July through September, 2008

August heat brought afternoon thunderstorms more typical of July; these were often followed by spectacular sunsets. When the sun peeks below the clouds just before setting, we see brilliant rainbows (in this case, a double rainbow) with a mix of sun and shadow on the hills to the south. Dry lightning often accompanies these storms and can cause forest fires, but we have had so much moisture this year that the heat-generated storms brought rain – even the harvested fields have returned to green. The rainbow in this picture arced completely across the canyon.