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Monumental lightning bolts across Washington, D.C. skyline (PHOTO)

Lightning bolts over Washington, D.C., Saturday night, September 1, 2012 (see full size) (Brian MK Allen)

Photographer Brian MK Allen accomplished this feat Saturday night.

“I took the photo from my apartment in Rosslyn,” Allen said.

He added: “Took only about 100-150 attempts to time it right (using a 3-5 second exposure). Just got very lucky.”

Related: Lightning near Mt. Vernon Square in Washington, D.C. Saturday night

Dissecting a lightning bolt

Stacking lightning bolts over Washington, D.C.

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.


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