Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Few High Summer Morning Notes (Including Rainfall and Precipitation Stats Update)

As near as I can tell, this is the stormwater management pond created by damming up the Crabbs Branch just beyond the Shady Grove Metro station in Montgomery Co., Md., 1:51PM July 26, 2015.

I have the picture labeled as "Gaithersburg" but the address for the Metro is "Rockville" -- by which is meant the non-incorporated part of Rockville and, if any place, "Derwood" (which, I believe, was Endora's disparaging nickname for Darrin on Bewitched).

Anyway, this was at the start of my bike ride back to D.C. on Sunday from the Metro station.


I had intended to post an entry last night even though I did not start drafting it until 1AM. Indeed, I created the base of an entry involving a number of articles and commentary.

A tangle of bushes and bushes, brushes, and shrubs growing just beyond the Shady Grove Metro near the Crabbs Branch Way pond (see above) in, I guess, Derwood, Md. (see above), 1:49PM July 26, 2015.


However, the entry required a number of images, and it was so damn late that I just couldn't finish it. I got such a late start because not only was it a gym night -- I was there for just under 3 hours -- but I then did three loads of laundry (including some bedding, which required me to re-make the bed, or rather, the pile of quilts, blankets, and pillows on the floor in which I sleep).

So I'll try again tonight. I am planning on a supplemental light gym workout (rather than going to a bar after work).

The forest (semi-)primeval along the upper stretch of the Rock Creek Trail just south of Lake Needwood, Derwood, Md., 2:33PM July 26, 2015.


As a brief weather update here in the "heights" of high summer, it is a sunny, warm morning with temps. already about 80F here in D.C. and in the the mid-to-upper 70s across the Baltimore/Washington region.

Yesterday (July 27th, 2015), there were two bouts of t-storms -- the one around 430AM and another in the 4 to 6PM hour -- that dropped some heavy rainfall.

The Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in enhanced base mode reflectivity, 3:28PM July 27, 2015.


National Airport itself (KDCA) had the jackpot of the four regional climate stations with a daily total there of 0.94 inches -- and bringing the monthly total to 4.48 inches, which puts us in surplus for the entire month (KDCA July monthly average is 3.73 inches).

The KDCA year-to-date total is 31.20 inches or +8.20 inches through the end of July 27th.

The Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in enhanced composite mode and zoomed in, 3:28PM July 27, 2015.

Composite mode always looks more dramatic, especially with thunderstorms.


The other three main regional climate stations recorded the following on July 27th:

KBWI: 0.15 inches.

Despite a sizable yearly and summer seasonal* surplus (+8.35 inches and +8.18 inches, respectively, at 32.38 inches), for the month, KBWI is only at 2.09 inches and will likely end below normal.

KIAD: 0.33 inches

KDMH: 0.53 inches (most of that occurred in the wee hours storm)

*Climatological summer seasonal started June 1st.

Thunderstorms are not likely today.

OK, that's all for now.

I'm not even going to try to post anything else now but instead return to this blog later tonight.


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