Friday, February 12, 2010

Washington, D.C., Feb. 10th 2010 Blizzard Pictures

Yours Truly, walking home from Chris T's place, 20th Street, NW, Adams Morgan with snow-buried Kalorama Park in the background, Washington, D.C., 10:02PM, Feb. 10, 2010


Ok, this entry is meant to showcase the snow pictures here in Washington, D.C., after our INCREDIBLE snowfalls of the past week ...

The snow-buried 1900 block of New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., 3:19PM, Feb. 10, 2010.


However, I am a little drunk and I still need to finish one of those damn climate change news compendiums. I was at Cobalt a short while ago where interesting things happened, including seeing a bartender (at another bar) that I really like severely drunk and about to walk off with his duffel bag, and I made sure he got it ...

... seeing another bar friend look like he was about to lose his jacket and making sure he did not ...

Dupont Circle in the blizzard, 3:38PM, Feb. 10, 2010. There was some stupid "flash mob" having an organized snowball fight that the local whore-media thought was the biggest thing and was down there "to cover." Idiots.

However, the Starbucks had coffee and banana walnut bread. This was better than the frickin' 17th Street Safeway, which was closed, as was everything else on 17th Street.

I saw a food delivery truck earlier tonight and Cobalt (which hasn't had any liquor delivers in weeks and will soon be out of booze if a truck doesn't come) is supposed to get a shipment tomorrow.


... watching the deputy legislative assistant chief of staff (or whatever is his title) of some U.S. Senator from some giant, three-quarters empty Middle American Square State spend his entire night chase a hot, cute, young, thoroughly punk gay guy around the bar and, eventually, get him to go home with him, rather than, oh, I dunno, fix everything wrong with this country, including its severely warped Senate ...

Walking up 19th Street from Dupont Circle, 3:52PM, Feb. 10, 2010.


... oh, and also ask the son of a former D.C. TV weatherman that I was intrigued by (and to whom I wrote a handwritten letter in 1984, and got a typed-on-an-old-typewriter reply, probably around the year his gay son was born) as a 14-year old when I lived in Glen Burnie what his dad thinks of all the record-setting snow, only to hear that he hadn't talked to his dad in four months.

Oh, and then there was the trip to the mind-bending 7-11 on 17th Street and having yet another cashier try to take at least a dollar from my change ("Please re-ring everything up again ... Why do you do that??"). Maybe if I wasn't so broke.

Kalorama Park, Washington, D.C., in the blizzard, 4:32PM, Feb. 10, 2010. This lady came into view at that second. She was walking her little dog. The snow was about 22 to 24 inches deep.


Anyway, a few weather statistical tidbits ...

All three regional airports, Reagan Washington National (DCA), Washington Dulles (IAD), and Baltimore/Washington (BWI), are at new seasonal records for snowfall -- with BWI just a tad under 80 inches or almost 18 inches above the old record.

Recall that BWI is also the climate observation site for Baltimore, Md., stretching back well before the airport existed to Dec. 1883, while DCA is the climate observation site for Washington, D.C., stretching back well before the airport existed to Jan. 1888. The IAD site goes back as is to Jan. 1963.

Here is the lady (in previous picture) with her dog, in the blizzard, Kalorama Park, 4:32PM, Feb. 10, 2010.

I had gone to the little Spanish market and bought some food to bring over to Chris's place. The market was open with food -- including broccoli and cucumbers and potatoes.


Anyway, yesterday's blizzard was scary at times and at times felt like a "snow hurricane" because of the ocean storm angle to it. The snowstorm added to the huge totals already to the tune of 19.5 inches at BWI -- putting it in the top 10, I believe, but that is to be determined -- and 10.8 inches at DCA and another 9.3 inches at IAD, the three airports' seasonal totals are 55.9 inches, 79.9 inches and 72.8 inches, respectively.

Here is a cleared sidewalk along Belmont Road, but showing how deep the snow was on either side. There were several people shoveling like crazy. This was 4:39PM, Feb. 10, 2010


These surpass -- and in the cases of BWI and IAD, BLOW AWAY -- the old records of 54.9 inches at DCA from the pre-DCA / Washington, D.C., record set in 1898-1899; 62.5 inches at BWI set in 1995-1996, which is also the all-Baltimore record; and 61.9 inches at IAD.

Source here.

Here is another dog in Kalorama Park, 5:53PM, Feb. 10, 2010. Chris and I walked back to the market because he didn't like the chicken I had gotten at the Townhouse Safeway at 20th and S Streets, not to be confused with the one on 17th Street that was closed. Anyway, this lady was walking her dog, too.


To break a seasonal record by 17.4 inches or by nearly 28 percent, and an amount nearly equal to BWI's 30-year annual average of 18.2 inches is simply astonishing (and the winter still isn't over). Assuming no climate change (and let's TOTALLY AVOID that subject) this corresponds to about a once-in-a-200-to-250 year event.

DCA's current 30-year annual average (1971-2000) is 15.2 inches and IAD's same period average is 21.2 inches.

The Washington, D.C., is record is actually in reality just as impressive, although it is harder to see. While the Baltimore snow total record is "easier" to beat after 1950 because the observation post moved from the old Custom House to the then-rural and now-still-suburban airport about 8 miles southwest of downtown, the Washington, D.C., snow total is much HARDER to beat because the post-1941 observation post is at National Airport along the warmer, windy Potomac about 4 miles south of downtown D.C.

This picture was taken the night before and with my cellphone camera. It shows how much snow was already on the ground. It shows the S Street dog park, 8:09PM, Feb. 9, 2010.


As for today, the blizzard was over and Sun was shining but it was blustery and cold. I didn't get up until 1PM, but I was productive this afternoon as I wrote a 5 page "Spotlight" story for my biweekly climate change news compendium AND a 4-page review of the 8 companies that this other nuclear services company bought out since late 2005. This is all for that contracting job I have. This whole set up is going to change within a few months -- one way or another -- since I can't keep it up much longer and will either find a real job or give up this apartment.

A picture of yours truly walking home from Chris T's place. This is basically the same picture as the lead one, at the same place and time at 10:02PM by Kalorama Park, Washington, D.C., at the end of the blizzard of Feb. 10, 2010.


I am HOPING to get paid the $840 I am owed -- although by then it will be at least $1280 -- by next Tuesday. I have not yet paid my rent since the snow disrupted my payment schedule. OF COURSE. I look forward to being evicted ("Is what it is ... you failed to ADD SHAREHOLDER VALUE to society and broke a contract ..."). I have paid my rent as late as the 23rd, but I would prefer not to do that this month. Thereafter, for March, I have no idea.

Another image of the blizzard, 20th Street, near Columbia Road, Adams - Morgan, Washington, D.C., after the blizzard, 10:03PM, Feb. 10, 2010.


Lastly, the other big news is that the Dallas-Fort Worth Texas had a record snowfall on Feb. 11, 2010, surpassing its 1978 record and others, but I am going to wait until my next entry to talk about that and why it is significant even though I have only the most tenuous connection to that place from nearly 30 years ago in 1980-81 as an 11 year old child.



Unknown said...

Richard, the pictures of the snow scenes are amazing! I can't fathom that much snow and how that must be disrupting traffic. Wow.

Regulus said...

Oh, C.J., thank you for that first / only comment to this entr. Yes, the snowfall was basically crazy. I read somewhere that a blizzard such as that involves 10 to 100 trillion snowflakes (and maybe expanded by a factor of two to three).

Hope you are well. I may very well end up in Florida in the next few months, and living for at least a month or so in South Florida.

Regulus said...

I mean "entry" not "entr." I was typing too fast.

Unknown said...

If you get to Florida please let me know. It would be great to see you.