Wednesday, August 3, 2016

An Evening Sky Maritime Tropical Meme and a Mid-Summer Night's Weather Theme

View from my apartment of a picturesque sky filled with cumulus and cumulus congestus clouds, Washington, D.C., 7:31PM August 2, 2016.

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A very brief entry ...

So I had no chance to complete other political-themed entry -- besides, the list of Donald Trump's amorally narcissistic to outright scary sociopathic behaviors seems to grow quicker than they can be catalogued. Even if he loses big, he's still a major problem. If he wins, well, then it's "Katy, bar the door". That aside, I've been editing a series of documents tonight for work.

The small yard with birdbath and flowers, 1433 W Street NW, Washington, D.C., 4:47PM August 2, 2016.

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I spoke earlier tonight on the phone to my good friend Chester -- yes, this Chester -- who lives near old Ellicott City and he explained that in the flood that happened there Saturday night -- see previous entry for overview -- it wasn't, as is typically the case, the Patapsco River that flooded.

Rather it was the inundation of the Tiber River (not to be confused with the buried / lost Tiber Creek of Washington, D.C.) that flows into the Patapsco. This was due to a deluge in the hilly spots of Howard County above this river valley. This explains the flash flooding on the steeply sloping streets of historic Ellicott City.

Chester said he had 6-1/2 inches of rain at his house in this event -- and this followed up to 4 inches several days earlier or 10 inches of rainfall which is, obviously, way too much. In that same period, KDCA managed to get, well, basically squat -- maybe half an inch of rain. (Well, officially 0.70" at KDCA in three days.)

If Washington, D.C., is in an "anti-weather" spot -- the "D.C. Split" and all that -- his part of Howard County is a "weather attractor."

He also said his house had some indirect damage from a tornado that hit parts of Howard County on June 21st -- when a branch on a particularly tall tree was snapped in the vortex (at that point, already lifted off the ground / dissipating) fell and put a hole in part of his roof over this porch (not the main part of the house).

We need a tornado to strike 17th Street between P and R Streets NW.

View outside Wakefield Hall, Washington, D.C., 4:49PM August 2, 2016.

Wakefield Hall and Hampton Courts are two William C. Smith buildings -- managed by a husband-wife tag team -- while the ornate Northumberland is between them.

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Anyway, I didn't get a chance to update the blog tonight owing to editing work I need to have completed by tomorrow at 4PM. I did make it to the gym this afternoon, came home and made dinner, took a brief walk outside down to P Street (during which time I had a chat with my mom on the phone) and then back. I've been working (editing a series of documents) for several hours now.

It was a lovely evening with an easterly breeze -- occasionally gusty -- bringing in a fetch of pure maritime tropical (mT) air mass off the Atlantic Ocean, clearing the sky of gunk and haze even as towering cumulus / cumulus congestus clouds drifted in from the east northeast. The combination of setting sunlight and the clean, clear air and picturesque clouds made for a lovely sky panorama. (OK, I suppose in early August it could be a very modified maritime polar (mP) and still feel about the same.)

Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in enhanced composite mode zoomed in on the D.C. area, 12:11AM August 3, 2016.

All that blue stuff is nighttime ground clutter that happens as the boundary layer decouples from the free atmosphere.

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Tonight, there have been some scattered thunderstorms that formed in northeastern Maryland and actually have moved west/southwestward across Baltimore County and into Carroll County with one lone t-storm now drifting due south through Montgomery County on a beeline toward the District of Columbia -- except there isn't the slightest chance it will make it. The usual "anti-weather force field" over D.C. is too strong.

OK, that's all. My next planned entry realistically won't be until Thursday.

--Regulus

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