Purple skies over Washington, D.C. in Wednesday night lightning storm (Pictures)


Lightning lights up the sky around the Lincoln Memorial late in the evening on July 2. (Ian Livingston)

Heat and humidity are often an electrical combo in D.C.’s peak storm months of June and July. There was plenty of both on Wednesday, our hottest day of the summer thus far.

Storms dotted the region yesterday afternoon and well into the evening. Despite that fact, they largely skirted the immediate D.C. area with their worst. As you can see below, we sat in something of a severe storm hole.


Severe weather warnings across the area on July 2. Yellow is severe t’storm, red tornado, purple special marine. (IEM)

Despite that fact, just enough lightning showed itself for some quality pictures. There’s nothing quite like stormy skies over the nation’s capital.


Lightning over the Potomac on July 2. (Ian Livingston)

Distant lightning at the Reflecting Pool. (Kevin Ambrose)

Forked lightning over Lincoln on July 2. (Ian Livingston)

Lightning from distant strengthening storms over the National Mall. (Ian Livingston)

Two Lincoln lightning exposures from July 2 stacked together for artistic effect. (Kevin Ambrose)
Ian Livingston is a forecaster/photographer and information lead for the Capital Weather Gang. By day, Ian is a defense and national security researcher at a D.C. think tank.
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