Tuesday, May 17, 2011

D.C. Rainfall and Spiritual Black Holes

**Updated 12:38AM 6/25/2014: See below.**

The ivy-covered facade of the building at 1717 15th Street, NW, Washington, D.C., 7:12PM, May 17, 2011. This building has a cement cross structure on the top of it built into the edge of the roof.

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Today is the one year anniversary of my job ... And I should be happy since I am pleased to be there. But that ALONE is the only thing I'm pleased with in D.C., where I've now lived for, oh, about 1500 years and lost my youth.

The 1300 block of Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., 6:55PM, May 17, 2011. I live in the 2000 block of New Hampshire Avenue.

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But that's for another blog entry. Right now, it's about the weather ... All day long, frickin' plumes of tropical moisture with heavy showers and thunderstorms moving TO the northwest have been forming and TOTALLY missing Washington, D.C.

The Sterling (LWX) radar at 9:35PM EDT, May 17, 2011. The precipitation is moving toward the northwest and has banded over the same area for hours.

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The giant, spiraling, slowly dissipating upper level storm -- today more or less centered over North Carolina -- keep missing us and EVEN in a pattern as ostensibly wet as this one, DCA officially managed to get, yes, 0.01".

Here is a portion of the national radar mosaic showing roughly the middle portion of the Eastern U.S., 0138UTC (9:38PM EDT) May 18 (17), 2011.

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So it is actually managing to rain heavily along my native New Jersey seashore AND in Raleigh - Durham and in Detroit while shitty D.C. gets nothing, as usual, except everyone is whining and moaning as though it has been raining so much.

So the following are the 24-hour rainfall totals for DCA (National Airport), BWI (Airport), IAD (Dulles Airport) and CHO (Charlottesville, Va.), about 50 miles SW of DCA.

DCA: 0.01" (the Weather Gods' favorite number for D.C.)
BWI: 0.37"
IAD: 0.75"
CHO: 2.98"

And as soon as this system is gone, the weather will turn hot, torridly humid, scuzzy, swamp-like, and smelly with no wind for 5 months.

"Yea, verily, yea, verily, yea, verily ..."

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Yes, that's my shadow. I took this picture on April 28, 2011.

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As for me, I want to go here ...

Toronto

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Or here ...

Chicago

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Or here ...

Seattle

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Or here ...

San Francisco

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Or even here ...

Auckland

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Notes from Inside a Black Hole ...

On a different note, here is an interesting article on the Discover magazine blog "The Universe is Not a Black Hole". The most interesting part are actually the comments, in particular #7 and #14 (I read the first 20 or so).

I went to the Discover site to see if I could get the June 2011 print edition article "First Look Inside a Black Hole" but, alas, this edition is not yet posted on the website -- and likely will not be for several months. That article was fascinating.

Long story short, astrophysicist Andrew Hamilton argues that inside a black hole's "outer" event horizon but right along the "inner horizon" the energies and distortions of space and time are so extreme (energies exceeding the Big Bang and time moving forward and backward) that inflationary instabilities exist -- along both swarms of mini-black holes and perhaps other universes (other physical realms) are generated. Black holes may even have multiple singularities.

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It is 11PM and now I'm watching late night TV -- reruns of The Golden Girls following four episodes of Frasier.

I need to go to bed in a bit. 


--Regulus

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