Storm Chase North Las Vegas

Storm chasing in Vegas during the monsoon season is an exciting time.  Storms roll into the valley and can explode over the city bringing dangerous cloud to ground lightning, hail, massive rain and flash flooding.  Vegas definitely has some great severe weather opportunities to observe and photograph Mother Nature behaving badly.

Storm Shots II August

Timing, luck, and anticipation.  It appeared these were the key ingredients missing from a successful recipe of shooting the storms prior to August 19, 2014.  Night one resulted in driving north towards Mesquite and seeing nothing but a light rain.  Sitting atop a hill and looking towards Vegas I could see the frequent flashes of lightning in Las Vegas.  I immediately drove back towards Vegas and could see the storm was developing in the area of Coyote Creek near Moapa.     Driving the highway between Interstate 15 and Highway 93, I…

Ever Been in a Flash Flood?

Tired from storm chasing the previous evening, we decided to casually venture out in the desert south of Las Vegas for a little exploration of the Colesseum Mine south of Primm, Nevada along the California and Nevada border.  The day was amazing and we could see cumulous build up on the horizon as far as the eye could see.  Heading towards the Colesseum Mine we traveled up the road, which at times appeared more like a wash, and could see there were thunderstorm cells developing around us that appeared to be tracking…

Storm Shots July 2014

July 07:2014: Upon returning from Sunday’s chase I noticed the underside of the chase vehicle was coated in oil. I decided it was best to work on locating the source of the oil leak and fix it because there would be more days of chasing ahead.  As I was tearing down the engine looking for the leak, I kept noticing the sky getting darker. The winds began to kick up and the air the air smelled like rain. Wrenching along on the engine, I kept seeing flashes of lightning out…