Great sunsets and sunrises around the D.C. area (Video, Photos)

The video below{ }was taken last night after our 6pm show of the sunset which was one of the best I have seen in a long time. I love our WeatherBug cameras for that reason!{ }Note how the colors seem to dim before getting really bright right after the sun sets. One of the best explanations for this{ }can be found here from Stephen Corfidi who works at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK.

The best viewing is usually when the clouds in the sky are around the{ }500mb level{ }(18,000 feet) or higher. This was the case this morning as we could not only look at the clouds and tell they were altostratus, altocumulus and even some cirrocumulus, but we could also check one of the atmospheric soundings from across the region to tell what level the cloud decks were at.

Sunrise in Arlington, VA

For future beautiful sunrise and sunsets, there are a few places you need to check before heading out. First things first, know when the sunrise and sunset times are for your area{ }(Just hit compute table). The Naval Observatory is perfect for that information. Second, check out your surroundings. If you see some high level clouds (not puffy cumulus) you know you may have a good sunset on the way. Third, be sure to check out other tips from seasoned photographers. There are many websites that go over this. For instance..don't forget to look behind you as it can be just as pretty!

Be sure to check out the GALLERY from this morning and feel free to send us even more pictures so we can include them as well. It's funny how few clouds there really were this morning in the Mid Atlantic...lucky us!{ }The easiest way to add pictures now is to download the FREE WJLA/ABC 7/NC8 Weather App here and submit them through the App. If you can't do that, feel free to send any of them to