Wednesday, May 23, 2018

My Measured, Mazy Life This Moist, Muddy May (With Some Sunny Sunday Georgetown Pics)

Walkway and steps, 3100 block of O Street NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 4:03 p.m. May 20, 2018.

The bulk of the pictures in this entry are primarily the ones I took on Sunday while walking over to Georgetown where I stopped at Martin's Tavern.

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For this entry, I'm going to limit the post length to the number of pictures from aforementioned walk rather than having an entry that sprawls out of control and that I have trouble posting or end up never posting.

Spring day, 1900 block New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 2:25 p.m. May 20, 2018.

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As it is, I'm quite tired and just enjoying watching late night MeTV old show lineup -- the second of the two Hogan's Heroes episodes, Carol Burnett & Friends, Perry Mason, and The Twilight Zone -- following a gym visit.

This is my second night in a row that I went to the gym and had a good multipart workout. This followed a relatively decent workday, although I haven't been as productive as I would have liked.

Giant willow oak tree by the "Spanish Steps" at 22nd Street between S Street and Decatur Place NW, Washington, D.C., 3:36 p.m. May 20, 2018.

About my walk, I had stopped at Maddy's for about 45 minutes, where I had a nice chat with the bartender who was once a bartender at Nation (back in the day) and who had a band of his own ("VPR") for a number of years. (Never mind what "VPR" originally stood for.)

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I also made a late dinner -- like last night, pork chops and steamed broccoli and carrots, and some white wine (sauvignon blanc) in addition to the Seltzer water I like. This Monday/Tuesday/Thursday gym night routine is quite good.

Row houses along 22nd Street near Q Street NW, Washington, D.C., 3:40 p.m. May 20, 2018.

(If I mislabeled the cross-street -- if it's actually R Street -- I'll fix this image caption and file name at a later time.)

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I want to note that I am so much happier now that I shop at the Yes! organic market on 14th Street rather than at that nasty Safeway (surrounded by a sort of homeless encampment) in the heart of the 17th Street vapid, exhausted, old school D.C. gay ghetto.

Vibrant green tree crowns as seen from the Dumbarton (or Q Street) Bridge above the Rock Creek and Rock Creek Parkway, Washington, D.C., 3:44 p.m. May 20, 2018.

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The quality of food alone is much superior. Even if it costs maybe 25 to 30 percent more, it is well worth it -- and a good feeling to know that the animals that gave their lives for the pork chops or steak were raised far more humanely than the garbage and barbaric factory farming of our civilization.

2800 block Q Street NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 3:52 p.m. May 20, 2018.

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About 17th Street, I finally and definitively completely avoid that vapid, stale booze-stenchful shithole of an area and its denizens (including all those ex-friends of mine who often hang about there) between P and S Streets as much as I can at all times for the past three months -- and for the rest of my life. The only exception is my occasional Friday night meet ups with my neighbor-friend Fred on occasional Friday nights upstairs at Annie's (where I never have the steak/meat, just salmon and vegetables, if I get dinner).

Row house 3000 block P Street NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 3:58 p.m. May 20, 2018.

The object of this particular image is the cluster of very large trees behind the row house (pictured and discussed more below).

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While I'm on the topic, I should mention that I've made additional change in the form of walking to and from the U Street Metro on V Street (convenient to aforementioned market, near my gym, and NOT on madhouse U Street). While that probably seems trivial, it has been a very good quality-of-life change for me.

Ginormous (bald cypress) trees growing in the plot between the row houses fronting onto P and O Streets and between 31st and 30th Streets NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 3:58 p.m. May 20, 2018.

I am reasonably certain that these trees -- possibly two main ones and a cluster of smaller trees that may or may not be part of the main ones -- are bald cypress trees.

Here is the Google street view.

I would estimate their height to be at least 100 feet -- possibly 120 feet. The trees -- visible as a sort of arboreal "steeple" -- are prominently visible (at least if you notice those sorts of things) from near the Kennedy Center and Watergate.

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As a weather update …

A line of drenching thunderstorms crossed the immediate D.C. area and points south late this afternoon / early evening -- and National Airport (KDCA) recorded 1.19 inches in addition to another 0.04 inches today (May 22nd). This 1.23 inches brings the monthly total -- all of which fell since May 12th -- to 7.37 inches, the 8 wettest May on record (so far) and wettest month so far since June 2013 (9.97 inches).

KBWI had just 0.19 inches today, which brings its monthly total to 5.94inches while KIAD recorded 0.83 inches, bringing its monthly total to 6.50 inches.

There has been minor-to-moderate flooding on the Potomac in the past week. Today's deluge caused flooded streets and area streams and creeks to rise out of their banks with minor flooding (see this CWG entry for some photos)

Left: Street flooding at 17th St and Constitution Ave NW, Washington, D.C., May 22, 2018; photo by Sarah Linden and posted in the above-linked CWG entry.

All this rain the past 10 days has erased -- thankfully -- the long-term persistent dry spell and moderate drought (D1 to D2) that had overtaken the region.

Tonight is a mild night with a moist, humid breeze and low clouds scudding across the urban night time sky and temps around 68F / dew point 66F.

Brilliant evening Sun and clouds, 1400 block V Street NW, Washington, D.C., 6:23 p.m. May 21, 2018.

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OK, I'm just about out of recent pictures I took -- plus it is quite late and I'm tired and just had dinner and watched an especially spooky, sad, and profound Twilight Zone episode ("King Nine Will Not Return"). The Perry Mason episode was also very good ("The Case of the Garrulous Go-Between").

Evening view, 2000 block New Hampshire Ave NW and The Brittany, Washington, D.C., 8:24 p.m. May 21, 2018.

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That being the case, I'm going to wrap up this entry rather than posting the political-themed entry that I would have liked to have posted focused on the Trump kakistocracy and cultic GOP. (There will be time for that, of course.) For tomorrow (Wednesday), I'm not going to the gym after work. I'll try to post another entry, but probably won't, in which case my next entry will be late Thursday or early Friday.

--Regulus

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Some Midday Sunday Cultural Notions & Musical Novelties Plus a Bit of Real Time with Bill Maher

Azalea bushes in floral bloom on the grounds of the Wakefield Hall, 2100 block New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 4:32PM May 19, 2018.

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Well, I had intended a thematic post -- as alluded to in my Friday entry -- and, as I alluded to in last night's edition of Jukebox Saturday Night, to do it while watching the MeTV Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night and Sunday Red-Eye Sci-Fi line up of shows.

However, I didn't get around to it, and I don't want to waste my Sunday free day just posting an extended blog entry. So I'll just post this shorter entry to note a few random items …

First, while watching Land of the Giants (with then-actor/model Gary Conway), I discovered (via Wikipedia) that the actor who plays Barry Lockridge, Stefan Arngrim (pictured left in 1968) is the older brother of Alison Arngrim of Little House on the Prairie fame (infamy?) in the form of the character Nellie Oleson.


In her 2010 book Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated, Ms. Arngrim claims that her brother repeated sexually molested her while growing up.

Secondly, Svengoolie-hosted monster movie earlier tonight was the very weird film 20 Million Miles to Earth. It starred William Hopper of Perry Mason fame.

Screenshot from the movie "20 Million Miles to Earth" of the monster from Venus causing havoc in Rome.

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Thirdly, and just out of curiosity, I tried to find who was the lead vocalist for the 1970s Wonder Woman TV show theme song. Recall that it is aired 7 to 8PM on Saturdays on MeTV, and I usually catch the last half of it after I get back from the gym (as I did earlier this evening). It marks the start of my aforementioned MeTV Saturday night / Sunday wee hours lineup of shows.


Anyway, according to a MeTV "Stories" piece I found, the actual singer is a guy named John Bahler, who is the husband of Janet Lennon of the Lennon Sisters.

John Bahler and his wife, Janet Lennon

Bahler was part of a group called "The Charles Fox Singers" that were better known as the Ron Hicklin Singers, a group of prolific but anonymous Los Angeles studio singers in the 1960s - 1970s.

According to the Keeper of All Knowledge, the Ron Hicklin Singers were really part of "The Wrecking Crew" musicians collective that between the 1960s and 1980s performed backup vocals on literally thousands of songs, TV and movie themes, and as lead – yet anonymous – singers.

Here is the MeTV piece (link embedded):

The musicians behind the 'Wonder Woman' theme song are all over pop music, from McDonald's jingles to "The Girl from Ipanema."

The Wonder Woman theme song music and lyrics were created by the due of Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel (and not to be confused with the music for the 2017 movie Wonder Woman).

As for John Bahler, here is a screenshot of just a portion of his repertoire of songs for which he was vocalist. He appears to be still alive (age 77) although a website for him no longer exists.

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Some Real Time with Bill Maher …

Finally, I would like to post these two YouTube clips from Bill Maher's most recent Real Time program:


New Rule: Trump Is Above the Law | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

This is an excellent summary of why Trump is for all intents and purposes "above the law" and almost certainly never be held accountable given the current political situation in America and Republican tribalism.


Monologue: Royally Screwed | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

This one has is so worth quoting:

"The nerve this guy has. To then throw tantrums about his being investigated. HOW DARE -- ME? Being investigated? A clean whistle like me? It's the year anniversary of the Mueller investigation and, of course, Trump: 'The Greatest Witch Hunt in American history.'

"Of course, everything is the greatest in history. Well, maybe it's the greatest witch hunt in history, but it's got so far 17 indictments and five guilty pleas. If it's hunting witches, it's finding them. 


"The latest theory from the Bubble is that the FBI has planted a spy in the Trump campaign. No, not a spy. This is just what the FBI does for a living. You know, that's what they do.


Trump, sorry man, you have ties to the American mob, the Russian mob, to Russian hookers, to the Kremlin, to unindicted co-conspirators, to fucking goons and shady lawyers and tax evaders and fraudulent businesses and fake charities and bribes and hush money and porn stars! THIS IS WHAT THE FBI DOES! They investigate shady people like you!

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A dog on a small ledge, 2100 block 15th St NW, Washington, D.C., 4:34PM May 19, 2018.

This dog belongs to one of a few families of young European couples with very toddler children who live next to each other. They are either French or German or both.

The dog was actually staring intently a squirrel in one of the new enclosed grassy areas on the broad sidewalks created by the oblique intersection of New Hampshire and Florida Avenues, 15th Street, and W Streets.

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Speaking of dogs, here is Chris's dog Finn getting used to his daddy's new condo in the Midtown area of Atlanta. (Picture taken last week.)

This gives me a reason to go back to Atlanta to visit.

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OK, that's all for now. For today, I would like to take a walk down to the Potomac River in Georgetown to see if it really is in flood stage as a result of all the recent heavy rainfall including upstream across its watershed. I'll probably stop at Martin's Tavern as well for lunch at the bar.

Sterling (LWX) county warning area (CWA) weather advisories as of 12:22PM May 20, 2018.

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The NWS has a coastal flood advisory in effect for the District of Columbia as well as a flood warning for a moderate flood crest later this afternoon at high tide. The flood warning extends along the mainstem Potomac back up to around Shepherdstown, W.Va. (see map above).

For today's weather, the early afternoon is partly cloudy, warm, and humid with temps forecasted to reach about 85F and dew points around 70F. There is also a chance of showers and t-storms later as a weak disturbance with frontal boundary nears the area.

Yellow balloon in the curb, 2100 block New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 4:33PM May 19, 2018.

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Alright, signing off for now. My next planned entry will be late Monday or early Tuesday.

--Regulus

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Jukebox Saturday Night for May 19th, 2018: The Heart, Love, Tears, and Love (Again) Edition

Let's start with a nice, upbeat ballad …


"This Old Heart of Mine" by Rod Stewart ft. Ronald Isley from Stewart's 4-disc compilation album Storyteller – The Complete Anthology: 1964–1990 (1989)

There is a big backstory to this song that is too long to go into right now. You can read about it here. I quite like this particular version.

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Next up, something old school and upbeat (not to mention interesting) …


"My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" by En Vogue from this girl quartet's Funky Divas album (1992)

Great song. Great video.

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Next up, something brand new and with an intriguing video …


"No Tears Left to Cry" by Ariana Grande from her upcoming album Sweetener (scheduled release: mid-2018)

The video to this song is quite remarkable -- suggestive to me of the tesseract scene in Interstellar -- but there is also at the very end a symbolic tribute to Manchester, England in the form of a worker bee flying away. You can read the Keeper of All Knowledge's discussion of the video here.

The worker bee is a symbol of the City of Manchester, and it is a tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena Islamic terrorist bombing on May 22, 2017 at the end of Ms. Grande's concert that killed 23 people (including the bomber) and 800+ injured.

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And I'd like to end with an extra song -- a true old school disco era classic …


"I Want Your Love" by Chic from the group's album C'est Chic (1978)

I featured this awesome song by the legendary disco group Chic back in this Jukebox Saturday Night edition (on my birthday, no less), but it features a still-frame image of the group rather than a video performance.

That JbSN edition also includes a wonderful 2016 remake by Tom Ford featuring Lady Gaga that was directed by Nick Knight.

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OK, that's all for now. In lieu of a Saturday Evening Post, I'm going to post a wee-hours Sunday entry (as I need to do my laundry and make dinner right now) while watching the rest of the MeTV sci-fi lineup.

--Regulus

Friday, May 18, 2018

Color This Blog Entry Green and Blue: A Rainy Week Recap; Plus, Trump-World Spokes-Bigot, Aaron M. Schlossberg, Esq., Speaks

A drenching downpour as seen at 14th and G Streets NW, Washington, D.C. May 14, 2018; photo by CWG photographer Kevin Ambrose and featured in this entry.

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This is just a genuinely quick update for no other reason than to post a new entry,

I don't feel like writing some goddamn 15-part entry with 43 pictures and 26 links that nobody reads -- unless BIG Y'EYEMAH and the Hysterical One are still hanging about in the background making their respective noises. God, I hope not.

Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in standard base mode reflectivity looped 8:06 p.m. - 8:38 p.m. EDT May 18, 2018.

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I will talk a bit about the weather, though. It is a showery wet, gloomy, humid night as our rainy spell continues apace -- following all that extended dry weather. Temps are a bit cooler than recently -- around 60F this evening (about 5F to 7F cooler than the past few days).

Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in standard composite mode looped 8:06 p.m. - 8:38 p.m. EDT May 18, 2018.

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NECONUS sector composite mode radar mosaic looped 2318 UTC May 18 to 0128 UTC May 19, 2018.

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Waves of showery rain continue to come up from the Gulf of Mexico, focused along a quasi-stationary frontal boundary that has moved a bit farther south than recently and is now stretched from offshore, through the Norfolk/Tidewater area, and back in an undulating fashion into Kentucky and the Missouri bootheel (see map image directly below). The result here in the D.C. area is cooler temps. with a northeasterly (maritime) breeze. The weather is forecasted to begin drying by Sunday as a cold front approaches the region.

NWS high-resolution surface weather map for a portion of the eastern United States, 21Z May 18, 2018.

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I would like to note -- and as the next four images below show -- the entire State of Maryland -- which is divided between four different NWS regional forecast offices (denoted LWX, PHI, AKQ, and PBZ) -- is under a flood or flash flood watch, along with other advisories to include flood warnings (though not, as I write this, any flash flood warnings).

NWS weather advisories for a portion of the eastern United States (without legend) 0000 UTC May 19, 2018.

I caught this image at exactly 8 p.m. EDT -- or 0 UTC (or 0Z) time the next calendar day.

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Here are three county warning area (CWA) maps for Sterling (LWX), Philadelphia / Mt. Holly (PHI), and Wakefield (AKQ): The green hues are very pretty. See here for the weather help map that matches the color to the NWS weather product.

LWX CWA advisories updated 7:57 p.m. EDT May 18, 2018.

Lots of various green colors on this map -- as indicated by the legend. 

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Keep in mind that the more serious weather product takes precedence on the map, so even though a flood watch is in effect in, say, Calvert, Charlies, and St. Mary's Counties, the flood warning there takes precedence.

PHI CWA advisories updated 8:06 p.m. EDT May 18, 2018.

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In addition, a short term forecast of some significance -- heavy rainfall moving through those areas -- has taken precedence over the flood watch in Queen Anne's County on the Eastern Shore. This is why the short term forecast color (pale green) is taking precedence over a flood watch.

AKQ CWA advisories updated 8:04 p.m. EDT May 18, 2018.

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Rainfall totals for the past seven days through 5PM today (May 12 midnight - May 18th 5PM) have included the following amounts with monthly totals in parentheses):

KDCA: 5.09 (5.09)

KBWI: 4.96 (4.98)

KIAD: 4.35 (4.59)

KDMH: 4.12 (4.16)

If you subtract the second number from the first, you get the total precipitation (rainfall) for May 1 - 11. For KDCA, it was "TRACE."

Of note, all four climate stations are above normal both for the month-to-date and year-to-date, something that hasn't happened in quite a will. (Yes, KDMH only has a partial data set rather than a full 30-year normal.) I'm not going to post those right now -- I'll wait until after the rainy spell is over and/or the end of the month.

Needless to say, there is much moaning and bellyaching about the rainfall including on the CWG site -- both the entries and in the comment section. About that comment section, I just don't really feel like "chiming in" there any longer.

NWS point grid icon forecast and current weather advisories for Washington, D.C., May 18 - 22, 2018.

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As the briefest of personal updates, I left work a bit early this Friday (since I already had a surplus of hours for the week) and went to the Metro Center Macy's for what I knew would be a difficult excursion buying new shoes.

Rainy Friday evening at Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C., 6:50 p.m. May 18, 2018.

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In the end, I was there for 45 minutes -- but I have to say that the older, slight-statured fellow who works the men's shoe counter is an absolute dynamo, not to mention a very nice man. I want to send a praise of him to that Macy's management.

I ended up buying two pairs of shoes including a studier Timberland and some dress shoes. I also got a polo shirt and a new 8-pack of socks. The whole expedition set me back nearly $350 (in part because the dress shoes were $170 but they are nice and very comfortable, too).

I really needed new shoes.

Grounds between the Northumberland and Hampton Courts along New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 7:26 p.m. May 17, 2018.

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Of note, I actually have been wearing galoshes the past two days when I go out, and for tonight, I'm going to do so again when I go to No. 9 and Trade. I might also stop at one of the other places along 14th Street between U and P Streets that I frequently pass and that are -- or at least look -- inviting (restaurants with a bar area).

For tomorrow, it is a regular gym late afternoon / evening and then I'm home for the night doing my usual routine (laundry, MeTV watching, blogging, and dinner). Sunday is my usual free day.

OK, I'm going to wrap up this entry. My plan is to post tomorrow night my usual pair of entries including the one that I had intended to post last night but couldn't finish.

This includes some thoughts on Rep. Mo Brooks (R - Alabamy Mammy) and his incredible grasp of so many scientific fields to include climate science, geology, oceanography, plate tectonics and orography, and fundamentalist teabaggery. It also includes thoughts on this guy ...


Yes, Aaron M. Schlossberg, Esq. And his Smartphone (pictured directly above trying to go semi-incognito). An immigrant / foreigner-hating rightwing Trump-lover with a history of confrontations, Schlossberg had a fit because works in a lunchtime deli were speaking Spanish to customers -- and he threatened to call ICE on them. The whole thing was videoed, of course, and, not surprisingly in the current political climate, instantly "went viral."

What a jackass.

Talk about white male privilege and a thoroughly horrible person -- and one feeling emboldened by Trump and what he spews, including this week about immigrants and "animals." In this case, it came from a well-educated, professional class man living in New York City -- New York City!

I must say, though, that I rather enjoyed how the media -- especially the New York tabloid crew from the Daily News and Post -- chased him about New York City yesterday and gave him no peace (see image directly below). Ditto the social media reaction. Anyway, I'll have a bit more to say on Schlossberg in tomorrow's entry.


As for the latest mass shooting -- 10 killed in a Houston area high school -- there's really nothing to say. Instead, I just refer you to this Charlie Pierce piece comparing and contrasting America's "Second Amendment freedoms" with our other Constitutional freedoms.

Water-heavy flowers and leaves, 1500 block V Street NW, Washington, D.C., 1:29 p.m. May 17, 2018.

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And with that, I really am going to end this entry.

--Regulus

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Flooding Rains, Violent Squalls, Meteotsunamis, and Active Volcano Golfing Tee Time: Nature & Humans, Always Perfect Together

Lightning strikes the transmission tower atop One World Trade Center during a ghostly-beautiful sunset following violent thunderstorms that crossed the New York City area, May 15, 2018; Picture by Twitter user Max Guliani and reposted in this CWG entry.

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Wednesday evening.

Well, after all that dryness and low/occasionally moderate drought extending back into last winter -- and, for that matter, into last year and the year prior that was punctuated by the widely-spaced wet spell -- we are now in a bona fide rainy period here in the Mid-Atlantic that should looks to last in earnestness through Saturday and possibly into/through next week.

NWS/NCEP/WPC QPF forecast for the Lower 48 valid days 1 - 3 valid 0Z May 17, 2018 - 0Z May 20, 2018.

Yes, that is a bull's eye of 4 to 5 inches of rain over the immediate D.C. area. 

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Sterling (LWX) has raised a flash flood watch for the Baltimore/Washington corridor and west into the piedmont region while Mt. Holly/Philadelphia (PHI) has put one in effect for much of its county warning area. Especially heavy rainfall is progged for Friday into Saturday with models -- and even the official NWS forecasts -- showing 3 to 6 inches of rainfall in the watch areas.

NWS/NCEP/WPC QPF forecast for a portion of the eastern U.S. valid through day 7, May 24, 2018, as prettied up by Pivotal Weather for the Washington Post CWG.

This is basically a remade version of the map above focused on a portion of the eastern U.S. centered on the D.C. area and through day 7 instead of day 3.

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NWS Sterling (LWX) county warning area (CWA) weather advisories updated 6:27PM EDT May 16, 2018.

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NWS Philadelphia / Mt. Holly (PHI) CWA weather advisories updated 6:27PM EDT May 16, 2018.

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Also as noted in the above-linked CWG entry, here's how much rain today's models are predicting through Friday night in Washington:

GFS: 3.1 inches
Canadian: 4.6 inches
European: 4.7 inches
NAM: 6.3 inches

12Z 5/16/2018 NAM total quantitative precipitation forecast (QPF) for part of the eastern U.S. through hour 84 / 0Z May 20, 2018, as prettied up by Pivotal Weather.

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Some additional imagery:

NWS/NCEP/WPC National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD) surface weather map forecast for the Lower 48 U.S. valid 12Z May 17, 2018.

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NWS radar-estimated rainfall for the past 7 days through earlier today, May 16, 2018, for the D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia region.

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Today's weather is being driven by a quasi-stationary boundary draped east-west across Maryland back into West Virginia and Ohio and that is acting as a focusing mechanism for abundant moisture being fluxed up from a disorganized area of low pressure in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico and aided by the return flow around a large subtropical (Bermuda) ridge in the western Atlantic.

NWS high-resolution surface weather map for much of the eastern United States, valid 18Z May 16, 2018.

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NECONUS sector NWS composite radar mosaic looped 2018 - 2128UTC May 16, 2018.

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Of note, there were severe thunderstorms that struck parts of New York and Connecticut yesterday that killed at least five people due to falling trees (including an 11-year old girl who died when a tree fell onto her mother's SUV) and caused enough damage to warrant county-level state disaster declarations. Stories here and here.

Scary looking squall line engulfs lower Manhattan in a severe thunderstorm outbreak May 15, 2018; photo by AP photographer Denis Paquin.

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Last night, the D.C. area mostly avoided severe weather or torrential rains -- although there was some spectacular lightning -- but Frederick, Maryland was deluged with 4 to 6 inches of rain and resulting destructive flash flooding.

Very noteworthy, as a result of yesterday's severe thunderstorms from New Jersey into New England, a "meteotsunami" formed along the adjacent / just offshore of the coastline.

Tweet issued by NWS Boston/Taunton (BOX) at 2AM May 16, 2018 concerning the meteotsunami yesterday with an image of the tidal gauge at New Haven, Conn.

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The local CBS affiliate in Philadelphia has a surprisingly detailed and informative article on it as written by CBS 3 meteorologist Matt Peterson (link embedded): 'Meteotsunami' Was Reported Off Jersey Coast Yesterday, But What Exactly Is It?

Key points:

"The National Weather Service defines a meteotsunami as a large wave that is driven by air pressure changes associated with fast-moving weather systems." In this case, it was due to the line of thunderstorms and amplified by the depth of continental shelf waters.

Also ...

"At 10 p.m. on Tuesday, the ocean buoy off the coast of Atlantic City reported some strange readings. At a time when water and the tide should have been heading out to sea there was a reading of a water level rise.

From 10 p.m. to 10:12 p.m. the water level rose from 3.79 feet to 4.59 feet. That is a water level rise of just shy of 1 foot at a time when the tide is moving away from the shore."

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Volcano Golfing ...


Changing subjects, here is a Washington Post article -- complete with pictures by Getty photojournalist Mario Tama -- showing people blissfully unconcernedly golfing at the aptly-named Volcano Golf and Country Club while Kilauea's Halemaumau Crater hiccupped explosively (link embedded): People are golfing in Hawaii while the Kilauea volcano erupts and the photos are nuts.

Above and below are three of Tama's pictures.

Haha

This one is kind of hilarious looking. Look, I know that Kilauea erupts practically all the time in some fashion or other, but that really is nutty to be that close and unconcerned during such an explosive eruption.

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OK, that's all for now. For tonight, I would like to go to Macy's at Metro Center and buy the first of my planned two new pair of shoes, and thereafter, I'll perhaps get dinner at Baan Thai (back bar) and then go to Trade before heading home.

I want to watch Perry Mason on MeTV tonight to see the second of the 3 criminal cases that he loses -- namely, "The Case of the Witless Witness." Last night's was "The Case of the Terrified Typist" and tomorrow night's is "The Case of the Deadly Verdict."

(Mason loses two civil cases as well, and it is suggested he lost a capital case in another episode.) This is all part of the MeTV Perry MAYSon marathon of memorable episodes that MeTV is showing this week.

Tomorrow night is a gym night, and I post an entry thereafter. Of note, I went to the gym last night but it was kind of a mediocre workout, and when I got home, I just didn't feel like posting anything.

--Regulus