Storm chaser, 4-year-old daughter delight online users with live stream

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Some weak dust storm storms blew into the south Valley on Friday afternoon.  Dust in the air caused slight reduction in visibility along Interstate 10 in the Casa Grande area around 5 p.m.

The small storms in the Valley were kicked up by much stronger weather to the south.

A powerful storm in Tucson caused flash flooding, broke utility poles and knocked out power to about 8,000 people.

“I looked down and I see this shiny river coming down, but it's not usually shiny because there's not water in it.  I looked down and I'm like, 'Oh my gosh, that's a flash flood,'” said Mike Olbinski, a photographer and storm chaser.

Some people dread the grungy, powerful storms of the monsoon, but it’s a favorite time of year for Olbinski and his junior weather-chasing daughter.

“What’s your favorite thing when we go storm chasing?” Olbinski asked 4-year-old Lila.

“Ummm… Watching cows,” comes the squeaky reply after careful consideration of available options.

This season Olbinski is live-streaming all of his storm-chasing outings so the entire world can see what the Arizona monsoon looks like in real time.

“Today we had around 80 people watching,” Olbinski said Friday. “All the people on here love hearing [Lila] and I have exchanges.  Mostly they love her.”

Olbinski has been storm chasing with Lila since she was just a year and a half old.

“Lightening,” squeals Lila when queried about her favorite weather phenomenon.

 Olbinski admits she’s better at spotting bolts than he is at times.

To watch Olbinski’s live stream of severe AZ weather go to