The Derecho — June 29, 2012
Between 9:30 and 11 p.m., one of the most destructive complexes of thunderstorms in memory swept through the area. Packing wind gusts of 60-80 mph, the storm downed hundreds of trees and left more than 1 million area residents without power during 100-degree-plus days. Xavia, pictured here, was one of the dogs that sweltering owners turned over to the Washington Animal Rescue League during the long wait to get power restored. Read more.
The Washington Post