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

Storming Iwo Jima


A severe thunderstorm moves past the Marine Corps Memorial on Friday, June 22. This photo was taken at 7:19 PM as the storm moved through Maryland and Washington, D.C. (Kevin Ambrose)

As I photographed a severe thunderstorm moving just to the northeast of Rossyln on Friday, June 22, a sudden wind gust lifted my camera and tripod and sent it flying backward. I quickly caught the tripod with my right hand and I carefully placed it back onto the ground. It’s not the first time I’ve had to catch a flying tripod as I’m photographing. It’s one of the risks of shooting storms.

Later, I heard about the microburst that damaged Bladensburg, Md. and parts of Washington. Rosslyn, the location of the Marine Corps Memorial, may have been on the outer fringe of the microburst and I experienced a diminished version of the damaging winds to the north and east.

Read below for the rest of the storm and to see more storm photos.


Another view of the storm and Marine Corps Memorial on Friday, June 22. (Kevin Ambrose)

After the initial wind gust, weather conditions never got too bad in Rosslyn. There were some strong breezes behind the storm and a brief period of moderate rain but the storm stayed well northeast while portions of Maryland and Washington, D.C. felt the brunt of the storm. The view of the nearby storm from Rosslyn, however, was unobstructed and provided some unique views of the Marine Corps Memorial with a stormy backdrop.


A wide view of the thunderstorm that moved across Maryland and Washington, D.C., June 22. (Kevin Ambrose)

Clouds swirl over the trees in Rosslyn, Virginia on June 22. (Kevin Ambrose)

The storm moves past the Marine Corps Memorial on Friday, June 22. Not much rain fell in Rosslyn. (Kevin Ambrose)

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