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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 07/12/2008

Photography: Sunset Storm

By Kevin Ambrose

This is a panorama of three photos pasted together to show a wide view of a storm that approached Washington Wednesday evening, just before sunset. The Tidal Basin is in the foreground.

On Wednesday evening, I was in Arlington watching my son's swim team compete in one of our area's big swim relay carnivals. Growing clouds to the north threatened the event with the possibility of lightning, but the meet finished on time and after congratulating the team, I made the short trip to the District for photography. Soon after I arrived, I watched a storm grow and move in from the northwest. For several moments, the light from sunset provided some nice color to the storm. The storm continued to grow and a rain shaft expanded quickly as it moved east of Washington.

Keep reading for more photos of the storm, and another shot from the Fourth of July. See the full forecast for the weather through early next weekend and NatCast and UnitedCast for the outlook for tonight's games.

The colorful light from sunset shines under the base of a developing thunderstorm near Washington.

This is a panorama of two photos pasted together to show a wide view of the storm as it continued to move eastward, away from Washington.

The fading light from sunset illuminates the storm's cloud top while city lights illuminate lower clouds.

The only spoiler with this photo shoot was that low clouds moved in at nightfall, blocking the view of the storm for lightning photography as it moved east of Washington.

One more firework photo from last week. Much of the photo was over-exposed due to a very bright shell burst, but by cropping closely to the Marine Corps Memorial, this photo was salvaged.

By Kevin Ambrose  | July 12, 2008; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Photography  
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Phenomenal work, as always, Kevin!

Posted by: ~sg | July 12, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

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