Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June Cedes to July as High Summer Arrives -OR- Flint Briefly Discovers His Run, but the Widow Still Can't Find Her Mite

Corrected 11:31PM 7/1/2015: See bottom of entry.

A jet on ascent from BWI Airport makes a sharp turn to avoid a mass of cumulus congestus clouds over northern Anne Arundel County near Glen Burnie, as seen from Millersville, Md., 3:03PM June 30, 2015.

My mom took this picture from outside her house yesterday afternoon. A cluster of t-storms had formed over this part of AA County and was moving over the Chesapeake Bay.

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Apologies for no update last night, assuming anyone noticed.

Yesterday was a challenging day that ended in a sleep-deprived and somewhat intoxicated, all-around weird but ultimately harmless way (although I do need to send some text apologies out).

Another view of the sun-bedazzled celestial white and ominous blue-gray cumulus congestus -- also called towering cumulus -- clouds in a summer blue sky near Millersville, Md., in a picture my mom took yesterday, 3:03PM June 30, 2015.

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For starters, and following my previous entry, I stayed up until about 5AM in the wee hours of Tuesday working on the report for DOE I needed to finish. There followed an awful 3 to 4 hours of agitated sleep after dawn had already broke (it gets too light too early this time of year). I got to work by 11AM and had a full day until about 730PM, completing that report and having a series of meetings. Thus, I worked 13-1/2 hours yesterday.

One more picture of the cumulus congestus clouds near Millersville, Md., in a picture take by my mom yesterday, 3:02PM June 30, 2015.

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As it wasn't a gym night, I left work and went to Baan Thai (the old Tsunami Lounge) on 14th Street for some dinner and two drinks and then to No. 9, where I stayed too late. I was walking home but instead ended up meeting Dave J. upstairs at a nearly empty Local 16. I was imbibed and sleep deprived at that point.

Seeing Sue Palka on the TV behind the bar (even if muted) made me so angry and I just went off on a rant about her to Dave. I also sent out some text messages including to LP that, upon reflection, was a bad idea.

Not a Monet painting gone wrong: The Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in composite mode and honed in onto the Washington, D.C. area, 1:03AM EDT July 1, 2015.

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NWS advisories for the eastern third of the United States as of 2059UTC (4:49PM EDT), June 30, 2015.

Note the widespread severe thunderstorm watches (deep pink shading; or is it magenta?).

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I got home and saw on the radar strong thunderstorms were bearing down on the D.C. area. Looking out of my 5th floor window, I saw it lightning flashing off to the south miles away. Indeed, it was soon continuous lightning -- mostly cloud-to-cloud but also some cloud-to-ground.

What was odd is that earlier in the day, there were extensive severe t-storm watches out covering huge swaths of the eastern third of the U.S. including the entire Baltimore/Washington corridor but then almost nothing came of it -- and everything was cancelled, only to have these late night, lightning-laced storms fire up in north-central Virginia and sweep across the area.

The Sterling (LWX) NWS website main webpage showing the county warning area (CWA) advisories in effect as of 5:01PM EDT June 30, 2015.

Again, there were widespread severe thunderstorm watches, all of which were dropped before anything happened -- and then, finally, around 1AM, a cluster of drenching storms moving through the Baltimore/Washington corridor.

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The rain came in monsoon-like sheets. I went outside -- just in a t-shirt, shorts, socks and my gym sandals, and a jacket. I had my drivers license and keys but nothing else. I was only outside for about 5 or 6 minutes but I might as well have jumped into a pool.

Oh, and rain water even in July is cold.

The Sterling (LWX) NWS website main webpage showing the county warning area (CWA) advisories in effect as of 5:01PM EDT June 30, 2015.

What's unusual about this is that there are a number of severe thunderstorm warnings and special marine warnings in effect (orange) but no severe thunderstorm watch -- all of them having been dropped hours earlier.

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I saw in a raging curb-side rivulet tearing down New Hampshire Avenue toward 16th Street. (That might be a brief surface vestige of what I saw on a map of the land tracts of this part of D.C. BEFORE it was D.C. and still part of Prince George's County: Slash Run in a land tract called "Flint's Discovery." For its part, Dupont Circle and surrounding neighborhoods were part of a large land tract called "The Widow's Mite." At least according to that odd map I saw at Benjamin Banneker Park near my office.)

A map of the land tracts in the City of Washington that were taken from what had been Prince George's County, Maryland in the period between independence (1776) and the creation of the City and the surrounding 10 mile by 10 mile federal Territory of Columbia.

The "City of Washington" refers to those areas inside of what is today Florida Avenue (the old Boundary Street) rather than the larger District of Columbia.

CLICK ON MAP FOR LARGER VERSION.

This is a map image I had intended to post in an entry last month along with some other photos of the strange and "isolated" little "park" with giant fountain at the end of L'Enfant Promenade overlooking the southwest D.C. waterfront -- all of which is under tremendous redevelopment.

The giant fountain, turned off, in Benjamin Banneker Park at the end of L'Enfant Promenade, 1:18PM June 18, 2015.

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Anyway, I came in, took a warm shower, and warm shower and went to bed. However, I still didn't really get enough sleep. Tonight is a gym night and then home. I'll try to update the blog after that.

Oh, yes, the rain that fell last night was after midnight, so all of those huge June rainfall totals are unchanged* from what I posted in this entry. Looking at the NWS observations, the following amounts were recorded:

KDCA: 0.97"
KBWI: 0.62"
KIAD: 0.17:
KMDH: 0.38"


*That is, except for minor changes to the departures given the 3 extra days through the end of the month.

UPDATE / CORRECTION 11:31PM 7/1/2015:

It turns out that 0.01" fell at KDCA and 0.12" fell at KIAD on June 30th, so the monthly totals were 11.94" / +8.16" and 7.44" / +3.46", respectively.

The KDCA total is the 2nd wettest June on record while the KIAD total is the 5th wettest June on record. (The KIAD record wettest June is 18.19" in 1972, which is also the wettest month of all time.) KBWI recorded a trace on the 30th, so its monthly total remained at 13.09" / +9.63". This is the wettest June on record, easily eclipsing the previous record wet June of 9.95" set in 1972.

End of update

OK, that's all for now. I'm going into work late this morning.

--Regulus

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