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Posted at 1:30 PM ET, 08/11/2010

Time lapse sunrise on the Mall

By Kevin Ambrose

* Blistering heat for another day: Full Forecast | NatCast *

A time lapse video of the summer sunrise over the Capitol on August 9, 2010.

From darkness to morning sunshine, 92 minutes of video was compressed into 28 seconds which accelerated the summer sunrise over the Capitol on August 9, 2010. This was a typical summer sunrise in our region; a hazy and murky layer of air hung over Washington as the sun pushed above the horizon into a clear, summer sky.

What I find interesting in this video is that the sun appears to reflect off of a boundary layer in the atmosphere, above the hazy layer of air, before punching through and showing a clear, summer sky. If you watch a second time, check out the joggers speeding along the Mall. I used a Sony HD Handycam and Adobe Premiere Pro to capture and render this video.

Keep reading to see my favorite sunrise video from last year. You'll notice the difference between a clear, bright sky versus a hazy, humid sky.

The rising sun produces vivid color in the sky over Washington as a storm system approaches on September 26, 2009.

By Kevin Ambrose  | August 11, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
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Kevin, wow. This year's sunrise over the Mall & Capitol gives me chills. Love it so much.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | August 11, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

CWG continues to provide wonderful pics to help those of us stuck in windowless offices get thru the day.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | August 11, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Kevin,, once again, you have treated us to your beautiful, wonderful, inspiring work. Thank you!

Posted by: ubimea | August 11, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Cool video Kevin.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | August 11, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Cool! For a second with the first one, wastn't quite sure where the sun was coming from, then it rises like a phoenix... nice work!

Posted by: MKoehl | August 12, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Wow, Kevin, these are awesome! Thanks!

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | August 12, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

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