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The 2012 Monsoon Season started early in Northern Arizona with several good storms in early and mid-July. But, then a high pressure ridge parked itself over the American Southwest bringing record high temperatures and stalling the monsoon storms. For nearly a month, it appeared that the season was going to be short and anti-climactic… until mid-August when storms started to build in the north again.

Just after sunset a small, but powerful monsoon storm cell formed along the northern edge of the Paria Plateau where it rotated in place for two hours just west of Page, Arizona, and drenched the landscape and lashed at it with frequent and energetic bolts of lightning.

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