Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Morning, Last Day of July - An Update (With Some Pics and Stats from Yesterday's Thunderstorms) -OR- On the Cusp of August

The geyser-like fountains at Benjamin Banneker Park Park back-dropped by the clouds from an approaching line of afternoon thunderstorms, SW Washington, D.C., 1:46PM July 30, 2015.

I exited my office and walked over to this strange little "park" at the end of L'Enfant Promenade to watch the approaching storm. A little bird -- a sparrow, perhaps -- watched with me less than 10 feet away the whole time.


This is just a quick Friday morning update to replace the lead entry on the blog. While my previous entry is something that I needed to post, I don't it to be my lead one.

Not only is today Friday but it's the last day of July and the "Dog Days" of August are about to arrive.

Turbulent (even scary)-looking sky above some of the buildings of L'Enfant Plaza as thunderstorms approached, Washington, D.C., 1:53PM July 30, 2015.

Sometimes t-storms take a long time actually to arrive. Not these.


There was a line of drenching thunderstorms that moved across the Baltimore/Washington region yesterday between 1 and 4 PM that dropped respectable amounts of rain -- adding to KDCA's monthly surplus but not enough (despite over 1" falling) to bring KBWI into surplus.

Some radar images ...

The Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in enhanced composite mode, 1:16PM July 30, 2015.

When I saw this, I called my apt building manager and asked her if she could kindly close my bathroom window, which I had left open. She did. I had to explain that I had a large pile of toilet paper next to the window that would have been ruined.


The Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in enhanced composite mode, 2:04PM July 30, 2015.

This was as the t-storms were over D.C. and environs. There was briefly a severe thunderstorm warning in effect.


The Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in enhanced base reflectivity mode, 2:08OM July 30, 2015.

This radar mode always looks less dramatic than composite mode since the latter "shows" activity inside the cloud as well.


Of course, the June surpluses were so big that we are still significantly above normal for the month at those two spots as well as KIAD. (KDMH is above normal versus its as-yet-incomplete historical base period that still isn't 30 years.)

The amounts recorded yesterday were as follows:

KDCA: 0.53"
This pushed the monthly total to just over 5" (5.01" to be exact).

KBWI: 1.28"
The monthly total is 3.49" and it not likely to change today (it's just sunny with lower humidity and really no chance of precipitation today and through the next 4 to 5 days). 

The KBWI total is actually 0.58" below the monthly July average. Of course, June 2015 was a record wet June there with a whopping 13.09".

KIAD: 1.15" (daily record)
The monthly total is 4.89", so the month will end at least 1.2" above normal.

KDMH: 0.38"
It is only at 2.44" or over 2" below normal. It has a year-to-date surplus at +2.58" at 26.42". For comparison, nearby KBWI has a +9.35" surplus at 33.78"

The view from L'Enfant Promenade across a maze of roadways and office buildings as the t-storms approached, Washington, D.C., 1:51PM July 30, 2015.

These roadways of on-an-off ramps and the actual highway lanes make up the whole mess of I-395 (Southeast-Southwest Freeway) as it passes through SW Washington, D.C., severing most of the small Southwest quadrant from the rest of the District.


I also want to post at least one more entry, possible two, not including the jukebox Saturday night entry, which I can now post (with YouTube embedded vidoes) thanks to the small, old computer that Andrea gave me last year but that I never actually tried to use until the other night. (It's operating system is old and its Internet Explorer is way out-of-date, but I was able to download the latest Chrome and that seems to work just fine except for a screen image snipping tool. Oh, well.)

The deluge as the t-storms passed through through, as seen from outside the Aerospace Building off L'Enfant Promenade, Washington, D.C., 1:58PM July 30, 2015.

Tourists were running and under plastic rain slickers. Oh, yes, that is the Washington Monument nearby.


Actually, that topic of a "new" small, old computer -- having it, "firing it up," and getting it to connect to the internets -- was a whole entry that I never actually posted for lack of pictures. It negates, at least for now, the need to get a new computer. 

For today (and possibly into the weekend), I have to edit a 39-page document for the client. It's mostly a light copy edit.

The view this morning from my apartment looking across my small part of Washington, D.C., 9:22AM July 31, 2015.


I don't have any particular weekend plans except the usual -- gym Sat. afternoon, go out to my usual places tonight and tomorrow night, and a Sunday bike ride from the suburbs (perhaps this time from the Virginia side) back into D.C. I had a good gym workout last night (and went three times this past week). This included both the 6+ mile jog and weightlifting plus a brief swim at the end.

The fountains at Benjamin Banneker Park, SW Washington, D.C, 1:46PM July 30, 2015.

The storm was approaching from the other direction, so looking south created this interesting play of light and dark on the fountain's jet of waters and trees. The crane towers in the background are part of the ginormous redevelopment of the Southwest D.C. Waterfront.


So August begins tomorrow. My annual summer trip with Gary to the Jersey shore is just a touch over 4 weeks away now. LP is not coming and it looks, unfortunately, like Miss Wendy isn't really.

OK, that's all for now. I might not post another blog entry until tomorrow.


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