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This timelapse of Wednesday night’s lightning show of a storm demonstrates monsoon season’s power.

Wednesday evening was Round 2 of true monsoon weather for the Lake Havasu City area.

Storm clouds on the outskirts of town had been trying to organize in the late afternoon without much action. But by 8 p.m., the winds were howling and the city was drenched.

Caleb Steele, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Las Vegas, said the storm blew in from the east.

“These kinds of storms like you had last night develop around the mountain ranges,” Steele said. “It was high up there, about 35,000 to 40,000 feet tall.”

Havasu received .05 inches of rain during the event. That puts 2019’s total rainfall at 4.42 inches. Havasu’s average annual rainfall is five inches.

The most fierce wind gusts during Wednesday night’s storm came in at 59 mph. It was recorded at the NWS weather station, which is at the city’s municipal airport

More monsoon weather is on the way. Exactly when is anybody’s guess.

“These thunderstorms with heavy rains are hit and miss,” Steele said. “There will be more pop-up storms like this one as long as we have moisture in the air.”

Still, Havasu residents know that even when storm clouds gather, it’s not a reliable predictor of rain.

“It’s very common here in the desert for storm clouds to collapse and produce nothing but wind,” Steele said.

Accuweather, which produces a weather graphic that is published in every edition of Today’s News-Herald, shows somewhat of a cooldown by the weekend, with temperatures topping out in the 105 neighborhood.

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