A thunderstorm near Washington, D.C. at 8:10 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2012. This photo was taken two miles east of Gainesville, Va. (Kevin Ambrose)

Summertime thunderstorms in Washington are often accompanied by hazy skies, low clouds and reduced visibility. It’s not very common that we can see the entire thunderstorm structure from the ground here in the mid-Atlantic.

Occasionally, however, we get clear skies and good visibility when thunderstorms develop and the visibility seems more like that of the High Plains or Desert Southwest. When that happens, we get a good view of the storm from its base to the anvil top.

This past weekend offered some beautiful views of thunderstorms and rainbows with clear skies and good visibility. Of course, you needed an unobstructed view and you also needed to look in the right direction at the right time. In case you missed it, here are a few of the best photos I got.

Keep reading for more storm and rainbow photos.


Another view of the thunderstorm displayed above, photographed from near Gainesville, Va. (Kevin Ambrose)