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Posted at 1:30 PM ET, 07/ 3/2008

Photography: Storm Chasing the Tidal Basin

By Kevin Ambrose

A combination of sheet lightning and lightning bolts sets an artistic backdrop for the Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin during Monday evening's storms. This photo was taken on the west side of the Tidal Basin.

Storm chasing in our area is particularly challenging due to the traffic and the obscured skyline from trees and buildings. I will often drive to the Tidal Basin, ahead of storms, for photography because of the open view of the sky and fairly convenient parking. On Monday evening, strong storms appeared on radar moving rapidly eastward toward D.C. and I decided to make the trip to the Tidal Basin for a chase. I arrived about 30 minutes ahead of the storms and managed to take some interesting photos as the storms blew through, although I expected a bit more lightning.

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The storm is approaching D.C. from Northern Virginia. This photo was taken on the east bank of the Potomac River, near the Lincoln Memorial.

A fairly well-developed storm moves southwest of the Jefferson Memorial. This photo was taken on the east side of the Tidal Basin.

Cloud-to-cloud lightning viewed from the Jefferson Memorial.

By Kevin Ambrose  | July 3, 2008; 1:30 PM ET
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Nice work, Kevin. :)

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | July 3, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Anonymous | July 3, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Phenomenal shots!

Posted by: ~sg | July 3, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse


The ones of the Jefferson Memorial with the purple sky are phenomenal.

Posted by: ep | July 3, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

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