Sunset Atmospherics, Embudo, NM, July 5, 2015
Boy, do we ever like monsoon season, which is certainly upon us now. Named after the Indian Monsoon, our’s is caused by the arrival of very moist air from both the Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico. Thunderstorms develop as this air is pushed to altitude by the mountains it encounters in Arizona and New Mexico. Our position alongside the Rio Grande, south of Taos, is particularly fortunate for viewing stormy atmospherics, with broad views to the east and west. As evening rainstorms sweep by, from west to east, we get rainbows in the eastern sky and spectacular sunsets in the western sky.