Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hurricane Irene Update 4 Plus Meandering Oosas, and Irritable Fratkins

**Updated 1:04AM 6/25/2014: See below.**

Furious Atlantic Ocean waves overtop the boardwalk at Asbury Park, N.J.*, in Hurricane Irene, Aug. 27th**, 2011.

*I grew up in Long Branch, the town just north of Asbury Park, itself long a shocking and inexplicable seaside ghetto dump in a wealthy state, but FINALLY after, like, a million years is starting to "come back."

My mom used to ride me on her bike when I was a baby down to Asbury Park from where we lived at Middlebrook Apartments, which still are there under the name "Middlebrook at Monmouth" and there is is even a website.

**I found this and the other pics online from The New York Times website, and the photos were not dated.

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Hurricane Irene (Final?) Update - Part 4

Wind-driven rain on a deserted nighttime electric-dreams street somewhere in New York City during Hurricane Irene in the wee hours of Aug. 28, 2011.

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The hurricane is over and in its wake is just a partly cloudy, gusty-breezy day here in the Washington, D.C., area. There are still lingering squally showers and strong winds along the Jersey shore and into the New York City area. I don't have a lot of good photos of my own from here in D.C. since it was raining so much that I really couldn't take my cellphone camera out and take pictures.

Stormed-tossed seas at Bay Shore, Long Island during Hurricane Irene's passage, Aug. 27, 2011 (again, this may have been taken today, Aug. 28, by which point Irene was a Tropical Storm).

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In the end, although at least 15 people died as a result of Hurricane Irene in 7 states (and there were probably fatalities in the Bahamas), the category 1 tropical cyclone struck the Eastern Seaboard was more of a big "garden variety" nor'easter than anything else. This includes the low-lying / coastal flooding, beach erosion, and some storm damage. The astronomical high tide (owing to the Moon being in new phase) added about half of the 9.5 foot mean lower low water (MLLW) recorded at the Battery in Lower Manhattan, the sixth highest ever recorded there.

Deep blue-gray clouds and mist swaddle the skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan as now-Tropical Storm Irene brings stormy conditions to New York City, Aug. 28, 2011.

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I plan to have more detailed numbers in a subsequent entry, but it appears (adding up the three day obs and looking at yesterday's climate summary reports) that DCA had 3.79" including 3.33" yesterday, BWI had 4.70" including 3.59" yesterday, and IAD (farther west) had 1.28" including 1.17" yesterday.

Of note, DCA went into surplus for its annual precipitation as of yesterday (26.80" or +0.75").

Also of note, neither DCA nor BWI were daily records -- an incredible washout of a day on Aug. 27, 1971 at both airports surpassed yesterday's totals.

So it sometimes goes.

Some other preliminary storm totals included 6.87" at Central Park (NYC), 4.98" at JFK Int'l Airport, and 8.92" at Newark Int'l Airport. (I'm skeptical of these incredible Newark numbers sometimes.) Meanwhile, Atlantic City (ACY) had 5.87". The peak gusts I saw in these obs were at JFK Airport at 54MPH.

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Rivers at the Watergate restaurant (formerly the 600 Watergate), empty interior on a stormy night as Hurricane Irene moved up the East Coast, Washington, D.C., 8:48PM, Aug. 27, 2011.

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As for my activities, Gary and I took a hurricane bar crawl, of a sorts, trekking first from Dupont Circle yesterday evening down to Lindy's Red Lion, thence to the Rivers bar at the Watergate (the old 600 Watergate), and then to the Washington Harbour area -- walking through the edge of Sequoias's where a private wedding reception was being held, over to Mr. Smith's (where it was mobbed), and then across Georgetown and back into Dupont to Omega and finally to Larry's Lounge.

We were quite soaked after that 3 mile around trip walk, and today I did my laundry to clean those wet, dirty clothes.

Looking out onto rainy M Street, NW, from the interior of Mr. Smith's restaurant in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., as Hurricane Irene dropped heavy rain on the city, 9:41PM, Aug. 27, 2011.

The two above pics are really all I was able to take last night.

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Stuart Fratkin Visits?

I was going to end the entry here, but I have to note this.

Someone named "Stiles2" posted a comment this afternoon on the Jan. 4, 2011 entry I wrote "The Stuart Fratkin Show (20 Years Later) -OR- Arcturus Doesn't Live Here Anymore".

Stuart Fratkin is an actor who had a moderate amount of B-level fame back in the 1980s and early 1990s. I remember him primarily for his one appearance on The Golden Girls when he and the late Bea Arthur's character, Dorothy Zbornak, haggle over a cheap hockey stick that for sentimental reasons she cannot part with. It is a funny season in an otherwise "serious" episode "Blind Ambitions" about Rose's blind sister, played by actress Polly Holliday.

Mr. Fratkin does not appear to have done much acting-wise in the past 10 years or so, but he still has a website that has not been updated in a very long time. (Click on "stop" in the lower right corner to halt that annoying sound the website plays.) Nevertheless, I get quite a few hits on this blog because I wrote about him by name.

Stiles2 posted the following earlier this afternoon:

"The 10K reference was meant to be a joke. Hence the quote, 'After waking up'. Sorry it was lost on you."

He is referring to something he wrote on his blog -- click on "Current and Past Events" on the top and it is the blurb for 10/21,22/2004.

Perhaps this reference was lost on me, but what's not lost on me is that "Stiles2" may in fact be Mr. Fratkin himself.

Imagine that. Weird.

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Alabama Oosa Versus D.C. Oooza ...

On another topic, I need to post some of the images that ChrisT. sent me of Montgomery, Alabama. He is moving there soon to start a new job.

Apparently, the suffix "Oosa" is quite popular there for names, as seen here in this picture of the intersection of Tallapoosa and Coosa Streets that ChrisT. took yesterday (Aug. 27, 2011) while visiting there this weekend. 

In addition, the Alabama River that flows through Montgomery is formed by the merger of the Tallapoosa and Coosa Rivers.

Here is a section of Montgomery, Ala., with the Alabama River meandering through it. ChrisT. also took this picture yesterday. 

The family values of the Deep South are clearly evident even in this picture. They will all be voting Republican from now until the Year 10,191 (Actually, in the Dune universe, that year corresponds to AD 21,267 or so.)

**Updated 1:04AM 6/25/2014: Content removed.**

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OK, I think that's all for now. My next planned update will be Monday or, more likely, Tuesday.

--Regulus

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