An inch of snow coats the rocks at Great Falls, January 23, 2013.  The CWG post can be found here.  (Kevin Ambrose)

Looking back on 2013, there was not much snow in Washington to photograph and the storm activity was fairly tame in comparison to last year. We did have a mini-derecho event on June 13 and Tropical Storm Andrea dumped heavy rain over our region during the first week of June.   Altogether, it was not a dramatic or memorable year for weather in Washington.

Despite the lack of stormy weather this past year, 2013 did put on a good display of colorful sunrises and sunsets.  Also, the various full moon rises put on a good show.

I have selected some of my favorite Washington-area weather photographs from 2013 that have appeared on our Capital Weather Gang blog and on our Flickr group page.  The photos with their descriptions are listed below in chronological order.  I have also included a link in the photo caption to the Capital Weather Gang post where they appeared.  Additional information about the photo and the weather event can be found in the linked post.


Heavy snow plasters the statue of Stonewall Jackson at the Manassas Battlefield Park, March 6, 2013.  The CWG post can be found here.  (Kevin Ambrose)

The full “Snow Moon” sets behind the Lincoln Memorial, February 25, 2013. The CWG post can be found here. (Jim Knapp)

Cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin, April 9, 2013.  The CWG post can be found here.  (Kevin Ambrose)
Looking up at the cherry blossoms, April 9, 2013.  The CWG post can be found <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2013/04/10/after-slow-start-cherry-blossoms-rapidly-reach-peak-photos/">here</a>. (Ian Livingston)
Looking up at the cherry blossoms, April 9, 2013.  The CWG post can be found here. (Ian Livingston)

The full “Pink Moon” rises over the Marine Corps Memorial, April 25, 2013.  The CWG post can be found here.  (Kevin Ambrose)

A thunderstorm develops east of Washington, May 8, 2013.  The CWG post can be found here.  (Phil Yabut)

A departing storm produces a rainbow over Washington, D.C., May 9, 2013.  The CWG post can be found here. (Elizabeth Rylander)

This photo shows a possible wall cloud on June 10, 2013. Rain is seen falling from the tilted updraft at right.  The CWG post can be found here.  (Ian Livingston)

Storm clouds over Washington, June 13, 2013.  The CWG post can be found here.  (Steven VanRoekel)

A thunderstorm viewed from Poolesville, June 13, 2013.  The Capital Weather Gang post can be found here.  (Deborah Crosley)

The supermoon rises above the Tidal Basin at 8:57 pm on June 23, 2013.  The CWG post can be found here.  (Kevin Ambrose)

Fireworks viewed from near the Potomac River, July 4, 2013.  The CWG post can be found here.  (Ian Livingston)

The scaffolding lights on the Washington Monument are turned on during a beautiful summer evening, July 8, 2013.   The CWG post can be found here.  (Ian Livingston)

Lightning over Annapolis, Maryland, July 20, 2013.  The CWG post can be found here.  (Jennifer Casey)

A dramatic display of mammatus clouds over Stafford, Virginia, August 1, 2013.  The CWG post can be found here. (Isha Renta)

The Memorial Bridge during a period of fair weather, August 4, 2013.  The CWG post can be found here.  (Kevin Wolf)

The “Blue Moon” rises over Washington, August 20, 2013.  The CWG post is included here.  (Kevin Ambrose)

A roll cloud approaches the National Weather Service forecast office in Sterling, Virginia, September 16, 2013.  The CWG post can be found here.  (NWS)

The Harvest Moon sets over the Lincoln Memorial, September 19, 2013.  The CWG post can be found here.  (Kevin Ambrose)

The sunrise on September 19, 2013.  The CWG post can be found here.  (Kevin Ambrose)

The foliage is changing color in the Shenandoah Valley. This photo was taken from Eagle Rock, October 27, 2013.  The CWG post can be found here. (Ian Livingston)

The cherry trees along the Tidal Basin show off their color, Nov. 2, 2013.  The CWG post can be found here.  (Kevin Ambrose)

Sunrise with fall foliage at the Jefferson.  The CWG post can be found here.  (Ian Livingston)

Fall color at Arlington National Cemetery, November 9, 2013.  The CWG post can be found here.  (Ian Livingston)

Heavy snow falls at the White House, December 9, 2013.  The CWG post can be found here.  (Kevin Ambrose)