Saturday, November 22, 2014

Jukebox Saturday Night Entry for Nov. 22nd, 2014: The "Later On, I'd Rather Be" Edition

"Later On" by Mezzoforte from the group's Live in Reykjavik release (2007)

This was performed live by the band -- and quite possibly in Reykjavik, and thus "live in Reykjavik" but not to be confused with the group's album of same name on which this song appears. Mezzoforte is an Icelandic band, specifically, described (at least on Wikipedia) as an instrumental jazz-funk fusion band.


"Rather Be" by Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne from the group's New Eyes release (2014)

I love the lyrics to this song. (I'd post them but I don't have time tonight.) They are sung by British singer Jess Glynne rather than the Japanese girl in the video, who is actually the Japanese-born actress Haruka Abe.

The video is strange and captivating. I can't quite tell the story it's trying to tell, specifically, who is her beloved -- another woman (featured briefly in the video) or a guy. I do like all the scenes from Tokyo including its ginormous Tsukiji fish market (through which enormous quantities of the western Pacific ecosystem, having been sucked from the ocean by trawlers, pass), on its subway system, and along the nearby seashore.

Also, the YouTube video has had nearly 173 million hits as of today. That's impressive.

OK, that's all for now. I'm just posting two videos in tonight's Jukebox Saturday Night Entry. I am meeting Damon for dinner at Logan Tavern. I had a decent gym workout this afternoon / early evening but I'm tired now.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Still More Pictures and Information on the Buffalo Area Epic Double Blizzard this Week

This picture appeared on the Instagram account of user j2marcus living in Hamburg (a suburb of Buffalo) where over 70 inches of snow fell in a four-day period this week. The little dog is named Gracie, who looks quite confused by the massive wall of white towering above her. Source image here.


This is a follow-up entry to the one I wrote about the epic Buffalo area lake effect blizzard this week. Oh, and after a second 2 to 3 foot dumping on many of the same areas that brought selected spots' two-storm / 4-day totals into the 6 to 8 foot range with one spot reaching an hard-to-fathom 88.0 inches of snow, it was in fact an epic and historic event, even if not in Buffalo proper (officially, KBUF had 16.9 inches).

OK, then.

(This is another j2marcus Instagram image, source here.)


This entry includes some additional fantastic photographs -- such as the two above -- that people took and posted on their Instagram, Twitter, or other social media sites that appeared on media outlet sites including this Capital Weather Gang entry. It also includes an online account by a local radio reporter at the usually incredibly annoying WTOP station here in D.C. (I say "incredibly annoying" because the reporters and news readers on WTOP say the station's call letters "W-T-O-P" at least 4 times a minute or, at minimum, approx. 5,800 times a day.

Saying it that many times probably earns Wall-P more money and makes the Washington Consensus crowd happy.

Here is a truncated / slightly edited version of a screen shot of the Buffalo area snowfall totals as of 4:51PM EST today (Nov. 21, 2014) that appeared on the Buffalo NWS Forecast Office website. This covers the full 4-day period in question.

The highest amounts are 88.0 inches in Cowlesville, N.Y. (amateur radio operator report); 79.5 inches 1 mile north of Hamburg, N.Y. (NWS employee report); and 78.0 inches in West Seneca, N.Y. (trained spotter). (Again, "COCORAHS" refers to the CoCoRaHS network.)

Again, KBUF officially had 16.9 inches. Interestingly, Niagara Falls (the city) had a mere 4.6 inches.


Dave Dildine took a flight from KDCA to KBUF just before the first blizzard struck on November 18 and his account his here (link embedded): Entombed in snow: a personal account of New York's snowstorm. My co-worker Laura pointed this out to me this morning.

Here is an extended excerpt with pictures and a YouTube clip from the article and its photo gallery plus some images I found on the above-linked CWG entry.

Last weekend, when forecasters began calling for an "incredible lake effect snow event," I decided I wanted to be a part of weather history. On Monday afternoon, my flight from Reagan National Airport to Buffalo Niagara International Airport would fly through the cold front that, hours earlier, had escorted a frigid air mass across the Great Lakes. The record-setting cold set the stage for a localized, but epic, snowstorm ...

The storm's overnight exhibition was extraordinary. As the winds increased, so too did the size of the drifts. And then, in a flash, came the thundersnow -- a half-dozen strokes of lightning in succession at close range. The crack of thunder was deafening, not at all diminished by the onslaught of snow.

Next to the hotel, traffic on the New York State Thruway ground to a halt by midnight. Drivers in vehicles of all sizes became stranded, overwhelmed by merciless snowfall. Cars, pickups and semis were left abandoned in the middle of roads nearby, catawampus and clustered. They were soon shrouded in snow, frozen in time.

Caption from article: Snow drifts over an abandoned car on a once-plowed Route 75. The lake effect storm left thousands of drivers stranded. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

(Blogger Editor's Note: I renamed this image file and included a date of Nov. 18, 2014 though it could have been Nov. 17th or, more likely, the wee hours of Nov. 19th.)


By the following morning, visibility was often near zero. My periodic walks became more exhausting as the snow depths increased. It was impossible to venture more than a hundred feet or so from the hotel without fear of becoming disoriented and lost.

Back at the hotel, the white walls were closing in. Enormous "snow dunes" swelled upward from the parking lot to the second-story balcony. The windows and walls were rimmed in clumps of ice.

That night, the roof of the hotel creaked and moaned under the weight of the snow. This made for a tense, restless sleep. The storm's howling winds were now deadened by enormous drifts that banked up against the walls.

By dawn, the squall had lifted north and weakened. The sun rose over a glaciated landscape. Most human things had vanished; the edges of cars were erased. Houses and larger structures appeared lower, their roofs blunted by sagging cornices made of ice. Vehicles abandoned on the nearby roads were nearly invisible.

With skies already darkening by midday and another several feet forecast, a hectic and exhausting dig-out ensued. In the narrow window of clear weather, I was faced with a labyrinth of road closures between the hotel and airport. A 20-minute drive to Blasdell (south of Buffalo) was a nearly four-hour return trip, with many roads, including the New York State Thruway, closed or impassable. I arrived at the airport as the next round of snow was moving overhead.

I learned that every city has its breaking point. In Washington, a mere inch of snow during rush hour will cause the grid to seize. But five to six feet of snow in 24 hours, even in the snow-savvy suburbs of Buffalo, is crippling and downright dangerous.


To be clear, the Blizzard of 1977 still stands (and long may it stand) as the worst ever in terms of snowfall in Buffalo proper including wind, cold, and snowfall amounts, not to mention loss of life. Also, to of note, that storm was not a lake effect event in that Lake Erie was already frozen over. However, it featured the strange fact is that much of the snow that fell on Buffalo is believed to have been blown off of frozen Lake Erie rather than falling from a weather system. 29 people lost their lives in that event. (This event as so far a reported 13 fatalities.)

I also wanted to note that a significant warm up and moderate rainfall of about 1/2 inch are forecasted for western New York state by early next week so serious flooding is a possibility. Indeed, the entire western tip of New York state is under a flood watch including the entire Buffalo area.

This a forecast of what are probably 850mb temperatures (that's how I noted the image file name) for Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 from appearing on the above-linked CWG entry. However, I do not know what model or model run it is taken from and for what exact time it is valid.


Oh, yes, the CWG very annoyingly had this dumb-ass entry about how it is going to get really warm here in the D.C. area -- potentially low 70s Fahrenheit -- by Monday and then cold again with the bogus model chance of some wet snow on Thanksgiving. That's bullshit and horseshit combined.

We aren't getting any snow next week. Full stop. And probably not much this winter.

True, it has been rather blustery and cold this month -- including today with temps just 40F at KDCA with gusty northwesterly winds under mostly sunny skies (and tonight should drop into the 22F to 26F range across most of the area, if not KDCA itself). But it really is a dead-shit pattern. However, it might rain on Sunday as it warms up.

There was some comment by someone saying he or she wouldn't mind a bit of "conversational snow" next week provided "it doesn't seriously impact holiday travel." My comment is underneath it -- it didn't get too many thumbs up, though. Oh, well. (It's at the very bottom of the comment section.)

Yours truly in my office (in a side suite) by L'Enfant Plaza, Washington, D.C., 1:23PM November 18, 2014. This was right at the time south Buffalo was getting 4 to 5 feet of snow in the first event. As you can see, the weather was very different in D.C.

We don't get "weather" in Washington, not this time of year.


Here is what I wrote (yes, as Arcturus24):

We're not getting any "conversational snow" in the immediate D.C. area next week or anytime in the next month. Our "big snow" will be a 2-inch event on, like, Feb. 16th between 5 and 6 in the morning -- everything shutdown -- and it will be partly cloudy and 45F by 2PM that afternoon. Oh, and National Airport will "officially" report 0.4 inches.

"Conversational snow ..." One would have to have a conversation if it actually snowed here. The conversation would be: Gee, how did that happen?

Well, I thought it was funny. And you have to read the "conversational snow" with incredulity and sarcasm.

Here is one more Instagram picture on j2marcus's site. I realize it is odd and perhaps a bit creepy to post pictures of other people -- esp. those you don't know -- but this image of Gracie (featured in the lead image to this entry as well pondering the massive snow) was just too cute not to post. This was taken on Nov. 16, 2014. Source image here.


OK, that's all for now. I am meeting Gary and Larry's Lounge and then perhaps going to No. 9. I intend to post a jukebox Saturday night entry tomorrow (before a planned dinner and bar jaunt with Damon this weekend, who is actually available as the wife and baby are away). I then plan to post an entry about the movie Interstellar (which I saw last Sunday) this coming Sunday.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Mysterious High-Altitude Explosion Above Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia, and a Little Drone's Bird's-Eye View of Snowy West Seneca, N.Y.

WTF was that??

See below for discussion of this mysterious high-altitude explosion over Siberia's Sverdlovsk region last Friday evening local time.


This entry is to note the mysterious massive burst of light (explosion) over a remote Ural Mountains region of Siberia that occurred last Friday evening local time. It occurred near / above the town of Rezh in the Ural Mountains / Sverdlovsk Oblast of the Ural Federal District (about 930 miles east of Moscow) at 1839 local (YEKT) time (8:39AM EST) on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014.

The flash lasted for about 10 seconds and has been aptly described as "sun-like" although it was overcast in the region so it wasn't possible to see the actual light source. It is pictured above in a video still from a car's dash cam and in a series of four video stills from that same dash cam. (The dash cam footage itself is embedded below as a YouTube clip.)

A Twitter tweet showing a series of four images from aforementioned car dash cam showing the mysterious explosion. This is from the RT Twitter feed here.


No one knows it is a high-altitude meteor detonating or a rocket blowing up or something else. And, no, it couldn't have been a high-altitude nuclear blast -- that's just too far-fetched and news of something like that simply could not be suppressed. Besides, there would have been an EMP and residual radiation detected all over the place.

Here is the Yahoo News article that reposts the original Christian Science Monitor article (link embedded): Mysterious burst of light over Russia leaves scientists, locals guessing.

The CSM article contains links to two YouTube clips of the event that I have embedded in this entry. The first is from a dash-cam on a car being driven along some lonely stretch of nighttime highway truly in the Middle of No-Where. The second is from a Smartphone and some of the language has been bleeped out by the E1-Ru news outfit because, presumably, the folks were using profanity. (No, I'm not linking to anything with ".ru" in the address.)

Here is a 27-second YouTube clip showing the aforementioned car dash-cam view of the explosion.


Here is a 36-second YouTube clip showing a Smartphone video of the explosion. There is a reddish glow in the sky that precedes the main flash -- and, in fact, it is that reddish glow that first attracts the attention of the person (likely a young man and his companions) and is why he is filming in that direction.

Mike -- Can you tell me what those people are saying??


As for the dash-cam, yes, we all learned about their ubiquity in Russia during the Chelyabinsk meteor / superbolide event as a result of all contrived accidents that are extortion attempts and the local police are, at best, wholly indifferent, at worst, in on the scam. (They're living the libertarian dream over there, aren't they??)

Oh, yes, one other question: What is it about Siberia and strange things in or crashing down from the sky?? I mean, I know Siberia is an absolutely GARGANTUAN place, but really.

From mysterious flashes filmed in the sky to little drones filming from the sky ...

Video still of an aerial drone footage above West Seneca, N.Y., on Nov. 19, 2014 following a roughly 5 foot lake effect blizzard the previous day.


Oh, and while I am posting things filmed in sky, or in this case, from the sky, there is an interesting follow-through that I would like to post to my previous entry on the massive Buffalo area lake effect snow event -- an entry that I significantly expanded tonight (thus not doing what I said, which was to NOT update the blog until Friday night). I found out about it in a CWG entry showing a video taken by a drone (yes, a drone) of one of the more deeply snow-buried communities, West Seneca, N.Y.

The drone apparently belongs to James Grimaldi of West Seneca, N.Y., and he made what turned out to be two YouTube clips that are embedded below. (The video in the CWG entry is a single condensed version of both videos and features lovely light jazz music. However, I cannot embed that one.)

Day 1 ...

Here is a full 7-minute YouTube clip featuring a fly-about the residential neighborhood during the snow blitz on Tuesday.


Day 2 ...

Above is a nearly 9-minute YouTube clip featuring another fly-about of his little drone over the same neighborhood on Wednesday after the snow had ended.


Uh, oh ... Benji Wittes heard the word drones and is all excited...


No, Benji, this is drone doesn't also launch missiles. It's just basically a glorified model airplane with a good camera.


Sorry, Benji, I can't help you or your Washington Consensus on that one. Maybe Uncle Fred can help.


And with that, I shall sign off. My next update really and truly won't be until at least Friday night or Saturday.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Update on the Buffalo Area Massive Lake Effect Snow Event and a Midweek Blogging Note (SECOND UPDATE - Much Additional Content)

**Updated with significant additional content 12:38AM 11/20/2014: See below.**

The massive snow squall -- resembling one of those desert haboobs except its grayish white -- as seen from the top of a skyscraper along Lake Erie (unsure of exact location) and looking (I think) south around 9:30AM Nov. 18, 2014. Source here.


I had just created an update to my previous entry to note the fantastic amounts of snow that fell south of Buffalo yesterday -- as much as five feet of snow -- and the incredible gradient associated with it (KBUF itself had 6.2" through 8AM this morning). I also had pictures that I found on the Capital Weather Gang in this entry.

Blizzard conditions with massive amounts of snow in the south suburbs of Buffalo on the morning of Nov. 18, 2014 in a picture posted by Nicole Milligan.


However, my fucked up browser decided to freeze up for whatever asinine reason (the sort that pleases Wall-P and his Big Telecom racket, excites the Hysterical One, and earns Bill Gates another billion dollars), and so I lost the entire update, so it's gone. However, I've basically recreated in here in this short, separate entry.

Close-up image of the KBUF NWS radar in enhanced base mode reflectivity showing the intense snow band and incredible snow gradient associated with it at 4:13PM EST Nov. 18, 2014. The snow band was like a fire hose off Lake Erie.


Through 930AM this morning, the highest snowfall totals were in Gardenville, N.Y., with 60.0 inches and in West Seneca, N.Y., with 57.0 inches. The airport itself (KBUF) had 6.2 inches. I'm not sure that even those incredible amounts are record-setting for that region overall. Whatever the case, the snow band has slowly shifted north and is gradually dissipating as the winds relax.


I also mentioned in that failed update -- and I am restating it here -- that I am having trouble posting entries this week. My schedule is simply too cluttered and disjointed and the hours just aren't there. In addition, I have a large multi-part assignment at work that is going to require I do some work at home after I get back from the gym late tonight. In short, I'm not sure when I'll be able to update this blog this week -- potentially not until Friday night.


SECOND UPDATE 12:38AM 11/20/2014: Additional Buffalo Blizzard Pictures / Information

An image of what it truly means to be "snowed in" taken in West Seneca, N.Y., on Monday night by Ed Russo, November 18, 2014.

West Seneca had just about 5 feet of snow in the lake effect blizzard. I love the imprint of the door design on the snow.


I would like to add some additional content including amazing photographs and time lapse images of the "wall" / standing "haboob" of snow that engulfed the southern sections of the Buffalo area for much of Monday. The images are from this SPLOID / Kizmodo site and another CWG entry, although these sites took the images, in turn, from various Twitter and Instagram user pages.

An aerial view taken from about 25,000 feet or so above Buffalo showing the haboob-like snow squall.

Yes, "haboob" -- and, yes, it's an Arabic word used to refer to a powerful dust or sand storm, and no, it doesn't mean Obama is a Muslim/Kenyan/Socialist who is secretly doing weather modification experiments to confuse you about anthropogenic climate change, that is, global warming. More to the point, if  you're such a paranoid Teabagger that you don't like that Arabic term, I also suggest you don't use the word "algebra." Or for that matter, the names of the brightest 50 or so stars. Of course, if you're that dumb, you're unlikely to know much algebra or astronomy. Thank you.


A 32-second time-lapse video taken by Alfonzo Cutaia atop the Guaranty Building at 140 Pearl Street in Buffalo, N.Y., on Nov. 18, 2014 showing the lake effect snow squall in all its haboob-like awesomeness. Note that the squall is moving mostly parallel to the image -- so it never really engulfs downtown Buffalo where this is located.


A picture taken closer to the edge of the "wall of snow" that engulfed the south side of Buffalo all day on Nov. 18, 2014.


Snowfall Amounts ...

Above: A slightly truncated screen shot image from a public information statement put out by the Buffalo NWS Forecast Office of the storm total[1][2]. I would link directly to the webpage but the content of this page will change quickly. Also, the "COCORAHS" reference is really CoCoRaHS and it refers to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network.

[1]I edited out the snow totals preceding it and went straight to the Erie County ones just so it could have the time-stamped header.

[2]To be clear, it is still snowing at this midnight hour in Buffalo -- but this is associated with a frontal system about to sweep through and in the whose wake there will be another round of intense, localized lake effect snows that could bring 2 to 3 feet in certain spots.

A man holds his dog in the 5+ foot blizzard that buried Lancaster, N.Y., where this was taken, Nov. 18, 2014.

I really hope that man brought that confused little pup back inside right after this picture was taken.


The highest total is 65.0 inches (5'5") 4 miles south of Cheektowaga followed by nearby Lancaster with 63.0 inches. Consider that 3 miles north of Cheektowaga, there was just 2.0 inches of snow. That's a 5-foot gradient of snow in 7 miles -- a distance you could walk in 2-1/2 hours. The KBUF official total remained at 6.2 inches.

Another image perspective of the wall of snow just south of Buffalo, N.Y., November 18, 2014.

You could literally walk a short distance into a blizzard.


Finally, there is this image ...

It shows what is a nighttime high-altitude (maybe 25,000 foot?) aerial view of Buffalo and Lake Erie with the snowsquall covering part of the area. It was posted in the above-linked CWG entry and came from an Instagram user "DailyClimb." However, when I looked at that Instagram page, "DailyClimb" said he/she had not taken the picture and it was not sourced.


Gary and I are supposed to visit Buffalo for 3 to 4 days starting on Christmas day. It is a repeat of our visit there last January -- with the intention of seeing snow and this time at Christmas (since a "white Christmas" in D.C. pretty much never happens in any meaningful way -- and spare me any bullshit about midnight dustings or 2 inches of snow out in Warrenton somehow counting).

In addition, Buffalo is actually a rather nice city, especially in its Allentown section near where we are staying, not to mention people are quite friendly.

End of Update and Entry.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Remote and Little Known Seaside Peninsula in Western Sahara; A Brief Cold Morning Update; and Buffalo's First Big Seasonal Lake Effect Snow

The ruins of what looks like an old fort in the seaside ghost town of La Güera (also known as La Agüera and La Gouera), Western Sahara, as seen on Sept. 15, 2012. This is located at the southern tip of the Ras Nouadhibou peninsula known as Cap Blanc. It is actually partitioned between Western Sahara and Mauritania with the former occupied by Morocco. Photo credit: Jose Antonio Navegante. (John Anthony the Navigator??)

The Ras Nouadhibou peninsula -- located at the very bottom left corner of this map of Western Sahara -- is similar in geomorphology to another peninsula of Western Sahara a bit under 200 miles to the north-northeast that includes the city of Dakhla, which I wrote about in this entry.

I've always been intrigued by Western Sahara (formerly Spanish Sahara) because of its desert-by-the-ocean location -- in particular, the Atlantic Ocean -- and because present-day Western Sahara is the region to which the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States including New Jersey was attached as recently as 200 million years ago when Pangaea existed.

Something like this. Click on image for larger version.


Sorry for lack of updates last night. I started an entry but it spiraled out of control in terms of length and was much too vitriolic, plus I was very tired after a long day that included a good gym workout.

Despite the middle November calendar date, it's a mid-winter cold and blustery morning here in the Washington, D.C., area with temperatures presently a bit below freezing even at KDCA proper. It won't get much warmer today. We had a rainy frontal passage yesterday with about 3/4 to 1 inch of rain area-wide. (The two-day rainfall total at KDCA and KIAD were both 0.72" while KBWI had 1.05".)

There is not going to be any snow for us in this set up. That is not the case along in Buffalo (where Gary and I are going on Christmas day for a four day visit) and across the Lake Erie and Lake Ontario snow belts where the first major lake effect event of the season is ongoing.

The Buffalo NWS county warning area (CWA) advisories currently in effect as of 930AM Nov. 18, 2014 as shown on the BUF NWS webpage. The deep aquamarine (or is it medium sea green?) are lake effect snow warnings for as much as four to five feet of snow in isolated places.


I'll try to post an entry later tonight.


Monday, November 17, 2014

A Middle-to-Late Fall Kinda Crummy Weekend (With Some Bright Spots) & Weather Update

Fall day in the 2000 block of New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 2:36PM November 15, 2014.


This was kind of a low-grade crappy weekend all-around, although Friday night was fun with Wendy at No. 9* and the movie Interstellar that I saw today at the National Air and Space Museum with Quill was interesting, to say the least. I also had a good gym workout on Saturday. Oh, and I had a short but enjoyable time at Larry's Lounge tonight.

*To be clear, it was also a boozy time as a result of a post-work happy hour in Gallery Place that morphed directly into a Friday night.

However, the nonstop financial squeeze with which must live for about half of every month based upon the fact that one of my two monthly paychecks must go heavily toward rent -- is really wearing on my soul. It's just so frickin' annoying and soul-draining.

Yeah, yeah, I know ... It's WHY America is Columbia is the Gem of the Ocean and that Shining City Upon a GOP Hill. It's also why crummy little Wall-P, a.k.a., Pitty Shil, the always-in-service tool of Big Telecom corporate oligarchy, has an infinite supply of money even while it has no identifiable soul, just binary circuit boards.

Ain't that great how that works out?

"Eh. Eh. Eheheheh. Once again, my legal genius has combined with my superior financial acumen to ensure accelerating asset appreciation of my holdings in the 4th quarter, which demonstrates that RAHTHER than--"

Ohhhh, shut-up, Wall-P, you little corporate stooge on wheels. (By the way, Wall-P says "RAHTHER" when it is trying to sound like the urban sophisticate that it isn't. I suppose Staff doesn't feel threatened by that and so allows Wall-P to keep saying it.)


The alley behind my Hampton Courts apartment building, Washington, D.C., 11:10AM November 14, 2014.


As it is, I'm just really low on money until my scheduled paycheck on Nov. 25th, at which point I should be OK for the subsequent two weeks or so. Of note, my birthday is on the 26th (the day before Thanksgiving this year). I hate having a birthday that is always lost in the ultra-family-oriented holiday of Thanksgiving. It's annoying.

On a semi-related note, I'm hoping on the 25th to go with at least Kristof and LP to that Belgian restaurant -- La Sur Place -- in Palisades where we went last year. I'll see if Wendy and/or Gary would like to go.


Weather Update ...

A portion of the U.S. composite radar mosaic image focused on the Ohio River Valley, Appalachians, and Southeastern U.S., 0538UTC (12:38AM EST) November 17, 2014.


Quantitative precipitation forecast (QPF) forecast for days 1 - 2 valid 0Z Nov. 17, 2014 (7PM EST Nov. 16, 2014) through 0Z Nov. 19, 2014 (7PM EST Nov. 18, 2014).

This shows about 1.25 to 1.50 inches for the immediate D.C. area. I have found this forecast tends to overestimate.


Turning to the weather, it's an overcast night with scattered light rain showers and temps. around 40F. As for the overall weather pattern, here is the relevant snippet from the 850PM area forecast discussion from Sterling LWX this evening:


The NWS 12-hour surface map forecast for 12Z (7AM EST) November 17, 2014.


Indeed, the forecasted high on Tuesday might not break 32F even here in D.C. and overnight lows will be in the 15F to 20F range before it starts to warm up somewhat by Wednesday - Thursday. However, no measurable snowfall is anticipated in the immediate area.

The NWS 24-hour surface map forecast for 0Z (7PM EST) November 18 (17th), 2014.


Oh, yes, speaking of cold temperatures, it actually reached 32F for an overnight low officially at KDCA on the morning of the 15th for the first official freeze of the season. Ditto the Maryland Science Center (KDMH). Both KBWI and KIAD reached 25F.

OK, that's all for now.

I really need to have a productive day tomorrow writing up the minutes of two of the recent CC regional monthly teleconferences for which I was the note taker. I also intend to go to the gym on Monday night. I'll try to update the blog tomorrow night with some links to articles as well as the pictures from that Nov. 2nd bike ride I never posted.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Jukebox Saturday Night Entry for Nov. 15th, 2014: The 1, 2, & 3 More Times Edition

"Sunday Smile" by Jay Soto from his Mesmerized release (2009)

This is a nice smooth jazz piece.


"Suit & Tie" by Justin Timberlake ft. Jay-Z from the former's release The 20/20 Experience  (2013)

I never thought I'd actually like Justin Timberlake (given what a young punk he was) but I guess I do now.


Speaking of punks ...

... here is something more Saturday night "Old School House" upbeat (since, as you know, I like that sort of stuff) ...

"One More Time" by Daft Punk with vocals by Romanthony from the group's Discovery release (2001)

This was a very popular House song -- specifically, a French House one since Daft Punk is a French duo -- worldwide in the 2000s. As for Romanthony (Anthony Wayne Moore), sadly, he died in May 2013 at age 45 reportedly from complications due to kidney disease. That makes the lyrics and closing clock tower bell chimes more poignant.

The odd anime cartoon video accompanying the song apparently was later -- in 2003 -- incorporated into a Japanese / French anime film Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem about rescuing a kidnapped interstellar music band.


OK, that's all for now. I'll try to update the blog tomorrow morning, although I am supposed to see the movie Interstellar with Quill at the IMAX theatre at the National Air & Space Museum at 2PM. Thus, there is a chance I won't update the blog until Monday night..


Gettin' Their Koala Freak On at This Year's G20 Leaders' Summit in Brisbane

**This entry was posted on November 15, 2014.**

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and U.S. President Barack Obama both holding koalas at the opening of the G20 Leaders' Summit in Brisbane, Australia, November 15, 2014.

Prime Minister Abbott is hosting this year's G20 Leaders' Summit. I get the feeling he has held koala bears before. (OK, they aren't really "bears" -- just koalas.)


The annual G20 Leaders' Summit is underway and this year it is occurring in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. At the start of the two-day summit today (November 15th, 2014), leaders from the G20 member states and this year's guest members got to meet a pair of koalas (to be clear, it looks like there were two of them). Koalas are, of course, among the most famous of Australian animals.

U.S. President Barack Obama holds a koala whose head is being petteed by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, start of the G20 Leaders' Summit, Brisbane, Australia, November 15, 2014.


The full Flickr photo gallery here and Huffington article here.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Russian President Vladimir Putin both holding koalas at the opening of the G20 Leaders' Summit in Brisbane, Australia, November 15, 2014.


One of the koalas is named Jimbelung. I couldn't determine the name of the other one. They both might be from the nearby Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, where the G20 leaders' spouses went for a visit. Also, I could not determine if their keeper at the koala meet is named Michele Barnes or Michele Barneds -- both show up on the Flickr stream captions. I have written it here as "Barnes" since that seems more likely.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott holds a koala while German Chancellor Angela Merkel and IMF President Christine Lagarde look on dotingly, at the start of the G20 Leaders' Summit, Brisbane, Australia, November 15, 2014.


German Chancellor Merkel pets the koala held by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, start of G20 Leaders' Summit, Brisbane, Australia, November 15, 2014.

No, Ms. Merkel, the koala's name is not "Austerity" -- just sayin'.


Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper holding a koala at the start of the G20 Summit, Brisbane, Australia, November 15, 2014.

This koala bear looks like it has a lazy eye.

It must be great to be the Conservative Prime Minister of Canada: You and your political party and the country that you lead can, no questions asked, exploit every natural resource available on the planet through all those behemoth extractive Canadian corporations operating all over the world -- your own country wealthy and pristine -- and all while the rest of humanity thinks you're basically some snowy combination of Dudley Do-Right and Jesus Christ.


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott greet a koala held by Michele Barnes* at the start of the G20 Leaders' Summit in Brisbane, Australia, November 15, 2014.

*See above for name issue.


South Korean President Park Geun-hye holds a koala at the G20 Leaders' Summit, Brisbane, Australia, November 15, 2014.


The President of Myanmar U Thein Sein holding a koala at the G20 Summit, Brisbane, Australia, November 15, 2014.

I assume Myanmar (formerly Burma Shave) is one of the guest member G20 countries at this year's Leaders' Summit.


Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key holds a koala at the start of the G20 Leaders' Summit in Brisbane, Australia, November 15, 2014.

Prime Minster Key, may I please move to your country? I'll take any old desk job in Auckland.


There were two other pictures that I didn't post of leaders holding a koala that are linked here: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.


OK, that concludes this entry. A jukebox Saturday night entry to follow in a bit.