Suddenly snowy night as seen along the 1700 block of T Street, NW, Washington, D.C., 7:35PM, Jan. 11, 2011.
I've opted to not write the entry I had planned. It was my own commentary on President Obama's speech at the Tucson Memorial tonight for the victims of the mass shooting on Saturday in the assassination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords (D - Ariz).
Chris T. early today took another one of his sunset pictures from his office just off Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Washington, D.C.
However, it would take too long to write everything out, and more generally, I'm just finding it very difficult to keep up this blog, esp. since I am keeping up another one -- plus I am having a very busy week. I basically need 6 hours uninterrupted to write one of these entries. My apologies.
As it is -- except for the Usual Suspects -- my blog readership among my regular readers is way down.
The (briefly) snowy intersection of 16th and U Streets, NW, at New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., 7:29PM, Jan. 11, 2011.
The next set of pictures were taken by me with my low-quality cellphone camera at the Phillips
Milk of Magnesia Collection here in D.C. (only my second ever visit to that place). I went there with LP to see a separate exhibit but the Side by Side exhibit featuring 25 works from the Oberlin College collection was the one I really enjoyed.
Michiel Sweerts' Self-Portrait, ca. 1656 - 1658, as it appeared at the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., 5:46PM, Jan. 9, 2011.
This picture (with a vaguely Mona Lisa feel and similar ethereal landscaped setting ) and the other three posted in here really captivated me. It was so weird looking into the eyes of a person who lived 350+ years ago, yet he appeared so modern, as if he were alive right now (and had just shampooed and conditioned his long hair!). And the painting (like the others) was in such good condition.
Saint Sebastian Tended by Irene by Hendrick ter Brugghen (1625), as it appeared at the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., 5:47PM, Jan. 9, 2011.
This was an amazing work. You can read about it here.
Death of Adonis by Giovanni Battista Gaulli ("Il Baciccio"), ca. 1683 - 1685, as it appeared at the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., 5:47PM, Jan. 9, 2011.
The colors on this were so vibrant.
And here is what is arguably the Phillips Collection's most famous of its permanent works of art ...
Renoir's Le déjeuner des canotiers ("Luncheon of the Boating Party"), 1881, as it appeared at the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., 5:46PM, Jan. 9, 2011. Here is the work in its Wikipedia close up.Snow Update ...
So in the end, there was about 1 to 2 inches of snow area wide. There was 1.0" at DCA, 2.0" at BWI, and 1.2" at IAD. Officially.
There isn't any more snow forthcoming and if anything it should warm up finally and there is a chance of (needed) rain on Monday (which I have off as it is the MLK Jr. Federal holiday). Despite the warm up, I wanted to post this close up of one panel in the 12Z GFS model run from today.
This is the 12Z 12 Jan 2011 GFS run showing surface pressures, 850mb temps, and 6-hour precipitation valid at hour 192 or Jan. 20, 2011 at 12UTC (7AM EST).
I posted it because of this feature ...
This is a close up of part of the map domain showed above (same time frame ), specifically, the northern U.S. and central and northern Canada. It shows the winter time polar vortex itself having COMPLETELY "sloshed off" the North Pole / high Arctic region and has "slipped" way south into Canada -- and actually approaching the Lower 48. The -30C and rarely seen -40C isotherms at 850mb mark the boundaries of the polar vortex.
In the later hours (hrs 216 - 252), the vortex actually crosses New England. The -20C isotherm is south of D.C. -- meaning low temps. of about 0F.
Now this may very well not happen (it wasn't nearly so dramatic in the 18UTC run). However, the -40C isotherm RARELY shows up in this way and in the context of the polar vortex so displaced off the North Pole / high Arctic. (The GFS is a 16-day model but anything beyond day 7 really can only show general trends and after 12 days is mostly useless.)
Having the polar vortex on "this side" of the Northern Hemisphere also means that Siberia is probably well above normal temp-wise.
OK, that's all for now. I really need to go to bed. My work week has actually been busy redacting emails from FOIA requests and making a list of solar PV cell and module manufacturers.