Saturday, November 19, 2016

Saturday Evening Post for November 19th, 2016: The Fall Weather Tries to Arrive Edition

**This entry was posted November 19th, 2016.**

Gusty winds, 2000 block New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 3:13PM November 19, 2016.


Saturday night.

I had a good, multi-part gym workout late this afternoon into early evening before coming home and doing my usual Saturday night four loads of laundry -- whites, colors, and bedding (two quilts each week cycling through the four quilts and blanket on the bed), not to mention the bed sheet and pillow cases.

Of course, I don't actually have a bed but just sleep on the floor amid all those quilts and pillows and stuffed animals (hippos, monkeys, and whatnot).

Fall day, 1400 block W Street NW, Washington, D.C., 3:16PM November 19, 2016.


Last night, I left work around 815PM and took the Metro to Metro Center, where I got off and walked to Pennsylvania 6 restaurant on I Street across from the city block-wide, tree-cloaked park known as Franklin Square that is home to literally dozens of the homelessly insane. (Like most American cities, D.C.'s homeless population is seemingly infinite.)

As for Pennsylvania 6, it is a nice restaurant albeit most of the items are quite expensive. I sat at the bar and had some dinner (a rather good trout sandwich and broccolini as a substitute for duck fries) and a couple drinks (two old fashioned drinks).

The bar at Pennsylvania 6 as taken from the photo gallery page of the restaurant's website.

I took a picture while there, but it came out so blurry-crummy that I'm not even going to bother to post it.


I called my mom, as arranged, and we had a good conversation about a variety of things including plans for next weekend. My plan is to visit her on Friday and return Sunday. For Thanksgiving, I'm planning on going to Quill's parents' house in Silver Spring.

Thereafter, I walked toward Logan Circle, stopping at Baan Thai for a drink at the back bar and then going first to No. 9 and then to Trade. And then back to No. 9 before taking a cab the short distance home (I just didn't feel like walking).

I didn't get up until about 2PM but, as mentioned, made it to the gym.

Turning to the weather ...

Portion of the NWS high-resolution surface weather map for the United States, 0Z November 20, 2016.


As the weather map above shows, a strong cold front blasted across the region this afternoon -- indeed, across the entire Eastern Seaboard -- with temperature drops of 25F to 30F over several hours. Of course, all this did was end the seemingly never-ending way above normal temperatures. Highs before the frontal passage were 72F at both KDCA and KBWI and 70F at KIAD.

NWS advisories for the United States updated 0254UTC November 20, 2016.

This doesn't include the legend but the dark (navy) blues are freeze warnings and the cyan blues are frost advisories -- about the only time the goddamn South ever will be blue -- but also mixed with the deep pink red flag warnings.


Sterling NWS county warning area (CWA) advisories updated 9:08PM EST November 19, 2016.


Winds gusted to as high as 40MPH for a while and are still occasionally surging as I can hear through my open apartment window somewhere here in Washington, D.C. The trees start rustling and sshhhh'ing fall leaves fly wildly through the air, often getting caught up in little vortices before settling down.

There was a bit of much-needed rainfall with the frontal passage -- but with "bit" being the operative word. The following amounts were recorded at the four main NWS climate stations:

KDCA: 0.05"
KIAD: 0.02"
KDMH: 0.01"
KBWI: Trace

Of note, Dulles Airport actually recorded some sleet at one point, so it goes into the record books as "trace" snowfall for this day.

For tomorrow, it is forecasted to be a blustery, windy day with temperatures not reaching 50F even here in D.C. There is actually a wind advisory in effect for tomorrow.

Looking ahead, there is another chance of rain on Thanksgiving and then again next weekend as the pattern begins to turn more favorable for actual "weather". As it is, we're done nearly 7 inches on precipitation year-to-date at about 28-1/2 inches at KDCA. (I'll post more detailed numbers in an upcoming entry.)

For tonight, I really don't plan to do much of anything. I guess I'll head over to the usual two places (No. 9 and Trade) but because I spent so much last night, I really have to reign in expenditures tonight. Thus, no Old Ebbitt Grill or Logan Tavern or anything like that.

I was going to delve into some political commentary in this entry -- to discuss the latest developments in the coming quasi-fascist Donald Trump kleptocracy enabled by wall-to-wall radical Republican one-party rule, but what's the goddamn point?

I've decided not to relate everything that the Great Orange Hate, also known as President-Elect "You're Fired!" Pussy-Grabber, does in the coming months and -- following his coronation -- years. It's too overwhelming.

Today's issue was Trump throwing a temper tantrum because the cast of "Hamilton" on Broadway in New York read a message to Vice President-Elect Mike Pence -- a truly scary man -- upon the occasion of his attending a performance of that wildly popular play. The audience also booed Pence loudly.

Trump -- the thinnest-skinned, lowest-attention-spanned would-be dictator you'll ever met -- shit a brick on Twitter, his favorite medium for fouling the Universe.

I would like to call attention to a Thursday piece in Salon by Heather Digby Parton in which she discusses the ugly "sore winner" attitude -- mixed with reports of violent actions -- by Trump supporters. The Abraham Lincoln quote about "What will it take to satisfy them?" is so spot on.

Escalators at the Bethesda Metro station, Bethesda, Md., 6:47PM November 13, 2016.


OK, that's all for now. My next planned entry will be late Monday/early Tuesday.

Jukebox Saturday Night entry to follow momentarily (as I already composed it)...


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