Virginia May 31, 2015
20 Breathtaking Images Of Virginia Storms And Their Aftermath
With summer coming, I can’t help but get a little excited for summer rain – the kind that cools off a hot day, the kind that pounds on your windows at night but provides the perfect backdrop for sleep, and the kind that lights up the heavens with the fireworks of lightning storms. I love them all. And we get our fair share of storms here – in every season – from winter snowstorms to summer thunderstorms. The following images have been taken by some amazing photographers here in the state. They perfectly capture the majesty of storms and the incredible aftermath that they create. Enjoy!
1. Lightning on Short Hill Mountain, Mechanicsville
This lightning bolt was captured perfectly. You can't help but wonder what it might have struck on the other side of the mountain.
2. Arlington Rain
Ominous clouds gather over an apartment block in Arlington. I love the colors of the sky beneath the clouds.
3. If ever there was a good excuse to call in late for work...this would be it.
These cars got buried in the infamous Snowmageddon storm of 2010.
4. If anything, the coming storm makes this scene even more beautiful.
This photo at Nutmeg Farm in Albemarle County was captured by the incredibly talented Bob Mical.
5. Simply stunning...no pun intended.
There are no words to describe the beauty of this photo. Every detail is perfect.
6. King Neptune getting the job done in VIrginia Beach.
The statue of King Neptune on Virginia Beach's boardwalk looks like he totally owns this storm. Given his status as god of freshwater, earthquakes, hurricanes, horses and the sea, it only makes sense.
7. Efforts in futility...
These snowploughs in the middle of a storm remind me of what it's like trying to pick up after my kids.
8. And then this happens...
While storms can be beautiful, they can also leave their mark. These power lines in Great Falls bowed out of service quite gracefully after the Derecho of 2012.
9. The National Guard to the rescue.
Storms aren't always a walk in the park - sometimes they're a ride in a boat. Fortunately for this family, the National Guard was there to get them to higher ground when Hurricane Sandy caused flooding in Mears.
10. Lightning over Pentagon City
And that, my friends, is what you call a double whammy.
11. This is why the Cardinal is our state bird.
This tough old bird wasn't going to be run off by a little snow. Ok, make that A LOT of snow.
12. A little rain wasn't going to stop Obama at University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg
Then senator, now President, kept the energy alive at a 2008 Presidential rally in Fredericksburg.
13. His fans weren't going to be dissuaded either.
Supporters stood strong despite the downpour.
14. Storm over Chick's Beach
Good luck with that one, beachgoers. Photographer J. Albert Bowden II calls it the "mother ship storm." I am inclined to agree.
15. In rain or shine...
You have to admire the dedication of the guards that stand watch at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. Well done, gentlemen.
16. And then there's my favorite Storm of all....
Sorry. I couldn't help myself. Captain Marvel and Storm were just too good to pass up.
Storms are amazing in and of themselves, but sometimes it’s the aftermath that truly takes our breath away…
17. Circumhorizontal Arc (i.e., crazy beautiful sun rainbow)
Do you know what a circumhorizontal arc is? I certainly didn't. So I looked it up and according to Wikipedia, it is "an ice-halo formed by the refraction of sun- or moonlight in plate-shaped ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere, typically in cirrus or cirrostratus clouds." I say it's simply beautiful.
18. Double Rainbow over Ballston
I'm guessing that means two pots of gold.
19. Rainbow over Rosslyn
Kind of sounds like a good name for a band, doesn't it?
20. After the Storm
It doesn't always have to be a rainbow. This scene shot in Ivy perfectly shows the calm AFTER the storm.
Unfortunately, storms aren’t always beautiful — and they can leave damage behind. But I love this collection of photos all the same and hope that you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have! If you have any pictures that you think would make good additions to the list, feel free to share them in the comments below!