Bighorn sheep on Highway 74 October 2014

Bighorn sheep on Highway 74 October 2014
This big guy crossed the highway, October 2014.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Desert rain~SkyWatch Friday~071312

I woke up early Wednesday morning and glanced outside to see clouds in our desert sky coming up from the Gulf of California.  This is an annual event here in our desert~the monsoon.  Arizona and New Mexico actually get more rain than we do, but we've had some bad flooding during the summer months.  Not so for the last two days.  We actually did get rain last night and everything smells clean and fresh!  I wandered out with my camera Wednesday morning to take this photo.  Believe it or not, sometimes rain like this doesn't actually make it to the ground.  It evaporates on the way.  Thunderstorms and a flash flood watch are in order today, then the storm clouds will move away from the valley.  SkyWatch Friday for July 13, 2012.  To visit SWF, please go to:


  1. Amazing capture!Have a great weekend!


  2. You have to get up early some mornings and go up to the Desert Viewpoint overlook there on Hwy 74 at around between 4:00 & 5:00 in the morning. Some of the best views of the Salton Sea are to be found at that time. Especially this time of year you will see tiny isolated Thunderstorms over that sea. Most people miss this or at least never have seen or heard of it.

    I use to see it every year for almost 20+ years as I drove off the mountain early to work in Brawley 6 El Centro California. Once I was down at the Salton Sea near the city with the same name there would be all manner of mystical cloud formations and light patterns as from another world. It just wasn't the same place you'd always pass all the other times. Lightning bolt flashes and dark streaking patterns of rain beneath the Anvil shaped cloud was beautiful over the waters. I know the sea has a bad rap, but it has moments of beauty. I always wonder about when ancient Lake Cahuilla was at it's glory what it must have inspired in the minds and hearts of the Cahuilla Indians who hunted and fished along it's shores.

    Seriously, go to bed early and plan some of these trips this season and show everyone of your readers what it's like.



  3. I'm so glad you didn't have a flood but just some much needed rain! It always feels so fresh after a nice shower or two. Beautiful clouds by the way.

  4. Very nice!
    Have a great week-end!
    Lea's Menagerie

  5. Nice pick! We are seeing many great sky and cloud views from our perch this week. We also saw a huge lightning show over the mountains, last night, that I'm pretty sure you had a much closer look at.