Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Early Tuesday Afternoon Update: This Rainy and Eclipsed August 2017 (An Ongoing Series)

A hapless-looking giant, drooping sunflower growing in a tiny garden patch at New Hampshire Ave and T Street NW, Washington, D.C., 6:51PM August 14, 2017.

I guess after they drop their seeds, they sort of run out of reasons for being. 

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Tuesday early afternoon update.

Apologies for lack of a new entry last night.

Wet, humid, gray day as seen looking south from the corner of U and 11th Streets NW, Washington, D.C., 12:05PM August 15, 2017.

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I had intended to post one -- and, indeed, composed one that is a significant follow-up to the previous one on the recent events in Charlottesville, Va., and the national impact.

I think this is a critically important situation for our country's cohesiveness in the current political climate -- and given who occupies the office of President of the United States and the kind of pathologically narcissistic and amoral human being he is and needs to be discussed.

However, I was unable to finish the entry last night, and that will have to wait until later tonight.

In the meantime, I just wanted to post this quick update.

Scene a short while ago in the Friendship Heights section of Washington, D.C., during a torrential downpour, August 15, 2017; Photo by Christopher Fusco and featured in this CWG entry.

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For starters, Sunday was another shitty "free day" -- exacerbated by a meal I had at Café Deluxe that, in theory, is good (salmon niçoise salad) but failed to sit well with me, in a manner of speaking. I had an upset stomach all day yesterday (from the oily lettuce). But I also had a shitty day due to my own typical doings and drinking too much.

To that end, I'm fed up and disgusting with going out to this bar or that bar and drinking. I hate it and need, if not stop, pare it back dramatically. I'm also sick of seeing the same people to include sclerotic old gay clergy now years past their sell-by date, milk having long since curdled into an inedible form of cottage cheese.

Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in standard base reflectivity looped 10:10AM - 10:40AM EDT August 15, 2017.

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I managed to make it to the gym last night but I couldn't do a jog (owing to upset stomach) but I did get in an hour of weightlifting and a swim. I intend to go to the gym again tonight -- both to break the bar/gym cycle in favor of a more virtuous gym/gym or gym/home cycle (!) and because next week, I'll be away all week (both for the trip to South Carolina to see the total solar eclipse and the subsequent work trip to Cleveland).

About the eclipse, I'm less than sanguine on the viewing prospects down in South Carolina in terms of clouds not blocking the view.

Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in standard composite mode looped 10:18AM - 10:35AM EDT August 15, 2017.

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It is very humid, thickly warm, and rainy day. A large batch of heavy rain showers crossed the Metro D.C. and Baltimore areas a short while ago, and although National Airport mostly missed out (see below), parts of the District proper and Baltimore City were deluged with resulting flash flood warnings issued by the NWS.

LWX NWS radar in enhanced composite mode zoomed in on the Baltimore and Washington areas, 11:18AM EDT August 15, 20017.

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Rainfall totals through 1PM today:

KDCA: 0.17"
KBWI: 0.74"
KIAD: 0.38"
KDMH: 0.81"

This follows strong thunderstorms on Saturday that deluged the area with the following amounts:

KDCA: 0.52"
KBWI: 0.53"
KIAD: 0.09"
KDMH: 1.57"

We continue to build on our surpluses this year.

LWX county warning area (CWA) advisories updated 1:08PM EDT August 15, 2017.

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As of 1PM, dew points range from 72F at KIAD to 76F at KDCA, so it is very humid. Air temps are around 78F.

OK, that's all I wanted to say right now. Again, I intend to post an entry later tonight (likely after midnight).

--Regulus

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