Friday, February 20, 2015

A Winter Cold Line on the Maryland Old Line and What's in a Shenandoah Name?

A brief Friday night entry .

I'm meeting Gary at Trio for dinner in a little while and then I'll probably go to No. 9. Tomorrow, I plan to go to the gym. The weather is supposed to feature snow, sleet, and then freezing rain before turning to all rain as warmer air moves into the region (the low pressure system is moving up the Appalachians). There is a winter weather advisory in place and a winter storm warning well west of D.C. and Baltimore.

It is still quite cold but I must be getting used to it because this evening's wind-less (calm) 17F doesn't feel that frigid. Last night, it got down to 5F at KDCA, which was still a (rare) daily record low, surpassing a really old pre-airport D.C. record of 8F set in 1896.

KBWI got to 1F, a new daily record low, while KIAD managed to touch the 0F mark (though the daily record low was -2F set in 1979). Also, these lows were not that much greater (lower) than KDCA compared to differences that can happen on really cold nights.

Charlottesville also got to 0F but neither Martinsburg nor Hagerstown did (3F and 1F, respectively). The Maryland Science Center (KDMH) bottomed out at 3F.

We actually had a dusting of snow last night as a narrow snow band moved right over the District of Columbia. I was with Andrea at Tsunami on 14th Street and it was snowing as we left. I headed to No. 9 and then met Jamie briefly at Fox & Hound, where Gary joined us. He left almost immediately and I followed him, catching a ride home even though it's a short walk. On a night like that, the ride was very welcome.

Speaking of cold ...

The nearly frozen American Falls portion of Niagara Falls in a picture taken Feb. 17, 2015 by photographer Lindsay DeDario and picked up by Reuters.


Before I sign off, I just want to note that (whilst at repose ...) I was looking at my 2004 Michelin Road Atlas and noted that there are three little towns on the Maryland - Pennsylvania border with "line" in their name: Maryland Line, Lineboro, and State Line.

Given that it is the Mason-Dixon Line with all that this stands for, I suppose that isn't surprising. However, Maryland is also called the Old Line state, and for a different reason. I can't find any info on State Line, Maryland. As for the name Maryland Line, it has a few meanings including that of the unincorporated community.

The tiny place names in West Virginia are interesting and sometimes outright poetic: Rough Run, Kirby, Gormania, Lost River, Mt. Storm, and Forks of Cacapon.

Of course, "Shenandoah" remains my favorite name. There are many ideas of what that name means including the most popular (and probably unlikely), "(Beautiful) Daughter of the Stars." Above is an aerial picture of the Shenandoah River.

OK, that's all for now. I intend to have a jukebox Saturday night entry tomorrow.


1 comment:

к.нео.физ.де.му said...

we actually stayed in lost river for a week in the summer of 2008 - at a goat farm. was pretty neat.