**This entry was written entirely earlier today before I went out with LP to Great Falls National Park. Some of the pictures were taken during that drive. I plan to post the remainder in my next entry.**
The Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) trail as seen from Great Falls National Park, Maryland,6:31PM, June 27, 2010.#######
This was written mostly earlier today ...
The weather in the the D.C. area and mid-Atlantic region continues to be murderously hot and disgusting with 95F to 100F high temps, dew points nearing 70F, and a goddamn massive cap/inversion around 700mb that is suppressing any and all thunderstorm activity.
Here one pissy will cloud formed in the sky (just to mock me) above The Brittany, which is the much nicer condo building across the street from the Hampton Court where I live in Washington, D.C., 11:53AM, June 27, 2010.#######
It actually reached 100F at DCA and BWI officially on Thursday, June 24th -- surpassing the daily record highs of 98F for both locations and the first 100F readings at either spot since Aug. 8, 2007 when it reached 102F at both locations.
That was also the last time it reached 100F at IAD, specifically, 101F. It reached 97F at IAD on the 24th, which as still a daily record -- surpassing the daily record of 95F.
Today's shitty records are as follows ...
... 98F at DCA in 1980 and other years, 99F at BWI in 1952 (that may have been a pre-BWI record when the obs were still taken in downtown Baltimore), and 100F in 1964 at IAD. The 100F at IAD was a record for the month of June as well.
DCA will probably at least tie its record. Not sure about the BWI and IAD records.
At the noon hour the temps are as follows: 95F at DCA, 95F at BWI, and 92F at IAD.
We are also rapidly descending into drought conditions.
**UPDATED: High temps today included 99F at DCA, 100F at BWI, and 97F at IAD. So DCA and BWI had record daily highs, but not IAD.**
The lovely turret-and-gabled row house at the corner of 31st and Q Streets, NW, Washington, D.C., 7:57PM, June 27, 2010. (This was a picture taken today.)
There is an "air quality alert" in effect but no heat advisories because the self-satisfied NWS idiots at Sterling (LWX) are all excited about the fact that the heat index will "only" be 103F or 104F today, which is below the advisory criteria of 105F for our area. This is like a big victory for them. As if you can even know what the "heat index" will be down to the degree on a baking hot, sun-lit concrete street.Jackasses.
As you can see on the Eastern regional map, the entire states of Maryland, New Jersey, and Delaware are in air quality alerts with the Metro Philadelphia area under an excessive heat warning. The criteria that NWS Mount Holly (PHI) uses its its forecast area is for 100F heat indexes for 1 to 3 hours, so it is less restrictive than the ones used by LWX for the Washington / Baltimore area.
Speaking of Philly, here is a picture Gary took yesterday (June 26th) while passing through Center City on a bus heading to New York for the weekend.
This frickin' hideous summer is going to be a brutal one with no end in sight to the massive ridge in place that is screwing up the weather.
There will be a brief respite next week with a strong frontal passage, but the LWX weather magicians and the giant-headed Doug Hill on channel 7 are already plotting ways to ruin any chance of thunderstorms / rain.
(I can't believe Bob Ryan went over to channel 7. What's wrong with him?)
The 1400 block of V Street, NW, Washington, D.C., 6:16PM, June 24, 2010.
The part that bugs me the most is how happy so many people are with this heat and humidity. Our climate is criminal here and should be treated as such.
What also bugs me is how the ASOS (Automated Surface Observing System)sees even the slightest bit of haze as "cloudy" or "mostly cloudy." It is "cloudy" or "mostly cloudy" according to ASOS almost all the time when it fact it is sunny.
The above picture shows an ASOS sensor group at some remote observation spot.
What I want is a RAPID melting / collapse of the massive ice sheets over Greenland due to sudden warming (Antarctica would be TOO much) and a quick 5 foot rise in global sea level, combined with a partial shut off of the thermohaline circulation -- at least the Gulf stream portion of it -- and a rapid return to much colder conditions and a nice Nova Scotia or Newfoundland-like climate for the mid-Atlantic.
That's my dream. What's yours?
Generalized model of the global oceanic thermohaline "conveyor belt" circulation pattern showing warmer surface waters and colder, more saline deep waters.
Anyway, if we get a few more weeks of this weather here in D.C., the topic of climate change will quickly move back to the top of the political agenda.
As it is, we are approaching a Democratic wipe out in November. I was trying to be optimistic, but I can't. But the Republican tea bagger crazies who will get elected in the House and Senate will be such whack jobs that they will will be wildly unpopular within 6 to 12 months -- and Obama should basically win reelection by default (that is, the Republicans "won't win") in 2012.
Meanwhile, the Washington WHORE Post editorial board will treat all of this with the utmost seriousness and sobriety in its never ending quest ...
... for the perfect milquetoast, wussy, pro-corporate, burbling, serial LOSER Democrat who stands for nothing but Wall Street bailouts, free trade, and a cheap, warmed over social liberalism, so that anyone in his over-class status doesn't have to pay taxes for their Hispanic nanny.
I wish The Post would go bankrupt already. I reckon that's still about 5 to 10 years away.
Tiger lilies and hydrangea flowers in the small yard at 1711 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., 6:01PM, June 26, 2010.#######
As for my weekend, yesterday, I had a very nice time with Quill yesterday -- she came into D.C. and we went to Bertucci's for a late lunch / early dinner.
There was a surprisingly big crowd even there watching Ghana defeat the U.S. in the World Cup, but not as big / drunk / rowdy as the crowds pouring out of Lucky Bar and the other places along the east side of Connecticut Ave. just south of Dupont Circle. The Bertucci's crowd just sort of left quietly. We were seated way in the back away from the big TV screens.
The surprisingly cool and pleasant -- on a frickin' incredibly hot summer's day -- subterranean Dupont Circle Metro platform, Washington, D.C., 3:04PM, June 27, 2010#######
Later, I went to Cobalt as bartender CH was somewhat unusually working at happy hour. Quill actually came with me to Cobalt and then i walked her back to the Dupont Metro by 10PM or so. I walked back home, intending on going back out, but I fell asleep and woke up at 3AM -- and, of course, just went back to bed. I didn't get up until about 1045AM this morning, so that means I had a good 10 hours of sleep, which I needed.
The "ancient" 1940s or '50s style Voight Building along Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., 4:39PM, June 27, 2010.
But I'm also having a crappy weekend there was the definitive ending to a strained and difficult friendship. While I feel badly for what I initially said, I don't regret this relationship ending.
I am very happy that Kristof is returning -- hopefully in the 2 to 3 month "time flame."
Don't get me started on that bitch at the 1099 job. What a nightmare. But at least it is over.
Booeymonger's on Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., 3:56PM, June 27, 2010. (Picture taken on Sunday.)#######
As for today, I don't know what to do. It's so frickin' hot out. My mom and I were supposed to meet for lunch in College Park, but she understandably didn't feel like driving here from Millersville in 100F heat.
LP mentioned something about a movie -- one of the never-ending film festivals at AFI in Silver Spring. But I'm not sure I want to see a movie about a European all-men swim team ("Men Who Swim").#######
A VERY brief downpour that occurred earlier today ... Windshield wiper and the 5202 River Road Transmission Tower, as seen while driving along River Road, Bethesda, Md., 4:51PM, June 27, 2010.
Officially, DCA and BWI had zilch while IAD had 0.06".
I need to go to Macy's -- didn't I default on about $2,000 in debt to them, and it's now up to about $60,000 on interest and fees and assorted middle-men collection agencies, and all sort of lost in an American-style debtors' limbo, and God Bless America -- to get some new underwear, tee shirts, and socks.Guess I'll be payin' in cash.
My apt. is very depressing -- and dusty as hell despite the fact I'm forever scooping / wiping / brushing it away. It's sort of reminds me of the radioactive dust fallout in that Philip K. Dick post-apocalyptic novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
I'm thinking of putting thick curtains on the windows, or at least a sturdy shower curtain rod and dark sheets. Fuck all this sunlight and daylight that keeps coming in even when I don't want it to.
And Thank GOD ALMIGHTY Three In One On High, Alpha & Omega, World Without End, Amen, for my little window a/c. (Watch it break now -- that's the kind of spitefulness GOD deals in.)
The 4th of July holiday is quickly approaching. As for my job, well, so far so good, I guess. I'll have more to say about that in subsequent entries.