Wednesday, December 27, 2017

A Midweek Wee Hours Update This Final Week of December 2017 -OR- Zoloft and Snow's Off in TrumpWorld

A snowy evening in a suburban neighborhood.

Based on the tabular information on this page when I got this image, I believe this picture was taken on Dec. 9, 2017 in Regina, Saskatchewan. It looks very much like a snowy night in a New Jersey bedroom community or even here in the D.C. area.

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Late night.

Back home in my D.C. wee efficiency following the Christmas holiday visit to see my mom in Glen Burnie and today's return to work and nighttime gym visit.

I'm home now watching the Me-TV lineup to include: Carol Burnett & Friends, Perry Mason, The Twilight Zone, and two episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (I don't always stay up this late).

The Perry Mason episode was "The Case Of The Envious Editor" and The Twilight Zone episode was "The Case of the Obsolete Man." Right now it is the second Alfred Hitchcock Presents: "De Mortius."

Earlier this Tuesday, I got up at 830AM and took the MARC train back from Odenton just before 10AM this morning to Union Station, but instead of going straight into the office, I came home.

I had to for a couple reasons -- one of which is that I had forgotten to bring any Zoloft (sertraline hydrochloride), and by this morning (owing to the abrupt stop) I was feeling a bit dizzy and agitated.

I've been on the damn stuff for a few years now, and I can't tell what, if anything, it is doing.

The weather is cold and variably cloudy tonight with air temps around freezing here in the city (33F at the midnight hour at KDCA), and a bit colder in the suburbs (30F at KBWI and 31F at KIAD). There is a chance of snow flurries tomorrow as a weak upper level disturbance swings through in association with a reinforcing shot of Arctic air.

Sterling (LWX) CWA weather advisories with legend, updated 12:45AM EST December 27, 2017.

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There is actually a winter weather advisory up for the northern and western D.C. suburbs and into the Baltimore area -- if only because any snow that falls will stick and the "event" will be during the "morning commute" -- and this assumes anything actually falls since the PoP is only 30%).

Despite a prolonged period of unseasonably cold air, any meaningful snow chances for the Baltimore/Washington area in the next 7 to 10 days have basically disappeared.

Characteristically, the op GFS has been all over the place with the chance of snowstorms with forecasts ranging from 2+ feet to nothing, and it has presently settled on nothing.

Zilch. At least in the 0Z run.

Whatever finally happens (and it is likely to be little, if any snow, given our regional wintertime climate), the GFS is almost useless for mid-to-long-term forecasting model for winter/cold season U.S. East Coast storms owing to its wild run-to-run inconsistence.

In any event, highs are forecasted to be around freezing for late in the week and even colder (28F to 30F for highs and lows in the teens) next week for the start of 2018.

As for 2018, if it doesn't mark the end of completely unchecked Trump / GOP / Fox Agitprop Machine one-party oligarchical rule in all its chaotic, vulgar, vicious, tribal, total destructiveness, then no year will.

One last weather item: A lake effect snow event has dropped 50+ inches of snow (and counting) on parts of the Erie, Pa., area -- with the bulk of it falling in the course of just 30 hours and setting all kinds of records. Here is the CWG entry about it.

Massive lake effect snow dump on the Erie, Pa., area; photo by Twitter user Chatty Kathy 715 and featured in the above-linked CWG entry.

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Changing subjects ...

Looking ahead for the rest of the week, my mom is coming into D.C. this Thursday afternoon and spending one day and two nights (at a hotel over in the West End area). I am taking off Friday, and we have plans for Thursday night, Friday, and Friday night.

Left: The General Grant giant sequoia in the snow, Kings Canyon Nat'l Park.

Plans include dinner in Georgetown (restaurant TBD), dinner at Fred and Doug's place, a possible walk through the National Zoo's ZooLights exhibits, and a visit to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the co-located National Gallery.

The purpose is to see at the former some paintings I really like and at the latter the Marlene Dietrich exhibit that I saw in late October and that runs through mid-April (see here).


Speaking of Marlene Dietrich, today is her 116th birthday -- and there is a Google Doodle to commemorate it (see image directly above).

One more snowy image (and, no, I've no idea when or where it was taken) ...


I'm not planning on posting any entries during that time and regular entries won't resume until Saturday night. However, I may try my level best to get that damn South Carolina eclipse trip entry posted on Wednesday (i.e., later today). I intend to stay at work late (it's a non-gym night) and will try to finish it. I'll try.

OK, that's all for now.

--Regulus 

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