Saturday, June 2, 2018

Saturday Evening Post for June 2nd, 2018: On Target with Me(TV), Rainy Weather Weekend; & May, Spring, and Year-to-Date Precip Summaries

**This entry was posted June 2nd, 2018.**

Evening, 3000 block of 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 7:48PM June 1, 2018.

I was walking back home from one of my once-every-three-months-or-so Friday evening treks to the Columbia Heights Target to buy certain toiletries and other items.

The toiletries included two packs of 8+2 pack of Shick Xtreme3 razors (each pack is only about $10 or two-thirds the price of CVS or Rite-Aid), a big plastic container of Johnson & Johnson's baby powder, among other items. I also bought two new towels and wash clothes.

Finally, I made an exceptionally rare purchase of some kitchen items to include a 3-quart pot, a stainless steel strainer with extendable handle, and a plastic measuring cup (naturally, everything made in China).

I couldn't find the clothes I wanted (two pairs of Wrangler cargo pants similar to the pair I purchased there on my last trip).

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Yours truly upstairs at No. 9, Washington, D.C., 6:45PM May 28, 2018.

I was hoping this picture looked a little Edward Hopperesque, except he usually painted women when he painted human beings. 

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Saturday night.

I'm back from the gym and in for the night doing my usual Saturday night routine -- blogging, making dinner, and laundry while watching MeTV's Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night lineup and its subsequent Red-Eye Sci-Fi Sunday into the wee hours.

The episode of Wonder Woman was "Wonder Woman vs. Gargantua" (where Gargantua is a gorilla, not the black hole from Interstellar).

The Svengoolie-hosted monster movie is the 1935 horror film Werewolf of London. After two 30-min episodes of Batman, the Star Trek: TOS episode at 11PM is "Spectre of the Gun" and the Battlestar Galactica episode at 12AM is "Greetings from Earth: Part 1."

Both Battlestar Galactica and Kolchak the Nightstalker have cycled through their relatively few episodes on MeTV. The latter is airing the episode "The Zombie" at 1AM. Rounding out the lineup is Lost in Space at 2AM ("The Keeper: Part 1"), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea at 3AM ("The Invaders"), and Land of the Giants at 4AM ("Rescue").

I'm actually not starting my laundry until about 1AM, so I may very well be up until the end of Land of the Giants.

Yours truly in the construction walkway, 1400 block of U Street  NW, Washington, D.C., 11:45PM May 30, 2018.

This damn building has been under construction for about a year and a half. It is going up is located between the Paul Laurence Dunbar apartments for senior citizens and the hulking, decrepit, needs-to-be-knocked-down-yesterday Frank Reeves Municipal Center (itself basically an outdoor wall for a homeless encampment on otherwise bustling and, yes, super-gentrified U and 14th Streets).

I don't quite understand all the local, venal politics that is keeping the Reeves Center standing.

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For tomorrow, my mom is supposed to visit D.C., staying the night at the Harrington downtown. Our plan is to go to Georgetown for the afternoon (perhaps Martin's Tavern and Washington Harbour). This will be dependent on the weather.

Large oak tree near Scott Circle, Washington, D.C., 6:32PM May 28, 2018.

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As for the weather …

It is a warm and thickly humid night with lots of showers and thunderstorms scattered about the mid-Atlantic this weekend, although so far today, there has been a fairly persistent rainfall hole right over the immediate D.C. area while much of Baltimore and Howard Counties are under flood warnings for heavy rainfall.

Some radar imagery ...

Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in standard base reflectivity mode looped 7:02PM - 7:35PM EDT June 2, 2018.

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Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in standard composite mode looped 6:58PM - 7:30PM EDT June 2, 2018.

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U.S. regional radar mosaic for a portion of the eastern U.S., looped 6:50PM - 7:35PM EDT June 3, 2018 - as prettied up by Weather Underground.

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Nevertheless, there is a flash flood watch across the region. In fact, there is at present a flash flood watch for all of Maryland except Garrett County. Below are images of the NWSFO main webpage weather advisory maps for Sterling (Baltimore/Washington area), Philadelphia/Mt. Holly, and Wakefield.

NWS advisories (without legend) for a portion of the eastern United States as of 0005UTC June 3, 2018.
(8:05PM EDT June 2, 2018).

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NWS Sterling (LWX) county warning area (CWA) weather advisories updated 8:10PM EDT June 2, 2018.

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NWS Philadelphia / Mt. Holly (PHI) CWA weather advisories updated 8:15PM EDT June 2, 2018.

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NWS Wakefield (AKQ) CWA weather advisories updated 8:06PM EDT June 2, 2018.

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At the 8PM hour, it is 77F at KDCA with a dew point of 70F. This follows a daytime high of 86F.

The weather pattern features a quasi-stationary frontal boundary across the region -- extending from New York City back to Cincinnati. There is another frontal boundary extending from a weak low over Norfolk / Tidewater area southwestward into South Carolina.

NWS high-resolution surface weather map for a portion of the eastern U.S., valid 21Z (5PM EDT) June 2, 2018.

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Additional rainfall is forecasted into Sunday as the low over the Tidewater area and frontal boundary drift eastward with drying conditions by Monday.

Forecast maps …

NWS/NCEP/WPC National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD) U.S. surface weather map forecast.
valid 12Z June 3, 2018.

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NWS/NCEP/WPC NDFD U.S. surface weather map forecast valid 0Z June 4, 2018.

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NWS/NCEP/WPC 2-day quantitative precipitation forecast (QPF) for the U.S. valid 0Z June 3 - 0Z June 5, 2018.

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Now, I'd like to post a summary of precipitation stats for May, now-concluded climatological spring 2018 (March 1 - May 31), and year-to-date through the end of May for the usual four main ASOS stations in the "DMV" region.

First of all, I should note that May 31st witnessed drenching rainfall across the area with the following amounts:

KIAD: 2.35 inches
(daily record)
KDCA: 1.32 inches
KBWI: 1.15 inches
KDMH: 0.43 inches

For the full month of May, it ended up the sixth wettest May on record for D.C. itself. It was also the third warmest May on record for KDCA (more on that below).

Here are the totals, departures, and averages (in parentheses):

KDCA
May: 8.73 inches +4.74 (3.99 inches)
Climo Spring: 14.24 inches +3.71 (10.53 inches)
Year-to-date: 19.97 inches +4.01 (15.96 inches)
2017 YTD: 14.79 inches

KBWI
May: 8.17 inches +4.18 (3.99 inches)
Climo Spring: 13.62 inches +2.54 (11.08 inches)
Year-to-date: 19.92 inches +2.89 (17.03 inches)
2017 YTD: 17.13 inches

KIAD
May: 8.92 inches +4.37 (4.55 inches)
Climo Spring: 14.26 inches +2.86 (11.40 inches)
Year-to-date: 20.65 inches +3.83 (16.82 inches)
YTD 2017: 19.09 inches

KDMH
May: 9.27 inches +5.78 (3.49 inches)
Climo Spring: 16.65 inches +6.08 (10.57 inches)
Year-to-date: 22.39 inches +6.30 (16.09 inches)
YTD 2017: 14.92 inches

KDMH -- the Maryland Science Center -- has only a partial data set -- back to May 1998.


Here are a couple of images from that entry …

Top 10 wettest Mays in Washington, D.C., 1871 - 2018.

This shows that the 8.73 inches of rainfall in May 2018 made it the 6th wettest May in Washington, D.C., through 2018 stretching back to 1871 (and includes the pre-National Airport period).

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Top 10 warmest Mays in Washington, D.C., 1871 - 2018.

This shows that the 72.4F average temperature in May 2018 made it the 3rd warmest May in Washington, D.C., through 2018 stretching back to 1871 (and includes the pre-National Airport period).

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OK, I think that wraps up the weather portion of this entry. In addition, as I would like to post a Jukebox Saturday Night edition, I am going to conclude this entry. Here is one more picture took last Sunday …

Grounds of the Women's National Democratic Club (near Dupont Circle), Washington, D.C., 4:52PM May 28, 2018.

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OK, that is all for now. I'm going to post a Jukebox Saturday Night edition -- except, honestly, right now I don't have any particular songs lined up.

--Regulus

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