Morning photo: Monsoon season!

Misty mountains


Early morning cloudscape pano near Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — For a few weeks every summer, Colorado’s weather pattern experiences a seasonal shift that gives us a taste of the tropics. As big high pressure areas move around, moisture often streams into our mountains from the south, keeping the air moist and temperatures relatively warm at night, since the clouds, or even just the moist air, act as a blanket and prevent the day’s warmth from radiating back into space at night. It may be hard to believe, given how much snow we get in the middle of winter, but our monsoon season is actually the wettest time of year in Colorado. And, of course, it’s one of the best times to snap pictures of dramatic cloudscapes.


Monsoon clouds creep over the crest of the Tenmile Range, with peaks 10 through 8 dominating the skyline from left to right.


Otherwordly glow over Guyot and Baldy during a monsoon season sunrise.


Hefty hailstones on Mt. Evans.


Drops of rain linger on elephant head blossoms after a nocturnal rainstorm.


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