In the Southwest, July and August are the two wettest months of the year, when Albuquerque receives one-third of its annual 9.5-inch precipitation. This season is ruefully yclept "Monsoon Season" by the locals.
Monsoon Season brings lots of clouds -- amazing, awesome clouds -- but little of their moisture reaches the ground because the air is so dry. The fickle clouds, however, bring a visual feast for the photographer.
Sunrises are dramatic and colorful . . .
The clouds build up in the afternoon . . .
and when they're overhead, they look strange and dangerous . . .
Or even downright apocalyptic . . .
Sometimes you get a great sunrise and apocalyptic clouds:
When it finally does rain, it comes with lightning:
And an occasional piece of a rainbow:
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