A drenching downpour as seen at 14th and G Streets NW, Washington, D.C. May 14, 2018; photo by CWG photographer Kevin Ambrose and featured in this entry.
This is just a genuinely quick update for no other reason than to post a new entry,
I don't feel like writing some goddamn 15-part entry with 43 pictures and 26 links that nobody reads -- unless BIG Y'EYEMAH and the Hysterical One are still hanging about in the background making their respective noises. God, I hope not.
Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in standard base mode reflectivity looped 8:06 p.m. - 8:38 p.m. EDT May 18, 2018.
I will talk a bit about the weather, though. It is a showery wet, gloomy, humid night as our rainy spell continues apace -- following all that extended dry weather. Temps are a bit cooler than recently -- around 60F this evening (about 5F to 7F cooler than the past few days).
Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in standard composite mode looped 8:06 p.m. - 8:38 p.m. EDT May 18, 2018.
NECONUS sector composite mode radar mosaic looped 2318 UTC May 18 to 0128 UTC May 19, 2018.
Waves of showery rain continue to come up from the Gulf of Mexico, focused along a quasi-stationary frontal boundary that has moved a bit farther south than recently and is now stretched from offshore, through the Norfolk/Tidewater area, and back in an undulating fashion into Kentucky and the Missouri bootheel (see map image directly below). The result here in the D.C. area is cooler temps. with a northeasterly (maritime) breeze. The weather is forecasted to begin drying by Sunday as a cold front approaches the region.
NWS high-resolution surface weather map for a portion of the eastern United States, 21Z May 18, 2018.
I would like to note -- and as the next four images below show -- the entire State of Maryland -- which is divided between four different NWS regional forecast offices (denoted LWX, PHI, AKQ, and PBZ) -- is under a flood or flash flood watch, along with other advisories to include flood warnings (though not, as I write this, any flash flood warnings).
NWS weather advisories for a portion of the eastern United States (without legend) 0000 UTC May 19, 2018.
I caught this image at exactly 8 p.m. EDT -- or 0 UTC (or 0Z) time the next calendar day.
Here are three county warning area (CWA) maps for Sterling (LWX), Philadelphia / Mt. Holly (PHI), and Wakefield (AKQ): The green hues are very pretty. See here for the weather help map that matches the color to the NWS weather product.
LWX CWA advisories updated 7:57 p.m. EDT May 18, 2018.
Lots of various green colors on this map -- as indicated by the legend.
Keep in mind that the more serious weather product takes precedence on the map, so even though a flood watch is in effect in, say, Calvert, Charlies, and St. Mary's Counties, the flood warning there takes precedence.
PHI CWA advisories updated 8:06 p.m. EDT May 18, 2018.
In addition, a short term forecast of some significance -- heavy rainfall moving through those areas -- has taken precedence over the flood watch in Queen Anne's County on the Eastern Shore. This is why the short term forecast color (pale green) is taking precedence over a flood watch.
AKQ CWA advisories updated 8:04 p.m. EDT May 18, 2018.
Rainfall totals for the past seven days through 5PM today (May 12 midnight - May 18th 5PM) have included the following amounts with monthly totals in parentheses):
KDCA: 5.09 (5.09)
KBWI: 4.96 (4.98)
KIAD: 4.35 (4.59)
KDMH: 4.12 (4.16)
If you subtract the second number from the first, you get the total precipitation (rainfall) for May 1 - 11. For KDCA, it was "TRACE."
Of note, all four climate stations are above normal both for the month-to-date and year-to-date, something that hasn't happened in quite a will. (Yes, KDMH only has a partial data set rather than a full 30-year normal.) I'm not going to post those right now -- I'll wait until after the rainy spell is over and/or the end of the month.
Needless to say, there is much moaning and bellyaching about the rainfall including on the CWG site -- both the entries and in the comment section. About that comment section, I just don't really feel like "chiming in" there any longer.
NWS point grid icon forecast and current weather advisories for Washington, D.C., May 18 - 22, 2018.
As the briefest of personal updates, I left work a bit early this Friday (since I already had a surplus of hours for the week) and went to the Metro Center Macy's for what I knew would be a difficult excursion buying new shoes.
Rainy Friday evening at Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C., 6:50 p.m. May 18, 2018.
In the end, I was there for 45 minutes -- but I have to say that the older, slight-statured fellow who works the men's shoe counter is an absolute dynamo, not to mention a very nice man. I want to send a praise of him to that Macy's management.
I ended up buying two pairs of shoes including a studier Timberland and some dress shoes. I also got a polo shirt and a new 8-pack of socks. The whole expedition set me back nearly $350 (in part because the dress shoes were $170 but they are nice and very comfortable, too).
I really needed new shoes.
Grounds between the Northumberland and Hampton Courts along New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 7:26 p.m. May 17, 2018.
Of note, I actually have been wearing galoshes the past two days when I go out, and for tonight, I'm going to do so again when I go to No. 9 and Trade. I might also stop at one of the other places along 14th Street between U and P Streets that I frequently pass and that are -- or at least look -- inviting (restaurants with a bar area).
For tomorrow, it is a regular gym late afternoon / evening and then I'm home for the night doing my usual routine (laundry, MeTV watching, blogging, and dinner). Sunday is my usual free day.
OK, I'm going to wrap up this entry. My plan is to post tomorrow night my usual pair of entries including the one that I had intended to post last night but couldn't finish.
This includes some thoughts on Rep. Mo Brooks (R - Alabamy Mammy) and his incredible grasp of so many scientific fields to include climate science, geology, oceanography, plate tectonics and orography, and fundamentalist teabaggery. It also includes thoughts on this guy ...
Yes, Aaron M. Schlossberg, Esq. And his Smartphone (pictured directly above trying to go semi-incognito). An immigrant / foreigner-hating rightwing Trump-lover with a history of confrontations, Schlossberg had a fit because works in a lunchtime deli were speaking Spanish to customers -- and he threatened to call ICE on them. The whole thing was videoed, of course, and, not surprisingly in the current political climate, instantly "went viral."
What a jackass.
Talk about white male privilege and a thoroughly horrible person -- and one feeling emboldened by Trump and what he spews, including this week about immigrants and "animals." In this case, it came from a well-educated, professional class man living in New York City -- New York City!
I must say, though, that I rather enjoyed how the media -- especially the New York tabloid crew from the Daily News and Post -- chased him about New York City yesterday and gave him no peace (see image directly below). Ditto the social media reaction. Anyway, I'll have a bit more to say on Schlossberg in tomorrow's entry.
As for the latest mass shooting -- 10 killed in a Houston area high school -- there's really nothing to say. Instead, I just refer you to this Charlie Pierce piece comparing and contrasting America's "Second Amendment freedoms" with our other Constitutional freedoms.
Water-heavy flowers and leaves, 1500 block V Street NW, Washington, D.C., 1:29 p.m. May 17, 2018.
And with that, I really am going to end this entry.