Saturday, July 30, 2016

Saturday Evening Post for July 30th, 2016: Weather or Not, National Airport Still Totally Sucks as a Place for a Climate Station

**This entry was posted July 30th, 2016.**

Augustana Lutheran Church, Washington, D.C., 3:13PM July 30, 2016.

This is the view outside my apartment building.

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I was going to include this in my jukebox Saturday night edition I'll post shortly, but I opted instead to have it as a separate entry.

It's a lightly rainy, humid night here in D.C., although it has been far wetter and stormier north and northeast of here stretching from Montgomery County into the Baltimore area including Anne Arundel County -- as both the radar and texts from my mom in Millersville indicated.

Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in standard composite mode looped fro 7:10PM to 7:28PM EDT July 30, 2016.

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Between 6PM and 9PM (in order to not count last night's rainfall that also mostly missed KDCA), shitty KDCA recorded a shitty 0.16 inches of rain. By contrast, KBWI is at 1.37 inches. KDMH is at 1.05 inches. For its part, KIAD had 0.28 inches.

There were many areas that had 3 to 5+ inches of rainfall in central and northern Montgomery County with flash flooding in places.

What this means is that my expectation was completely and totally met, namely, that shitty National Airport would shitty miss everything.

Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in standard base mode reflectivity looped from 8:21PM to 8:48PM July 30, 2016.

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The bottom line and the upshot is there: Frig National Airport and its climate station, not to mention Washington, D.C., in general. But don't expect the NWS to change the official spot. That will never happen.

Location of the KDCA ASOS.

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Instead, Sterling will go on and on about how "robust" and "statistically significant" are KDCA's numbers and why it is, after careful consideration, the most representative spot to measure anything. Oh, and how "proud" they are of the "professionalism" and "dedication" of the FAA contractors who take the obs there.

Reagan Washington National Airport: Worst Climate Station on Planet Earth, Bar None.

FWIW, my recommendation is to move the KDCA observation post rain gauge to Mount Waiʻaleʻale and its snowboard -- not to mention its snow ruler -- to one of those mountainous villages facing the Sea of Japan on Hokkaido Island.

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That aside, I went to the gym this afternoon and had a full, multi-part workout (jog, weightlifting, core, and swim). I just finished my laundry. I'll probably go to Old Ebbitt Grill Old Bar later on and then Trade and/or No. 9.

Tomorrow, I'm meeting Quill for lunch in Bethesda and Andrea back in the city for dinner.

My next update will likely be late Monday night or early Tuesday. Of note, have to work from home on Tuesday because our small office at L'Enfant Plaza is being redone to handle the number of people who are in the office. (We're all agency contractors but offsite from the agency itself.)

Jukebox Saturday night entry to follow soon ...

--Regulus

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