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Gallery: Verde Valley gets healthy dose of monsoons

According to the National Weather Service, most of the year low-level winds in the region blow from land toward the sea. By late spring, however, solar heating causes temperatures to skyrocket and surface air pressure to fall. This forms an area of low pressure known as thermal low. Eventually, the pressure difference increases until the cooler and more humid air over the ocean is drawn to the hot, dry air on land. This occurrence eventually develops into thunderstorms.

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Photographer Ron Chilston captured this thunderstorm photo on July 6 in Jerome Photo by Ron Chilston

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The Jerome Police Department directs traffic while the Public Works Department uses a bucket loader to clear up rocks and mud on SR89A near the bottom of the hill at the Jerome Gulch Wednesday afternoon after a monsoon passed through town. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

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A misty and cool view of Jerome from the Civic Center early Wednesday evening. VVN/Kelcie Grega

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According to NWS, increased atmospheric moisture combined with the high heat from the day as well as limited storm movement allows for an enhanced threat of flash flooding. Storms could produce more than two inches of rain in a short period of time, according to NWS. VVN/Vyto Starinkas

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Clouds come rolling in through Camp Verde. Photo courtesy of Shannon Wilson

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Cornville all the way back to the end of Tissaw Road looking back at Mingus Mountain. Photo courtesy of Jenn May.

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Clouds over State Route 89A near Cottonwood. Photo courtesy of John Fink

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Photo courtesy of Chris Doyle

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Foreboding storm on Thursday along 12th Street and State Route 89A in Cottonwood. Photo courtesy of Lynniel Costelli.

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Photo shot in Clarkdale. Photo courtesy of Laura Cappel

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Photo taken from Sedona looking back at the Village of Oak Creek. Photo courtesy of Thomas White

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Lightning in Camp Verde. Photo courtesy of Kiera Montana

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Photo courtesy of Ashley Nicole

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Sedona. Photo courtesy of Thomas White