Thursday, January 22, 2015

My January Washington World: A Dull "White Rainy" Day and Drizzly, Dreamy, Soft City Night

Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C., on a chilly misty / lightly foggy early night around 6:30PM January 21, 2015.

This picture and the two below were taken with my new work Smartphone that I am now using (at times) in conjunction with my regular old flip-open cell phone. The trouble is, I can't figure out the time stamp on the images when I send them as picture "text" messages. As for sending them, I suspect this "text" message method limits the resolution and quality. As you can see, I'm still learning this damn phone.

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It's too late for me to post another flippin' entry.

I had a good night tonight, such as it was, although I'm in a crappy mood now.

After work, I did not go to the gym -- I had been three of the previous four days -- but instead went to No. 9 for a happy hour. There was some event upstairs involving a group called "GLINT", although most of the folks there did not actually appear to be "gay, lesbian, queer, bisexual, transgender, their allies, otherwise unidentified, early 21st Century whatever" folks who work at sundry embassies in Washington, D.C., but just the usual gayborhood guys. This included at least one -- I overheard -- who described himself as "between jobs" (read: long-term unemployed).

I arranged to meet Kristof at Local 16 -- a bar right caddy-corner to where I live by 16th and U Streets but where I seldom go although I like its old house-like interior. I figured Wednesday night would be slow and pleasant.

Scott Circle, Washington, D.C., on a chilly misty / lightly foggy early night around 6:40PM January 21, 2015.

I was walking to No. 9 from Dupont Circle (where I had gone to go to the Bank of America ATM), but I detoured down Massachusetts Ave. to Scott Circle and thence up Rhode Island Ave. to 15th Street.

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Alas, it was too bright inside with music that I really didn't like. However, I got there at 8:45PM -- in time for the last 15 minutes of happy hour and just seconds before Kristof showed up, negating my backup plan of going to next door Stetson's -- and got a glass of wine (I'm sick of wine just like I'm sick of all liquor these days) and one of the pizzas, both for $5.

Kristof stayed with me for about a half hour. In the meantime, Dave J. showed up and he and I ended up having another one of our awesomely wonderful conversations. Dave, much like my friend Chester, almost always makes me happy to see him.

I got home around 11PM, a bit later than I intended.

Thursday night is a planned gym night. My schedule this week is being altered by my planned New Jersey trip this weekend. After this visit, I likely won't go again until Monday.

As for the weather, there was actually a burst of snow today in the northern half and western suburbs of Washington, D.C., and into the Baltimore area, that dropped a few inches of snow including 2.2 inches of snow at KIAD and 2.6 inches at KBWI while the District itself got less with the marginal temps., although KDCA still managed to get 0.4 inches with temps. above freezing (in the 34F to 36F range) thanks to two heavy bursts of snow.

Other areas (not the three official airport climate stations) had a bit more including Damascus, Md., with 3.5 inches and 2.8 inches in Germantown, Md., and Gaithersburg, Md. (As for the Maryland Science Center (KMDH), which is the other "official" NWS climate station in the region, its daily climate report doesn't include a snow total number.)

Image of the Sterling (LWX) regional (CWA) snow total map for the Jan. 21, 2015 snow "event".

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The CWG has this updated entry that mentioned why it was wrong for the widely-read site (which, of course, ISN'T the National Weather Service) to "scale back" the snow totals. It is "updated" because the original version of it said that snow totals should be pared back.

For pictures of the snow in the suburbs, see this CWG entry. I'm not posting any because I didn't see any "accumulating snow" in my world-view here in D.C. It was mostly just that familiar "white rain."

16th and T Streets NW, Washington, D.C., on a chilly misty / lightly foggy early night, 8:40PM Jan. 21, 2015.

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Anyway, the winter seasonal totals at the three main regional airport climate stations are now as follows with comparisons to the season-to-date 30-year normal (1981-2010):

KDCA: 3.0 inches or -3.2 inches (Normal: 6.2 inches)

KBWI: 5.4 inches or -2.2 inches (Normal: 7.6 inches)

KIAD: 8.0 inches or -0.5 inches (Normal: 8.5 inches)

Oddly enough, another winter weather advisory is in effect through 8AM but mostly for freezing fog and drizzle.

The radar actually shows a few approaching broken echoes of what I gather is freezing light rain, but it shouldn't be a big deal, esp. here in the District where temps are above freezing at 36F under "socked in" conditions. If I can adapt two different phrases I like, it's quite the soft city night of urban electric dreams.

Saturday's event looks to be a mix of rain and snow both here and where I am supposed to be in New Jersey (Long Branch!). However, event after that -- originally set for late Monday into Tuesday -- is starting to look like a bigger and mostly snow deal for late Sunday into Monday.

OK, that's all for now.

--Regulus

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