Each year in mid-June a distinct weather pattern shift occurs as moisture begins to be pulled up from Mexico setting the stage for the return of the North American Monsoon. Arizona is ground zero for the monsoon and by mid-July it is in full swing. Tina and Kevin call this beautiful state home and they love sharing this unique season with others!
Though the Arizona monsoon is distinctly different than the severe weather found during the Great Plains in spring, that certainly doesn’t mean it is any less dramatic. Dynamic weather set against stunning southwestern backdrops are the hallmark of the monsoon. Expect to photograph shelf clouds, powerful microbursts, gustnadoes, plenty of spectacular lightning, our famed dust storms and sometimes even supercells. You can also expect to see your fair share of spectacular stormy sunsets and rainbows and you might even snag the coveted rainbow and lightning together shot!
Aside from photogenic storms, Arizona can’t be beat for the amazing and varied landscapes it offers to go along with those storms. From rolling grasslands and deserts sprinkled with mighty giant saguaro cacti in the south, to the famed red rocks, buttes and canyons to the north, there is no shortage of breathtaking foregrounds to choose from. A storm chase in Arizona will almost always take us to the Sonoran Desert but could also take us to iconic locations like Sedona, Grand Canyon, Superstition Mountains, Painted Desert, Monument Valley and Lake Powell among others. Our goal is to get you to the best monsoon storms with the most photogenic foregrounds possible for you to get stunning photographs and great memories to take home with you!