Capital Weather Gang: Photography


Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 03/18/2013

Early spring snow around Washington, D.C. (PHOTOS)

This morning's brief period of snow behaved as forecast for the most part, with just some conversational flakes inside the beltway that coated car tops, and light accumulations of an inch or so to the west and southwest.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:58 AM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Winter Storms | Tags:  Latest, Photography, Photos, Winter Storms

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 03/13/2013

Comet PanSTARRS as seen from Washington, D.C.

The skies parted early Tuesday evening, and Comet PanSTARRS revealed itself above the western horizon for skywatchers in Washington, D.C.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:29 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Astronomy, Latest, Space, Photography

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 03/08/2013

Pasted with snow at the Manassas National Battlefield Park

I made the trip to the Manassas National Battlefield park Wednesday to photograph the heavy, wet snowstorm.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:17 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Winter Storms

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 03/05/2013

The stunning structure of a snowflake (PHOTOS)

Andrew Osokin focused his photography on individual snowflakes that fell upon the ground and were in the process of melting away. In this post are a few examples of Andrew’s photography.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  09:25 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Full snow moon over Washington, D.C.

Skies cleared, and Monday night’s full snow moon delivered for photographers lined up at the National Mall to watch its ascent.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:12 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Astronomy, Space

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Red sky at morning in Washington, D.C.

Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky at morning, sailor take warning.There is often truth in the old adage.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  09:18 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Capitol-henge and other winter views of Washington, D.C. landmark, State of the Union 2013

Is it fitting that - near the date of the President's State of the Union address - photographer Phil Yabut captured the sun rising through the columns of the Capitol transforming it into a golden dome?

By Jason Samenow  |  04:06 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 02/04/2013

Great Falls transformed: From frosty to flooded

From frosty falls to flooded falls in a little over a week’s time. A photo and video comparison.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  09:07 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Nature | Tags:  latest

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 02/01/2013

Clipper drops quick dusting to 1 inch of snow in Washington, D.C. area (PHOTOS)

A fast moving ripple in the atmosphere produced bands of gusty snow showers early this morning. In some places, the wind-whipped snow fell heavily for a brief time, icing over roads.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:11 AM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Winter Storms, Photography | Tags:  latest

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 01/31/2013

The 2013 Washington Weather eCalendar and wallpaper photos

For many years, I have created a paper-based Washington Weather calendar for friends, family, and a few loyal CWG readers. This year, I decided to try something new, an eCalendar that can be distributed over the Internet.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  02:53 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Capital Weather Gang, Photography

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 01/28/2013

Five mind-boggling images of freak Atlantic storm

What began as a weak, moisture-deprived disturbance over the U.S. late last week, transformed into a storm of incredible size and strength over the North Atlantic this weekend.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:49 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather, Photography

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 01/28/2013

The Knickerbocker Snowstorm: Inside insights on D.C.’s deadliest disaster

On this date in 1922, 28 inches of snow piled up in Washington, D.C., an amount never since surpassed from a single storm. The weight of the snow caused the roof of the Knickerbocker Theatre - located in Adams Morgan - to collapse, killing 98 people and injuring 133.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:26 AM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, History, Local Climate

Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 01/25/2013

Sun and snow at Great Falls

The clipper storm system that arrived on Wednesday night dropped about an inch of snow across much of the immediate Washington area, enough to prompt me to make a trip out to Great Falls to shoot snow.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  09:53 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 08:55 PM ET, 01/20/2013

International Space Station captures Washington, D.C. from space for inauguration

Coinciding with Inauguration weekend, NASA’s International Space Station has been flying over Washington, D.C., grabbing stunning imagery in the process

By Jason Samenow  |  08:55 PM ET, 01/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Space, Photography, Government

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 12/27/2012

2012: a year of electrifying weather photos in the Washington, D.C. area

I have selected 20 interesting photographs from 2012 that have either appeared on our Capital Weather Gang blog or Flickr page. Most of the photographs were taken in the District but a few were shot in Maryland and Virginia.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  04:19 PM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Local Climate

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 12/06/2012

NASA Blue Marble? Black Marble? Which do you prefer? [POLL]

Through the years, NASA has revolutionized how we see the planet, capturing beautiful full-disc images. Vote in our poll about your favorite.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:43 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 12/05/2012

Satellites unveil Black Marble and spy on the moon

The Suomi NPP satellite from NOAA and NASA has released “unprecedented” nighttime views of the Earth the partner agencies revealed today.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:33 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Government, Photography

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 12/05/2012

Washington’s Blimp Snowstorm of Dec. 4-5, 1921

Has anyone heard of Washington’s Blimp Snowstorm of 1921? It was the first snowstorm of the 1921-22 winter season, dropping 4.5” of snow as the Navy made its first blimp test with a newly discovered inflammable gas called helium.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:30 AM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, History

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 11/12/2012

Rock Creek with peak color

The color in Rock Creek Park Saturday morning was spectacular. I spent a few hours photographing the Rock Creek from the Taft Bridge to Peirce Mill.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:33 AM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 11/09/2012

Did Superstorm Sandy blow away peak fall color in Washington, D.C.?

By Jason Samenow  |  01:05 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Latest, Photography

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 11/09/2012

Top reader photos: Superstorm Sandy

Throughout Superstorm Sandy, a stream of excellent photos documenting the storm’s impacts flowed through our Flickr page. I thought I’d share a few here.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:53 AM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 11/01/2012

Sandy’s floodwaters at Great Falls

When you open your car door at the Great Falls parking lot and immediately hear a loud roar, then you know the Potomac River is flowing mighty fast.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  09:03 AM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Tropical Weather, Photography

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 10/22/2012

Fall foliage photos from northern Maryland

Cool nights and sun-filled days — a recipe for some excellent leaf peeping. This ideal weather pattern, for viewing foliage now into high color across northwestern parts of the D.C., area should continue for much or all of the rest of this week. Color is also increasing quickly to areas south and east including the immediate area as well.

By Ian Livingston  |  01:13 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Latest

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 10/19/2012

Fantastic fall foliage sneaking into Washington, D.C., peaking in the mountains (PHOTOS)

Patchy, but vibrant fall colors are rapidly emerging in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area. And one need not travel far to the north and west to experience autumn foliage at its prime.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:46 PM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 10/09/2012

“Fireball” lightning in Florida (VIDEO)

Last Friday, a thunderstorm exploded over Naples, Florida giving Rita Krill a show she won’t soon forget.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:18 AM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Thunderstorms

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 10/08/2012

Supernumerary rainbow at sunset in Virginia

While I was driving north on Route 29 Sunday evening I saw a sight that I’ve rarely observed, a sunset rainbow. As I photographed, I noticed multiple, stacked rainbows.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  01:51 PM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 10/04/2012

Tidal Basin storm panorama and a derecho video comparison

Last Thursday evening, I returned to the site of my Derecho storm chase. A line of thunderstorms were slowly moving east and I hoped to capture some lightning photos and video with the Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  01:02 PM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 10/02/2012

Stacking anvil crawlers over Washington, D.C.

After Thursday’s storm chase, I decided to stack some of my lightning photos together to check out the view.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  02:05 PM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 10/01/2012

Prominent harvest moon watches over Washington, D.C. (PHOTOS)

The full moon closest to the fall equinox is known as the harvest moon. It just occurred Saturday night this past weekend.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:16 PM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Astronomy, Space

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 09/28/2012

Anvil crawler lightning over the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Thunderstorms over the western suburbs of Washington were very slow to move eastward last night. For over an hour, they put on a light show across the western sky. Much of the lightning came in the form of anvil crawlers which branch (or crawl) across the sky near the thunderstorm’s anvil top like tentacles.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:56 AM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 09/27/2012

Lightning blasts vehicle in Russia (VIDEO)

Cars are generally a very safe to be when there’s lightning. But they can still get struck. The video shown here, captured in Russia, provides a dramatic example.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:43 PM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Thunderstorms

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 09/25/2012

Weather-Ready Nation open house at the National Weather Service in Sterling

The weather was spectacular for the National Weather Service (NWS) Weather-Ready Nation open house event that occurred at the NWS Sterling office this past weekend.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  11:17 AM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Government, Capital Weather Gang

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 09/25/2012

Fantastic photography on fall’s first days in Washington, D.C.

The first few days of fall have featured beautiful blue skies with the occasional high clouds to add color and texture for sunrises and sunsets.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:25 AM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 09/24/2012

The equinox sunrise and its reflection in Washington, D.C.

CAPITAL WEATHER GANG | A time-lapse video shows the sunrise reflected on the Vietnam Memorial.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  11:59 AM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 09/20/2012

Spectacular September sunrise in Washington, D.C.

PHOTOS | On the equinox, the sunrise aligns with the monuments and landmarks on the Mall.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:14 AM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 09/19/2012

September 18 thunderstorms in Washington, D.C.: Garden-variety or severe?

We had briefly gusty winds, heavy rain, but nothing severe. I do know that other areas had damaging winds, however. In your area, were the storms garden-variety or severe?

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:49 AM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Recaps, Photography

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 09/17/2012

A beautiful Washington, D.C. sunrise: Sunday, September 16

I drove to Rosslyn early Sunday morning and within minutes the sky just popped with color. Instantly, I remembered why I shoot sunrises.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:00 AM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 09/11/2012

Storming the Manassas Battlefield Park, Saturday, September 8

On Saturday, September 8, I made a trip to the battlefield and video recorded a line of storms moving into the area.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  04:40 PM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Photography

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 09/10/2012

Ominous storm clouds invade a Saturday afternoon on the National Mall

Severe thunderstorms impacted the D.C. area on Saturday, causing numerous wind damage reports. The storms were as photogenic as they were intense.

By Ian Livingston  |  09:42 AM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Thunderstorms, Latest

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 09/06/2012

Thunderstorms and low-hanging clouds in the Austrian Alps (PHOTOS)

Weather enthusiasts would agree that there’s just no taking a break from staring at the sky – even when on vacation. That’s just what I did last month while traveling through France, Switzerland, and Austria for a family wedding.

By Justin Grieser  |  02:35 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather, Photography

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Best of weekend lightning photos in Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland

The start of September was electrifying at a whole new level.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:23 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Weather Gang, Latest, Photography

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Lightning viewed from above the clouds in Virginia from Washington, D.C. bound plane

Flashes of lightning were seen Sunday night on a Dulles-bound United Airlines flight.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  01:18 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 09/04/2012

Electrifying start to September on the National Mall

PHOTOS | A trip to photograph the refurbished reflecting pool turned into a stormy ad­ven­ture.

By Ian Livingston  |  12:00 PM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Thunderstorms, Latest

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 09/03/2012

Monumental lightning strikes over Washington, D.C. skyline (PHOTO)

How often do you see three cloud-to-ground lightning bolts against a backdrop of four of Washington, D.C.’s iconic landmarks: the Lincoln, the Jefferson, the Washington Monument and the Capitol?

By Jason Samenow  |  11:11 AM ET, 09/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 07:17 PM ET, 09/02/2012

Lightning near Mt. Vernon Square in Washington, D.C. Saturday night

The atmosphere was juiced Saturday night. Hot, humid air had pushed temperatures into the mid-90s during the afternoon, and the sultry air lingered deep into the evening. Meanwhile, storms began firing up along a stationary front sprawled over the region. They were loud and they were electric. Craig Hudson was ready with his camera to seize the moment.

By Jason Samenow  |  07:17 PM ET, 09/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 08/22/2012

Stationary storm over Nationals Park

The storm Tuesday evening developed over Alexandria and Washington seemed to remain almost stationary. The storm ultimately produced a 51-minute rain delay at Nationals Park while most areas stayed dry. Despite the rain, the Nationals beat the Braves.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:30 AM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Thunderstorms, Photography, Latest

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 08/14/2012

The heart-warming and heart-wrenching tales of dogs in toasty weather

Very warm weather can pose hazards to dogs, but can also prove therapeutic. During the nation’s hottest month on record in July, viral stories of the trials of several canines have evoked all kinds of human emotions from inspiration to terror to anger.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:29 AM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Nature, Extreme Heat, Photography, U.S. Weather

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 08/13/2012

Maryland severe storm shows off superb structure

The Capital Weather Gang embarked on a chase in Thurmont, Md. as severe storms began to form.

By Ian Livingston  |  11:23 AM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Thunderstorms, Latest

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 08/07/2012

Jefferson’s derecho — the video

Five weeks later, the video is recovered from a soaked camera that had stopped working.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  03:22 PM ET, 08/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Thunderstorms

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 08/03/2012

The week in clouds: atmospheric instability produces dramatic skies

Cold air high in the sky combined with toasty air near the ground gave rise to atmospheric volatility all week long. The violent mixing of the air helped build towering thunderheads which glistened and glowed in different shades against the sun’s long, setting beams of light. Throughout the region, readers captured eye-popping photographs of these sky scenes.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:17 PM ET, 08/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 07:22 PM ET, 07/31/2012

Rainbow and lightning near Washington Dulles airport

Reader John Kosak photographed a bolt of lightning beneath a vibrant rainbow close to Dulles Airport Tuesday evening.

By Jason Samenow  |  07:22 PM ET, 07/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Thunderstorms

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 07/30/2012

Clear views of thunderstorm clouds and rainbows

This past weekend offered some beautiful views of thunderstorms and rainbows with clear skies and good visibility.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  01:25 PM ET, 07/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 07/26/2012

Your favorite Knickerbocker snowstorm photo?

I am currently working on a Knickerbocker Snowstorm book with Arcadia publishing for their “Images of America” series. I thought I’d poll the readers of the Capital Weather Gang to determine your favorite cover photo.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  01:30 PM ET, 07/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Winter Storms, Latest, Photography, History

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 07/19/2012

Dissecting a derecho bolt: more to lightning than meets the eye (and camera lens)

Over a year ago, NOAA’s Scott Rudlosky and I began discussing an effort to match a lightning photograph with its corresponding lightning data recorded by the Washington D.C. Lightning Mapping Array (DCLMA).. We felt that we could learn more about the lightning that we see flashing across the sky by investigating the data behind the flash, such as where it originated, where it traveled, its elevation, and where it struck ground.

By Kevin Ambrose and Scott D. Rudlosky Ph.D.  |  02:20 PM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Science, Thunderstorms, Photography

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 07/06/2012

Mammatus clouds bubble up in Washington, D.C.’s evening sky (PHOTOS)

Who doesn’t love mammatus clouds? These eerie, pouch-like structures that develop in sinking air are the atmosphere’s version of bubble-wrap: you want to extend your arms and pop them.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:31 AM ET, 07/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Photography

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 07/05/2012

July 4th fireworks in Washington, D.C. (PHOTOS)

While mother nature produced her own fireworks west of Washington, D.C., the Capitol Mall remained dry (though uncomfortably muggy) for the annual July 4 fireworks. Capital Weather Gang photographers Kevin Ambrose and Ian Livingston captured some dramatic views for us all to enjoy...

By Kevin Ambrose, Ian Livingston and Jason Samenow  |  10:08 AM ET, 07/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Weather Gang, Photography, Latest

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 07/05/2012

Spectacular July 4th lightning in Aldie, Va.

It was a light show manmade fireworks couldn’t hold a candle to. Facing south-southeast, Kevin Dzierwinski captured one of the most dramatic lightning images from Aldie, Va. I’ve seen in a while Wednesday night.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:06 AM ET, 07/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 07/03/2012

Dangerous chase: Derecho pursuit in Washington, D.C.

The derecho storm chase was one of the most bizarre, painful, and unique experiences of my storm chasing career. Ian and I both lost camera gear during our scary run along the river bank to the Jefferson Memorial. We were blasted by 70+ mph winds, blinding rain, and flying debris. In the end, I salvaged a few storm photos.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  03:19 PM ET, 07/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Thunderstorms, Photography

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 06/26/2012

Storming Iwo Jima

Weather conditions never got too bad in Rosslyn on Friday evening, but the view of the storm that moved just to the northeast and hit parts of Maryland and Washington was fairly good and unobstructed.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  04:01 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Thunderstorms

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 06/19/2012

Northern lights (aurora) captured in eastern Maryland Sunday morning (photos)

On Saturday night, two waves of plasma unleashed by the sun (coronal mass ejections) collided on their flight towards Earth. The result? A geomagnetic storm that produced eye-popping aurora (northern lights) as far south as the mid-Atlantic.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:15 AM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Astronomy, Latest, Photography, Space

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 06/14/2012

Storm chasing: Photographs from the Plains, late May into early June 2012

Tornado season typically peaks during May, and the Plains states often referred to as Tornado Alley remain active into June, with less consistent storminess thereafter as summer takes hold. For the second year in a row, a team from the D.C. area gambled on a two-week period to find the perfect storm. The gamble paid off.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:16 AM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Thunderstorms, U.S. Weather

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 06/12/2012

Washington, D.C. sunrise and sunset montage (time lapse video)

Over the past three years I’ve been shooting video for the Capital Weather Gang, often in time lapse. I’ve collected a few of my favorite sunrise and sunset clips and put them together into a video montage that displays Washington’s unique beauty with a colorful sky.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  03:41 PM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Latest

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 06/11/2012

Stunning landscapes and skyscapes in Southeast, Alaska

Two weeks ago, I had the great fortune to visit Southeast, Alaska and several of its glaciers. Some of my favorite photos are shown in this post.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:23 PM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 06/09/2012

June 6 and 7 rainbow connection in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore

Wednesday and Thursday evenings were a boon for rainbow seekers in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas, as small pop-up showers were intercepted by the setting sun.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:39 PM ET, 06/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Capital Weather Gang

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 06/06/2012

Transit of Venus 2012: Celestial spectacle, clouds notwithstanding (PHOTOS)

In many parts of the United States, clouds interfered with the historic transit of Venus. But for some patient skywatchers, there were enough gaps to capture this rare event. That’s a good thing, because the next transit won’t occur for 105 years.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:07 AM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Astronomy, Space

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 05/30/2012

Manhattanhenge: Sunset and streets aligned in unique spectacle; a D.C. equivalent?

The summer solstice is still three weeks away, but this evening might offer New York City residents an enchanting sunset experience on the streets of Manhattan. Sun-observing enthusiasts call it “Manhattanhenge” – one of only two days of the year when the setting sun aligns perfectly with the city’s east-west street grid.

By Justin Grieser  |  03:19 PM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, U.S. Weather, Astronomy

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 05/30/2012

Oklahoma City pounded by severe weather Tuesday, and more on the way today

Severe weather erupted across Oklahoma yesterday, with considerable damage done to a number of places including Oklahoma City. While the primary issue was hail and high winds, at least one tornado and potentially a few more touched down as well. More severe weather is scheduled to impact the southern and central Plains today.

By Ian Livingston  |  12:35 PM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, U.S. Weather

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 05/29/2012

A Marine Corps sunrise on Memorial Day weekend

In the spirit of Memorial Day, I filmed a sunrise at the Marine Corps Memorial this past weekend. It was one of the more interesting sunrises I’ve seen from a weather perspective. Ground fog and low-level clouds moved rapidly to the north while mid-to-high-level clouds moved to the southeast.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  02:20 PM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 05/23/2012

Jefferson Memorial sunrise time-lapse and photos

A low pressure system was located near the North Carolina coast this past weekend which pushed high-level clouds over the Washington area. The weather setup appeared good for a colorful sunrise, so I set the alarm for 4:10 a.m. and off I went toward the Tidal Basin.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  02:10 PM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 05/18/2012

Solar annular eclipse: viewing advice

For those of you in the Southwest and West lucky enough to be in the path of Sunday’s “ring of fire”, we want you to enjoy that shining moment when the moon fronts the sun. We hope you’ll share pictures, but, more importantly, protect your eyes.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:08 PM ET, 05/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Astronomy, Photography, Latest, Space

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 05/11/2012

Russian satellite presents the Earth from top to bottom (IMAGERY)

Who doesn’t love NASA’s stunning “Blue Marble” full disc images of Earth? We now have a new source of high definition hemisphere-spanning imagery: the Russians.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:05 PM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 05/11/2012

Gulf waterspouts, Phoenix dust storm, Las Vegas dust devils: wild weather (PHOTOS AND VIDEO)

Since the weekend, tornado activity has been suppressed. But the atmosphere has been turbulent in spots, kicking up and swirling dust in the Southwest and spinning up vortices over the waters of Louisiana and Alabama

By Jason Samenow  |  11:39 AM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Photography

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 05/07/2012

Clouds play Supermoon spoiler: photo and time lapse

With all of the hype about the amazing Super Moon that was scheduled to rise above Washington on the evening of May 5, I decided to make a trip to the Tidal Basin to try capture the event with both video and still images.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:59 AM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Space, Photography, Astronomy

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 05/02/2012

NASA video: “Pursuit of Light” inspires, shines bright

Want to see some of NASA’s most amazing imagery of the Earth and the universe all in one place? Solar flares, storms, planets, ice caps, moon craters, supernovas... It’s all there in the “Pursuit of Light.”

By Jason Samenow  |  10:34 AM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Astronomy, Photography, Space

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 04/30/2012

Washington, D.C. dazzles at dusk and dark: District nights (VIDEO)

The beauty of Washington, D.C. is often most spectacular in the fiery hues of sunset and when our historic landmarks glow before a dramatic night sky. Multimedia artist Andrew Geraci masterfully captured a series of these moments in a brilliant compilation of time lapse photography.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:16 AM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 04/27/2012

NASA Enterprise cruises from Dulles Airport to New York City (PHOTOS)

Skies cleared and winds subsided sufficiently for the Space Shuttle Enterprise, mounted atop a shuttle aircraft carrier, to take its swan song flight to New York City. Enterprise will be retired at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in June.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:57 AM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Space, Photography

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 04/18/2012

A bell tower view of Discovery over Washington, D.C.

Ascending the steps up into the Netherlands Carillon’s bell tower is an amazing experience. The 360 degree view of Washington and Rosslyn is beautiful. Throw in several Washington flyovers by the space shuttle Discovery and it’s simply breathtaking.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  09:08 AM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Space

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 04/06/2012

The bluebells of Bull Run

The Tidal Basin has the cherry blossoms but Bull Run has the bluebells. The bluebell, which carpet the forest floor in large areas along Bull Run, is a native perennial plant that can grow up to 2.5 feet tall and prefers moist, wooded areas.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  02:10 PM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Nature

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Landspout, dust-tube tornado near Monterrey, Mexico (VIDEO)

On the road to Monterrey, Mexico, incredible, close-up footage of a landspout was captured Thursday and posted to YouTube. What is a landspout and how is it different from a tornado?

By Jason Samenow  |  12:34 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Ten days of cherry blossoms

PHOTOS | The Capital Weather Gang’s Kevin Ambrose documented the evolution of this year’s blooms.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  02:47 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Cherry Blossoms, Photography

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/27/2012

NASA successfully launches 5 rockets from Wallops (VIDEOS AND PHOTOS)

Almost two weeks after the first scrubbed attempt, NASA successfully launched 5 rockets to study winds in the upper atmosphere early this morning.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:00 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Astronomy, Science

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 03/23/2012

Stink bugs emerge from hibernation

The recent warm weather has awakened stink bugs from hibernation, causing them to scamper from their hideouts in our attics and walls, emerging both indoors and outdoors, wherever they can find a getaway.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:45 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nature, Latest, Photography

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Cherry blossoms bursting out

I have assembled a small collection of images from Friday evening showing the cherry blossoms bursting out at the Tidal Basin. They should be peaking any day.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  12:02 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Cherry Blossoms, Photography

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 03/09/2012

Moonrise over Washington, D.C. on March 7

It was not the perfect moonrise for postcard photos, but for a weather-watcher, the interplay of sunlight, clouds, and the rising moon was very cool. I captured a time lapse video and some still photos of the event. I hope you enjoy the scenes of our beautiful and interesting March 7th moonrise.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:15 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Astronomy, Photography, Latest

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Red sky in morning... (SUNRISE PHOTOS)

To explain and illustrate the weather setup for colorful sunrises, I analyzed past sunrise photos with their associated satellite images. I found a predictable and repeatable weather pattern that is responsible for creating vibrant color in the sky at sunrise.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  02:18 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Science, Education

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 03/07/2012

The central Virginia snow zone from space

Twice now, over the past two-three weeks, the immediate Washington, D.C. metro area has been deprived of accumulating snow falling just 60-100 miles to its south. No image tells the stor y better than the one below.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:37 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 02/28/2012

International Space Station over Washington, D.C., East Coast (IMAGE)

Check out the image just posted to Facebook by NASA’s Earth Observatory of the International Space Station flying over the U.S. East Coast. What stands out most is the prominence of the I-95 corridor from Richmond to New York City - appearing as a river of city lights. Truly a megalopolis....

By Jason Samenow  |  12:04 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Space

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 02/22/2012

A long, snowy drive south

On Monday, I traveled as far as Charlottesville, to Monticello, then I turned around. I stopped a few times to take photos. Some of the photos, I thought, turned out fairly well so I decided I would share them.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:35 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Winter Storms

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/21/2012

When waiting for snow at home gets old

The forecast for the February 19 storm was not a good one for D.C. snow lovers, unless willing to travel. That’s just what two members of the Capital Weather Gang did, and they managed to find some heavy snow.

By Ian Livingston  |  12:30 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Winter Storms, Latest

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 02/16/2012

Little snow, but a blizzard of snow geese (PHOTOS)

Sickened by the lack of snow this year? Venture out to the eastern shore of Delaware and get your snow fix. Snow geese fix, that is. Nature photographer Cortez Austin did exactly that, and he captured some gorgeous images of these graceful birds.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:15 AM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Nature

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 02/14/2012

Sudden graupel and squall Saturday afternoon (PHOTOS AND VIDEOS)

You have heard of graupel, right? If it’s not a snowflake, it’s not hail, it’s not sleet, it’s not snow pellets, but it’s white and falls from the sky, then there is a good chance it is graupel. On Saturday afternoon, a squall moved through Manassas, Virginia that produced graupel during its onset.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:15 AM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Winter Storms, Science

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 02/02/2012

NASA Blue Marble: Eastern hemisphere edition

So popular was NASA’s release of the “Blue Marble” image of the western hemisphere, it constructed an equally (more?) stunning version of the reverse side. Now behold the eastern hemisphere of our amazing planet.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:46 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Space

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 01/30/2012

Lego man launched into near space (VIDEO)

Using a weather balloon purchased online, two 17-year old Canadian students launched a lego man on a dramatic mission 80,000 feet into the stratosphere. By affixing multimedia recording equipment to the payload and a parachute linked to GPS so it could be recovered (it was), the resourceful teens captured spectacular imagery of the journey.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:11 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Science, Photography, Technology, Education

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 01/23/2012

Breaking out the flexible flyer

Last Saturday, after almost 1.5” of snow and ice fell in Oakton, Va., conditions were good for flexible flyer sledding. I took my sleds out of storage and made a few runs with my kids. I recorded one sledding run on video.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:30 AM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Snowmageddon

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 01/11/2012

Running through a winter wonderland at the Manassas Battlefield Park

I tried a different type of photo shoot Tuesday morning after our surprise snow event on Monday. I took a pocket camera on a six mile run through the snow-covered Manassas Battlefield to record the wintery scenes and beautiful setting of the park.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  11:23 AM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Winter Storms

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 01/06/2012

Sunrise, sunset spectacle in Washington, D.C. (PHOTOS)

Washington, D.C. has had its share of beautiful sunsets and sunrises in recent months. But I never recall such a magnificent sunrise/sunset pairing back-to-back.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:04 AM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Weather Gang, Latest, Photography

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 01/05/2012

Florida shivers, crops freeze in record breaking cold (PHOTOS)

Arctic high pressure that settled over the Southeast brought the Sunshine state record setting low temperatures Wednesday morning.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:20 AM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Photography

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 01/04/2012

The cloud structure of snow showers (PHOTOS)

Between 1 and 2 p.m. on Tuesday, scattered snow showers became visible moving rapidly to the southeast. By mid-afternoon, the snow showers became much larger and began to resemble small thunderstorms. The snow showers were arranged in well-defined lines moving northwest to southeast. One snow shower over Montgomery County Maryland looked particularly threatening.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:33 AM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 12/27/2011

Sky puts on December dusk show

As today’s storm pulled away and the sun sunk, memorable rainbow sunset for the District was created.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:34 PM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 07:30 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Photos: Beautiful scenes of snow in Germany

I stumbled across a series of beautiful images of snow from western Germany.

By Jason Samenow  |  07:30 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, International Weather, Photography

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 12/14/2011

Two stunning December sunsets and two more

Aside from the record-setting deluge a week ago (December 7), the weather has beenas placid as it gets for December this year. Interesting weather photo opportunities have thus been slim, except if you’re into sunsets. Two of our Facebook fans, Jack Toomey and Chris McNulty captured two jaw dropping examples!

By Jason Samenow  |  11:32 AM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 11/30/2011

Photos: the end of a glorious fall season; meteorological winter starts Thursday

We’ve had a beautiful autumn in the D.C. metro region and surrounding mountains, Bay, and seashore. Since late October, we’ve received an unbelievable number of stunning photographs showcasing this most picturesque of seasons. Last week, photographer Cortez Austin sent me his gallery of fall photos from around the region and my jaw dropped. He graciously has permitted me to share some of his photos with you here. Enjoy!

By Jason Samenow  |  12:04 PM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 11/18/2011

Washington, D.C. fall scenes from Weather Gang readers

Inspired by the stunning set of Rock Creek fall foliage photos by Capital Weather Gang’s Ian Livingston (which appeared in the B section of Thursday’s print edition), a number of Post subscribers sent into us some of their best fall shots.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:43 PM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Weather Gang, Latest, Photography

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 11/15/2011

The other side of Washington, D.C.: A weekend of near peak color in Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park can provide a brief escape from our urban environment without even leaving the city, and it contains glorious autumn displays come peak foliage time. Take a photographic journey through a portion of the park that’s easily accessible to anyone living in or around D.C. to see why fall can’t be beat for wandering among the trees.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:28 AM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Latest

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 11/14/2011

International Space Station around the world spectacle (video)

You’ve got to watch this video of the International Space Station orbiting the Earth.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:33 AM ET, 11/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Space, Photography

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 11/11/2011

Fall foliage Friday: Washington, D.C.’s amazing autumn color

Over the last several days, I’ve put out a call for readers’ best fall foliage photos and the submissions have blown me away. The set of photos that follows is the season’s best. We are very fortunate to have so many gifted photographers in the D.C. region and following our weather coverage.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:07 PM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 11/11/2011

Foggy fall foliage in Washington, D.C.

A foggy fall foliage photo shoot at the Tidal Basin and Mall, November 10, 2011.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:00 AM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 11/07/2011

Glorious fall weekend inspires brilliant foliage photography around Washington, D.C.

After Snowtober the weekend before, this past weekend’s extended dose of sunshine was a worthwhile tradeoff. The crystal blue skies contrasted stunningly with foliage near its peak in many parts of the Washington, D.C. metro region.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:07 PM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 11/04/2011

Fall color peaking in D.C. metro region

For those within about 20 miles of the District, you won’t need to leave your backyard for some of the region’s best fall color this weekend.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:09 PM ET, 11/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 10/31/2011

Readers, Capital Weather Watchers document rare October snow

Who knew the first opportunity to enlist our readers and newly minted Capital Weather Watchers to document the season’s first snowfall would come before Halloween? Throughout the storm, we received a constant stream of reports as well as multimedia to ground truth what was happening throughout the region. Thanks to these reports, we were able to keep everyone informed about who was getting rain, sleet, and snow, and how much. Suffice to say, our community of readers provided in­cred­ibly useful, entertaining, and visually stunning content. Thanks so much! And enjoy the imagery in this post!

By Jason Samenow  |  03:15 PM ET, 10/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Winter Storms

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 10/31/2011

“I never eat October snowflakes. I always wait until January.”

The snowflakes that fell in the immediate Washington area on Saturday were conversational, good for tasting, but not disruptive. Areas to the north and west of Washington, however, had significant accumulations and wide-spread power outages. Areas to the south and east of Washington experienced a cold, rainy day.

By Kevin Ambrose and Ian Livingston  |  01:50 PM ET, 10/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local Climate, Latest, Photography

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 10/26/2011

Drive-by rainbow in Reston (video)

I’m rarely surprised by the weather. Monday, however, was one of those rare, surprise weather moments. A heavy rain shower, bathed in sunlight and followed by a rainbow, seemed to appear from nowhere.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:22 AM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 10/25/2011

Aurora (northern lights) seen in more than half United States

A stunning auroral display amazed and awed sky watchers as far south as Arkansas Monday night. SpaceWeather.com reports the unusual northern lights display was observed in more than half of the U.S. states. MSNBC called it the “farthest-reaching auroral shows in years”

By Jason Samenow  |  10:43 AM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Astronomy, Space, Photography

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Setting sun and showers spring stunning rainbows

The widely scattered showers that passed through Fairfax and Loudoun county produced a flurry of stunning rainbow images late this afternoon and this evening. Here are a few of the standouts...

By Jason Samenow  |  05:39 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 10/17/2011

The evolution of Friday’s rainbow

Portions of the Washington area were treated to some interesting and vivid rainbows last Friday. The rainbows were created as bands of moisture-laden rain showers were illuminated by bright sunshine.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:28 AM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 10/13/2011

Chasing the perfect storm: Ten years of thunderstorm photography in Washington, D.C.

Ten years ago, I set out on an effort to photograph thunderstorms in our nation’s capital. At the time, I didn’t have an understanding of photography, and I didn’t know Washington’s streets or popular destinations for photo shoots. Over time, I grew to understand the fundamentals of photography, through trial and error, using lightning bolts as my subjects. I’ve put together a unique collection of Washington images with thunderstorms, rainbows and lightning.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:30 AM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Thunderstorms, Latest

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 10/10/2011

Beautiful weather for the Army Ten-Miler, but some travel headaches

For the third year in a row, beautiful weather greeted runners at the Army Ten-Miler. The race is always spectacular, from its scenic course to its military showmanship. However, I wonder how many runners were challenged to get to the starting line on time.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:19 AM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 10/07/2011

Stacking lightning bolts over Washington, D.C.

Stacking lightning photos is becoming a popular technique for lightning and storm photographers. I’ve seen lightning stacks for years, often from storms in the western U.S., but I never tried to lightning stack a Washington thunderstorm. I was quite pleased with the results with stacking Washington thunderstorms. Lightning stacks not only create cool, surreal-looking images, they show the lightning output and lightning distribution of a thunderstorm. It tells the story of the storm in one image.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:54 AM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Thunderstorms

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 10/03/2011

D.C.’s weird weather: record cold, mountain snow and rainbows

The region’s experienced an odd mix of rain, mountain snow, record cold, and even rainbows in the past 24 hours. Here’s why.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:51 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate, Photography

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 09/29/2011

Jefferson’s lightning!

It rained hard for about 15 minutes. When the storm was over, I almost decided to drive home. It appeared the thunderstorm had fizzled, I did not see any lightning.

Then, I noticed a flash of lightning on the eastern horizon. There was no thunder, it was distant lightning.

I walked down to the Tidal Basin and setup my tripod. The visibility was good. The next lightning bolt appeared clearly in the sky over the Jefferson Memorial and I captured it with my digital camera, a Sony A580. I am always happy if I can photograph one lightning bolt. Just one.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:13 AM ET, 09/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Thunderstorms

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 09/28/2011

The magical side of the big, pesky upper low

For all of the misery and various plagues (mushrooms, slugs, mosquitoes, etc) brought about by our cloudy, volatile weather pattern, occasionally beauty can be found. Capital Weather Gang Facebook follower Jason Breakiron was in the right place at the right time yesterday evening to capture some amazing cloud forms in the dusk light.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:40 PM ET, 09/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography, Thunderstorms

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 09/27/2011

An immaculate mid-latitude cyclone and its decay

Behold one of the most beautiful satellite views of a mid-latitude cyclone you will ever see.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:48 AM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Science, Photography

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 09/22/2011

Arrowheads emerge from tropical storm Lee’s heavy rain

After Lee’s heavy rain, I made a trip to one of my favorite arrowhead hunting grounds, located on a small creek that flows into the Potomac River near Dumfries, Va. I was thinking that the erosion from Lee might uncover some arrowheads. My assumption was correct. The video in this post shows the hunt.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  12:00 PM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Floods, Latest

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 09/22/2011

Video: Awesome aurora Australis from International Space Station

Thanks to NASA and the crew of Expedition 29 on the International Space Station, we’re treated to this surreal video of the southern lights, known as Aurora Australis.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:18 AM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Astronomy, Latest, Photography, Space

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 09/19/2011

International Space Station time lapse of Earth flyover: clouds, city lights, lightning

Watch this magical time lapse of the International Space Station orbiting Earth, and be dazzled...

By Jason Samenow  |  10:21 AM ET, 09/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Astronomy, Latest, Space, Photography

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 09/16/2011

Stunning September sunset in Washington, D.C.

Following the passage of Thursday evening’s cold front, the setting sun intercepted streams of wavy stratocumulus clouds. The fiery oranges and smoky reds that glowed in the dusk sky fittingly forshadow those same shades to soon emerge in the foliage. These stellar photos submitted by Capital Weather Gang readers across the region have beautifully documented one of the finest Washington, D.C. sunsets in recent memory....

By Jason Samenow  |  10:54 AM ET, 09/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Latest

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 09/15/2011

Getting to the bottom of Reston’s sinkhole

If you travel east on Sunrise Valley Drive between the Fairfax County Parkway and the Reston Parkway you will notice the lanes are closed near Glade Drive. The closure is caused by a sinkhole in the eastbound lanes that was created by the flooding rains of Tropical Storm Lee. Capital Weather Gang decided to do some investigative reporting, to get to the bottom of Reston’s sinkhole.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  12:00 PM ET, 09/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Floods, Photography

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 09/12/2011

The flood of the Reston North Park and Ride

A man with an umbrella is chest-deep in water searching for his car at the Reston North Park & Ride lot last Thursday. The commuter lot was submerged in water from the heavy rain related to the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  12:20 PM ET, 09/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Floods, Photography, Latest

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 09/09/2011

Flood photos from Northern Virginia

Rainfall rates Thursday were incredible at times, as high as 2-4” per hour, leading to widespread flooding in northern Virginia, particularly Fairfax county. This post contains a sampling of photos from throughout the region, submitted by Capital Weather Gang blog readers, Facebook fans, and Twitter followers.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:30 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Floods, Latest

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 08/29/2011

The outer cloud bands of Hurricane Irene and Isabel

The weather setup for Friday’s photo shoot of Irene reminded me of my sunset shoot Isabel in 2003. Both storms were off the coast of North Carolina at the time of the shoots, spinning northwest toward our area. While the weather setup was similar, the cloud bands of the two storms could not have been more different. Isabel had long, well-defined bands of cirrus clouds while Irene had less-defined bands of cirrus, altocumulus, and cumulus clouds. Light, scattered showers accompanied Irene’s outer cloud bands while Isabel’s outer cloud bands were dry. The photo comparison below shows the difference in the outer cloud bands of Irene and Isabel, both photographed a day before the storms impacted our area.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  09:14 AM ET, 08/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Tropical Weather, Photography, Latest

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 08/18/2011

Breathtaking photos/video of waterspout at Carolina Beach, NC (from this morning)

A waterspout formed off the coast of Carolina Beach in southern North Carolina this morning. As it came ashore, residents and beachgoers captured some amazing photos shown in this post.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:15 PM ET, 08/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 08/08/2011

Thunderstorm time lapse and tree damage videos

Scattered showers and thunderstorms developed across the Washington area during the late afternoon and early evening on Sunday. The storms were fairly small, but they dropped briefly heavy rain as they moved southeast across the area. I was in Manassas, Virginia at the time and had a good view of the storms firing up in the northeastern sky. I set up a video camera and recorded the storms developing and moving across Fairfax County and the southern portion of Washington, D.C.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  12:15 PM ET, 08/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Latest

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 08/03/2011

Photo and video: Lightning streaks across double rainbow in Fairfax, Va.

Thunderstorms early Monday evening moved to the east, north, and south of Fairfax, Virginia, dropping very little rain in central Fairfax County but producing a very nice combined rainbow and light show in the sky.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  01:15 PM ET, 08/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 07/27/2011

Washington weather wallpaper, part 1

The purpose of this post is to consolidate a set of weather images from past CWG photo posts with links to higher resolution versions. The photos we chose show various types of weather in and around Washington, including snow, thunderstorms, sunrises, sunsets, dusk, and fireworks. The higher resolution image files can be downloaded from the caption of the photos below and used as computer wallpaper and/or screensavers.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:15 AM ET, 07/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Weather Gang, Photography, Latest

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 07/12/2011

Washington, D.C. enlightened

Exactly one week after photographing the July 4th fireworks in Washington, I was back in Rossyln to photograph a different type of fireworks show. A storm to the east of Washington Monday evening put on a nice light show as it moved across the sky from northwest to southeast.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:40 AM ET, 07/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 07/06/2011

2011 Washington, D.C. fireworks show

It’s kind of hard to top Ian’s photo from yesterday’s fireworks preview, but as Jason promised, here’s an assortment of firework photos that were taken by both me and Ian. As we have done a few times in the past, we decided to photograph the fireworks together and compare shots.

By Kevin Ambrose and Ian Livingston  |  11:30 AM ET, 07/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 07/05/2011

July 4th fireworks in Washington, D.C., first look

Capital Weather Gang photographers Kevin Ambrose and Ian Livingston were on the Mall last night photographing the fireworks. They’re planning to put up a post soon with their best work, but this post contains an appetizer...

By Capital Weather Gang  |  10:50 AM ET, 07/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Latest

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 06/30/2011

Minotaur rocket launch seen from the Capitol

A Minotaur rocket launched from NASA Wallops Flight Facility late last night. Check out the view of the rocket passing by the U.S. Capitol Building on its way to space!

By Ian Livingston  |  10:30 AM ET, 06/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Space, Latest, Astronomy

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 06/28/2011

Summer sunbeam weather

The perfect sunbeam weather occurs on humid, hazy summer mornings that follow an evening or nighttime of showers or thunderstorms. The air is filled with fog and haze particles which makes sunlight visible by diffraction, reflection, and scattering of the light.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:45 AM ET, 06/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Science, Latest

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 06/23/2011

Classic cumulonimbus

Facebook fan Dave Stoll posted a beautiful cumulonimbus cloud photograph on Capital Weather Gang’s wall - shown in this post. Here's his description: “Taken [Tuesday] evening in Winchester. This is the cell that prompted the NE Frederick and Clarke Co VA warnings early this evening. Photo taken facing east. Storm is about 15 miles east of my location traveling north to south at 10mph.”

By Jason Samenow  |  02:22 PM ET, 06/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 06/20/2011

A fleeting rainbow

If you were near any of the fast-moving thunderstorms Friday afternoon you may have noticed the rapidly changing sky conditions. Multiple thunderstorms raced through portions of our area, accompanied by briefly heavy rain and fleeting rainbows. Visibility was particularly good and the storm’s cloud structure and rainbows could be easily viewed when the storms departed eastward. Later in the day, as sunset neared, the storm clouds turned shades of red and yellow with the day’s fading light. This post contains storm/rainbow photos and video.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  02:00 PM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 06/20/2011

Beautiful rainbows and storm clouds grace Friday evening skies around Washington, D.C.

Fast moving storms darting through the evening light Friday produced a spectacular rainbow-fest in the Washington, D.C. skies along with stunning cloud formations. Check out some of the awesome photos submitted by @capitalweather Twitter followers above and below.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:50 PM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Latest

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 06/17/2011

Thursday night storm photos

Thursday night’s storms put on quite the lightning show. This post contains a couple great photos of the illuminated sky from Capital Weather Gang readers.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:30 PM ET, 06/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Latest

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 06/15/2011

Lightning safety and the 3200 meter race

On June 9, a high school boys 3200 track event was stopped after seven laps because of lightning. What made stopping the race controversial is that there was only one lap to go in the race and the lead runner was on pace to break the New Jersey state record. A wall of officials blocked the track and forced all of the high school runners to exit.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  11:21 AM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 06/13/2011

Powerful video on climate change, extreme events, and tornadoes

Regardless of what you think about global warming science, the video in this post is worth watching. It narrates Bill McKibben’s May 23 Washington Post op-ed on climate change and extreme weather, complementing it with a montage of stunning imagery.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:10 AM ET, 06/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Climate Change, Photography, Latest

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 06/08/2011

Video: Breathtaking funnel cloud time lapse from Topeka, Kansas

If you’ve never understood why people chase storms, the mesmerizing scene in the video in this post may just open your eyes...

By Jason Samenow  |  07:00 PM ET, 06/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Thunderstorms, Latest

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 06/07/2011

Video: Majestic timelapse of Milky Way from Great Plains

The video shown below, an astonishing time lapse of the Milky Way photographed in central South Dakota by Randy Halverson, is making the rounds through cyberspace. When you watch it, you will understand why. It is truly stellar and out of this world.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:30 PM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Latest, Astronomy

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 06/06/2011

A Memorial Day sunrise

Very early on Memorial Day, May 30, I was back out with my camera and this time the sky was clear but I found Washington’s sky glow (light pollution) made viewing the planets difficult. Only two of the four planets were visible with the crescent moon. Once again the sunrise salvaged the photo trip.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  01:00 PM ET, 06/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Latest, Space

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 06/03/2011

Summer snow?

Here’s the scenario: You arrive back to work on Tuesday morning after the Memorial Day weekend and you have to jump onto the first concall of the week. No-one wants to immediately begin with business conversations after a long holiday weekend so there’s the usual small talk about the weekend activities and the weather. Yes, the pools opened. OK, the kids started swim practice. Yep, it was scorching hot for the Memorial Day BBQ. The garden is already wilting under the heat, a bit early this year. It snowed almost six inches. Wait a minute! The guy from San Francisco with his cabin near Lake Tahoe just derailed the concall’s small talk. It’s the start of summer and he’s talking snow?

By Kevin Ambrose  |  11:45 AM ET, 06/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, U.S. Weather, Latest

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 06/03/2011

Shelf cloud over Fairfax

Late in the afternoon last Friday (one week ago), scattered thunderstorms developed west and north of Washington and moved north-northeast. The arrival of the thunderstorm was proceeded by an ominous-looking shelf cloud that heralded the arrival of gusty winds which was followed several minutes later by heavy rain. I observed about a dozen lightning strikes from my location at Fairfax Town Center, but nothing that I would classify as severe weather. The shelf cloud did look cool as it pushed through the area.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:35 AM ET, 06/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Thunderstorms, Latest

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 05/26/2011

Roadtripping the Great Plains: Starring a lull in the 2011 tornado season

During the epic 2011 tornado season, storm chasing must be easy, right? Well, it depends on the timing. Still, the Plains offer up some storms even in a quieter time, and even without, the views are awesome.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:30 AM ET, 05/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, U.S. Weather, Thunderstorms, Latest

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 05/20/2011

The changing colors of dawn

A time-lapse video of dawn transitioning to sunrise on May 12, 2011.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  01:00 PM ET, 05/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Latest

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 05/06/2011

Image of the day: Extraordinary double rainbow photo

Yesterday, we showed you eight beautiful rainbow and double rainbow photos sent to us through Twitter and Facebook. As it turns out, the best submission came in last.

By Jason Samenow  |  07:00 PM ET, 05/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Latest

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 05/05/2011

Double rainbows look down on Washington, D.C.: what does it mean?

Yesterday evening, Capital Weather Gang’s Twitter feed (@capitalweather) was lit up by double rainbow sightings, primarily in the vicinity of Arlington, Falls Church, and Alexandria. Many Tweeps tweeted the obligatory “what does it mean?” refrain in reference to the now legendary “double rainbow” YouTube video that went viral in 2010.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:20 AM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Weather Gang, Photography, Science, Latest

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 04/27/2011

Washington D.C. area’s worst five tornado events

The tornado season in 2011, off to a fast and furious start, is likely to become one for the record books. Thus far, the Washington, D.C. metro region has largely been spared, with only very weak tornadoes in the region. While the Washington area does not get the quantity or usually the severity of tornadoes that impact the states to our west, we have experienced a number of dangerous twisters over the past century. This post contains a list of what I consider to be the Washington, D.C. area’s top five most damaging and deadly tornadoes...

By Kevin Ambrose  |  11:13 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  History, Photography, Thunderstorms, Latest

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 04/22/2011

Wonderful Earth Day tribute: Inspired video of the Earth and sky

Check out thetruly inspired video in this post called the Mountain. Recorded in El Teide, Spain, it is an incredible tribute to the beauty of the surrounding landscape and the sky above.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:35 AM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Environment, Photography, Latest

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 04/20/2011

The width of a lightning bolt, part II

Last year, I wrote a post about determining the width of a lightning bolt by using a tree that was struck by lightning as a measuring post. By measuring the burn mark on the wood I was able to determine that the diameter of lightning is roughly the size of a pencil to about an inch. This winter, I found another tree that was struck by lightning. This tree’s measurements were consistent with what I had determined from the tree in my first post. However, whereas I found only the bark exploded on the first tree, both the wood and bark exploded on the second tree along the path of the electric current.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:30 AM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 04/19/2011

Images of day: Surreal Texas wildfire photos from McDonald Observatory

In far west Texas lies McDonald Observatory, a major astronomical research center of the University of Texas at Austin. In recent days, large wildfires have burned in its vicinity, sparked by an extreme drought and fanned by gusty winds. On Monday, April 11, the wildfires briefly knocked out power to the Observatory. Though it has been closed to the public at times over the last week, the Observatory has not been harmed and plans to re-open Wednesday. The images in this post show some of the breathtaking imagery of the surrounding fires...

By Jason Samenow  |  07:00 PM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Latest

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 04/07/2011

Cherry blossoms with an overcast sky

When I went on my blossom photo shoot to the Tidal Basin last Wednesday, I was greeted by a biting wind and a sky filled with dark, stratus clouds. I decided to use an external flash with my camera to illuminate the blossoms.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  01:42 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Cherry Blossoms

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 04/05/2011

Image of day: Washington D.C. in lightning

On Sunday evening, thunderstorms blew up over the region as a warm front lifted northward (setting the stage for Monday’s record heat). While nowhere near as intense as the storms that came through this morning, Sunday’s storms were full of electricity. PhotographerMaxwell Kruger took full advantage of the light show

By Jason Samenow  |  02:30 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 04/01/2011

Civil War relic hunting in snow

This past Sunday, I joined the Diggin’ in Virginia spring relic hunt in Culpeper, Virginia. The weather was anything but springlike, however, as the first day of the hunt began with the ground covered by an inch of wet snow and light snow falling steadily from the sky. The weather did not deter over 200 relic hunters who had signed up for the event and the hunt continued without a weather delay.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  11:30 AM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  History, Latest, Photography

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 03/28/2011

Image of day: Honey, I shrunk the snow sculpture

Loyal reader Walter-in-Falls-Chuch is well-known for the larger-than-life snow sculptures he has crafted over the years. In mocking tribute to the 0.2” of snow that fell Sunday morning, Walter produced the “sculpture” above. To me, the sculpture is a good metaphor for how this season’s snowfall stacked up to last season’s (2009-10).

By Jason Samenow  |  07:00 PM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Weather Gang, Latest, Photography

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 03/28/2011

Washington’s cherry blossoms in the snow

Sunday morning’s light snowfall melted fast, but it provided a unique opportunity to see spring and winter mix in Washington, D.C.

By Ian Livingston  |  12:30 PM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Cherry Blossoms, Photography, Latest

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 03/21/2011

Super Moon over Washington, D.C.

I joined over 100 photographers Saturday evening at the Netherlands Carillon to shoot the super full moon rising over Washington, D.C. The moon rose well to the south of the monuments which was not ideal for framing a classic Washington, D.C. moonrise shot, but the weather conditions were perfect for viewing the moon rising through the sky.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:20 AM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography

Posted at 07:15 PM ET, 03/14/2011

Imagery compilation: Japan earthquake & tsunami

Over the last several days, no image, set of images, video or set of videos can do justice to the catastrophic series of events that have unfolded in Japan. In lieu of an image of the day, I’ve aggregated some of the most dramatic images, videos, and galleries from around the web to post in one place here. They are worth viewing if only to remind us how cruel nature can be and to help us better understand the trauma.

By Jason Samenow  |  07:15 PM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Science, Photography

Posted at 06:48 PM ET, 03/07/2011

Weather image of the day: Last snow pile of 2011?

Hopefully, this is the grossest image of the day we ever post. Capital Weather Gang photographer Kevin Ambrose spotted the nasty remains of a snow pile in Reston (shown above) on Wednesday and captured it for the record.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:48 PM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 07:15 PM ET, 03/02/2011

Weather image of the day: Greek crescent moon

The beautiful image above of a waning crescent moon over the Poseidon Temple is described by photographer Elias Chasiotis: "On the morning of January 1, 2011, I visited Sounion, Greece hoping to celebrate the start of the New Year with a glimpse of the waning, crescent moon rising over the ancient Poseidon Temple. Just before the start of morning twilight, the Moon's crooked grin appeared and seemed to strike a balance atop the approximately 2,500 year old temple."

By Jason Samenow  |  07:15 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Photography

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/19/2011

Why not to drive downhill on ice

This video is from Pittsburgh Tuesday. Video description: "Conditions were extremely treacherous on Fallowfield Avenue in Beechview, Pa. after an overnight mix of snow and rain caused ice to form."

By Jason Samenow  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Photography

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/01/2011

Submit your weather videos

Did you videotape a violent thunderstorm, a raging blizzard, a breathtaking sunset or some other visually stunning weather event? We’d love to see it. Submit your video using the button below. Via YouTube, it will flow into a stream of videos submitted by other CWG readers for all of us to view and enjoy....

By Jason Samenow  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography

Posted at 07:30 PM ET, 10/15/2010

Coastal storm engulfs New England

The stunning image from space above is a textbook case of a mature mid-latitude coastal storm. A classic comma head surrounds the low pressure center positioned just east of Maine. Beneath the comma head, heavy rain and mountain snows (e.g. Stowe, Vermont, Mt. Washington, NH and Lake Placid, NY) impact the interior Northeast and New England.

By Jason Samenow  |  07:30 PM ET, 10/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Photography

Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 10/06/2010

Stunning image: Aurora over Alaska

Are those green clouds or aurora? Photographed above two weeks ago, puffy green aurora help the Moon illuminate the serene Willow Lake and the snowy Wrangell and Saint Elias Mountains in eastern Alaska

By Jason Samenow  |  06:15 PM ET, 10/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 12/22/2008

Our New Weather Photo Gallery

* Outlook through Christmas and beyond: Express & Detailed Forecast * Last month, we displayed the top 10 weather photos submitted in our photo contest. With winter weather (hopefully soon) upon us, there are bound to be more opportunities for cool weather phenomena to be captured on camera. We have...

By Ann Posegate  |  12:30 PM ET, 12/22/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Photography, Photography

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 08/03/2008

Photography: Storms From 30,000 Feet

Classic strong to severe thunderstorm southeast of the area around 3:15 p.m. one week ago. As severe weather was passing through the area last Sunday, I was inbound on a flight returning from a trip to Florida. Though I was unhappy with the delay in landing caused by the storminess,...

By Ian Livingston  |  11:00 AM ET, 08/03/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography, Photography

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 06/24/2008

Photography: D.C.'s Double Rainbow Connection

From Old Town, Alexandria, Va.: Capital Weather Gang visitor Alex produced this stunning composition. See full size. Between 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. yesterday evening, many area residents gazing at the sky caught sight of a full, towering double rainbow. In addition to the amazing shot above, keep reading to see...

By Jason Samenow  |  12:15 PM ET, 06/24/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 06/21/2008

Photography: Rudin's Rainbows

A double rainbow as seen from a rooftop in Dupont Circle Wednesday at 6 p.m. By Steve Rudin. Steve Rudin, a broadcast meteorologist working at WJLA (ABC-7) and News Channel 8, captured some beautiful rainbow images as sunshine interacted with showers Wednesday evening. He kindly contributed several to the Capital...

By Capital Weather Gang  |  11:30 AM ET, 06/21/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/06/2008

Photography: Cloud Art

Have you ever seen clouds that race across the moon at night? On the night of Feb. 20, clouds from a departing storm system moved quickly across the sky as the full moon headed toward a total eclipse. I had fun playing with timed exposures that night, using the...

By Kevin Ambrose  |  11:00 AM ET, 03/06/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 01/28/2008

The Great Knickerbocker Snowstorm of 1922

86 years ago today, the big one hit... Digging out during the record-breaking Knickerbocker snowstorm, January 28, 1922. From NOAA Library. When I was a young kid back in the 1970s there was a neighbor we called "Old Man Bean" who would tell us stories about an amazing snowstorm that...

By Kevin Ambrose  |  10:30 AM ET, 01/28/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography

Posted at 04:45 AM ET, 01/26/2008

Clipper Sunrise

A sunrise view of the Washington Monument Thursday morning as clouds from an approaching clipper, a weather system originating from Canada, move into the area. Note, the setting moon, which was full two days earlier. Clipper systems usually produce fantastic sunrises and light snowfalls, but this clipper was a...

By Kevin Ambrose  |  04:45 AM ET, 01/26/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 01/21/2008

For the Love of Snow

Sledding Sunday in Fairfax County. As an adult I still love snow. I know I'm in good company judging from the comments on this blog and other weather Web sites. I'm rather happy that I've held onto my love for snow although I sometimes question why, particularly when I'm stuck...

By Kevin Ambrose  |  01:45 PM ET, 01/21/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography

Posted at 04:45 AM ET, 01/18/2008

Photography: Fun in the Snow

Thursday's snow was perfect for sledding and snowmen, especially for Washington area kids who have not seen much snow this winter. I photographed some neighborhood scenes in western Fairfax County, where there was almost 4" of snow. The snow turned to rain and sleet about 4pm, but the kids...

By Kevin Ambrose  |  04:45 AM ET, 01/18/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/16/2008

Squall Chasing and a Sun Pillar

I know it's a bad winter for snow when I need to chase a squall to try to get a good snow photo. What made the situation worse is that I could not catch up to the darn squalls, they moved too fast. It kind of reminded me of...

By Kevin Ambrose  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/16/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 01/14/2008

Twelve Years Ago, After the Storm

Today marks the 12 year anniversary of my very first storm photo shoot of Washington, D.C. At that time, a series of snowstorms, including the Blizzard of 1996, had just dumped over two feet of snow across the D.C. area and I wanted to take some photos to document...

By Kevin Ambrose  |  01:30 PM ET, 01/14/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography

Posted at 07:28 PM ET, 01/10/2008

The Mystery Cloud

KISS or Contrails? Kevin's cloud photo post this morning inspired some interesting creativity among the site's visitors. I think the most original explanation was submitted by Curtis, who said: Folks, that's the universal signal for a pending KISS concert. It works similarly to the mechanism the Commissioner used to summon...

By Steve Scolnik  |  07:28 PM ET, 01/10/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Photography