Tuesday, February 6, 2018

A Very Welcome Rainy Sunday - Regional Totals Overview and Recap of Fall/Winter Drought Plus Some Other Random Late Night Notes

Rainy evening 1400 block of P Street NW as seen from the corner of the bar at Logan Tavern
Washington, D.C., 5:32PM February 4, 2018.


Late night.

I'm home after work and the gym. I'm quite tired and not going to bother with any meaningful entry. However, I would like to mention that we had quite a WELCOME deluge of rain on Sunday during this an extended drought that began last fall and has lasted through the entire winter so far.

The region entered a moderate-to-severe drought as designated by the U.S. Drought Monitor (D1 and D2).

U.S. Drought Monitor for the Lower 48 United States, valid January 30, 2018.


U.S. Drought Monitor for Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia,
valid January 30, 2018.


Yesterday's precipitation totals -- which encompassed the entire event and was almost entirely rainfall with just a touch of snow and sleet -- were as follows:

KDCA: 1.12 inches
KBWI: 1.19 inches
KIAD: 1.13 inches

Amounts were therefore quite uniform. For its part, KDMH recorded 1.21 inches and the CoCoRaHS network across the region recorded primarily 0.88 to 1.30 inches. There was 0.1 inch snow at KIAD and "trace" at both KDCA and KBWI.

As this CWG entry about the rainfall noted, the rainfall that fell yesterday was the most at KDCA since August 7, 2017 when 1.47 inches fell and the first 1 inch event since November 7, 2017 when 1.07 inches fell. (It also had 0.97 inches on October 29, 2017.)

For KBWI, it was the most since October 29, 2017 when 1.31 inches fell. For KIAD, it was the most since 1.46 inches fell on July 28, 2017. However, there was a 1.03 inches on October 29, 2017 and two ~0.9 inch events: 0.92 inches on Nov. 7th and 0.91 inches on Jan. 12th.


We are still running significant deficits since Sept. 1st. For the period Sept. 1st, 2017 - Jan. 31, 2018, the totals, departures, and percent normal are as follows:

Observed: 6.89 inches
Normal: 16.15 inches
Departure: minus 9.26 inches
% Normal: 42.7%

Observed: 9.04 inches
Normal: 17.08 inches
Departure: minus 8.04 inches
% Normal: 52.9%

Observed: 9.45 inches
Normal: 16.22 inches
Departure: minus 6.77 inches
% Normal: 58.3%

As you can see, all three locations are well below normal -- with KDCA taking the drought prize.

This drought is actually a continuation of a drought we had in early 2017 but that was alleviated in July and August before resuming. Furthermore, we still need significantly more precipitation (rainfall) going into the spring. I don't really care if we get any snow, and besides, that's doubtful (in fact, highly unlikely).

1300 block U Street NW, Washington, D.C., 11:57AM February 5, 2018.


Speaking of Sunday, I had lunch with my mom and Andrea at Uno at Union Station. (Of note, despite what I wrote in my Saturday Evening Post entry, I opted not to go to Thunder Grill for a couple reasons.) Later, I took the Metro to Dupont Circle and walked in the deluge to No. 9. However, it was too mobbed (one of the gay sports leagues), so I went to Logan Tavern for a big (see lead picture) and then to Trade before returning home.

Two helicopters -- from the Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) -- making large circles in the sky over "midtown" Washington, D.C., as seen from the corner of 13th and U Streets NW, 11:59AM February 5, 2018.

This is part of the Vice President's "Marine 2" squad -- since in the President's case (or as Charlie Pierce says of Trump, in the President's* case), the Marine 1 squad would never buzz over this part of D.C.

I recall during Bush's tenure, Cheney used to ride his helicopter to work every day from the VP's residence at the Naval Observatory to the White House campus. I could see it from my window when I lived for 8 months in the Newport West back in late 2003 and early 2004 -- God, I hated that apartment. Of note, in my lead image to this entry, my 9th floor Newport West apartment is actually visible in the picture from Logan Tavern. It's the (darkened) directly one below the top right corner of the whitish, tall building -- both are on the 9th floor but mine was a few steps downs while the one above me was a few steps as a result of a weird split level construction.

Pence -- like Biden -- takes a motorcade in that I frequently hear at some point between 9 and 10AM as it turns from U onto 16th Street heading south.

On his morning ride, Pence probably practices that disgusting look of gazing blissful adoration he makes every time he stands next to Trump while the latter vomits something offensive and/or delusion from his cakehole.


I went to the gym earlier tonight and I am planning on going again Tuesday and Wednesday night (to do two partial workouts). I have plans on Thursday and Friday nights. That being the case, I will try to post an entry late tomorrow (probably a political-themed one since there is so much to discuss).

OK, that's all for now.

Wait, I have to post this: While composing this entry, I've been watching the Me-TV late night line including (as I write this) the Cannon episode called "Snapshot."

In one scene, Cannon storms into the office of a shady plastic surgeon who's having a bit of a canoodle with a female "patient" on a sofa. The surgeon (who knows him) then says to him:

"How can I help you, Cannon? Do you want a nose job or to get rid of a couple of chins??"


There's a number of fat jokes in this episode.

OK, that really is all for now.


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