Monday, November 17, 2014

A Middle-to-Late Fall Kinda Crummy Weekend (With Some Bright Spots) & Weather Update

Fall day in the 2000 block of New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 2:36PM November 15, 2014.

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This was kind of a low-grade crappy weekend all-around, although Friday night was fun with Wendy at No. 9* and the movie Interstellar that I saw today at the National Air and Space Museum with Quill was interesting, to say the least. I also had a good gym workout on Saturday. Oh, and I had a short but enjoyable time at Larry's Lounge tonight.

*To be clear, it was also a boozy time as a result of a post-work happy hour in Gallery Place that morphed directly into a Friday night.

However, the nonstop financial squeeze with which must live for about half of every month based upon the fact that one of my two monthly paychecks must go heavily toward rent -- is really wearing on my soul. It's just so frickin' annoying and soul-draining.

Yeah, yeah, I know ... It's WHY America is Columbia is the Gem of the Ocean and that Shining City Upon a GOP Hill. It's also why crummy little Wall-P, a.k.a., Pitty Shil, the always-in-service tool of Big Telecom corporate oligarchy, has an infinite supply of money even while it has no identifiable soul, just binary circuit boards.

Ain't that great how that works out?

"Eh. Eh. Eheheheh. Once again, my legal genius has combined with my superior financial acumen to ensure accelerating asset appreciation of my holdings in the 4th quarter, which demonstrates that RAHTHER than--"

Ohhhh, shut-up, Wall-P, you little corporate stooge on wheels. (By the way, Wall-P says "RAHTHER" when it is trying to sound like the urban sophisticate that it isn't. I suppose Staff doesn't feel threatened by that and so allows Wall-P to keep saying it.)

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The alley behind my Hampton Courts apartment building, Washington, D.C., 11:10AM November 14, 2014.

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As it is, I'm just really low on money until my scheduled paycheck on Nov. 25th, at which point I should be OK for the subsequent two weeks or so. Of note, my birthday is on the 26th (the day before Thanksgiving this year). I hate having a birthday that is always lost in the ultra-family-oriented holiday of Thanksgiving. It's annoying.

On a semi-related note, I'm hoping on the 25th to go with at least Kristof and LP to that Belgian restaurant -- La Sur Place -- in Palisades where we went last year. I'll see if Wendy and/or Gary would like to go.

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Weather Update ...

A portion of the U.S. composite radar mosaic image focused on the Ohio River Valley, Appalachians, and Southeastern U.S., 0538UTC (12:38AM EST) November 17, 2014.

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Quantitative precipitation forecast (QPF) forecast for days 1 - 2 valid 0Z Nov. 17, 2014 (7PM EST Nov. 16, 2014) through 0Z Nov. 19, 2014 (7PM EST Nov. 18, 2014).

This shows about 1.25 to 1.50 inches for the immediate D.C. area. I have found this forecast tends to overestimate.

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Turning to the weather, it's an overcast night with scattered light rain showers and temps. around 40F. As for the overall weather pattern, here is the relevant snippet from the 850PM area forecast discussion from Sterling LWX this evening:

WEAK IMPULSES OF LOW PRESSURE WILL RIDE ALONG A STATIONARY FRONT POSITIONED SOUTHEAST OF THE CHESAPEAKE THROUGH THE OVERNIGHT HOURS. LOW PRESSURE OVER THE SOUTHEAST U.S. WILL TRACK NORTHEAST ACROSS THE REGION MONDAY...PULLING A COLD FRONT INTO THE WESTERN ATLANTIC BY EARLY MONDAY NIGHT. AN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE WILL MOVE INTO THE REGION TUESDAY AND REMAIN THROUGH THE ENTIRE WEEK... WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR RECORD LOW MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES 10 TO 20 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL ON TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT.

The NWS 12-hour surface map forecast for 12Z (7AM EST) November 17, 2014.

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Indeed, the forecasted high on Tuesday might not break 32F even here in D.C. and overnight lows will be in the 15F to 20F range before it starts to warm up somewhat by Wednesday - Thursday. However, no measurable snowfall is anticipated in the immediate area.

The NWS 24-hour surface map forecast for 0Z (7PM EST) November 18 (17th), 2014.

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Oh, yes, speaking of cold temperatures, it actually reached 32F for an overnight low officially at KDCA on the morning of the 15th for the first official freeze of the season. Ditto the Maryland Science Center (KDMH). Both KBWI and KIAD reached 25F.

OK, that's all for now.

I really need to have a productive day tomorrow writing up the minutes of two of the recent CC regional monthly teleconferences for which I was the note taker. I also intend to go to the gym on Monday night. I'll try to update the blog tomorrow night with some links to articles as well as the pictures from that Nov. 2nd bike ride I never posted.

--Regulus

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