Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Weekend Millersville Time -OR- The Paschal Mystery of Anny Runnell Kenny

Trees and a yard rushing past in a springtime electric green whirl by along Gambrills Road, Severn, Md., 3:35PM, April 7, 2012.

Anne Arundel County ("Anny Runnell Kenny" in the local dialect) still has lots of forest and farmland in it despite decades of growth and sprawl.

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OK, this is my promised (see previous entry) full blog entry. It features some of the pictures I took this past Easter weekend while visiting my mom over in Millersville, Md., and our trip to Annapolis for dinner.

First, let me say that I am exhausted and feeling under the weather this Monday night. I am starting to think that this is more than just allergies / sinus headache from the rampant pollen this warm and dry spring, and that I actually had a bit of a cold, too.

A field off Gambrills Road with high tension electrical wires running across it, Severn, Md., 3:33PM, April 7,2012.

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Secondly, as I write this (at 9PM) there are a FEW rain showers tonight here in the D.C. area -- thank you, Weather God -- as a front swings through with an associated short wave. However, I'm not sure it will end up a measurable rainfall, least of all officially at National Airport (DCA).

Here was the Sterling (LWS) radar in composite mode, 8:50PM EDT, April 9, 2012.

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Thirdly, I've never been fatter. I'm becoming heavier, or at least flabbier.

Here is a picture of me eating dinner solo earlier at Pines of Florence on Connecticut Ave. It's not pretty. Well, actually, it's a lovely image of a dugong munching serenely on seagrass in a warm tropical shallow sea.

Most Americans have never even heard of a dugong, much less seen one. It and the manitee are related to the (because of humans) extinct Steller's sea cow.

Finally, it's Monday night -- although I won't actually post this entry until shortly after midnight Tuesday -- and I'm watching a lineup of reruns of The Golden Girls on We TV. Later on, I'll watch some combination of The King of Queens, Everybody Loves Raymond, and/or Frasier on my usual channels.

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The MODIS spectroradiometer sensor aboard NASA's Terra satellite showing the tremendous North American temperature anomalies (reds for warmer, blues for cooler) for the week of March 8 - 15, 2012. It was mostly reds.

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I was going to post a lengthy weather discussion but suffice it to say that we are in a prolonged dry spell. And the month is still running 3.6F above normal for the first 8 days at DCA. This follows a record warm March and winter that ran +5F above normal region-wide.

About that March, not to mention the first three months of 2012, NOAA has calculated it was far and away the warmest March across the Lower 48.

In particular, the Lower 48 average was +8.6F above normal for March and +6F above normal for Jan. 1 - March 31, 2012. The first quarter anomaly surpassed the previous first quarter record warm anomaly (not sure what year) by +1.4F.

And March averaged 51.1F versus a normal of 42.5F. This is actually closer to the April normal. Only January 2006 had a bigger overall Lower 48 positive anomaly.

And there were 7,775 daily record highs and 7,517 daily record minimums (record high lows) in March. That's just astonishing. Full article here. I did not read any of the now 1,400+ jibbering, ranting, sputting, and/or incoherent comments following the article.

The pattern this April -- while not featuring a massive Bermuda blocking high over the Atlantic -- is all blocked up and abnormally dry.

Yes, it is tied into atmospheric patterns such as ENSO, NAO, and AO that are changing their frequency and intensity as a result of human climate change.

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OK, here I linked to a whole series of pieces variously by Paul Krugman, Michael Lind, and Salon staff writers. But the entry was spinning out of control in length, and I lacked enough pictures and time tonight to write it.

Instead, I will post some additional pictures from my Easter weekend visit to see my mom ...

An old (water?) tower in an overgrown field off Rt. 1 and the CSX / MARC Camden line train tracks in Beltsville, Md., 3:04PM, April 7, 2012.

I went to College Park on the Metro where my mom and Ray picked me up and we drove back to Millersville. Rt. 1 is awful, although this stretch of it thins about. About that water tower, I posted another picture of it back in late December on my previous trip to Millersville.

Here is the same tower taken from about the same Rt. 1 vantage point, 3:24PM, Dec. 24, 2011.

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An old barn in a field off New Cut and Grover Roads, Millersville, Md., 3:39PM, April 7, 2012.

There are vestiges of farmland even in this part of Anne Arundel County near Glen Burnie.

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The view of the Severn River and the main part of Annpolis from the Severn Inn, also located in the Maryland state capital, 6:34PM, April 7, 2012.

We went there on Saturday for dinner.

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Sunset through the silhouetted trees along Baltimore Annapolis (B&A) Blvd., Severna Park, Md., 7:00PM, April 7, 2012.

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Morning in Millersville, Md., 8:19AM, April 8, 2012.

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Rol-Park, Millersville, Md., 11:18AM, April 8, 2012.

I hope that when they retire in a few years, they are able to find a comparable place in Cape May County, New Jersey -- not too far from the ocean.

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The backroom where I stay when I visit my mom and Ray, Millersville, Md., 2:31PM, April 8, 2012.

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Oh, and I got one picture of my mom, though facing away from the camera.

My mom and Rol-Park, Millersville, Md., 11:15AM, April 8, 2012.

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OK, that wraps up my pictures from the weekend. My next planned update will be by Wednesday night.

--Regulus

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