Saturday, September 30, 2017

Saturday Evening Post for Sept. 30th, 2017: A Cool Fall Night, Remastered

Dusk from the sidewalk of the 2000 block New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 7:20PM September 30, 2017.

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Saturday night.

I'm home having just finished my laundry and watching the MeTV Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night lineup.

The Svengoolie-hosted monster movie was The Wolf Man starring Lon Chaney Jr.

I'm waiting for Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) at 11PM.

Oh, yes, it is the case that the special effects of Star Trek: TOS -- such as the scenes of the Enterprise orbiting whatever planet in that episode -- were remastered with CGI.

The episode tonight is "Errand of Mercy" -- one of the few from the original series that shows the Federation and the Klingon Empire in a morally ambiguous light.

Original and remastered images of the Enterprise circling above a planet, unsure of episode.

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I had a good gym workout earlier today including a 5-mile jog, weightlifting, and a concluding swim. Of note, this past week's digestive malady with weak appetite resulted in a weight loss of about 3 pounds -- I was about 161.5 pounds on the locker room scale just before going into the pool (that's wearing only bathing trunks).

NWS weather advisories for the northeastern quadrant of the Lower 48 U.S. updated 10:48PM EDT Sept. 30, 2017.

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The night is a very pleasantly cool one with a northerly breeze. Lows are forecasted to be around 55F here in the District and around 50F in the suburbs -- and 40s F in the outer exurbs. There is actually a frost advisory in effect for Garrett Co., Maryland. There are also widespread frost advisories and even some freeze warnings across New England and parts of western New York and Pennsylvania.

No, this is not how it looked here in D.C. today -- I just like the image and it helps break up the text.

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The day was partly cloudy with an extensive broken stratocumulus field and a cool, gusty northwesterly breeze due to a weak low off the mid-Atlantic coast created a cyclonic flow combined with sunshine and boundary layer instability (well-capped, though).

Highs were as follows (with departures from daily normal highs):

KDCA 70F (-4F)
KBWI 66F (-6F)
KIAD 67F (-7F)
KDMH 66F (-8F)

This is a good example of how KDCA's temperature INVARIABLY reaches the next higher "bin" when the other stations do not.

That is, KDCA reached 70F instead of 69F. I know this seems trivial, but it is just another example of what a spiteful measuring station it is. I hate that airport as a climate station for D.C.

We remain in a very dry pattern with no measurable rainfall as measured at KDCA since Sept. 13th. No rain is forthcoming for the next 7 to 10 days and quite possibly 14+ days. The current longest stretch of no measurable rainfall at KDCA is 34 days set 2007 running from Sept. 15th to Oct. 18th.

Year-to-date, though, as I mentioned, we're still about normal on precipitation.

At the 11PM hour, it is 58F at KDCA with a dew point of 43F.

OK, that's all for now. I had planned to post some political commentary, but I'll never get out of my apartment tonight if I do. For tonight, I'm planning on going to Old Ebbitt Grill for a late dinner at the Old Bar. For tomorrow, I dunno. I'd like to go up to Silver Spring and take a walk on the Georgetown Branch Trail to Bethesda. (That trail is irrevocably set to become the light rail Purple Line.)

--Regulus

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