Tuesday was a big bucket of gloom, at least until about 4:30 when the shaglike carpet of clouds began to whip out of D.C. at top pace. That allowed what was left of the sun to peak out over the horizon in a display of golden ecstasy. For those who are keeping track, this sunset had to have been in the Top Three for the year.
I caught the above image from my building's rooftop looking south toward the Concrete Corridor, aka Rosslyn. That is not a gnat on the lens up top, but an airplane taking off from Reagan National. Turning around to go back inside, I was nearly smacked in the face by this thing:
OK, so it wasn't lightning crossing a double rainbow. Still, for skywatchers last evening was pretty much perfect. But wait, there's more!
Turns out that WJLA photographer Marty Doane was also furiously snapping pics of the lurid sky. Here's Marty's shot of the boiling sunset:
And here's a nice grab of the rainbow: