Friday, February 26, 2016

"Let's Go Surfin' Now, Everybody's Learnin' How, Come On and Safari with Me"* -OR- The Wind and the Waves After the Storm

**This entry was posted on February 26, 2016.**

*With apologies to the Beach Boys.

One of the ginormous waves that have been lashing the north shore of the Hawaiian Islands this week.

This photo was taken on or about Feb. 23rd by Instagram user clarklittle and reposted in this Huffington Post article. I think this picture was taken on Oahu around Waimea Bay, but I'm unsure. For more on this, see bottom of entry.

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So I am getting an extra late start on this entry, and because I am tired and want to be at work on time tomorrow, not to mention the fact that I have a jumble of things I want to post, I think I am just going to refrain from attempting to post anything substantial right now other than a weather update recapping yesterday's storms.

This entry does contain three pictures that two friends sent me as well as a few pictures I took.

Looking "up the skirt" of the ginormous Hughes Memorial Tower and its little companion tower, Washington, D.C., February 25, 2016.

This was sent to me by my good friend Chester. He took a bit of walk from Silver Spring down Georgia Avenue to the site of this our favorite D.C. transmitter tower. (My friend Wendy lives very close to this stop, but she is away in the Middle East helping war refugees.)

I'd like to know why it's called Hughes Memorial.

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I'll try to post a more complete entry later this evening (i.e., after work later today) and, yes, it will involve political commentary. Fred Hiatt's Washington Post Editorial Board -- American work class-destroying Neoliberal World Order Central -- is soiling its Washington Consensus dainties over Donald Trump and I love that fact.

Sally Quinn's dinner party is being ruined, I guess.

In Post editorial board-speak, it is the one being "shrill" (over the Trump phenomenon). "Shrill" is one of its harsher insults that it throws at those it doesn't like (usually left-liberals) along with "partisan" (again, mostly at the left).

But let's hold off on the good stuff for now.

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NWS high resolution surface weather map for the northeastern U.S., valid 3Z February 26, 2016 (10PM EST Feb. 25, 2016).

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It is a gusty, blustery, mostly cloudy night with some scattered flurries although the surface air temp. is well above freezing (39F at KDCA at the 1AM hour and fairly uninform area-wide given the mixing, hence it is 37F at both KBWI and KIAD). Winds tonight have been around 20MPH with gusts up to 35MPH.

Radar capture at 5:25PM EST February 24, 2016 showing the squall line approaching the immediate D.C. area.

I think this is the Sterling NWS radar prettied up by Weather Underground, but it could be another radar. I can't quite tell. It appears in the first CWG entry linked below.

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That giant storm system that brought the squally thunderstorms with heavy downpours to the entire Baltimore/Washington corridor last night is now way up over the Canadian Maritime provinces, but the pressure gradient is still tremendous, hence the northwesterly (cyclonic) flow.

The barometric pressure on Wednesday evening at KDCA actually got down to 29.28" (991.5mb), which is rather low for here. KBWI got down a bit lower at 29.27" (991.0mb).

Severe weather summery for the Baltimore/Washington region in the February 24, 2016 outbreak.

This was put together by Jordan Tessler, and it appears as well in the first CWG linked below.

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The CWG has these two entries recapping the squall line that blasted across the region last night (links embedded):


Oh, God, not the derecho again.

What looks very much like a rotating wall cloud over Dumfries, Va., yesterday early evening (Feb. 24, 2016) in a picture taken by Tricia Bovey and posted on her Twitter site and reposted in the above-linked CWG entry.

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Here is the second CWG entry:


Oh, and there were apparently lovely rainbows on Thursday morning at sunrise, which I missed, of course:


An almost artificial-looking picture of a rainbow and the morning sunlit Washington Monument in a picture taken by a man described in the above-linked CWG as the husband of Anne Marie Materna Hauer and posted on her Facebook account and reposted in that entry.

Does this mean the pot of gold is at the base of the Washington Monument? My guess is that it is with a leprechaun on the Fox News Channel peddling gold bullion for the always-imminent Zimbabwe-style hyperinflation.

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Rainfall totals for the two-day event varied widely and were as follows:

KDCA: 1.62"
KBWI: 3.21"
KIAD: 1.14"
KDMH: 3.06"

The Feb. 24th KBWI total of 2.61" was easily a daily record, surpassing the 1.70" set in 1979. KDMH had 2.49" but it doesn't have a 30-year climate normal base period yet.

The weather should calm down for the time being -- and even start to warm up to about 60F for highs this weekend. The longer range pattern might turn colder / wintry again in early March.

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Changing topics, I'd like to introduce Briar Rose to you ...

My very good friend Andrea just got a new dog a couple weeks ago and this is she.

Related to the weather, she and Andrea got very wet last night returning from doggy day care and after a bath and being properly dried, she went right to bed.

How adorable. I'm looking forward to meeting Briar.

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As a personal update, last night, I went to dinner at the Post Pub (at the bar) and then went to Trade to meet Kristof. Gary then showed up and after we all departed, I went briefly to Floriana before going home (stopping at the Safeway).

Earlier tonight, after work I went to the gym and had a good multi-part workout. However, I think a Monday - Wednesday gym schedule is better than a Monday - Thursday one.

The Post Pub, Washington, D.C., 6:58PM Feb. 24, 2016.

Yes, it's named for The Washington Post, which used to be located around the corner on 15th Street but has since moved to K Street. I walked there in a deluge from Metro Center, where I had gone to the Macy's to get some new socks and boxer briefs. I had that all safely stowed away, so that didn't get wet.

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I'm going to end the entry shortly, but I would like to note -- and, yes, here is another CWG entry about it -- the massive waves of up to 40 feet at Waimea Bay, Oahu that resulted in a rare Eddie Aikau surfer competition (not to mention some damage to beach front homes and property). (These competitions apparently only happen when waves in Waimea Bay are at least 20 feet high.)

Picture from the "Eddie" surfer competition at Waimea Bay, Oahu, Hawaii, February 25, 2016 in a picture by Ric Noyle and posted in the above-linked CWG entry.

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Named for the late legendary surfer Eddie Aikau, this competition involved his 66-year old brother, Clyde. Here is a local Hawaii news story about it.

The gargantuan waves were pumped up (as they always are) by the monster extratropical cyclones thousands of miles away up to the Gulf of Alaska.

Honestly, I don't know how these surfers ride those waves as they do. The power of those waves is phenomenal.

Good God.

(This is another picture from Instagram user clarklittle.)

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OK, that's all for now. I'm heading to bed and dreamtime. Again, I'll try to update the blog Friday (this) evening.

--Regulus

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