Joshua Tree National Park, CA / by Jon Norris

Ominous storm clouds brewing over Joshua Tree National Park  [Canon M5, ISO 100, 23 mm, f/10 at 1/160 sec]

Ominous storm clouds brewing over Joshua Tree National Park [Canon M5, ISO 100, 23 mm, f/10 at 1/160 sec]

July 2018 | Sag Harbor | Joshua Tree National Park

I love Joshua Tree National Park and try and visit once a month … sometimes for a camping weekend or otherwise just for a quick road trip. This was the first time I’d ever experienced a storm in the park.

The sky gradually started to darken over the course of about 30 minutes and then there was some very light rain on and off for the next half-hour. Soon after I took this image the sky darkened more quickly and then thunder could be heard approaching from the South. I decided it was time to head home as the forecast was not looking good … and jumped in the car to make a hasty retreat. Within 5 minutes the flash flood warning alarm went off on my phone … scaring me half to death as I didn’t know there was such a thing … and then the heavens opened … it poured with heavy rain, reducing visibility to less than 20 feet.

Within 10 minutes torrents of water were running across the road. Ahhh … so that’s what flash floods look like. I continued heading up Park Blvd towards the North entrance with more and more water building up on the road. Upon reaching Twentynine Palms Highway every intersection was under a foot of water … fortunately the Tahoe plowed through without a problem.