With a big line of storms barreling out of the mountains, we decided to meet at the Lincoln Memorial for a storm chase.
As the line entered the immediate area, it began to lose intensity, but still appeared menacing upon arrival. Ultimately, it turned into a rainbow chase — a very successful one at that!
First, here’s a timelapse of the rainbow’s emergence:
Now, here are some still photos of the rainbow storm in its various stages.
First came the scary-looking clouds:
While the storms turned out to be quite uneventful in the city, the rainbow that followed stole the show.
It lasted from 8:14 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. By rainbow standards, that’s a long time! Every tourist at the Lincoln Memorial grabbed their phones and began taking photos as we aimed our cameras at the full rainbow. Best yet, it was a double.
Here are a few photos of the rainbow over the Washington Monument and the striking sunset that followed.
Finally, a brilliant sunset capped off the evening.
Here’s a timelapse of the storm, from start to finish – from the scary-looking clouds to the rainbow to the start of sunset:
Here are a few more impressive sky and rainbow views submitted to us from readers: