Sonoran Desert Monsoon lightning - Ajo, Arizona
Sonoran Desert Monsoon lightning - Ajo, Arizona

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Caption   A brilliant, jagged bolt of lightning strikes the Sonoran Desert near Ajo, Arizona, United States, on the afternoon of August 14, 2014. Each summer, the storms of the North American monsoon bring life-giving rain to this area. Several common species of Sonoran Desert plants, including the Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens), Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii), and Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea gigantea), can be seen, green from the summer rain. This photo was taken with a lightning detection device, which triggers a camera's shutter when a sudden increase in light level is seen.
Photo Id   w1369-6a5c-97d52
Date and Time   August 14, 2014   4:58 PM
Location   Ajo, Arizona
latitude 32° 12' 42.4" N       longitude 112° 37' 44.1" W
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