Saturday, January 6, 2018

Saturday Evening Post for January 6th 2018: Just Godzilla, King of the Monsters! and Me (TV) on a Bitterly Cold Night

**This entry was posted on January 6th, 2018.**

Saturday night.

I did absolutely nothing today -- except to sleep all day. I didn't even make it to the gym. I'm going to try to go tomorrow around noon.

I'm home now on this bitterly cold night ensconced in my radiator-warmed apartment and watching the Me-TV Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night and Sunday Sci-Fi Red Eye lineup. As I start this entry, the Svengoolie-hosted monster movie is the classic Godzilla, King of the Monsters! More on that in a bit.

A short wile ago, I shaved/showered and made my way over to the nearby CVS and the Yes! organic grocery market on 14th Street NW to buy some necessities, and I'm now home watching aforementioned movie while doing four loads of laundry in the basement laundry room.

NOAA GOES East satellite picture of the big "bomb" nor'easter, January 4, 2018 (time uncertain).


As mentioned, it is a bitterly cold night in this protracted cold spell and two days after the way overly-discussed "bomb cyclone" nor'easter. About that nor'easter, in the end, and as anticipated, the heaviest snowfall totals were along the Jersey shore, Long Island, and parts of New England with amounts in the foot to a foot and a half.

Eastern United States snowfall total map for the 48-hour period ending 7AM EST January 5, 2018.


Along the Jersey shore, 12 to 18 inches fell with Cape May receiving 17 inches and Atlantic City (KACY) recorded 14.2 inches. A few spots in coastal Monmouth and Ocean Counties reported 18 inches of snow including my old home town of Long Branch and places such as Brick Township and Bayville while areas in Middlesex County had significantly less -- on the order of 5 to 8 inches.

Snowdrifts surround a parked car during a blizzard, Ocean Grove, N.J., January 4, 2018;
Photo by Julio Cortez, AP.


New York City officially at Central Park (KNYC) picked up 9.8 inches while JFK Airport (KJFK) received 8.0 inches. Farther east out on Long Island, Islip (KISP) recorded 16.0 inches. In eastern Massachusetts, snow totals ranged from 6 inches to 17 inches with Boston Logan (KBOS) officially picking up 13.4 inches. Coastal Maine also had 12 to 18 inches of snow.

In this area, amounts were light -- an inch or less -- with 0.8 inches at KDCA and 0.9 inches at KBWI but only 0.1 inches at KIAD.

Crashing waves reach the houses along Lighthouse Road, Scituate, Mass., January 4, 2018;
Photo by Scott Eisen, Getty Images.


The hurricane force winds and blizzard conditions along the mid-Atlantic and New England coastline were the big story -- although I'm not sure how that's such a unusual event for places in Massachusetts or Maine.

A seagull takes to flight during a blizzard, Hull, Mass., January 4, 2018;
Photo by Scott Eisen, Getty Images.


More unusual was also the heavy snowfall in places such as Charleston, S.C., and even Savannah, Ga. KCHS picked up 5.3 inches (third heaviest snowfall on record, I believe) and KSAV 1.2 inches (apparently, the 7th heaviest snowfall on record).

In its wake, the nor'easter was associated with "round two" of an extended Arctic outbreak over the eastern United States.

Northern Hemisphere 2-meter temperature [in Celsius] based upon GFS 1-day average data, January 6, 2018 as produced by


Global 2-meter temperature [in Celsius] based upon GFS 1-day average data, January 6, 2018 as produced by


Right now outside in this area, it's bitterly cold outside with the air temp already into the teens, specifically at the 8PM hour, at 15F at KDCA, 12F at KBWI, and 11F at KIAD.

This followed respective daytime highs of 21F, 18F, and 19F.

The dew point is exceptionally low -- presently minus 6F at all three airport stations.

You may note I have not been giving the info lately on KDMH -- the Maryland Science Center ASOS spot -- since I'm quite down on Baltimore these days.

The view from U and 16th Streets and the 2000 block of New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 3:59PM January 1, 2018.

My building is the brick one on the right on New Hampshire Ave. This picture and the ones below are the ones I took on New Year's Day. I posted a few others already in this entry.


Much like Trump's mental state, character, and behaviors and the GOP that enables him, the city is an inexcusable, awful, immoral, shameful, and steadily deteriorating mess. (I'm refraining from any general political commentary in this entry.)

However, if you are curious, KDMH is at 15F after a daytime high of 19F and its dew point is also minus 6F.

When this cold wave finally ends by Sunday/Monday, it will almost certainly be the case that the coldest temperatures achieved between KDCA and the other two stations -- and, in general, much of the area -- are dramatically different.

I could see a calm night producing lows of -4F at KIAD, -2F at KBWI, and more like 10F (OK, 7F at the very lowest) at KDCA. It won't even be close.

I *think* the last time KDCA was below 0F was in January 1994 -- specifically, Jan. 20, 1994 when the air temp there fell to a record daily low of minus 2F. (The day before on Jan. 19, 1994 it fell to minus 4F.)

It's almost impossible in the current climate "regime" -- even in an Arctic outbreak of this "polar vortex" severity -- to get KDCA to 0F.

That aside, this cold wave over eastern North America should begin to relax in the next couple days and, in fact, it could get mild by next weekend -- and, hopefully, we will get some rainfall to wash away all the disgusting, toxic rock salt that was dumped everywhere (in amounts exceeding the snowfall -- God, I wish that ecocidal garbage were illegal).

A winter bare tree, 16th and U Streets and New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 4:04PM January 1, 2018.


I had the old radiator turned on in my apartment -- something I sometimes don't have on for entire winter seasons, and not only because the building management asked that everyone have their radiators turned on during this cold spell -- but I've just turned it off as it is actually a bit too warm now.

Setting sunlight on the fa├žade of the opulent row houses of 1631 and 1633 16th St NW, Washington, D.C., 4:11pM January 1, 2018.


To be clear, at present, this frigid pattern over eastern North America is the exception rather than the rule across the Northern Hemisphere and globally, as shown by these Climate Reanalyzer plots of 2-meter temperature anomalies:

Northern Hemisphere 2-meter temperature anomaly [in Celsius] versus the GFS/CFSR 1-day average for the 1979 - 2000 baseline period, January 6, 2018 as produced by


Global 2-meter temperature anomaly [in Celsius] versus the GFS/CFSR 1-day average for the 1979 - 2000 baseline period, January 6, 2018 as produced by


Looking ahead, the winter pattern -- some combo, I suppose, of the Arctic Oscillation and its regional manifestation, the North Atlantic Oscillation -- suggest additional Arctic outbreaks over central and eastern North America -- which should send the Trump-loving teabaggers into a frenzy, especially if it involves any usage of the term "polar vortex" or East Coast "bomb cyclogenesis."


Evening sunlight, 1631 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 4:11PM January 1, 2018.


So last night, I stayed late at work (until about 815PM) and then headed over to Annie's (upstairs) where I met Fred for a couple drinks and some chicken noodle gumbo soup. Thereafter, I walked over to No. 9 and then to Trade -- where the night ended in its usual haze -- before walking home (or, possibly, taking an S2/S4 bus the short distance up 16th Street).

As noted, I slept in today -- literally all day -- with lots of REM dreaming.

A few involved Queen Elizabeth II and seeing if she would meet me at Trade or, upon her suggestion, at a soda fountain counter and later, trying to close an apartment back door in which she was standing with two others.

No, no idea.

OK, as mentioned, the Svengoolie-hosted monster movie tonight is the 1956 Japanese-American "kaiju" film Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, itself -- as explained by the Keeper of All Knowledge -- the heavily re-edited American ("Americanization") adaptation of the original (very first) 1954 Japanese film Godzilla.

It was that 1954 film started the whole franchise (with most of the anti-nuclear message removed but still novel for being the first post-World War II movie portraying Japanese folks in a sympathetic and heroic light.

The 1956 version stars none other than the Raymond Burr as American "United World News" reporter Steve Martin.

Apparently, there is going to be another Godzilla movie released in 2019 called Godzilla: King of the Monsters and it is a sequel to the 2014 film Godzilla. The Golden Gate Bridge scene in that movie is still one of my favorites.

OK, I'm going to wrap up this entry. My plan is to post a Jukebox Saturday Night edition in an hour or so. I also would like to post a political-themed entry that I will write after midnight while watching the MeTV line up. About that, I'm chagrined to discover that the two episodes of The Outer Limits have been removed from the lineup, though, replaced by Kolchak: The Night Stalker and Lost in Space (moved up from 3AM).

Jukebox Saturday Night entry to follow before midnight.


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