Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wednesday Hump Day General and Weather Update -OR- Trumped Up Again

WEATHER UPDATE 5:27PM 2/24/2016: See below.

Rainy rush hour traffic along K Street NW, downtown Washington, D.C., February 23, 2016. Photo by Andrew Pasko-Reader via Flickr.

This picture is featured in this CWG entry.

I tried to take a couple pictures walking through downtown D.C. on a chilly, drizzly, gloomy evening, but they didn't come out nearly as nice.


OK, this is a brief morning update ...

I didn't take the computer home last night and I'm probably not going to do so tonight either, esp. with the weather forecast and the fact that I'm again not going to the gym. Tomorrow night will be a gym night as will my usual Saturday afternoon. I think I'm meeting Quill for lunch on Sunday in Bethesda.

It's a drizzly, showery, seasonably chilly day across the D.C. area with 11AM temp of 47F and 46F dew point at KDCA.

Rainfall totals since yesterday have included the following:

KDCA: 0.64"
KBWI: 0.73"
KIAD: 0.57"
KDMH: 0.74"

Sterling (LWX) NWS county warning area (CWA) advisories as of 11:19AM February 24, 2016.


There is a flood watch out for much of the region based on the chance of heavy rain shower and even thunderstorms later this afternoon as a vigorous, occluding low pressure system moves up the Ohio River Valley from Kentucky to Lake Erie by this evening. This will drag a warm front through the region (temps should climb into the low 60s F by this evening here in D.C.), followed by an energetic cold front.

While there may be a line of strong-to-severe thunderstorms (yes, in late February) and some heavy rainfall, the QPF totals are now forecasted to be lower than first anticipated. Nevertheless, the flood watch remains in effect for the time being.

NWS high-resolution surface weather map for a portion of the eastern U.S., 12Z (7AM EST) February 24, 2016.

The same storm system is bringing winter storm and even blizzard conditions to parts of the upper Midwest including the Chicago area. Up to 14 inches of snow are forecasted just east of Chicago in Gary, Indiana.



New York Times online headlines announcing Donald Trump Nevada GOP Caucuses win, updated at 10:30AM February 24, 2016.


So the big news is Trump TRUMPED Cruz and Rubio (and the rest of the remaining GOP clown car) in the Nevada Republican Caucuses last night. With 100% of the vote tallied, Trump won with a startling 45.9% (recall that Nevada Republicans include quite a few Mormons) versus that tool of oligarchy, Marco Rubio, who garnered 23.9% and the scary-slimy Ted Cruz, who won 21.4%.

The perennially-sedated and incoherent Ben Carson received 4.8% and the hapless John Kasich just 3.6%. Not shown here, but JEB! -- who had already dropped out after South Carolina -- somehow won 0.1%.

Left: The actual vote totals (remember this is a weird caucuses process). Source:


Yahoo News headlines announcing Donald Trump Nevada GOP Caucuses win, 11:22AM February 24, 2016.


As for The Donald, he had this to say of his victory:

"We won with young. We won with old. We won with highly educated. We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated. We're the smartest people with the most loyal people."

I love the poorly educated. Ha ha

Of note, some caucuses campaign workers were spotting sporting Donald Trump "Make America Great Again" t-shirts, which is probably a no-no.

A man working at one of the GOP caucuses precincts in Nevada last night wearing a Donald Trump shirt. Source image here.


Last night, after I left work, I first went to Trade and then to No. 9 for a bit before heading to Floriana downstairs bar where I watched Hillary's turn at one of those CNN "town hall" meetings. (I saw Bernie talk while at No. 9, but it was just close-captioned, no volume.) Later, it was just jazzy music. I also had dinner there before walking home.

For tonight, I am again skipping the gym. (I wanted to talk off two days.) I may be meeting Kristof and/or Gary at Trade.

Oh, yes, here is today's Pearls Before Swine ...

Ha ha


OK, that's all for now. My next update should be late Thursday (or early Friday).


WEATHER UPDATE 5:27PM 2/24/2016

OK, it's about to get quite bumpy here in the next 25 to 50 minutes as a powerful line of thunderstorms tears across the Metro D.C. area. There have been multiple tornado warnings in parts of south central and central Virginia.

Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in base reflectivity mode looped from 419PM to 457PM February 24, 2016.

The red enclosed areas are tornado warnings.


Sterling (LWX) NWS county warning area (CWA) advisories as of 5:10PM February 24, 2016.

The yellow shading is a tornado watch.


What's more, the tornado warnings seem to be lining up in such a fashion that it is quite possible D.C. itself will have one for a time.

There is a tornado watch in effect for the area through 11PM tonight, although it will certainly be cancelled before that time as this weather situation will be long over by that point.

The temperature at KDCA popped up to 65F by 3PM -- up 22F from 9PM. At the same 3PM hour, KIAD was 44F. The high-resolution surface weather map at 18Z (2PM EST) shows why:

NWS high-resolution surface weather map for a portion of the eastern U.S., 18Z (2PM EST) February 24, 2016.

The warm front was crossing the District from the southeast but had not yet reached Dulles Airport 25 miles west of the city.


For a broader look at this impressive storm system, here is the Great Lakes sector composite radar mosaic:

This is looped from 1858UTC to 2008UTC (2:58PM to 4:08PM EST), February 24, 2016.

Note: UTC and Z denote the same time.


For updates on the weather situation, see this CWG entry (link embedded) (note that the titles of these entries sometimes change): Updates: Tornado watch for entire D.C. area through 11 p.m, flash flood risk as well.

End of Update and of Entry.



к.нео.физ.де.му said...

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Regulus said...

Hi Mike,

Thank you for the link. I will look at it a bit later.

Hope you are doing well.

(Gee, I don't get many comments here ...)