Saturday, October 8, 2016

Saturday Evening Post for October 8th, 2016: Hurricane Matthew Weakens and Exits Stage Right, Missing D.C. Area Outright; Hurricane Donald Trump Explodes Into Category 5 Farce

**This entry was posted October 8, 2016.**

The small yard around my apartment building -- the Hampton Courts -- with the Northumberland next door, 2000 block New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 3:25PM October 8, 2016.


Saturday night.

I started this entry earlier this afternoon before going to the gym, but then I put it on hiatus as it would certainly have eaten into my gym time for no good reason.

I'm home now after a good multi-part workout of jogging, weightlifting, some core, and swimming. My weight seems to have stabilized around 153.5 pounds -- so up 10 from my low of the past 4+ years and still down 30 pounds from my Peak Flab in June 2012. Of course, part of that 10 pounds is definitely muscle mass -- I can just tell.

I'm doing my laundry, as I usually do on Saturday night. I'll head out around 1030PM tonight to Dito' bar and then to Old Ebbitt Grill Old Bar for a late dinner and then probably Trade. The usual. For tomorrow, I'm meeting Quill for lunch in Bethesda. I also have off Monday for Columbus Day -- an increasingly anachronistic and inherently controversial federal holiday.)

A portion of the U.S. composite radar national mosaic focused on the eastern half of the country, 1748UTC (1:48PM EDT) Oct. 8, 2016.


This entry is dedicated to two things: The follow-through on Hurricane Matthew and the latest Donald Trump presidential campaign disaster with this one causing the Republican establishment to abandon him while he remains as defiant as ever.

Northeastern CONUS composite radar mosaic looped 2218 to 2328UTC (6:18PM to 7:28PM EDT) October 8, 2016.

See how the frickin' precipitation is being suppressed because in this case, the cold front is not acting to draw the storm toward it but literally seems to be pushing it away -- perhaps a katafront effect occurring.

Screw you, too.


First, as a follow-up to my previous entry, Hurricane Matthew came ashore as a category 1 hurricane southwest of Myrtle Beach near the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. The storm is now moving at 13MPH and remains a minimal hurricane with top sustained winds of 75MPH and a central pressure of 977mb (28.85" Hg). The center as of 5PM was about 20 miles WSW of Cape Fear, North Carolina.

NWS high resolution U.S. surface weather map focused on eastern half of the U.S., 15Z (11AM EDT) October 8, 2016.


Six hours later ...

NWS high resolution U.S. surface weather map focused on eastern half of the U.S., 21Z (5PM EDT) October 8, 2016.


The storm has been transitioning to extratropical as it gets absorbed into a passing shortwave with surface cold front. The wind field has expanded to the northwest and the system is bringing very heavy rainfall with amounts of 4 to 8 to 12 inches across the Carolinas and southeastern Virginia.

Earlier, the precipitation shield briefly reached the Baltimore / Washington area with some light rainfall this morning and afternoon that grand totaled 0.25" at KDCA, 0.20" at KIAD, and 0.18" at KBWI.

Ooohh, how impressive.

While the much-anticipated / forecasted loop back to the Bahamas seems unlikely -- indeed, the GFS had backed off that idea starting yesterday -- nevertheless, the system is curving more sharply to the east and while it is frickin' deluging as far north as extreme southern Maryland (St. Mary's County) and on the Delmarva, the D.C. area isn't getting jack shit tonight -- it's just mild, murky, and muggy (66F / 65F dew point) outside. (My little lamp-lit apartment -- a wee efficiency -- is well air conditioned, though, and indeed, it's borderline chilly in here.)

The local radar looks particularly offensive to me given that I wanted a rainy night -- but knew full well that wasn't going to happen:

Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in standard base mode reflectivity looped 6:57PM to 7:38PM EDT October 8, 2016.

This kind of meteorological horseshit offense has happened enough in this area in my lifetime that it doesn't phase me anymore.


The NWS radar to the south of the Sterling area -- for the Wakefield office -- looks like this at about the same time:

Wakefield (AKQ) NWS radar in standard base mode reflectivity looped 7:05PM to 7:40PM EDT October 8, 2016.

See how GOD-ON-HIGH has SWUNG INTO ACTION in order to "PROTECT" the D.C. area from any rainfall.

Thanks, God. Love Ya, too.


A front is moving across the region and will sweep the system out, keeping all the rain away and making Sue "Snake Eyes" Palka all happy and thrilling the D.C. suburban bourgeoisie.

The Sue Palka-Cabra herself, a.k.a., Miss Snake Eyes:

"And you know what, Morris? I think you're really going to like the forecast for the next million days."


Looking ahead, no frickin' weather is anticipated for the next 10 days except partly cloudy, dry, and seasonably mild.

Speaking of the Palka-Cabra, here she is on a rainy day -- when the She-Dragon has to hide indoors -- at feeding time:



Biggest Trumpster Fire So Far Erupts

The second topic I want to discuss is -- as I'm sure anyone reading this entry at the present time already knows -- is that Donald Trump is in his biggest (most explosive) scandal yet, the campaign itself tonight is on the verge of collapsing as the Republican Party establishment turning on him viciously in the most extraordinary of political developments for a presidential campaign probably ever in modern U.S. history.

The cable news media/entertainment complex has been in a manic frenzy all day over this.

New York Times online headline 8:45AM October 8, 2016.


The reason this time wasn't his belligerent, know-nothing authoritarianism bordering on fascism, nor his inexplicable and disturbing relationship with Vladimir Putin and associated Russian oligarchs, nor his open racism and xenophobia, nor his nearly $1 billion tax write off in 1995 that probably has allowed him to pay no taxes ever since, nor his promise to deport 11 million illegal immigrants and ban 1.6 billion Muslims from entering the United States until he "figures things out."

Billy Bush. What an idiot.

How many goddamn Bushes are there, anyway?? The Pork Rind Dynasty seems endless in number.


Rather, it was the discovery of a 1995 interview with Billy Bush -- nephew of former Pres. George H.W. Bush and first cousin to former Pres. Geo. W. Bush -- in which Trump engages in very vulgar locker room talk about liking to grab women's pussies and otherwise grope them -- and using his celebrity for that purpose.

Tonight, there are more crude remarks being uncovered from his many Howard Stern interviews over the years. (How is this just coming out??)

Donald Trump's tweet earlier today, responding to calls for him to drop out of the race.


Left: Washington Post online headlines, 8:48PM October 8, 2016.

He is being pressure to WITHDRAW from the race but how that would work isn't clear -- and he vowed in numerous tweets today that he would never do that. Last night, he made a videotaped apology that was more of a "fuck you" than an apology -- going so far as to say that Bill Clinton said worse to him on the golf course.


Anyway, the whole house of cards of his campaign -- or at least his GOP support -- is collapsing in that a who's who of Republican political leaders are now saying that they can't support him.

What really matters is how his devoted Trumpster followers respond -- and that isn't clear yet. As it is, Trump's poll numbers had been falling sharply in the wake of the first presidential debate, especially among "independents" (how the hell is anyone "independent" today unless they're just low-information voters??). Also, support for third party candidates -- in particularly, the ridiculous Gary Johnson -- has been dropping, so that the presidential election was starting to look more like a regular one.

CNN online headlines, 8:51PM October 8, 2016.

This has to do with the additional lewd and crude remarks that Trump has made for decades all of a sudden now a scandal.

I always enjoy seeing the term "a piece of ass" in a major media organization's banner headline.


How this latest American half-passion play/half-farce will affect things, I don't know, although I can't see how it helps Trump. Having said that, I personally don't want another potentially stronger candidate entering the race with just 1 month go until the election.

Oh, and the second presidential debate is tomorrow night between him and Hillary Clinton. A cornered and besieged Donald Trump is probably an especially offensive and dangerous Donald Trump. But if anyone can handle him, it's the Madame.

Ha ha


OK, that's all for now. My next planned entry will be on Monday.

Jukebox Saturday Night entry to follow shortly.


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