A beautiful thunderstorm anvil at sunset over Washington, D.C. (John J Young via Flickr)

Between 4 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, a line of showers and storms dashed through the Washington, D.C. metro area. Some produced impressive downpours, but the skies that followed in their wake were extraordinary.

What follows is a compilation of mesmerizing mammatus, awesome anvil clouds, radical rainbows, and stunning sunsets.  Skilled cloud scouters will also see cumulus, stratus and cirrus in the mix. Some sky views from Nationals Park were particularly magnificent. Here’s one of the best cloud photograph collections we’ve posted in quite some time…


Aerial of the rainbow in Annapolis (@midatlaerial on Twitter and Facebook)


Bowie, Maryland (Maggie Masetti via Facebook)

Mammatus in McLean (Kit Case via Flickr)

Related (from past mammatus sightnings): Mammatus clouds bubble up in Washington, D.C.’s evening sky (PHOTOS) | Stunning mammatus clouds south of Washington, D.C. Thursday evening | Fantastic example of mammatus

Nationals Park sky


Washington, D.C. (Richard Barnhill via Flickr)


Cleveland Park (Ian Livingston)