Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November Finally Arrives: Autumn and All Saints Still Elsewhere* ...

*With apologies to that great TV show series "St. Elsewhere."

Yes, the famous "autumn" Microsoft desktop image taken -- I believe -- somewhere in Vermont maybe 10 years ago.

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I started to compose an entry last night but it was extended excerpts of Jonathan Chait pieces plus political commentary on the topic dominating everything now -- and with just one week (7 days) -- to go. However, I didn't have enough pictures and, besides, I think my Peter Thiel remarks were over-the-top and I didn't want to post it.

European ensemble model showing 5-day temperature departures over North America Nov. 1 - 5, 2016.

This is without any legend for the numbers, but you sort of get the idea. It looks like a map of Trump supporters distribution versus population density.

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It is a cool, cloudy morning -- 51F at frickin' KDCA at the 8AM hour -- following another dry and sunny day yesterday, although much more seasonable (high of 63F). Yet another goddamn ginormous warm up to record heat (around 80F here and damn near 90F over lots of interior and southern Red States) is forecasted for yet another goddamn ginormous stretch of the United States, and the number of goddamn record highs continues to make a mockery of the idea that the climate isn't relentlessly warming as wholescale changes in the Arctic alter the jet stream pattern over the Northern Hemisphere mid-latitudes.

But I'm not going to talk about that now. Instead, here are a few images for your consideration:

NWS NDFD 2-meter max temperatures in Fahrenheit forecasted for yesterday (Oct. 31, 2016) with highs within 1F of a daily record circled. Map prettied up by WeatherBell.com.

Not sure how much of this verified but, again, you get the point.

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Chart of the number of daily record lows in the United States for the period Jan. 1 - Oct. 25 for 1980 - 2016.

This chart speaks for itself as does the number of daily record highs -- both highs and overnight high minimums, which is the inverse of this one.

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I had a good multi-part gym workout last night after a busy day at work. The music issue at the gym is once again out-of-control and I need -- am going -- to complain about it even if does no good. The main issue is that no one over 25 years old works there (except the janitorial staff) at night and those that do are all urban and/or millennial sorts, so the music is the ugly hip hop and hard rock garbage that it is.

Ironically, enough, the lifeguard -- another young man -- was playing Sade music very softly, and that was a nice counterpoint to the night. And in the large studio where I did a bit of core workout, it was quiet and dimly lit. It's being on the floor -- for that hour-long jog and the weightlifting -- that is so vexing.

Morning near U.S. Department of Energy headquarters, Washington, D.C., 9:17AM October 31, 2016.

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For tonight, I'm meeting a co-worker / friend in town from Denver, although the last thing I want to do this week is drink to much. I think we'll just limit it to dinner.

OK, that's all for now. I'll try to post a new entry tonight, but, honestly, it's difficult to talk about anything except the goddamn ugly election and all that is happening, which makes the blog, I realize, depressing reading ... Although I guess it has long been that anyway.

--Regulus

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