Photographer Mike Olbinski has produced a mesmerizing time-lapse of the Southwest skies, where the monsoon spawned spectacular storms this summer.
“I’m incredibly proud of this film. I’ve probably felt the same way every year in the past, but there is something about this summer that blew away the others,” Obinksi writes on his blog.
Olbinski drove over 14,000 miles across Arizona to collect this footage of sweeping rain shafts, blinding dust storms, menacing shelf clouds, vivid lightning, and the glorious Milky Way. The above video is best viewed full screen in HD, with your volume cranked up.
Although the monsoon has waned, strong to severe storms are possible in the Southwest over the next two days thanks to a vigorous area of low pressure cycling into the region.
This afternoon and tonight, there is even a small tornado threat in Southeast Nevada, including the Las Vegas area.
“It will be an interesting period this afternoon through at least tonight with a threat of both severe storms and flash flooding,” writes the National Weather Service office serving Las Vegas.
The severe threat jogs east on Saturday, into central Arizona.
“The combination of strong Pacific storm dynamics and subtropical moisture have the potential to produce widespread showers and thunderstorms with the best chance of heavy rain over portions of south central Arizona near Wickenburg, Gila Bend, Casa Grande, the greater Phoenix area, as well as the mountains surrounding the cities of Globe and Miami,” writes the National Weather Service office serving Phoenix.
The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center places over 5 million people under a slight risk of severe storms Saturday, including the Phoenix and Scottsdale area.
Perhaps this latest round of storms will give Olbinski another opportunity to obtain more stunning footage of the sprawling desert skies.