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A summer thunderstorm under a full moon and star, discharges an elongated cloud to ground lightning bolt along the south horizon of Tucson, AZ.  The city lights' streaks were created by zooming the camera lens during the time exposure photograph.Awesome and intense thunderstorms with powerful gust fronts, heavy rain, hail and lightning are common over the Arizona Desert during the summer months. Southwestern weather patterns create thunderstorms by pulling the fuel, moist air, either from the Pacific Baja side or the Gulf of Mexico and mixing it with the dry hot air rising up from the heated desert floor. Lightning is beautiful, but dangerous.