Lowest thunderstorm in North America

Thunderstorms in the desert are beautiful. Chris Tinker captured this one at North America’s lowest point in elevation, Badwater Basin in Death Valley.

Photo by Chris Tinker.

Photo taken by Chris Tinker on July 6, 2013 at Badwater Basin in Death Valley.

Chris Tinker, an EarthSky friend on Facebook, wrote:

The lowest thunderstorm in North America! Caught a thunderstorm at the Badwater Basin in Death Valley. At 282 feet below sea level, it’s noted as the lowest point in North America. Shot July 6, 2013 – 7:12 a.m.

Death Valley’s Badwater Basin is indeed North America’s point of the lowest elevation. Interestingly, it’s just 84.6 miles (136.2 km) east-southeast of Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States with an elevation of 14,505 feet (4,421 m). Located in eastern California in the Mojave Desert, Death Valley itself is the lowest, hottest and driest part of North America.

Thank you, Chris!

Deborah Byrd