Saturday, December 1, 2018

Saturday Evening Post for December 1st, 2018: Hoarse Attitudes and Rainy Year Latitudes

**This entry was posted December 1st, 2018.**

Fall morning, 1900 block New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 10:11 a.m. Nov 25, 2018


Saturday night.

I'm home watching the MeTV Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night lineup. I need to make dinner and do laundry.

While I went to the gym earlier, I'm not feeling well. I've developed some sort of head cold and feel lousy with headache, sore throat, and hoarse voice.

Yours truly last week at my mom's apartment, Glen Burnie, Md., 1:57 a.m. Nov 24, 2018

Yes, I was wearing reading glasses that I now generally need to be on the computer or read small text.


On Thursday night, I went to bed last night -- after a decent gym visit -- and felt fine. By Friday morning, I felt like this. I rallied a bit during the day and went into the office by mid-afternoon (after teleworking part of the morning and early afternoon). I stayed late at the office -- until about 8:30 p.m. -- and then went to Annie's to meet Fred (as is our Friday night wont).

Yours truly last week at my mom's apartment, Glen Burnie, Md., 2:23 a.m. Nov 24, 2018


I walked home with Fred. Recall that he and I live in adjoining buildings and in my new unit, I can actually see the windows to his place. Anyway, I worked on one of the period financial monitoring reports I do -- part of a round of reports that I need to have done by Monday -- and stayed up into the wee hours, indeed, very nearly to dawn.

Sidewalk 2000 block 13th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 2:33 p.m. Nov 28, 2018


I made good progress on the report -- despite the fact that this particular Grantee overwhelmed me with information (31 file attachments, each of which I had to categorize).

I worked on this even while watching the weeknight MeTV line up -- to include Carol Burnett & Friends and Perry Mason and even later to Mannix and Cannon. William Conrad is sometimes unintentionally hilarious.

Sidewalk 2000 block New Hampshire Ave NW, 2:48 p.m. Nov 30, 2018

This is right outside my apartment with the Northumberland -- the building next to mine -- visible.


Today, I slept in late and then went to the gym around 4 p.m. As I mentioned, I'm home now and watching the MeTV Saturday night-into-Sunday-wee-hours sci-fi lineup: Wonder Woman, the Svengoolie-hosted monster movie, Lost in Space, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Battlestar Galactica, Kolchak the Night Stalker, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and Land of the Giants.

NWS weather advisories updated 0356 UTC 02 Dec 2018 (10:56 p.m. EST Dec 1, 2018)


The weather tonight is drizzly, foggy, chilly, and just all-around damp. Temps are around 44F with dew points around 41F.

It rained earlier today -- adding to the hefty annual surplus but still not enough to get frickin' National Airport (KDCA) officially into the second-wettest spot (60.83 inches set in 2003), much less the first spot (61.33 inches set in the pre-airport period year of 1889).

Preliminarily, it appears 0.21 inches has fallen at KDCA today, bringing the annual total to 60.67 inches.

We seem to be approaching the 2nd and 1st ranking asymptotically …

KIAD has also picked up 0.21 inches so far today, bringing its yearly total to 61.19 inches-- thus maintaining its second-place ranking well behind the 65.69 inches set in 2003.

KBWI has picked up 0.23 inches today, which increases its all-time wettest year total to 65.51 inches -- well ahead of the previous all-time wettest year in 2003 when 62.66 inches fell.

Of note, the 7.57 inches of precipitation recorded at KDCA in November set a new record for that month. Ditto the 8.14 inches at KBWI in November.

As for the 7.69 inches at KIAD, that ranked second behind the 7.83 inches in November 1963.

Nov 1963 was the first November with a precipitation total for KIAD even though weather observations technically started there in Jan 1960. It appears, though, that the first monthly precipitation tally was recorded in April 1963.

Continuous precipitation records did not begin until at KIAD Jan 1964. Source here.

Also of note, the Nov 1963 KIAD tally followed Oct 1963 that was the driest month of any month on record for both KDCA and KBWI (to include the pre-airport periods) -- when just "trace" fell. (KIAD's Oct 1963 tally is missing while the Nov 1963 for KDCA and KBWI were 6.70 inches and 6.85 inches, respectively.)

NWS high-resolution surface weather map for portions of the central and eastern U.S. as of 0Z 02 Dec 2018 (7 p.m. EST Dec 1, 2018)


As the surface weather map image directly above shows, there is a complex storm system centered near Kansas City with a broad occlusion and a warm front ahead of it from western Tennessee eastward to the South/North Carolina border. The system is bringing heavy snows to parts of the Great Plains and strong thunderstorms far ahead of it parts of the Southeastern U.S.

NWS/WPC National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD) surface weather map forecast showing fronts, highs and lows, isobars, and major weather (color-coded) valid 18Z Dec 2, 2018


This system will track toward the Great Lakes, dragging the warm front toward the mid-Atlantic before the cold front passes through the Metro D.C. area around 2 p.m. Warmer air will move up the Eastern Seaboard with highs around 60F both tomorrow (Sunday) and Monday before colder air arrives by midweek.

Some mosaic composite radar imagery …

NWS mosaic composite radar for the Upper Mississippi River Valley sector looped 0228 - 0338 UTC 02 Dec 2018


NWS mosaic composite radar for the Great Lakes Sector looped 0228 - 0338 UTC 02 Dec 2018


NWS mosaic composite radar for the NECONUS sector looped 0228 - 0338 UTC 02 Dec 2018


NWS mosaic composite radar for the SECONUS sector looped 0228 - 0338 UTC 02 Dec 2018


In the Weather Channel's stupid winter storm naming convention, this storm is "Carter."

Speaking of Carter …

I should note that former President George H.W. Bush -- i.e., Bush the Smarter -- has died. He was 94.

There is now occurring massive after-the-fact media hagiography of Bush Sr., and this will continue until the funeral next week. However, I'm not joining in since I never liked any member of the Bush Family and think they were, on balance, a harmful influence on this country ("W" much more so than his father).

But more importantly, the fucking insane and amoral GOP will instantly try to use his death to help improve the warped and sick standing of the insane and amoral Donald Trump.

Jimmy Carter, age 94, is still going, if not strong, at least good for his age. (Carter was born about four months after Bush Sr.)


OK, that concludes this entry. My next planned entry will be either late night Monday or late night Tuesday.

Fall day, New Hampshire Ave and 15th St NW, Washington, D.C., 2:50 p.m. Nov 30, 2018


Jukebox Saturday Night edition to follow momentarily …



fifi said...


Was thinking of you and thought to call by here. Hope you're well....crazy times.

Cheers from your old friend.

Regulus said...

Hey there -- very nice to hear from you. I hope life is treating you well. I'm still hoping that time and tide eventually lead me to pay a visit to Australia.