Friday, May 31, 2019

My End of May Thursday / Friday 'Round About Midnight Entry -OR- Twilight in the GOP Trump Twilight Zone, Plus Awesome Carol Burnett


I had intended to post this entry just before midnight Friday (i.e., on Thursday, May 30th), when part of it was finished. However, I couldn't finish it -- I was too tired -- and then when I returned to it tonight, I added additional content.

From late Thursday …

Well, I was going to post a complete, multi-topical entry tonight to include a personal update, but today (Thursday) has been a busy day all around from my workday to a gym visit earlier this evening, to doing multiple loads of laundry at this late hour (including all of my bedding).


With all of that, I just don't have the energy or wherewithal to start a new blog entry that goes into any great depth or complexity …

… and certainly not an entry that launches into any political-themed commentary, which I say DESPITE the fact that Trump's syphilis- and- megalomania-driven lunacy and the GOP entho-racist cult that enables him are both worse than ever -- to the point that the country's long-term (20+ year) survival are in doubt.

What must be said, though, is that …

… Mitch McConnell really and truly is an amoral reptile of no redeeming human value, whose very existence confounds any sense of goodness in the Universe and instead who is a presence far more malevolent than any Fox News carnival barker.

But there I go off on a political tangent … 

Were Cocaine Mitch -- standing with his aging, wild-haired China-Doll billionaire wife -- to hear this, he'd happily chuckle. Mitch is as amoral as AG William Barr and together he and Barr are the perfect instruments to keep Trump in power. Of course, only a time as anti-heroic and wild-ass dystopian as this could create the necessary ground conditions.

OK, back to tonight … I'm watching the usual MeTV lineup once I got home to include the Carol Burnett Show (the late 1960s episodes), Perry Mason ("The Case of the Accosted Accountant"), and The Twilight Zone.

About The Twilight Zone, after having cycled through the original series at least twice, MeTV is now airing the 1985 reboot -- a reboot that ran for two seasons on CBS and a third in syndication, and not to be confused with subsequent re-reboots.

I remember when the 1985 series debuted (I was 15). Then I found and today I still find some episodes terrific.

I even remember those first season (fall 1985) episodes directed by Wes Craven ("Shatterday," "A Little Peace and Quite," and "Chameleon," among others. "Shatterday" actually guest stars Bruce Willis while "A Little Peace and Quite" guest-stars Melinda Dillon of both Close Encounters of the Third Kind and A Christmas Story fame.


There is also the wonderful episode "The Star" (from Dec 1985) that is an adaptation of the Arthur C. Clarke story and guest stars the late Fritz Weaver (who died at age 90 on Nov 26, 2016 -- on the date of my 47th birthday).

I wrote about that episode here back in Dec 2011.

I also prefer this reboot's opening theme and image montage to that of the original. Indeed, I never did like that four-bar opening theme of the original for which it is eternally famous.



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Changing topics to the weather …

It's a warm and humid night with temps around 75F and a dew point dropping about 6F from earlier readings around 68F.

There was another burst of moderate-to-severe thunderstorms on Thursday. Rainfall amounts for the day included 0.29" at KDCA, 0.40" at KBWI, 0.33" at KIAD, and 0.69" at KDMH (as Baltimore City experienced more numerous t-storms).

YTD pcp: KDCA: 18.03" (+2.20"); KBWI: 17.90" (+1.00"); and KIAD: 19.88" (+3.21")

There was forecasted to be a severe outbreak on Wednesday but the "weather" for the day was mostly to the north and east of the "DMV" into Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Sterling (LWX) radar in standard composite mode looped 2:30 p.m. - 3:06 p.m., May 30, 2019

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Of note, there was a second EF-1 tornado within a week in Howard County, Md. Nobody was hurt.

Sterling (LWX) radar in standard composite mode looped 2:51 p.m. - 3:25 p.m., May 30, 2019

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For tomorrow, after work, my intention is to meet Fred upstairs at Annie's. On Saturday, I intend to go to the gym mid-to-late afternoon and then stay in and watch the MeTV line up at night, and I intend to post my usual pair of entries on Saturday night.

Row houses, 1700 block Riggs Pl NW, Washington, D.C., 1:49 p.m. May 19, 2019

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On Sunday, my plan is to undertake my usual afternoon walk down to the Georgetown Riverfront (Washington Harbour) to one of the outdoor bars there.

OK, that's all for now.

Young people -- suitably early 21st Century American diverse -- partying on a yacht docked along the Potomac Riverfront in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 3:19 p.m. May 19, 2019

As I've mentioned in previous entries, when the weekend weather is warm and pleasant, yachts pile up along this spot -- the Washington Harbour of Georgetown -- but I suspect most of these are hourly rentals.

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OK, this is the follow-up I wrote tonight (Friday) …

Aydin, yours truly, and Fred upstairs at Annie's, Washington, D.C., May 31, 2019

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I had a busy day at work finishing a lengthy report and then went to Annie's, where I met Fred and Aydin. The picture above is from earlier tonight. I'm home -- having just watched The Carol Burnett Show and now Perry Mason. And speaking of Carol Burnett …

… I came across a blog called "View from the Jeep", specifically, an entry posted on Jan 28, 2014 in which the blogger reposted a letter he sent to Carol Burnett that involved a special situation between his late father (then suffering Alzheimer's) and himself while watching Carol Burnett on TV a few months earlier.

The response he got from her in a phone call was just wonderful. It doesn't get much better than that.

OK, with that, I am going to sign off.

Oh, wait, yes …

My shitty window air conditioner has crapped out on me -- oh, it makes lots of humming noise and appears to be a sort of Energizer Bunny, but the frickin' thing is putting out about 10 percent the chilled air that it should.

That's why I'm sweatin' like a whore in church in this apartment.

It's so frustrating -- all the more so since the a/c is a sorta new and should be working well. I want to pull it out of the window and toss it at the Fort Totten dump.

Of course, I'd need to buy a new one, most likely at the Columbia Heights Target, a.k.a., San José Mercado Central.

I'll figure it out.

OK, signing off for now.

--Regulus

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Ain't No Oklahoma Mountain High Enough, Ain't No Oklahoma Boundary West Enough to Keep Chester From It*

**With apologies to Diana Ross, not to mention Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.

The monument atop Black Mesa marking the highest point in Oklahoma as seen on April 27, 2019

The elevation here is 4,973 feet above sea level. Black Mesa (Black Table?) extends into New Mexico, where it reaches 5,239 feet, and Colorado, where it has its highest elevation of 5,705 feet. Needless to say, Black Mesa is not the highest point in either of those two states by a long shot.

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The actual marker at base of the monument that denotes the highest elevation in Oklahoma, April 27, 2019

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This entry features a series of images -- taken both on April 27, 2019 and just over a year earlier in April 2018 (date unspecified) -- that my friend Chester took while on an approximately two-week work trip he has made to Oklahoma City. He works for the National Weather Service and has an annual assignment that has brought him to "OKC" twice.

The trail on Black Mesa to the Oklahoma-side high spot, April 27, 2019

There's actually a rattle snake in the brush in this picture, not readily visible but certainly audible at the time.

Governor Stitt -- just like Governor Mary before him -- might get ideas of where to get lethal drugs (since Big Pharma won't sell them to the state's busy gruesome death factory) for the next execution. It would certain save the trouble of having get minions to drive around Walmart parking lots in the middle of the night doing shady underworld dealings. What's more, there's no need "to Google it" on the lethality of the rattle snake.

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A lizard in the brush along the trail up Black Mesa, Oklahoma, April 27, 2019

It appears to be a Texas horned lizard. Apparently, the creature is docile -- but it can shoot blood from their eyes when something tries to eat it. Yuck.

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Just as an aside, I've never actually been in Oklahoma. It's one of eight U.S. States -- to include OK, UT, KS, NM, ND, MO, MS, and AL -- that I have not had the fortune to visit (and only two of which I actually want to see, Utah and New Mexico).

View from Black Mesa, Oklahoma looking west into New Mexico (with distant cumulonimbus visible), April 27, 2019

That t-storm is about 100 miles away. Of note, it has been climate change-fueled very wet in Oklahoma this year -- to the point of disastrous flooding in parts of the state.


But it's OK, because Governor Stitt, like Governor Mary before him, and the still-100% crazy rightwing legislature don't "believe" in climate change, so that makes it go away.

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On both trips, Chester took a fantastic single-day (18-hour-long) vehicle trip to the westernmost portion of the Oklahoma panhandle while staying in Oklahoma City. On the April 2018 trip, he visited the highest point in Oklahoma known as Black Mesa and the geographical triple point ("tri-point") known as the Preston Monument where the States of Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Colorado.

Chester and the Preston Monument on the Oklahoma side, April 2018

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Chester and I have a hobby of finding these notable geographical points. Recall our October 2012 Baltimore boundary tour trip.

Chester and the Preston Monument, New Mexico side, April 2018

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Chester and the Preston Monument on the Colorado side, April 2018

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On the April 27, 2019 trip, he again visited Black Mesa along with another geographical state boundary tripoint, namely, the triple meeting point of Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. That point doesn't have a formal name, although Wikipedia refers to it as the "Texhomex" marker
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The line of longitude connecting the Preston Monument and the Texhomex marker is the "Cimarron Meridian" -- named for the western-most county of the Oklahoma panhandle. The county seat of Cimarron County is Boise City (population: 1,266 in the 2010 Census)

Closeup of the top of the Preston Monument, April 2018; that little metallic circle -- smaller than a dime, I estimate -- is in three states: Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Colorado.

Here is a super-closeup of it:


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Speaking of Boise City, Chester drove through it this past April on his day trip …

The water tower of Boise City, Oklahoma, April 27, 2019

God, I would die there.

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The Cimarron County Courthouse, April 27, 2019

This building is actually on the National Register of Historic Places.

Boise City -- and this building in particular -- has the weird distinction of being a U.S. city to have been [accidently] bombed by the U.S. military during World War II in a July 1943 training exercise that went seriously awry, although fortunately, no one was killed.

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Google map of the Oklahoma Panhandle's western portion with the four spots featured in this entry marked to include (clockwise): The Texhomex marker, the NW corner point of the Texas panhandle, Black Mesa (Oklahoma high spot), and the Preston Monument.

You can also see Boise City's location with respect to these points.

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Just a few miles from the Texhomex marker is another point of geographical note: The northwestern-most corner of the Texas panhandle. That point -- which also straddles the Central and Mountain time zone boundary -- marks the boundary of Texas and New Mexico where the latter sort of "wraps around" the former (at right angles).

The Oklahoma - Texas - New Mexico tri-point ("Texhomex marker"), April 27, 2019

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The fact that the Texhomex marker is NOT also the northwestern-most point of the Texas panhandle is because the Cimarron Meridian (representing the Oklahoma panhandle's westernmost edge at 103 West longitude) doesn't extend quite to it -- and so New Mexico has an extra tiny "strip" about 2.5 miles in width and 34 miles long (representing the width of the Oklahoma panhandle or 0.5-degree latitude).

The "Neutral Strip" that would become the Oklahoma Panhandle in a map from 1885.

Is the "Neutral Strip" like the Star Trek "Neutral Zone"??

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Why the "Public Land Strip" -- a.k.a., the Neutral Strip or "No Man's Land"-- exists at all is explained in this article by The Keeper of All Knowledge. Also, the same website linked above about the 2.5 mile discrepancy gives some history here.

Chester touching the northwestern most corner point of the Texas panhandle, April 27, 2019

I found the following website of a man visiting the northwestern-most Texas panhandle spot. I also found these two YouTube videos posted by the same fellow: Tri-point "Texhomex" marker and the NW Texas panhandle marker.

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Screenshot from above-linked YouTube video of the northwestern-most Texas panhandle boundary.

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[I couldn't readily find the exact longitude of the Texas panhandle's western-most extension (i.e., its border with New Mexico), but this article explains why it isn't the same as the Cimarron Meridian but "misses" by about 2.5 miles.]


However, according to this Winter 2007 article in The American Surveyor (citing another article), the actual surveying error ("perhaps the most incorrect of any land line") that created this situation isn't with the Oklahoma panhandle but rather the surveying that was done for the Texas - New Mexico boundary (both the south and east sides, from the perspective of New Mexico) -- so that New Mexico is actually "cheated" out of about 667,000 acres of land.

The view from the northwestern-most Texas panhandle marker looking due south (screenshot from above-linked YouTube video). The line of utility poles marks a property boundary -- as well as the Texas/New Mexico boundary (and the Central/Mountain time zone boundary).

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OK, and with that, I'm going to sign off for now.

--Regulus

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Just Case You Weren't Wondering -OR- Chester, Get BIG Y'EYEMAH Her COKE, PLEASE (Plus A Few Pics of Me Because, Well, It's My Blog)


Just in case you were wondering, or even if you weren't …

… I specifically didn't mention the fact that M. WADE Shittitsgoogol just had it 42,000th birth-event commemoration. At this point in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Nineteen, all I have to say is to FRIG IT and its beloved Crow Creature (D - Tool) ("BITCH, I KNOW PEOPLE!! I TAKE YOU DOWN! CAW! CAW!").

What a total, stupid, pointless, existential waste was that dumbass affair. Another demi-god that turned out to be equal to a pile of dogshit The kind with those big-ass green flies buzzing around it in hot sunlight.

Guess I need a new Horus, with the emphasis on hor.

As it is, this time of year is a shitty one for me with a tendency for bad things to happen. Oh, yes, and speaking of bad things, I should note that my attempted "rapprochement" with Amoral Lyrebirds, Heathen Satyrs, and Dark-Time Predacious Ones all totally failed in the following timeframes: 6 months, 2 months, and 2 weeks, respectively.


But I'm totally fine with that. The good thing about pushing 50 and being on your own is that you don't need to chase after ANYBODY, much less those who are so pernicious, indifferent, and/or toxic to your wellbeing. 

It's hard enough living in this City of God -- avoiding the D.C. urban male rageholics who think they can terrorize your existence by sheer force of their ultimately impotent rage -- without having "friends" like that. But that topic is for another entry.


No, Chester, I haven't forgotten your Oklahoma / Texas / New Mexico boundary tour and my promised entry. Except WHY would anyone want to go to Oklahoma?? I'd rather be stranded on Mars. In the meantime, would you please make yourself useful and get my BETROTHED, BIG Y'EYEMAH, a COKE, PLEASE??

OK, I'm going back to bed for a few more hours.

Good night. And good morning.

--Regulus

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Jukebox Saturday Night for May 25th, 2019: The Steppin' Back and Steppin' Out Edition -OR- Get Down On It

First up, an old standard from almost 100 years ago …

"Nobody's Sweetheart" as performed by Paul Whiteman's Orchestra with Jack Teagarden providing the vocals (1929)


"Nobody's Sweetheart," also known as "Nobody's Sweetheart Now" and "You're Nobody's Sweetheart Now," is a popular song, written in 1924, with music by Billy Meyers and Elmer Schoebel, and lyrics by Gus Kahn and Ernie Erdman.

The song is a jazz and pop standard.

This particular YouTube video features a montage of the following silent movie era female stars to include Clara Bow (pictured left), Ethel Shannon, Billie Dove, Helen Ware, Rose Coghlan, Marguerite Courtot, Alma Rubens, Gladys Hulette, Margaret Dumont, Mildred Harris, Mary Carr, Betty Francisco, Julie Bishop, Corinne Griffith, Kate Lester, Carmelita Geraghty, and Claire McDowell.

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Next up, an upbeat "post-disco" song …


"Get Down On It" by Kool & The Gang from the group's album Something Special (1981)

The video is, in my view, distracting to the song. This "psychedelic" style hasn't aged well.

I've featured Kool & The Gang in a number of Jukebox Saturday Night editions over the years to include Summer Madness twice (here and two years earlier here) (I love that jazz fusion piece; I think I may feature it again soon); Celebration here; and Joanna here.

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Next up, one of my all-time favorite songs …


"Steppin' Out" by Joe Jackson from his album "Night and Day" (1982)

This video is unintentionally a de facto time capsule of New York City in 1982. This is appropriate because the song was indeed inspired by New York City of that time. Last June, Joe Jackson explained his relationship to New York City back in 1982 versus today in this Wall Street Journal interview (link embedded / paywall-blocked):

The Story Behind Joe Jackson's 'Steppin' Out': A night on the town in a vanished New York City inspired Joe Jackson's hit 'Steppin' Out'

"I don't like New York much these days. It's as if the city and I had a hot love affair and now we're just friends, but we still have to see each other to remain friends. Today I live in Berlin. The New York I knew in late '81 and '82 is gone."

I featured this song way back in my pre-JbSN "Friday Night Musical Interlude" series in this edition from April 2013. The video had been removed, so I replaced it there, too.

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OK, that's all for now. Please see my previous entry for an update.

--Regulus

Saturday Evening Post for May 25th, 2019: The Ghost and The Awakening Edition

**This entry was posted May 25th, 2019.**

View along P Street NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 2:18 p.m. May 19, 2019

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Home at this late Saturday.

I'm watching the MeTV Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night line up. Of note, the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode is part 1 of the pilot ("The Awakening"). I haven't seen that one previously.

The Svengoolie-hosted monster movie was The Ghost of Frankenstein. The digital antenna reception has been shit tonight -- perhaps because of atmospheric conditions. Oh, and the fucking commercials. Thank God for mute.

I went to the gym earlier and had a decent workout. This means I have gone four times since last Monday. My next planned gym visit will be on Tuesday night.

For tomorrow, I'm visiting my friend and coworker MM at her place up near Fort Totten and then tomorrow night, it is one of our semi-regular Sunday dinner and 'Allo! 'Allo! viewing party with Fred, Doug, and Aydin next door at Fred and Doug's place. (They purchased the entire series on DVD.)

Steps along P Street NW (3200 block?) in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 2:33 p.m. May 19, 2019

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Monday is the Memorial Day holiday, and I'm going to treat it as a Sunday and walk down to Georgetown to the Washington Harbour area and go to one of the outdoor bars there.

The wall at 3417 P Street NW with white roses, Washington, D.C., 2:36 p.m. May 19, 2019

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It is a warm (71F) and humid (64F dew point) night. The radar indicates thunderstorms to the north and west of the D.C. area. There were some thunderstorms earlier that clipped the southwestern suburbs (Fauquier County even had a tornado warning in effect for a brief time).

NWS Sterling (LWX) radar in standard composite mode, looped 10:34 p.m. - 11:06 p.m. EDT May 25, 2019

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OK, that's all for now. My next planned entry will be Tuesday night. Jukebox Saturday Night Edition to follow momentarily.

--Regulus

Friday, May 24, 2019

Some Weather Science Notes on Yesterday's Region-Wide QLCS Squall Line -AND- The Good Folks of the USA's Trump-Loving Heartland, Still Climate-Change Free

**This entry was mostly composed on May 24th, although I didn't actually post it until May 25th. For that reason, and because I want to post at least one entry today, I'm giving it a May 24th date.**

A pretty rose growing along P Street NW in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 2:17 p.m. May 19, 2019

I think this was at the intersection of 28th St NW.

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I feel that I should replace my previous entry with something a little bit topically nicer. So, for this entry, I think I'll just stick to the weather …

The weather today is sunny, warm, and pleasantly dry with a gusty northwesterly breeze. (In direct sunlight, it felt hot.) Highs climbed into the 82F to 84F range and dew points were comfortable at about 53F.

Approaching squall line as seen from a parking lot in Columbia, Md., May 23, 2019; photo by Twitter user James Willinghan and featured in the CWG entry linked below.

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Today's weather followed a squally frontal passage yesterday as a short-lived but intense line of thunderstorms blew across the Metro D.C. and Baltimore areas around mid-afternoon -- and included what the NWS says was an EF-1 tornado in Columbia that felled trees, toppled power lines, and caused significant damage to some houses. [The NWS had a tornado warning in effect at the time for that part of Howard County.]

NWS/WPC U.S. surface weather map with notable weather by type and likelihood valid at 18Z (2 p.m. EDT) May 23, 2019

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Below are some radar images from yesterday (Thursday). The looped animated ones are from the Sterling website and are all in composite mode since that is better to show developing convective systems. They are all "standard" rather than "enhanced" because the latter doesn't download as an animated gif.

Radar mosaic for a portion of the eastern U.S. at 1440 UTC (10:40 a.m. EDT) 23 May 2019

This was an elongated developing squall line, not a mesoscale convective system (with embedded mesoscale convective vortex). Nor does it contain any supercells (thus limiting the potential for EF3 or higher tornadoes).

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Winds gusted to about 80-mph on the National Mall itself. There was a peak wind gust of 68-mph recorded officially at National Airport (KDCA) -- which managed to occur in one of the hourly observations (rather than between them).

LWX standard composite radar looped
3:04 p.m. - 3:32 p.m. EDT May 23, 2019

As noted above, this image and the other animated ones are taken directly from the Baltimore/Washington NWS ("Sterling") website. There are a number of commercial outfits that take these radar images and repackage them to look prettier.

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Sterling (LWX) standard composite radar looped
3:13 p.m. - 3:42 p.m. EDT May 23, 2019

This looped image captures when the tornado warning was issued for the storm over Columbia, Md.

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Sterling (LWX) county warning area (CWA) advisories at 3:57 p.m. EDT May 23, 2019

This shows both tornado warnings in effect including the one over the District of Columbia. Of note, the only higher priority NWS product than a tornado warning is a tsunami warning. I can't imagine that the two weather products have been in effect at the same time in the same place.

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The cell that passed through the District of Columbia's downtown area actually triggered a tornado warning -- issued at 3:47 p.m. and lasting 11 minutes. There was significant tree damage along the National Mall and the Tidal Basin. However, the NWS said it was "inconclusive" whether there was an actual tornado and the damage seems more of the straight-line (as opposed to rotational) variety.

Indeed, as seen from my office at L'Enfant Plaza, it looked quite scary for a couple of minutes.

Sterling (LWX) standard composite radar looped
3:18 p.m. - 3:46 p.m. EDT May 23, 2019

This image ends one minute before the tornado warning was issued for the District of Columbia, although the radar actually shows the warning box go up on the very last frame (3:46 p.m.). Not sure why that is.

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In order to describe the science behind yesterday's squall, the Capital Weather Gang has this entry (link embedded): A tornado struck Columbia, Md., on Thursday. Here's the science behind it.

KDCA hourly weather observations between
11 a.m. and 9 p.m. EDT May 23, 2019

Note the weather at the 4 p.m. (3:52 p.m.) EDT. This observation happened to capture the storm at its most intense.

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The entry states that the squall line was actually a quasi-linear convective system (QLCS), which it describes as a "wavy, vortex-riddled squall line of thunderstorms" containing straight-line winds (including the dreaded downbursts) and "tornado-generating vortices [hidden] in the clefts."

The entry contains the following two Sterling (LWX) NWS radar images (but prettied up by an outfit called RadarScope.com):

NWS LWX radar image at 3:32 p.m. EDT May 23, 2019

The entry states:

The image [above] shows the approaching storm at 3:32 p.m. Note the two prominent bows (white arrows) — one over Laurel, Md., and the other near Oakton, Va. Clefts or indentations along the front edge are found just north of Columbia, Md., and southeast of Reston, Va. (pink arrows).

Prominent indentations can also be found along the back of the line, such as the large one east of Germantown, Md., and a smaller one over Centreville, Va. (blue arrows). Those back-edge notches are thought to be caused by small jets of wind surging into the rear of the storm line.

Taken together, these features seem to form a series of "wavy S's," and when meteorologists see these attributes, they know the potential for locally damaging winds is heightened.

Schematic of the evolution of a quasi-linear convective system (QLCS)

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NWS LWX radar images at 4:05 p.m. EDT May 23, 2019

The entry states:

Now, take a look at the Washington QLCS as it appeared east of the city, at 4:05 p.m. [above]. Note the very large "curls" evident in the radar pattern, near Glen Burnie, Md., and southwest of Bowie, Md.

Oh, no, not Glen Burnie … That's the MORAL CENTER of the Observable Universe.

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Sterling LWX tweet at 3:47 p.m. announcing the D.C. tornado warning.

No, this isn't the main way that the NWS communicates its weather products -- to include tornado warnings. It has an entire infrastructure for that. This is just supplemental. Only Trump communicates to the world whatever is in his syphilis-addled mind via twitter.

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Here is another CWG entry on the matter (link embedded): Violent storms downed dozens of trees and spawned tornado in Washington region Thursday.

Downed massive oak tree in the Reevesland section of Arlington, Va., as shown in a tweet by Whitney Bakke, May 23, 2019

This tree was felled by yesterday's squall.

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Rainfall totals were as follows (taking into account it is problematic measuring rainfall when the winds are that strong):

KDCA: 0.31"
KBWI: 0.47"
KIAD: 0.27"
KDMH: 0.12"

The storms rolled out as quickly as they rolled in and it was over.

Today the weather, as noted, has been lovely.

A wide array of weather products in effect for the Davenport (DVN) CWA as of 1:01 p.m. CDT May 24, 2019

Meanwhile …

… the Trump-loving Red State heartland, climate change-fueled relentless rains and severe weather have made things miserable, or rather, it would except the Fox News-addled people there are too busy fixated on Hillary's emails, AOC's Green New Deal, and whatever other bullshit is programmed into them …

… by the rightwing razzle-dazzle, "hate-for-profit" media/entertainment complex. (That's a great phrase from Senator Professor Elizabeth Warren.)

Aerial view of ongoing flooding in Oklahoma.

Not to worry, though, because Trump's tweets are protecting the Good Christians there -- keeping their gun and pawn shops dry and their boarded-up medical clinics free of abortion doctors. And they needn't "believe" in climate change. Fucking idiots.

OK, I'm going to conclude this entry.

--Regulus