Friday, June 17, 2016

Friday Morning Post: Weather-Themed and Brief General Update

Washington Monument silhouetted by eclipsing the early evening Sun, Washington, D.C., 5:46PM June 13, 2016.

This entry is a pared down version of the one I was composing last night focusing mainly on a weather update. It includes some pictures that I took on my Monday day-off walk. There is also a brief personal update. All the Jonathan Chait links and excerpts will have to wait for another entry.

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First up, the weather ...

Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in standard base reflectivity, looped 9:05PM to 940PM EDT June 16, 2016.

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A much-anticipated and media hyped cluster of thunderstorms pushed across the Baltimore / Washington region tonight, dropping widely varying amounts of needed rainfall. While D.C. itself had under 1/2", Dulles Airport had over 2.5 inches and a daily record of 2.82" (see below). but with no real violence as the storms were weakening somewhat as they approached.

NWS composite radar mosaic, U.S. Northeastern sector, looped 2248 - 2358UTC June 16, 2016.

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Here are the daily and month totals (with departures). The daily totals primarily came from tonight's thunderstorms although KIAD had already picked up 0.24" by 5PM.

KDCA: 0.46"
Month to date: 0.94" -1.08"

KBWI: 0.63"
Month to date: 1.20" -0.71"

KIAD: 2.82" (daily record)
Month to date: 4.01" +1.82"

KDMH: 0.25"
Month to date: 0.98" -0.84" (not a full 30-year dataset)

Sterling (LWX) weather advisories updated 1139PM EDT June 16, 2016.

Note: By 9AM Friday morning, everything was dropped and the map was just white (blank).

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The CWG went gonzo nutso over this event with this sprawling, ever-metastasizing entry (the title of which changed several times, too) (link embedded): Severe thunderstorm watch: Torrential rain and damaging winds possible across parts of D.C. area this evening (UPDATES). (Note: The title had again changed by morning, but I'm not changing it here.)

Farther south in the Richmond area and presently into the Tidewater area, the storms were much more severe with hail and possible tornadoes. (I will note that there was a really awesome looking mammatus cloud formation directly overhead around 7PM.)

Wakefield (AKQ) NWS radar in standard base mode reflectivity, 10:11PM EDT June 16, 2016.

Note the outflow boundary -- showing up as a curvy blue line -- just south of (detaching from) the east-west elongated portion of the thunderstorm cluster. That line was propagating southward in the looped version (which I could not capture).

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More noteworthy is what a vast stretch of the Lower 48 that is under either heat advisories or excessive heat warnings including the Southern Plains and Lower Mississippi River valley and nearly all of the Desert Southwest -- where high temps of 110F+ have been recorded.

NWS weather advisories updated 0336UTC June 17, 2016.

This image does not contain the legend but the orange colors are heat advisories and the magenta / deep pink are excessive heat warnings. There is also an excessive heat watch in parts of Southern California.

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I made it to the gym tonight and had just about a complete workout including my first 6+ mile jog since all that stuff happened earlier this month. I also did some moderately strenuous weightlifting before going into the swimming pool. I still haven't done any core workout. This followed a busy day at work -- featuring the final day-long session of merit review for one of the EERE technology program offices that I attended for three days (since returning to work) as a note-taker.

Fountain, Watergate Complex, Washington, D.C., 3:29PM June 13, 2016.

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I took -- typed on my laptop -- almost 100 pages of notes in those three days, trying to transcribe what reviewers were saying in their evaluations of proposed projects and conversations among them and with DOE staff from that office. I made it in by 9AM each of the three days -- which certainly freed up time on the backend of my day with a 5PM departure time.

Another view of the terraced fountains at the Watergate Complex, Washington, D.C., 3:29PM June 13, 2016.

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For today, I have an editing assignment to do for the client -- in this case, an individual who is also one of my best friends (she's a fed now). (This is the first assignment for her since she became a fed. This was before my former company collapsed so spectacularly and the bulk of us were picked up by our new employer, a DOE contractor.)

Upriver Potomac River view from the Kennedy Center toward Georgetown and Theodore Roosevelt Island, Washington, D.C., 4:01PM June 16, 2016.

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She and I might also get a quick drink after work -- perhaps at Cuba Libre. I'm not a big fan of rum drinks as they are sugary and can give me a bad headache (as does much dark liquor) but I like that place, especially it's darkness and coolness on hot and humid summer days (although today is not supposed to be either -- just variably cloudy with a high near 80F and a northeasterly breeze).

OK, that really is all for now. My next planned update will be on Saturday evening.

--Regulus

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