Sunday, October 30, 2011

October in the (Wet) Snow -OR- Shopping For One

**Updated with some pics that Mark sent me from near Sabillasville, Md.**

A lady takes a picture of the heavy snowfall amid the autumn foliage in Bellefonte, Pa., Oct. 29, 2011.

This picture and most of the others in this are taken from The New York Times' online image slideshow.

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So our very unusual (indeed, in many places historic) October snow event / snowstorm is over and it dropped a wide range of amounts across the mid-Atlantic region into the Appalachians from the Blue Ridge into the Alleghenies and thence into the Poconos and Catskill Mountains of New York state and parts of New England.

Heavy snow slows traffic along the West Side Highway, New York City, Oct. 29, 2011.

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The highest amount I've seen reported is 27" in Plainfield, Mass. (It gets the Nixon "Sock it to ME?!" award, see previous entry.) Other high amounts include 19" in West Milford, Conn., 17.2" in Danbury, Conn., and 17" in Lake Hopatcong, N.J., with lots of 12" to 15" amounts in far northern New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania and Connecticut, as well as the Blue Ridge and Alleghenies. 

These are all spotter reported amounts that I found on various NWSFO sites and news articles.

Downed trees and power lines in Belmont, Mass., as a result of the heavy, wet snowstorm, Oct. 29, 2011.

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This heavy, wet snowfall also downed lots of trees and power lines and according to this New York Times report, as of today (Oct. 30th), 2.3 million customers are without power in Pennsylvania and parts of New England.

Downed trees and power lines from the heavy wet snowstorm in Glastonbury, Conn., Oct. 30, 2011.

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Heavy snowfall in Washington Square Park, New York City, Oct. 29, 2011.

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In the Baltimore/Washington National Weather Service ("Sterling" or "LWX") "County Warning Area" (CWA) region, the highest amount I found was 14" at Mount Storm, West Virginia and closer-in, 11.5" in Sabillasville, Md., located right on the Maryland-Pennsylvania line by Camp David. (I love those names.) 

The Sterling CWA regional map showing snowfall totals in the Oct. 28 - 29, 2011 snow event.

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Updated with images Mark sent me  

Mark D's Raven Rock property just inside Adams County, Pa., in the October snowstorm that dropped approximately 12" of snow on Sabillasville, Md. Here is Mark's property with about 6 inches on the ground -- right after the power had gone out and as he was leaving to head down the mountain and return to D.C.

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Mark's pool on his Raven Rock property, Adams County, Pa., in the October snowstorm, Oct. 29, 2011.

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Mark owns the approximately 275 acre spread Raven Rock property located on the Pennsylvania - Maryland line. It is an old Lutheran (Missouri Synod) summer camp (where both Quill and DD separately visited back in the 1980s) that is mostly in Adams County, Pa., but with a postal address / entrance in Frederick Co., Md., technically in Sabillasville. This is where Gary and I went last June as part of our two-day trip all the way up to Orbisonia, Pa., where I met Bryan Wright, the ragtime / piano guy whose radio show "Soundstage" on the Bostonpete.com online radio network I listen to at work. I wrote about it here.

Two more pictures that Mark sent me:

Mark's pool at his Raven Rock property in the October snowstorm, Adams County, Pa., Oct. 29, 2011.

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One more picture of Mark's pool and deck chairs in the snowstorm at his Raven Rock property, Adams County, Pa., Oct. 29, 2011.

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Back in D.C. ...

Young children in costumes attend a White House Halloween event in an unusual October snowfall, Washington, D.C., Oct. 29, 2011.

Yes, I live in D.C. but, of course, I found this picture on the same New York Times online slideshow article. The pictures below were taken by me.

The view from my 5th floor apartment during a burst of heavy snowfall here in Washington, D.C., in the rare October snowfall, 4:16PM, Oct. 29, 2011. This is looking at the buildings and trees along New Hampshire Avenue and V Street toward Meridian Hill Park.

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Again, these are all spotter amounts. In terms of official climate station amounts, Newark Airport had the jackpot at 5.2" while Central Park in New York City had 2.0", LaGuardia Airport had 1.7", and JFK Airport has 1.5".

In our LWX CWA region, Washington Dulles (IAD) had 0.6" while BWI Airport and National Airport (DCA) had  ... now altogether ...

TRACE.

The DCA total thus "ties" the amount that fell on Oct. 29, 1925 in a pre-DCA Washington, D.C., total.

A bit of gloppy wet October snow accumulates on the cars parked outside my apartment building, 2000 block of New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 4:33PM, Oct. 29, 2011.

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This "TRACE" total represents, of course, a huge victory for the usual cast of weather characters: WOODY! at Sterling, Mark Richards (the guy who oversaw obs at DCA for, like, 100 years), and the Sue Palka - cabra creature.

There she is ... What say you, Ms. Palka-cabra??

ROAR!

Nope, she doesn't like snow one bit.

Of note, the daily precipitation totals yesterday were over 1" at DCA, BWI, and IAD -- and DCA clicked over that magic 39.74" yearly total, which is the new 30-year normal (1981 - 2010) for total annual precipitation in Washington, D.C., and therefore we are now in surplus for the entire year no matter hereafter how much or how little falls. DCA also clicked over the 40" mark for the year as well.

BWI Airport is way above its new 30-year annual normal of 41.88" while IAD is still below its new 30-year annual normal of 41.54".

Here are the totals for yesterday at the usual trio of airport stations:

DCA
Day: 1.18"
Month: 3.91" +0.74" (3.17")
Year: 40.05" +6.76" (33.29")

BWI
Day: 1.09"
Month: 3.31" +0.20" (3.11")
Year: 49.57" +14.56" (34.99")

IAD
Day: 1.03" (daily record)
Month: 6.27" +3.24" (3.03")
Year: 39.56" +4.61" (34.95")

Harrisburg, Pa., -- which is already WAY into its wettest year on record -- had 9.7" of snow and 1.39" of liquid equivalent, raising its annual total to 65.97".

As for Boston, I think it actually did not get any snow, just mostly rain.

A bit of wet snow coats the grass and bushes outside the Brittany -- the building located directly across my apt. building and that fronts onto 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C., 4:34PM, Oct. 29, 2011.

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It started to sleet here in D.C. where I live around 1PM and snow flakes began falling around quarter to two. It snowed intermittently a heavy, wet snow for a few hours and "accumulated" in a slushy, gloppy mess on grassy surfaces and cars and a bit on the trees (whose fall color leaves are peaking on schedule this week) -- see above pictures.

Today is just a sunny, cool day with afternoon temps around 52F.

The view from my apartment earlier this autumnal, afternoon, Washington, D.C., 3:07PM, Oct. 30, 2011. Any snow is long gone.

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Shopping With Mr. Sirius

Yesterday, I took a walk in the wet snow up to the Columbia Heights Target (whose entrance is pictured from a Washingtonian article at left) where I purchased a new winter season jacket (thick enough that if worn with a sweater will be enough to handle most D.C. cold weather).

I also bought two wool hats for $4 each (and promptly lost one at Nellie's last night) and a new pair of gloves. I also bought a new pair of shoes (suitable for work and for walking) at Payless Shoes. I got all this for $116, which was within $5 of what I budgeted.

Thereafter, I walked home, detouring over to the Harris Teeter grocery store in Adams Morgan (on Kalorama Road). 

The exterior of the store (which used to be a roller skating rink) is pictured at right from an image I found online.

I went to the hot bar for dinner -- which I ate in the store in the tiny sit-down area. The food available was kind of crappy as it was late in the day and most things were out.

However, I mention this because I saw -- for the second time in less than 72 hours -- Mr. Sirius, a.k.a. "M.W.H. Pinafore". I saw him first. He was wearing his gym shorts and a baseball cap and that same Spandex-like red and black shirt he wore in that YouTube clip of him going to the Edgar Allan Poe House in Baltimore with his boyfriend / life-mate last March, except he forgot to call ahead and it was closed.

This is a picture I took at the Harris Teeter about two years ago (Oct. 10, 2009). That is NOT Mr. Sirius.

Here he is -- in that aforementioned garment and looking quite lovely -- at the Edgar Allan Poe house / tomb in Baltimore this past March. This is a YouTube screenshot. 

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This was the first time we made actual eye contact in a very long time and here was his reaction:

We grocery shopped together in the store, chatting idly and amicably while purchasing our weekly victuals.

He looked at me for about 2 seconds before looking away, looking right through and past me as if I did not exist. This is how he did it when I saw him in front of his bar in June. However, this look masks a great deal of fear and loathing he has for me.

Actually, it's more loathing with a few dollops of wariness. He looked quite unhappy as he headed off in the store, but that's because he saw me. In addition, he ignored me when he got on the elevator to go down to the parking garage under the store with his shopping cart (I was in the tiny eating area next to the elevators.)

Well, I wrote a further big discussion here about my whole situation with him, including the JR's 2004 incident, the Cobalt January episode, the tax thing (which did not work), etc., and just how disastrously EVERYTHING turned out for me at EVERY turn, but I opted instead just to omit it.

Long story short, we were never going to be friends or anything else for that matter. And if it goes as it usually does, I won't see him for another 9 to 12 months.

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Norah Jones performs "Don't Know Why."

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Well, OK, that's about all for now. I may be going to the National Press Club tomorrow after work with two co-workers (one is a member) but I'm not sure. My next planned update will be on Tuesday.

--Regulus

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