The White Flint Metrorail Platform, Dec. 10, 2008. I was on my way to a meeting at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (see below).
Just a quick entry ... I got in late to work because I was exhausted this morning. I've been very busy with work and school, but the semester is almost wrapped up. I have no PTO left so I may have to take these hours as unpaid. As it is, my boss does not appear to be in today.
In early Jan., I plan to return to hourly / four days a week ahead of the spring semester. The full time work/ two graduate classes / mass transiting between D.C. / Bethesda / College Park and still going to Cobalt too much -- all that ended up being quite challenging this semester.
Today I have to finish up a major report I've been working on intermittently since August on the nuclear power industry and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), where I went yesterday for a meeting.
Here the NRC Chairman himself naps on the Metro.
This was some fellow I saw on the Metrorail Red Line (car 1218) as I was heading here to Bethesda (yes, I'm blogging at work) about an hour ago.
Honestly, though, I think NRC does some really good work, as does the nuclear power industry overall. This is a complex topic I don't have time to get into but the nuclear industry is quite unlike any other industry in the U.S. that I can think of (perhaps that shouldn't be a surprise given they are splitting the atom itself to make energy).
I've been trying to cultivate contacts there with a limited bit of success.
Pat Boone Speaks!
"...there is a real, unbroken line between the jihadist savagery in Mumbai and the hedonistic, irresponsible, blindly selfish goals and tactics of our homegrown sexual jihadists ... will escalate into acts vile, violent and destructive." - Pat Boone (R - Old Flatulence), December 6, 2008
Say, Pat, were you wearing your black leather buttless chaps when you made those robo-call recordings for Grandpa McCain? Sounds a little creepy to me.
The weather today is rainy and stormy as a complex low pressure system moves up the Eastern Seaboard. It's one of those rare events where there is a chance that the rain could turn to snow before it ends in the immediate D.C. area, though it is looking less likely. As it is, rain to accumulating snow happens exceedingly rarely in the immediate D.C. area since invariably the low pulls away / precip. cuts off before the cold air arrives. Now snow turning to rain -- that happens far more frequently when it does snow, which isn't that often.
Here is the radar mosaic for the eastern United States from 1918UTC (218PM EST), 11 December 2008.
Rain turning to snow that then accumulates to at least in inch in the immediate D.C. / Baltimore area (which is not expected in this event) has no more than 10 times (and maybe less), I would estimate, in the 27 years I have lived more or less continuously in this region.
Below is the relevant portion of the 1132AM area forecast discussion from Sterling LWX (the Baltimore/Washington NWS Forecast Office in Sterling, Va.); "CWA" stands for "County Warning Area" -- that is, the forecast area for which LWX is responsible; and "WAA" is "warm air advection."
"ONE OF THE MOST UNCERTAIN ASPECTS OF THIS STORM SYSTEM /HAVING FOLLOWED IT OVER THE PAST SEVERAL DAYS/ IS THE BACKSIDE/WRAP AROUND AREA ASSOCIATED W/ THE UPPER CLOSED LOW AS IT SLIDES ACROSS THE MID ATLC FRI MRNG. TRENDS OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF DAYS HAVE BEEN WARMER AIR FOR LONGER AND OVER MORE AREAS...AND AS THE CLOSED LOW OPENS UP TO THE MID LEVEL FLOW AS IT SLIDES UP THE ERN SEABOARD ..."
Surface map for 0Z 12 Dec 2008 (7PM EST 11 Dec 2008)
"COLD AIR LOOKS TO WRAPPED FAIRLY TIGHTLY INTO THE SYSTEM ACROSS THE DEEP SOUTH ... BUT AN OPEN WAVE GIVES WAY TO A WAA INFLUENCE ON THE LEE SIDE OF THE SYSTEM ... ESPC UP THE ERN SEABOARD.
AFTER THE LAST WIDESPREAD MOISTURE SURGE SLIDES NE OF THE MID ATLC AFT 06Z FRI ... A BRIEF DRYING-OUT PERIOD LOOKS PLAUSIBLE BEFORE THE REMNANTS OF THE UPPER WAVE SLIDE INTO THE REGION...W/ THE MOST CONCERNING AREAS OF PRECIP WRAPPED AROUND IT.
EITHER ONE REGIONAL SCALE BATCH OF PRECIP W/ SNOW ON THE WRN SIDE AND RAIN ON THE ERN SIDE ... OR A TRAILING AND DISSIPATING PRECIP BAND EXTENDING DOWN THE LEE SIDE OF THE CNTRL APLCNS FOR THE MRNG HRS. QPF LOOKS LOW W/ THIS PRECIP REGION ... ESPC COMPARED TO THE OVERNIGHT ACTIVITY ... SO ANY SNOWFALL BANDS OR AREAS THAT MOVE ACROSS THE MID ATLC ARE EXPECTED TO BE LIGHT ... AGAIN THE I-95 WILL LIKELY BE A DECENT DIVIDING LINE FOR ANY FROZEN PRECIP ACTIVITY ..."
Bottom line, a good dousing of rain and then maybe a bit of snow but not much.
Anyway, I have to go now and try to be busy for the remainder of the afternoon. Oh, yes, I managed to apply for that Federal job at the agency where I interned in the summer of 2006. I've no doubt I won't get it.