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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/ 7/2008

Photography: Hanna Visits D.C. and Alexandria

By Ian Livingston

Boat at dock in Alexandria on the Potomac River during Hanna on Saturday.

Post Storm Forecast Assessment

After several weeks of benign weather, Hanna decided to stir things up by throwing a good dose of heavy rain and gusty winds at the region. Over 24 hours would pass between the first clouds from the system and the last. During this time, many inches of rain fell across the area, and a colorful sunset sent Hanna on her way.

Keep reading for more storm photos.

Below are images -- displayed in the order taken -- from Friday evening just prior to the first showers arriving in the area until Saturday's beautiful sunset as the back edge of Hanna moved out.

Because the storm was a little less than expected as far as winds go, and a little further east than would be conducive to significant tidal surge flooding, the trip to Alexandria did not pan out quite as imagined (I moved here after Isabel and knew there would be no repeat, but still wondered how the town would fare with Hanna). Fortunately, the homes and businesses who escaped flooding are probably not too upset with the outcome of this one!

Clouds begin to thicken and lower in advance of Hanna in Glover Park, Washington, D.C. on Friday.

Rock Creek at bank full around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday in Washington, D.C. Rock Creek Parkway would later be closed for a time due to flooding.

A car sprays water off the roadway. Ponding of water on area roadways was very common during the height of Hanna.

Sandbags sit at the ready in Old Town Alexandria on Saturday. Fortunately, flooding in this area was less than expected.

Roads right next to the Potomac River were closed on Saturday as Hanna swept through the region. Only minor flooding was reported in this area.

Dark and threatening skies over the Potomac River around 1:00 p.m. during a brief lull in Hanna's windswept rain.

Rain continues through the early afternoon near the Lincoln Memorial returning to D.C. from Alexandria.

Clouds clear early evening over Mount Pleasant, D.C.

The sunset display following Hanna was quite brilliant, lasted a good half hour, and offered up numerous colors and shades as it progressed. After spending the day soaked, I was not up to the task of scouting out "the best" location for the display, but almost anywhere I pointed the camera things came out looking good. After the onslaught just hours before it was almost surreal to look up and see the last Hanna had to offer the area.

Back edge of Hanna near the start of the sunset color display over upper northwest D.C.

Buildings in Glover Park, D.C. light up and accented by sunset Saturday evening.

The moon seen through high clouds on the back-edge of Hanna at Sunset.

Deep reds and oranges produced as the sun set on Hanna.

By Ian Livingston  | September 7, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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Ian, thanks so much for the marina and OT Alex pictures! It looks like I haven't much to worry about; I'm on my way to check on my boat, figuring that any high water might have receded from Daingerfield by now.

Posted by: ~sg | September 7, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Looks like you had a good time with Hanna.The sunset pics are great!

Posted by: Hanna fun | September 7, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Since the track of the center of the storm was pretty much what was forecast, why were the main rain bands further west than forecast, and so many of the heaviest ones centered over central Fairfax and Prince William Counties? Unlike most of the other local jurisdictions, those areas got NO break yesterday. The rain averaged 1-2" per hour continuously from before 11AM to after 4 PM...then finally started to lighten up and end by around 5 or so. The Accuweather radar confirmed this.....central Fairfax County just kept getting oranges, reds, and dark reds, one behind the other, while other surrounding jurisdictions alternated between reds, yellows, and lighter greens. And, east of the city, in the original heavy-rain forecast area, it was mostly green (light rain) on the scope all afternoon...with a big relatively dry area in lower Delmarva and the lower Bay.

This was a MAJOR difference from the forecasted rain pattern (and I think the CW team has underplayed the extent somewhat), even though the storm itself tracked almost exactly as forecast. NWS doesn't seem to have any explanations for it.

Posted by: Mike from Vienna | September 7, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

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