Wednesday, August 3, 2016

An Evening Sky Maritime Tropical Meme and a Mid-Summer Night's Weather Theme

View from my apartment of a picturesque sky filled with cumulus and cumulus congestus clouds, Washington, D.C., 7:31PM August 2, 2016.


A very brief entry ...

So I had no chance to complete other political-themed entry -- besides, the list of Donald Trump's amorally narcissistic to outright scary sociopathic behaviors seems to grow quicker than they can be catalogued. Even if he loses big, he's still a major problem. If he wins, well, then it's "Katy, bar the door". That aside, I've been editing a series of documents tonight for work.

The small yard with birdbath and flowers, 1433 W Street NW, Washington, D.C., 4:47PM August 2, 2016.


I spoke earlier tonight on the phone to my good friend Chester -- yes, this Chester -- who lives near old Ellicott City and he explained that in the flood that happened there Saturday night -- see previous entry for overview -- it wasn't, as is typically the case, the Patapsco River that flooded.

Rather it was the inundation of the Tiber River (not to be confused with the buried / lost Tiber Creek of Washington, D.C.) that flows into the Patapsco. This was due to a deluge in the hilly spots of Howard County above this river valley. This explains the flash flooding on the steeply sloping streets of historic Ellicott City.

Chester said he had 6-1/2 inches of rain at his house in this event -- and this followed up to 4 inches several days earlier or 10 inches of rainfall which is, obviously, way too much. In that same period, KDCA managed to get, well, basically squat -- maybe half an inch of rain. (Well, officially 0.70" at KDCA in three days.)

If Washington, D.C., is in an "anti-weather" spot -- the "D.C. Split" and all that -- his part of Howard County is a "weather attractor."

He also said his house had some indirect damage from a tornado that hit parts of Howard County on June 21st -- when a branch on a particularly tall tree was snapped in the vortex (at that point, already lifted off the ground / dissipating) fell and put a hole in part of his roof over this porch (not the main part of the house).

We need a tornado to strike 17th Street between P and R Streets NW.

View outside Wakefield Hall, Washington, D.C., 4:49PM August 2, 2016.

Wakefield Hall and Hampton Courts are two William C. Smith buildings -- managed by a husband-wife tag team -- while the ornate Northumberland is between them.


Anyway, I didn't get a chance to update the blog tonight owing to editing work I need to have completed by tomorrow at 4PM. I did make it to the gym this afternoon, came home and made dinner, took a brief walk outside down to P Street (during which time I had a chat with my mom on the phone) and then back. I've been working (editing a series of documents) for several hours now.

It was a lovely evening with an easterly breeze -- occasionally gusty -- bringing in a fetch of pure maritime tropical (mT) air mass off the Atlantic Ocean, clearing the sky of gunk and haze even as towering cumulus / cumulus congestus clouds drifted in from the east northeast. The combination of setting sunlight and the clean, clear air and picturesque clouds made for a lovely sky panorama. (OK, I suppose in early August it could be a very modified maritime polar (mP) and still feel about the same.)

Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in enhanced composite mode zoomed in on the D.C. area, 12:11AM August 3, 2016.

All that blue stuff is nighttime ground clutter that happens as the boundary layer decouples from the free atmosphere.


Tonight, there have been some scattered thunderstorms that formed in northeastern Maryland and actually have moved west/southwestward across Baltimore County and into Carroll County with one lone t-storm now drifting due south through Montgomery County on a beeline toward the District of Columbia -- except there isn't the slightest chance it will make it. The usual "anti-weather force field" over D.C. is too strong.

OK, that's all. My next planned entry realistically won't be until Thursday.


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