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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 09/ 8/2008

Photography: Hanna's Sunset

By Kevin Ambrose

Sunset at the Manassas Battlefield Park as the last cloud bands from Hanna move east Saturday evening.

I have found that tropical storms often produce beautiful sunsets. The clear, tropical air combined with distinct cloud bands produce nice shades of red and yellow in the sky. I made the trip to the Manassas Battlefield Park to capture Hanna's sunset Saturday evening and I was not disappointed. I also drove through Oakton, Reston, and Chantilly earlier in the day to take some Hanna storm photos.

Keep reading for a few photos, including my most fun photo, playing in the rain. For our weather outlook for the coming week, see the full forecast. Check back early this afternoon for a feature article on the difficulty in forecasting hurricane tracks and implications for Ike.

Front yard kayaking in Oakton, VA during the peak of Hanna's rain.

Rain is usually cold in the Middle Atlantic area, even our summertime thunderstorms often produce hail and ice cold rain. Tropical storms, however, are warm core systems and produce warm rain while rarely producing lightning. If the wind is not too strong, as with Hanna, it can be a lot of fun playing in the rain. The above photo shows kayaking on a tame creek that formed in my front yard. I ran and played in the rain for a couple hours with the kids. It was a blast.

This was the view from Reston Town Center at 12:13pm Saturday, showing heavy cloud cover and rain.

A heron is more at home on a flooded fairway at the International Country Club (Chantilly, VA) than any golfer on Saturday afternoon. This photo was taken shortly after the rain ended.

By Kevin Ambrose  | September 8, 2008; 10:30 AM ET
Categories:  Photography, Tropical Weather  
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Nice shots Kevin! The sunset was really something..

Posted by: Ian, Capital Weather Gang | September 8, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Great Picture! I've been using the CWG photos as my background for about a year now so keep them coming..

Posted by: scb | September 8, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Great pics Kevin! I remarked to my partner about how beautiful the sunset and cloud formations were Saturday evening..wish we had gone out and played in the rain too!

Posted by: ft wash | September 8, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

beautiful as always! love the kayaking. i took some shots (amateur, to be sure) saturday evening as well, not of the sunset, but of the clouds. really cool and beautiful clouds, plus some vivid contrails.

Posted by: dinergirl | September 8, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

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