the arizona monsoon

if you live in arizona, or have previously lived in or visited arizona during the summer months you are most likely familiar with the monsoon.

according to wikipedia ...

"the north american monsoon, variously known as the southwest monsoon, the mexican monsoon, or the arizona monsoon, is a pattern of pronounced increase in thunderstorms and rainfall over large areas of the southwestern united states and northwestern mexico, typically occurring between july and mid september. during the monsoon, thunderstorms are fueled by daytime heating and build up during the late afternoon-early evening. typically, these storms dissipate by late night, and the next day starts out fair, with the cycle repeating daily. the monsoon typically loses its energy by mid-september when drier and cooler conditions are reestablished over the region."

the monsoon can produce incredible thunderstorms, but are also often accompanied by massive dust storms (also known as haboob), spectacular lighting, and massive downpours that can lead to localized flash flooding.

as someone that lives through the monsoon on a regular basis it can be easy to lose your perspective of the beauty in the monsoon, however.

but, whether by accident or fate i have discovered mike olbinski, a phoenix, arizona based photographer and filmmaker who has been chasing the monsoon for a few years and created some of the most spectacular short-films i have yet seen that manage to capture the beauty of these weather events.

please take a few minutes to watch the following film that captures the essence of the monsoon from 2016. watch this in full-screen if possible, and turn up your speakers to take in the whole experience: