Snapshot: Table Mesa in a Thunderstorm

table mesa thunderstorm
Water cascades off Table Mesa during a thunderstorm July 10, 2017. Photo by Robert Roy Britt

When it rains hard enough and long enough, the flat-top mountain north of Phoenix known as Table Mesa transforms into a waterworks show, as dozens of rivulets and small waterfalls cascade off its edges.

Today, a thunderstorm struck just after 6 p.m., with torrential rain and fierce winds lasting nearly 45 minutes. The storm was so intense several big rigs pulled of I-17 to wait out the storm. So did I.

And it was worth it. But scary. Lightning flashed all around, and wind buffeted the car to the point that it didn’t feel safe even to just sit there. It would have been much scarier to stay on I-17, no doubt.

Some video (yeah, the inside of the car is soaked), plus the radar image of the storm:

storm radar
That red patch? Been there.
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Robert Roy Britt

NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels.


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NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels.

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