(By Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

If you’re hoping to see weird weather while at a baseball game, Tuesday night was the night for you. While the Nats and Braves were in a rain delay, an apocalyptic thunder storm chased fans into the concourses (and bathrooms) and prompted insanity in the skies. The Post’s Jonathan Newton took this above photo facing across the Anacostia River during the rain delay. You’ll note that it features both a lightning strike and a rainbow.

Also during the rain delay, one fan captured video of lightning crashing into a crane near Nats Park. The video includes a thoroughly justified profanity; you can watch it here.

Before the game resumed, the sky was already looking unusually impressive, as Danny Espinosa seemed to notice.


(By Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

But after the rain stopped, the real fun began. What made the sky turn that angry shade of crimson? The Capital Weather Gang’s Angela Fritz explains:

Sunsets tend to be most brilliant when there’s clean air — like the kind that’s been washed of pollution by heavy rain — and mid- or high-level clouds for the sun’s rays to bounce off of. Last night, instead of just one layer of clouds for the sunlight to reflect from, there were ragged low and mid-level clouds and above that a more uniform deck of altostratus.

As the post-storm clouds streamed southeast across the metro, they reflected the sun’s upward rays back toward Earth and to our watching eyes. All of the different elements came together to create a multi-layer sunset that looked like brush stokes on a canvas.

What this meant for fans, media members and players at Nats Park was a scene out of an alien invasion movie, with a brilliant red sky hovering over the ballfield, seeming to portend either a coming clash of civilizations, divine retribution for the sins of man, or angels who were rocking the red in anticipation of Stephen Strasburg’s return.

Perhaps the most visually arresting photo of the night was posted by Bryce Harper on Instagram. “GameTime #Fire” he wrote.

GameTime #Fire

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Many stories above Harper, media members were posting their own images.

Fans also got in on the fun.

https://instagram.com/p/4TGHLQL_Md/

BaSeBaLL! #nats

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Post apocalypse.

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As did the team itself.

Early Wednesday morning, the Nats polished off a 3-1 win over the Braves.