Photogenic weather feast: A hot, stormy night in the Washington D.C. region


CWG photographer Kevin Ambrose writes, “Poetic justice or bad timing? I couldn’t go storm chasing this evening because I had to give a presentation to the Northern Virginia Photographic Society on storm chasing. I took this photo from the parking lot in Tysons Corner five minutes before my presentation started. As I was introduced there was thunder. The presentation went well but I would have loved to gone out on a photo shoot.” (Kevin Ambrose)

It was a hot and stormy night on Tuesday, and our CWG readers have the photos to prove it.

Storms started early and moved fast on Tuesday afternoon. A few small storm cells popped up along I-81 around 2 p.m., and by 3:30 p.m. those storms were tracking east through Loudoun and Montgomery counties with intense radar reflectivity and severe thunderstorm warnings.

Meanwhile, another organized line of thunderstorms was beginning to track across northern Maryland, through Hagerstown and then into Frederick. This storm brought heavy rain and lightning, along with a huge, ominous shelf cloud.

After a brief respite around the commuting hours, D.C. finally got its share when a cluster of storms moved through the Beltway and the northern D.C. suburbs around 7 p.m.

It was a photogenic evening for weather!

Lightning

 

 

 

 

 

Shelf Clouds


From Clarksburg, Md. around 5:20 p.m. (Howard Bernstein)

 

 

 

A photo from underneath the shelf cloud:

 

 

 

 

Rainbows

 

 

Beautiful clouds and other types of atmospheric phenomena


Stormy skies seen from the U Street neighborhood. (Clif Burns via Flickr)

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, a great time lapse from photographer Corey Clarke:

Thanks to all the CWG readers who sent us storm reports, photos, and video!

Angela Fritz is an atmospheric scientist and The Post's deputy weather editor.
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