010 Arizona monsoon season.
Intensity (a beautiful mistake)
Crazy, intense lightning strike over the deserts near Cave Creek, Arizona. This shot was composed badly so this is a a crop of the upper-left quadrant of the original RAW file, PLUS I never should have been on ISO400, was an error. However, I still love this shot!
A firey sunset on the horizon during a rainstorm near Lake Pleasant, Arizona.
Old Man Sunset
A tree that looks dead, but isn't, watches a gorgeous monsoon sunset complete with a rolling dust storm.
Lay down your burdens
A discarded sofa way out northwest of Gila Bend. Almost like finding a much-needed rest stop! Spotted during one of my stormchasing excursions this past Labor Day.
Speed Limit 55
The speed limit sign is illuminated by a passing car, while a giant lightning strike hits over Chandler, Arizona.
Sunset in Tucson
A severe storm approaches Tucson at sunset on September 10th, 2011.
Another dust storm
One of the many dust storms to hit Phoenix in the summer of 2011. This was September 11th.
Crazy lightning strikes in Casa Grande.
A thundering sunset
Three lightning strikes hit around the town of Buckeye just as the sun disappears on the horizon.
An old hinge for an old panel opening in downtown Phoenix.
Two lightning strikes appear to be mirror images of each other as they connect with the ground between some hills near the Cave Creek area.
Those dark skies
A tree near Sedona grows amidst the rocks as a rain storm moves by in the background.
War of the Worlds
This makes me think of those big, tall, robotic aliens from War of the Worlds walking over downtown Chandler.
The city in the water
A reflection in downtown Phoenix of Chase Tower and Freeport. Storm clouds in the sky and puddles of rain water create an awesome mood.
A few saguaro cacti watch a fantastic lightning show over Tucson, Arizona. The cactus on the left is actually leaning...that wasn't a lens thing :)
A sliver of color
Somehow the setting sun breaks through the clouds to give some color to falling rain near Joseph City, AZ.
North Mountain Strike
A lightning strike hits the North Mountain Preserve in north central Phoenix in late October, 2011. A surprise winterish thunderstorm.
Pillar in the Rain
A small pillar of rock stands amidst the Bradshaw Mountains during a heavy monsoon downpour.
A gorgeous sunset illuminates a giant Saguaro cactus, with the snowy Four Peaks mountain range off in the distance.
Me and my (at the time) 2 1/2 year old daughter, who was my co-pilot during the monsoon stormchasing season this past summer :)
The Three Watchmen
These three majestive Saguaro cacti watch a monsoon thunderstorm drop rain and lightning on the Bradshaw Mountains.
Flames on the Horizon
An amazing sunset out in the Four Peaks wilderness northeast of Phoenix, Arizona.
The last bit of light from the setting sun hits a few leaves of a prickly pear cactus out in the Four Peaks wilderness northeast of Phoenix, AZ
Wandering with the Arizona monsoon
One of my favorite storm images from the Arizona desert in 2010.
The Phoenix Haboob of July 5th, 2011
I'm an AZ native...35 years...never seen anything like this before. It was epic.
Lightning from down in Tucson, Arizona last night.
Strike in Sedona
A lightning strike from last night in Sedona.
A couple of strikes
Some lightning west of Sedona along Highway 89A.
The Rainy Desert
Some monsoon thunderstorms drop rain on the mountains along Table Mesa Road.
A puddle stretches out to reflect some stormy clouds during sunset over downtown Phoenix.
Lightning strikes downtown Phoenix on August 3rd, 2011
A short, 10-second exposure of lightning striking the Catalina Mountains surrounding Tucson, Arizona.
Two long lightning strikes hit Casa Grande behind this tall cell tower during the monsoons of 2011.
Standing in the middle of a long road is where I love to be. Here's one from a favorite spot of mine in Apache Junction look towards the Superstitions.
Tower of Dust
From last night's spring dust storm that rolled into Phoenix.
The iconic mountain between Phoenix and Tucson that people love to hike. Finally captured it with some storm clouds.
A storm on Picacho Road
A severe warned storm in Southern Arizona...hail and rain fall ahead and a tiny wall cloud is visible.
A little mothership
A smallish, rotating supercell races across the flat plains of southeast Colorado.
A Colorado gust front
This strong gust front moves away from the camera in southeastern Colorado on June 2nd, 2012. It passed over us and we were hit with powerful winds and a lot of kicked up dust.
A giant anvil in Oklahoma
A severe warned storm showcases a giant anvil right on the corner of the Oklahoma panhandle, a few miles from Texas.
The Hand of God
A thunderstorm explodes along the dry line along the panhandle of Oklahoma
A dying monsoon storm
A lightning bolt strikes around sunset as this monsoon storm begins to die out. Here's a timelapse that goes with it: Mike Olbinski on Vimeo
A strike near Eloy
An early monsoon lightning strike near Eloy, Arizona captured on July 3rd, 2012
An old abandoned house stands alone on the plains of southeastern Colorado as a severe thunderstorm, with mammatus clouds, approaches from the west.
Lightning on Sunset Point
A lightning strike east of the Sunset Point rest area.
A strike in south Tucson
A lightning bolt lands in the middle of the city of Tucson during the summer monsoons on July 16th, 2012.
A blanket of clouds over Phoenix
A stormy day in mid-March creates a moody scene over Phoenix.
A haboob rolls through Phoenix
A very well defined wall of dust rolls through Phoenix last night. At times it had the definition of the large one from back on July 5th, 2011.
Vehicles along Interstate 10 try to get out of the way of the storm. Traffic was slow moving north and once the cloud hit, the freeway was empty as police shut it down a few miles south.
Three strikes crash down amongst the mountains west of Gisela, Arizona along the Beeline HIghway.
A solo thunderstorm over north Phoenix grows and dies out right as the sun goes down. An amazing sight.
Back to the Future
A lightning strike off in the distance near Mammoth, Arizona
Sunset over Tucson
A lightning bolt strikes in the heart of Tucson during a beautiful monsoon sunset on August 14th, 2012. It's not super easy to make out, but there is a rainbow going into the sky along the right bolt.
A micro-dust-burst-haboob-something or other
A crazy capture of a strong microburst or downdraft, coupled with an approaching wall of dust. Taken just north of Casa Grande.
A flash flood from far upstream eventually makes it way to Grand Falls on August 20th, 2012.
A strike along the Beeline
A double lightning strike hits some mountains around the Saguaro Lake area as seen from the Beeline Highway.
A massive lightning strike crashes down just north of Interstate 8 about 15 miles east of Gila Bend
A barrage of lightning
UPDATE: Wish I could replace the image...I don't like the crop, I've fixed it for the better :) Just for fun...stacked lightning usually isn't my thing but this was kind of cool last night :) 12 images make up this stack of lightning shot over the the course of 10 minutes looking north from downtown Phoenix.
The heavens opened
A massive amount of rain falls from a thunderstorm south of interstate 8 right as the sun sets, creating a crazy beautiful range of colors.
Two strikes to Tucson
Two strikes land on the northern edge of Tucson during a beautiful sunset monsoon thunderstorm.
The sun sets on the monsoon
An end of year, beautiful monsoon thunderstorm creates an epic sunset over Phoenix.
Sunset on Page Ranch Road
A beautiful highway in far southeast Arizona at sunset during the monsoon season.
Cholla at Sunset
A cholla, or jumping cactus, is lit up by the setting sun during some winter storms.
From top to bottom
A beautiful thunderstorm creates four lightning strikes in a span of 20 seconds. One of them starts at the top of the clouds, veers left and then pentrates the lower layers to strike the ground.
A lightning strike splits into two separate bolts as it hits the mountains west of the Beeline HIghway near the Gisela exit.
The infamous boneyard in Tucson, Arizona against a summer monsoon sky. I took this shot for even reasons of A) liking the planes and B) wanting to name it Con Air :)
Crossing Interstate 8
A stacked image of nine different exposures captured over six minutes shows a strong thunderstorm crossing south over Interstate 8
Empire of the Sun
My daughter wandered off from me during a storm chasing excursion last summer and so I just laid on the ground and took some shots of her against the sky.
Two lightning strikes land in the deserts northeast of GIla Bend. One strike lands on the desert floor while the other hits a lone hill.
Three lightning strikes in the desert near the Four Peaks mountain range and Saguaro Lake. This is a stack of three images shot over the span of a minute, 16 seconds.
A large wall of dust or a haboob crosses Toltec Road south of Interstate 10.
Touchdown in Tucson
A long lightning strike finally ends up landing somewhere in the southern portions of Tucson, Arizona.
A forked lightning strike slams south Chandler in September of 2011.
A brilliant lightning strike explodes behind some towering powerlines along highway 85 west of Phoenix.
Tempe Town Lake Overflow
A record-breaking winter storm dropped over an inch of rain in Phoenix and much more northeast of the Valley. Runoff down the Salt River forced the Tempe Town Lake Dam to release water downstream.
This lightning strike appears to form a complete circle, even though if you look closely it just twists back and ends close to itself. Not my most favorite image of all-time, but I thought it was interesting!
Thunderstorm on Luepp Road
A summer monsoon thunderstorm drops rain on the beautiful volcanic hills along Luepp Road in northern Arizona.
White-capped Superstition Mountains
A rare sight around the Phoenix are: the Superstition Mountains covered in snow...which happens from time to time, but not as low as it was on this day. The surrounding base of the mountain range was dusted with the white stuff as well.
A trifecta over Tuscon
A sunset, a lightning strike and a rainbow. What more could you ask for? Beautiful storm, and beautiful colors over Tucson in mid-August of 2012. One of my favorite lightning images of all-time.
A strong lightning strike hits the mountains east of Mammoth, Arizona. Part of my Square Print collection
The Twilight Zone
Nothing I like better than a spooky, dark, cloudy scene when it's storming. Here is one of my favorite roads in all of Arizona...it's popular of course, for obvious reasons. The long road extending downwards towards the Superstitions in the distance.One of the cooler spots in Arizona.I captured this back in February of last year...a beautifully dark winter storm was blowing through and thus I hit the road as per usual. The one thing that seems to pop out in this image to make it extra-special to me is that one headlight. Something about it is ominous and when I looked at it again this morning, the title "Twilight Zone" just popped into my head.Ahhhh, I'm dying for some stormy weather...monsoon season just over a month away.