August 1 Lightning South of Pagosa Springs, CO

by John Farley

As moist monsoonal flow returned to southwest Colorado, several thunderstorms developed near Pagosa Springs. This one formed south of town, as I watched from along U.S. 84 about 2 miles southeast of Pagosa Springs. It became quite intense for a while before backbuilding and drifting off to the southwest into northern New Mexico. It produced localized very heavy rain, enough to cause small rock and mud slides across Blanco River Road, a few miles down the highway from where I viewed the storm. And it also offered me some nice lightning photo ops. These were taken using a lightning trigger, the best way to capture daytime lightning.

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