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Lightning 009

An elongated, hooking lightning bolt courses like a "bolt out of the blue"and strikes a Tucson, AZ neighborhood during a summer thunderstorm.  Lightning strikes cause property owners millions of dollars of insurance claims for property damage every year across the US.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.