Friday, January 12, 2018

A Wee Hours Friday Posting -OR- A Midwinter's Night Meme

Snowy forest path.

I don't know when or where this was taken or by whom. I just found it on the internet in a Google image search that led to an endless Pinterest site with password-protected individual webpages. Given that we are presently in the climatologically coldest time of the year -- and a second, shorter Arctic outbreak is due by Sunday -- I figured this was an appropriate picture.


Home at this late hour after a regular day at work and then a gym visit earlier tonight where I had a borderline strenuous multi-part workout including hour-long jog, weightlifting, and concluding 15-minute swim. I made dinner -- jasmine rice, steamed broccoli (well, that was left over from last night), and three small cuts of steak that I near-broiled in the oven.

Right now, I'm watching the usual Me-TV lineup of late night shows -- Perry Mason concluded at 1230AM and, as I write this, The Twilight Zone (episode "The Jungle").

I'm going to watch the two episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents that follow as they are parts 2 and 3 of the three-part series "I Killed the Count." It's sort of a funny murder mystery in which three men independently admit to murdering this guy (the count) -- driving the inspector investigating it quite to distraction.

The show that comes on next is the late 1960s to mid 1970s detective series: Mannix starring Mike Connors (who passed away a year ago).


The Weather ...

It is a warm, drizzly, damp night with air temperatures Recall that less than a week ago, the Eastern U.S. was in the grip of a 1970s-like Arctic (polar vortex) outbreak with highs here in the D.C. barely reaching 20F. (I say that because such Arctic outbreaks are far less likely now they were back then.)

The 0Z Jan. 12, 2018 run of the 3-km resolution NAM showing precipitation rate (in mm/hr.), mean sea level pressure (in hPa), and 1000-500mb thicknesses for the northeastern quadrant of the U.S. valid at hour 30 / 6Z (1AM EST) January 13, 2018, as prettied up by the site.


At the midnight hour, at KDCA the air temp is 57F with a 55F dew point. For KBWI, it's 56F / 56F -- that is, 100% humidity and for KIAD, it's 58F / 57F. The high at all three airport stations yesterday (Jan. 11th) was 62F.

Misty forest

I could not definitively determine where this picture was taken but I think it was in Thailand. The source image I used is here -- but that is not the original source.


An energetic and vigorous cold front with low pressure system is forecasted to blast across the mid-Atlantic region and Eastern Seaboard late this Friday and into the wee hours of Saturday morning -- with a burst of heavy rainfall and maybe a bit of convection (lightning and thunder) followed by crashing temperatures -- from 60F to about freezing. .

U.S. surface weather map forecast valid hour 36 at 0Z January 13, 2018 from the NWS/WPC and its National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD).


Highs on Sunday are forecasted to be only around 30F and remain there through Thursday with lows in the teens, although a bit warmer (25F) on Tuesday night as a clipper system swings through with some snow showers.

Hopefully, we'll get 1/2" to 1" of rainfall from this weather system. It has been quite dry, especially since Dec. 1st (the start of climatological winter).

Here is a CWG entry about the upcoming frontal passage: Burst of rain likely Friday night, then temperatures plummet; light snow next week?


For tomorrow (Friday), I had made plans to meet Andrea after work. She is moving away in April to join Imara for at least a year to a faraway country where he is working. However, I'm really stretched thin on money until my next paycheck (next Friday) and the MLK Jr. holiday weekend is upcoming, so I need to be budget my expenditures.

Mount Robson Provincial Park, British Columbia, September 13, 2012; photo by Kevin McNeal.


OK, I think that's all for now.

Oh, yes, I would like to post this excerpt of a piece by Thomas Chatterton Williams that appeared in the New York Times online on Jan. 8th and print edition on Jan. 9th, 2018.

Source here

I am not immune to Oprah's charms, but President Winfrey is a terrible idea. It also underscores the extent to which Trumpism -- the kowtowing to celebrity and ratings, the repudiation of experience and expertise -- has infected our civic life.

The ideal post-Trump politician will, at the very least, be a deeply serious figure with a strong record of public service behind her. It would be a devastating, self-inflicted wound for the Democrats to settle for even benevolent mimicry of Mr. Trump's hallucinatory circus act.


Indeed, the magical thinking fueling the idea of Oprah in 2020 is a worrisome sign about the state of the Democratic Party. That Ms. Winfrey could probably beat those considered likely front-runners -- Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand -- is testament to how demoralized and devoid of fresh political talent the post-Obama party has become.

Mighty Denali as seen at sunrise from Reflection Pond, August 30, 2008; photo by Kevin McNeal.


OK, that really is all for now.


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