Saturday, August 13, 2016

Saturday Evening Post for August 13th, 2016: This Overheated Summer - Recap-to-Date; Checking in on My Omani Meteorologist Friend

**This entry was posted August 13, 2016.**

New Hampshire Ave and Q Street NW, Washington, D.C., 6:08PM August 12, 2016.

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This is just a quick not-so-quick Saturday night update before I post my Jukebox Saturday Night entry, which I've already completed.

I had a good multi-part gym workout this afternoon / early evening. I'm home now, having just finished my laundry.

My office cubicle view somewhere in L'Enfant Plaza, Washington, D.C., 3:49PM August 12, 2016.

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For the next to Saturdays, I won't be at the gym -- next week because I have been invited to Tommy and Roni's place in Hyattsville with Andrea & Co. for something called "Beer Olympics" and then the following Saturday because I'm visiting my mom and seeing a baseball game -- the Bowie Baysox -- that is a makeup for the one that was rained out last month.

American flag as seen on the backdrop of a summer blue sky mottled with altocumulus clouds above L'Enfant Plaza, Washington, D.C., 1:57PM August 10, 2016.

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For tonight, I'm just going to do the usual -- Floriana, Old Ebbitt, and Trade. For tomorrow, I have to get up by 1030AM-ish in order to be at Nationals Park because my company is having its annual baseball outing there. There is a catered lunch as well.

I was going to cancel -- especially given how hellishly hot it is supposed to be -- but I've already committed to the game and the lunch. And I think the lunch should be nice. I've rescheduled my planned lunch with Quill in a cool, indoor place in Bethesda -- Rock Bottom -- until next Sunday.

Turning to the weather ...

HOT

The air temperature tied an ugly daily record high for Washington, D.C., today with a high of 101F -- tying the pre-National Airport D.C. record set on this day in 1881. The low so far of 81F set this morning is certain to be a new daily record high minimum.

The current one is 79F set in 1995 and it is not going to fall to that or lower by midnight, especially in the absence of any thunderstorms.

KDCA weather observations between 10AM and 9PM EDT August 13, 2016.

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It was also very humid with dew points as high as 78F at one point at KDCA and, more generally, in the 73F to 75F range. Heat indices surpassed 110F at KDCA -- at one point reaching 114F or so -- and the excessive heat warning criteria for our region was realized.

Unlike our last 100F day, this time Sterling issued excessive heat warnings for today for the Baltimore/Washington area, and they are in effect again tomorrow here.

Sterling (LWX) NWS forecast office county warning area (CWA) weather advisories -- with legend -- updated 2:03PM August 13, 2016.

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Excessive heat warnings were also in place across the entire New York-to-Washington region, although the Philadelphia / Mt. Holly forecast office has a lower threshold for them than does Sterling.

Philadelphia / Mt. Holly NWS forecast office county warning area (CWA) weather advisories -- with legend -- updated 2:07PM August 13, 2016.

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KBWI reached 98F, but this one just shy of the 99F daily high set in 2002. The 77F low this morning will not be a new daily record high minimum -- that is 79F set way back in 1872 -- just one year after the dawn of the official weather record period (when, of note, records were kept in warmer downtown Baltimore).

KIAD reached 99F, a new daily record that surpassed the 98F daily high set in 2002. The 78F low this morning will likely surpass the previous daily record high minimum of 76F set in 1988. Dulles records only go back to 1960.

For Sunday, the daily record high temps and record high minimums are as follows:

KDCA: 100F (1943) / 80F (2002)
KBWI: 99F (1985) / 77F (1947)
KIAD: 100F (1985) / 75F (2002

For the 2016 climatological summer so far from June 1 - August 12:

KDCA 4th warmest* 80.0F degrees (tied with 2015 and 1980)
KBWI 34th warmest 76.8F degrees
KIAD 7th warmest 76.7F degrees

Of note, for Washington, D.C., 5 of the top 6 have been since 2010.

Climatological summer for 2016 ends August 31st, 2016. Complete numbers will be available then.

All this info is taken from 2:02PM AFD from Sterling LWX.

There were basically no thunderstorms today anywhere in the Baltimore/Washington area. Tomorrow, there is a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms.

There were a few thunderstorms in West Virginia and around Hagerstown, Md. Of note, this was the view from my apartment window:

View from my apartment looking west, Washington, D.C., 7:56PM August 13, 2016.

Note the very distant cumulonimbus cloud on the horizon. (Yes, I know this is a crummy, low-res picture.)

That particular small thunderstorm cell was about 100 miles due west of D.C. over Hardy County, W.Va., right around Lost River, as the radar image below taken at the same time shows:

LWX NWS radar in enhanced base mode reflectivity, 7:55PM August 13, 2016 with the thunderstorm in question marked with a circle.

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Speaking of good visibilities, I should point out that for as hot and lousy as this summer has been, the sky has often been quite blue even when the flow is from the southwest. The air quality over the United States, especially the eastern U.S., is vastly improved from what it was a few decades ago thanks to the removal of so much sulfur dioxide pollution -- for which we can thank the Environmental Protection Agency and the dramatic reduction in coal usage for base load electricity generation.

Yes, I realize that leaves West Virginia in a difficult spot and it's why -- given that they've gotten no help to do anything else -- they're all voting for Donald Trump.

The Northumberland, 2000 block of New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 7:20PM August 8, 2016.

This is the nice building located right next to mine. And, yes, note, the blue sky.

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By the way, when I got home last night, I went online and looked up -- not sure why prompted me to -- the Omani Directorate General of Meteorology. Recall that I discovered that office and its YouTube channel in the lead up and aftermath of Cyclone Chapala last November (see here, here, and here).

I discovered that my Omani TV meteorologist young friend still doing this weather thing. In addition, it looks like there is a thin young lady is also doing the weather forecast there.

What I noted, though, is that this unnamed fellow looks like he put on a (small) bit of weight in the past nine months:

Here is that fellow in a YouTube screenshot -- discussing Cyclone Chapala -- on Oct. 29, 2015.

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Here he is on August 9, 2016 in another screenshot discussing the weather.

Upon second thought, I can't tell if he put on weight or it's just that his beard is bigger. Maybe just a few pounds ...

I still love the outfit.

Relevant Golden Girls Quote

Sophia: Blanche, try to remember: gravy isn't a beverage.

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OK, that's all for now. Jukebox Saturday night entry to follow immediately.

--Regulus

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