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Photo and video: Lightning streaks across double rainbow in Fairfax, Va.

A lightning bolts intersects a double rainbow in Fairfax Monday. What does it mean?


A rainbow with lightning, Centreville, Virginia. Photo courtesy of Jessica Sessions.

Thunderstorms early Monday evening moved to the east, north, and south of Fairfax, Virginia, dropping very little rain in central Fairfax County but producing a very nice combined rainbow and light show in the sky. I photographed and ran video from Reston and Fairfax Town Center with two cameras. My goal was to capture daytime lightning and time lapse videos.

Above and below are my YouTube videos showing rainbows, lightning, and lightning with rainbows, all associated with the thunderstorms of August 1, 2011. Farther down in the post I have included a few of the lightning and rainbow still photos.

Keep reading for more photos and video from the storms.


A thunderstorm near Washington, photographed from Reston. Kevin Ambrose

Rainbow with lightning at Fairfax Town Center, Kevin Ambrose.

Rainbow with lightning at Fairfax Town Center, Kevin Ambrose.

Double rainbow at Fairfax Town Center, Kevin Ambrose.

A video showing the rainbow, lightning, and the storm structure. Kevin Ambrose


Rainbow with storm clouds, Kevin Ambrose.


Lightning with the sun shining, Kevin Ambrose.

Lightning with the sun shining, Kevin Ambrose.

Lightning arcs over the sun, Kevin Ambrose
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