As I photographed a severe thunderstorm moving just to the northeast of Rossyln on Friday, June 22, a sudden wind gust lifted my camera and tripod and sent it flying backward. I quickly caught the tripod with my right hand and I carefully placed it back onto the ground. It’s not the first time I’ve had to catch a flying tripod as I’m photographing. It’s one of the risks of shooting storms.
Later, I heard about the microburst that damaged Bladensburg, Md. and parts of Washington. Rosslyn, the location of the Marine Corps Memorial, may have been on the outer fringe of the microburst and I experienced a diminished version of the damaging winds to the north and east.
Read below for the rest of the storm and to see more storm photos.
After the initial wind gust, weather conditions never got too bad in Rosslyn. There were some strong breezes behind the storm and a brief period of moderate rain but the storm stayed well northeast while portions of Maryland and Washington, D.C. felt the brunt of the storm. The view of the nearby storm from Rosslyn, however, was unobstructed and provided some unique views of the Marine Corps Memorial with a stormy backdrop.