Monsoon Storm

storm approaching Picuris Peak near Taos

Late afternoon, 7-31-2014

Sometimes it actually does rain here. These western storms are so funny, though. They arrive slowly, creeping and meandering, with almost no wind.* Some of them do dump rain like crazy—this same storm covered the ground with hail a few miles away—but nothing ever goes smash, except from lightning. It’s like this incomprehensibly huge thing ooches over the mountain or across the plain and just hovers over you for a while, sweating and rumbling. A good summer thunderstorm in Maryland would often wreck the garden or take down a tree!

* Not true of storms in drier air. Even virga makes for gusty winds.

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