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Over in Manhattan, one evening in June

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Chrysler building storm by you.

Chrysler Building – photo by Mitch Waxman

Manhattan just isn’t fun anymore, so I tend to avoid the island of my youthful aspirations and instead spend my time in the boroughs, which are authentic and still very real. However, a dear friend and professional colleague had planned an event in the city, so I crossed the River of Sound and braved a threatening rainstorm. The shot above is from before the rain swept through, shot on the way to the party.

The turbulent skies of New York have supplied its citizens with phantasmagoric light shows at sunset this summer.

In late June, while attending the aforementioned social function in the shining Metropolis, a quick glance out a window drew me to the street. Apologizing to my stout hibernian host, whose wife- a wholesome and vivacious descendant of the celtic population of Woodside- was the object and celebrated focus of the catered party, I grabbed my handy camera and ran down to the storm littered streets of midtown Manhattan. Something unique and noteworthy was happening in the skies.

Chrysler building storm sunset 2 by you.

Chrysler Building – photo by Mitch Waxman

The wake of the rainstorm had promulgated a fairly rare meteorological phenomena called Mammatus clouds. Combined with the westerly underlighting of the petrochemical haze that lends New York City the spectacular sunsets commented on by its citizenry, a remarkable backdrop was provided for the celebrated Chrysler Building.

from wikipedia

Mammatus, also known as mammatocumulus, meaning “Mammary cloud” or “Breast cloud” is a meteorological term applied to a cellular pattern of pouches hanging underneath the base of a cloud. The name “mammatus” is derived from the Latin mamma (udder or breast), due to the clouds’ characteristic shape, as some believe there is a resemblance between the shape of these clouds and the breast of a woman.¬†

Chrysler building storm sunset 1 by you.

Chrysler Building – photo by Mitch Waxman

There was a lot of buzz about the sky that night. Check out cloudfanatic for other people’s shots of the phenomena.

Also, June 26 is the anniversary of the signing of United Nations Charter in 1945, and the Feast day for the Syriac Orthodox Church’s (or Monophysite) Saint,¬†Mar Abhai.

Chrysler building storm sunset 3 by you.

Chrysler Building – photo by Mitch Waxman

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Written by Mitch Waxman

August 29, 2009 at 3:13 am

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