Saturday, May 6, 2017

Saturday Evening Post for May 6th, 2017: The Weather (For Now) Finally Breaks My Way

The yard at the corner house at 16th and T Streets NW, Washington, D.C., 6:50PM May 5, 2017.

I never noticed what a nice little yard or large corner house is at this spot.

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I'm back from the gym this Saturday and home tonight doing several loads of laundry including bedding. I'm unsure whether to try to leave here a bit early -- in time for dinner at a restaurant. I could always go to Old Ebbitt Grill, which serves until food and drink until about 230AM, but the late night menu is limited. Of course, I do have some food at home, too.

Ivy-covered triangular plot at the oblique intersection of 16th St and New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 6:47PM May 5, 2017.

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Last night -- after writing my previous entry -- I met Fred upstairs at Dupont Italian Kitchen (DIK) bar rather than Annie's. It was the biweekly bear happy hour, or something like that. Later, he and I went to Annie's and then he came with me to the Safeway and we walked home (remember that he lives in the much nicer building next to mine).

The House of the Temple Masonic Temple in the 1700 block of 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 6:53PM May 5, 2017.

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I was home by 1030PM and actually went to bed around 1130PM instead of going back out to Trade or No. 9. However, I still managed to sleep until 2PM -- with some breaks when I got up.

Ohhh, the wild and frenetic dreams I had on strange worlds / realities, sort of like Earth but not entirely.

The small yard with shrubbery of the Northumberland, 1800 block New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 7:08PM May 6, 2017.

This is the nice building next to my building where lives my neighbor friend Fred.

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The weather today was -- by my reckoning / preference / value system -- perfect. It was mostly cloudy, distinctly cool, breezy, and intermittently showery.

While the calendar day highs were in the middle 60s Fahrenheit -- including 65⁰F at KDCA, 66⁰F at KBWI, 63⁰F at KIAD, and 68⁰F at KDMH -- those all occurred between about midnight and 130AM. By contrast, daytime highs didn't even break the 60⁰F-mark at the three airport stations (KDMH reached 61⁰F).

There was also additional rainfall following yesterday's deluge. In fact, a thunderstorm crossed the immediate D.C. area last night between 10PM and about 1130PM, dropping 0.27 inches at KDCA and bringing the daily total to 1.75 inches.

The other three spots didn't receive any of that nighttime rainfall and their daily totals were 1.39 inches at KBWI, 1.09 inches at KIAD, and 1.42 inches at KDMH. (Recall there was also rainfall on May 4th.)

Today, there was light rainfall that amounted to 0.07" at KDCA, 0.04" at KBWI, and 0.13" at KIAD. (KDMH recorded zero today.)

As I wrote in my previous entry, the weather is forecasted to stay quite cool with highs remaining below the 70⁰F-mark for the entire upcoming week, which is fine with me.

United States Drought Monitor map updated May 2, 2017.

Apparently, with just 5 percent of the United States in drought conditions, this is the lowest percentage since weekly drought monitor data began in 2000. (The Drought Monitor product itself predates 2000. It just wasn't weekly.)

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That frickin' relentless well-above-normal-to-record warmth is over for the time being, and while additional rainfall seems unlikely our Mid-Atlantic regional drought conditions we had have been significantly alleviated in the past six weeks. As the map above shows, we're still in a drought but it is significantly reduced in extent and severity.

View from my Hampton Courts apartment looking west, Washington, D.C., 7:48PM May 6, 2017.

It was dusk and skies were slowly clearing.

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Indeed, the weather was so good that I almost skipped going to the gym to instead walk about outside -- perhaps taking the Metro to Bethesda, Arlington, or Alexandria to do so. However, in the end, I opted to go to the gym and I'm glad I did. I managed to get in my 6-1/3 mile treadmill jog (in two parts), weightlifting, and a swim.

Tomorrow is my Sunday free day and I do intend to TRY to get up markedly earlier than I usually do and spend the day outside, at least in part.

Another view from my apartment kitchen window looking a bit more to the southwest at the intersection of 16th and U Streets and New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 7:48PM May 6, 2017.

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OK, I think that's all for now. I'm not going to try to post a Jukebox Saturday Night edition this week, nor am I going to delve into any other topics including political. I just don't feel like doing that now. Also, my planned gym schedule -- and hence likely blogging schedule -- next week is either Monday / Thursday or Tuesday / Thursday.

--Regulus

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