Clouds Block New York City's Saturday Manhattanhenge Display

By Jillian MacMath, Staff Writer
July 15, 2013; 9:45 PM ET
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Photographers hoping to catch the perfect shot of Manhattanhenge gather at 42nd and 5th Streets in NYC on July 12, 2011. Image courtesy of Flickr user Shmuel.

The last show in the double-header of Manhattanhenge sunsets was hidden behind clouds Saturday evening.

The phenomenon, which can be seen four times each year, occurs when the sun sets in alignment with the street grid of Manhattan, and lights up both the north and south sides of every cross street. It is usually observed twice in May and twice in July.

Though temperatures were mild in the mid-70s, the evening brought less than ideal views for the celestial event.

"Rain earlier in the day did diminish prior to the evening hours, but lingering clouds and spotty showers did not clear out enough for optimal viewing conditions," according to Meteorologist Brian Edwards.

The next chance to see the event will not be until 2014.

For more information on the spectacle, read 'Clouds Cover NYC's Last Manhattanhenge Sunset of 2013.'


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