Photography: Sunrise Squall
A Squall Shows its Color
I photographed an interesting sunrise sequence Sunday morning as a vigorous squall, defined as a sudden onset of strong winds often accompanied by brief storminess, moved to the northeast of Warrenton, VA. The squall followed yesterday morning's cold front that was responsible for the drop in temperatures and wind in the afternoon and evening that caused some power outages and airport delays. This photo sequence shows the squall from 7:01 AM (above) to 7:07 AM (last photo, keep reading below...). For reference, sunrise is 7:06 AM.
I had to be in Warrenton at 7 AM for my son's swim meet and as I approached town I encountered the brief, but intense squall. The squall had its characteristic strong winds and briefly heavy rain. Moments later, I dropped my son off at the Warrenton Aquatic Center with his swim team and then rushed back to the car to go on a quick photo shoot. I found an open area nearby and then photographed the squall for about 10 minutes. I quickly returned to the pool and only missed the warm-ups. Soon after, my kid came in second in his age group for the 100m freestyle and I was back home by 9:30 AM. Not a bad morning.
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