Sunset, June 26, 2009 - 21
About an hour and a half after a big thunderstorm passed through New York in late afternoon, we were treated to an amazing sunset, which I watched from the vantage point of my friend's apartment on the other side of our building. The light of the setting sun and the sunlit clouds reflected blazingly off the glass-covered high-rises of Manhattan to create a spectacular light show. My friend told me there was even a rainbow over the east side of Manhattan, which I just missed seeing. In the far, far distance to the east, lightning flashed unceasingly in the clouds and we could see bolts flashing down to the sea off New York. Their light attenuated by dust and haze, some of the bolts appeared deep red. A few minutes later, a huge blanket of udder-like mammatus clouds began to form in the sky over New York and New Jersey, to complete perhaps the most amazing natural aerial spectacular I think I have ever seen. In this picture you can see the mammatus clouds forming.