Tuesday, August 19, 2008

"It's clouds illusions I recall / I really don't know clouds at all ..."

(Yes, that's from the Joni Mitchell song "Both Sides, Now." This is the first version of this entry. I'm undoubtedly going to have to revise this entry for a bunch of typos as it is late and I need to go to bed now.)

A fair weather cumulus cloud over Bethesda, Md., Aug. 19, 2008. This cumulus humulus cloud had NO BUSINESS forming given our shitty, no-weather-ever pattern.

BAD CLOUD!

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From lovely weather to lovely life, circa 2008 ...

An echo of the glamour ...

... and grace of yesteryear. A big echo.

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"Daisy Daisy,
Give me your answer do!
I'm half crazy (crazy),
All for the love of you!
It won't be a stylish marriage,
I can't afford a carriage,
But you'll look sweet on the seat
Of a bicycle built for two!"

--Daisy Bell,
Harry Dacre, 1892 (and sung by the psychotic computer HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey)

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The radar image below at 553 PM EDT, Aug. 19, 2008 showing Tropical Storm Fay as it lolly-gagged across the State of Florida, doing minimal damage but dropping lots of rain in certain areas.

The "eye" of Fay is pretty clear. It NEVER became a hurricane BUT it actually the storm system STRENGTHENED as it moved over the river grass "sheet flow" of South Florida. There are reasons for that, but it's too complicated to explain.

My dad lives between Palm Coast and Daytona Beach right on the coastline. It didn't rain there AT ALL today until the last half hour or so (1130PM or so -- see below).


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Dear God, there were SO many things I wanted to say, but I'm home now at 1135PM and really tired and I need to go to bed ... I wanted to talk about the VICIOUS TRAVESTY of our weather, which has gone back into drought mode, even as (this week) a RUTHLESS high pressure (albeit an August "cool" Canadian one) is moving overhead that is probably going to squash "Fay" back into the Gulf of Mexico (boo) and ensure its moisture never reaches here ... and why the LWX folks, who are so titillated with this state of weather affairs, suck.

Here is the most recent radar image from Melbourne, Fla., of Tropical Storm Fay. The radar image is from 0345 UTC (1145PM EDT) Aug. 20. (19), 2008 Wednesday (Tuesday). The "eye" finally reached the coastline and it is raining in Flagler Beach where lives my dad (I spoke to him twice on the phone today).

A massive high pressure ridge over the mid-Atlantic is blocking the forward motion of "Fay" and the prospects for rain aren't looking too good here ... we are at the start of the usual dead-weather-shit time of year in the D.C. area (although the 18Z GFS 19 Aug. 2008 run was a little promising after Day 7).

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I also wanted to give my views why Obama is losing so badly -- and why McCain may very well win, even though his presidency will be a disaster, because "Barry" is so frickin' clueless (like Kerry) and still thinks that the presidency should just be handed to him (he just doesn't get it, and I said all along that Hillary was the one). A

Anyway, I had a very nice dinner tonight with Gary, Kristof, and LP tonight at Bua's.

After Bua's (and here is money being changed hands after dinner), we went to Windows, where it was actually BEFORE karaoke. Later I went by myself to Cobalt for a little bit but I didn't stay too long as I have to go to bed and get up early.


Oh, yes, my boss came back today but she had approx. 1100 emails to go through (I'm guessing that reduces to about 100 or so once all the spam was deleted) plus a quick proposal to write, so she had no time for me this day. That was a good thing. I was actually happy to see her his morning.

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As for my Mr. Sirius , well, actually, I'm not sure what to say. For the first time in a very long time, I don't feel any particular frenzied desperation.

Actually, this is a picture of Cygni 52 and the "Witch's Broom Nebula" (part of the Vela Nebula) in Cygnus.

Perhaps ... just perhaps ... it's all coming to a graceful and peaceful ending in my mind and I can bid him a quiet goodbye from afar. Is that too theatrical for me to say? Or conversely, what if it was all for nothing? That's the part I so don't like.

Anyway, I do realize that I really do need to move on.

*Sigh*

--Regulus

2 comments:

travistee said...

You do need to move on, darling, we all do once it's over....

Big Pissy said...

You do, Arc....you really do....