The year 2016 was particularly good for weather photography in the Washington region. We had a lot of storms and significant weather events to serve as subjects. Below is an assortment of my favorite weather photos taken over the past year.

I purposely mixed up the order of the photos to illustrate the contrast of color associated with the seasons. It’s great to live in a city with four distinct seasons.

Winter was very slow to arrive, but the season made up for lost time with a blizzard of historic proportions in late January followed by a significant snowstorm in mid-February. Both storms provided great photo opportunities and satisfied our local snow lovers.

Winter quickly waned, however, and spring arrived ahead of schedule with a cherry blossom bloom in March.  The bloom usually occurs in April. The weather for shooting blossoms was good and thousands of photographers were rewarded with beautiful photos of an early bloom.

The weather in spring turned chilly in April through mid-May, particularly on the weekends, but summer arrived on schedule with very hot and dry weather.  July and August featured several photogenic thunderstorms which gave photographers some good lightning shots and storm chases.

The summer warmth continued into fall which delayed the color change of the local foliage. But when fall color did arrive in late October and early November, the trees around D.C. looked great for photography.

Looking back at 2016, my only weather-related disappointment was the lack of a December snowstorm.  Every year, I hope to get a photo of snow on the National and/or Capitol Christmas trees. Most years, I’m disappointed but a few years have produced.  Hopefully, we’ll get some December snow in 2017.

Whatever the year 2017 throws our way regarding weather — snow, fog, rainbows, or thunderstorms — I am looking forward to chasing the weather and reporting back with a few photos!  And, yes, I have my fingers crossed for another historic blizzard but I’ll be happy with a good lightning photo or two.  Happy New Year!

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