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On the Job: Kevin Ambrose, Weather Photographer and Writer

Kevin Ambrose is a weather photographer and writer known for his striking shots of weather in and around the nation's Capital. He is the senior photographer for the Capital Weather Gang blog for The Washington Post and the author of two books on the weather of Washington, D.C. He holds a B.S. in computer science from the University of Virginia and is an account executive for Adobe.

Between writing about and shooting photos of weather, you've really turned your interests into a pretty serious side business. How did it begin?

Being a weather nut and having lived in D.C. my entire life, I would always hear weathercasters talking about storms such as the Knickerbocker snowstorm (which struck Washington, D.C., in January 1922 and destroyed the Knickerbocker Theater, killing 98 people). But, there never was a source to go to and find out what really happened during that storm or the blizzard of 1899 or the blizzard of 1888. So I did research for my own use, and then I thought other people might be interested as well. Now the Internet has made a lot of that available, but back then it wasn't.

So in 1993, I decided I was going to write a little snowstorm book and it was called Blizzards and Snowstorms of Washington, D.C. It was a collection of about 10 different snowstorm stories with photos of the biggest snow storms that hit D.C. It was well received, and I sold about 3,000 copies.

KIMBRA CUTLIP is a freelance writer and former assistant editor for Weatherwise.

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