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Posted at 1:45 PM ET, 09/ 3/2010

Hurricane Earl's sunset sequence

By Kevin Ambrose

* A cooler weekend: Full Forecast | Earl headed towards New England *

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The sunset Thursday evening at the Manassas Battlefield Park -- 7:44 PM.

Did anyone notice Hurricane Earl's spiral bands of clouds moving northwest across our area late Thursday afternoon and evening? The cloud bands from Earl helped to create a very interesting and colorful sunset for the Washington area. Tropical storms to the east combined with a setting sun to the west is often the perfect setup for great sunsets. During Thursday's sunset, Earl's distinct cloud bands were easily discernible as they painted long bands of color across our sky with the sun's fading light.

Keep reading to see Earl's sunset sequence from Thursday.

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The sunset Thursday evening at the Manassas Battlefield Park -- 7:29 PM.

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The sunset Thursday evening at the Manassas Battlefield Park -- 7:37PM.

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The sunset Thursday evening at the Manassas Battlefield Park at 7:44 PM.

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The sunset Thursday evening at the Manassas Battlefield Park -- 7:48 PM.

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The sunset Thursday evening at the Manassas Battlefield Park -- 7:52 PM.

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A photo panorama of the sunset Thursday evening -- 7:41 PM.

By Kevin Ambrose  | September 3, 2010; 1:45 PM ET
Categories:  Photography  
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Comments

Indeed. The hurriclouds did make for an interesting sunset last night.

Posted by: bdeco | September 3, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Awesome photo - and yes, in fact, I do believe I was the first CWG fan to post a comment about the clouds from Earl (if I say so myself). Family members on OBX for the storm said it wasn't that bad - certainly not beach weather, but no real damage despite several hours of battering with wind and rain. The biggest danger from Earl is probably the threat of beach erosion, especially in areas that barely escaped washing away during Isabel.

Posted by: fleeciewool | September 3, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Kevin. Brilliant.

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | September 3, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Thanks! By the way, here's another tropical storm sunset post, from Tropical Storm Hanna 2 years ago: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/capitalweathergang/2008/09/photography_hannas_sunset_play.html

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | September 3, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

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