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Posted at 7:15 PM ET, 06/19/2008

Photography: Tidal Basin Storm Clouds

By Kevin Ambrose

A shelf or roll cloud associated with a thunderstorm Monday night moves quickly north of D.C.

The cold front that blasted through the D.C. area Monday night was accompanied by some scattered, fast-moving thunderstorms. The above photo, which I took from the Jefferson Memorial, shows a shelf or roll cloud associated with a thunderstorm that raced just north of D.C. There was lightning, but it was mostly obscured by the low clouds.

Keep reading for a sequence of photos, each taken roughly 30 seconds apart. Also, see our full forecast through the weekend.

The edge of the shelf or roll cloud begins to move over the Washington Monument, catching the light from the monument's spotlights.

The light from the Washington Monument's spotlights cast a beam under the edge of the thunderstorm clouds.

The fast-moving shelf or roll cloud is moving past the Tidal Basin, giving the northern parts of D.C. a glancing blow. This photo was taken 90 seconds after the first photo in this post.

By Kevin Ambrose  | June 19, 2008; 7:15 PM ET
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