Thursday, January 24, 2019

On Polar Vortex Displacements and the GOP Bat Guano Brigade -OR- January Rain & Refreeze


I can't post an entry tonight as I need to go to sleep to get up for a second day running at 6 a.m. to be at a meeting as a notetaker. I was successful this morning in getting up and being there on time -- and I took copious notes all day, even when I felt as though I would literally fall asleep / pass out.

It was a warm (for January) -- temps reaching about 60F -- and very rainy morning ahead of a strong cold front that ushered in a burst of regular winter cold air.

Rainfall totals were as follows:
KDCA: 1.03"
KBWI: 1.01"
KIAD: 1.33" (daily record)
KDMH: 1.00" 

Tonight was a gym night. I'm home now but I need to go to sleep.

Speaking of cold air, and since I don't have time to write a significant entry, here is a CWG entry to read (link embedded): Extreme Arctic outbreak possible next week as polar vortex targets northern U.S.

This animated image is from the entry …

This is from the 0Z 24 Jan 2019 op GFS showing 500mb height anomalies (in dam) over portions of North America animated in 12-hour time steps between 7 p.m. EST 28 Jan 2019 (0Z 29 Jan 2019) and 7 p.m. EST 31 Jan 2019 (0Z 01 Feb 2019), as prettied up by PivotalWeather.com.

You can clearly see a big lobe of the polar vortex. This is associated with the sudden stratospheric warming back in December.

This is from the 0Z 24 Jan 2019 Euro showing 850mb temp anomalies (in C) over portions of North America animated in 24-hour time steps between 7 p.m. EST 28 Jan 2019 (0Z 29 Jan 2019) and 7 p.m. EST 31 Jan 2019 (0Z 01 Feb 2019), again as prettied up by PivotalWeather.com.

This is also taken from the above-linked CWG entry.

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I'm genuinely more curious as to why …

… the American political right -- in particular, that large portion of it that is synonymous with the MAGA cap-wearing crowd -- go BATSHIT CRAZY whenever they hear "polar vortex."

Only "Hillary Clinton" -- and now, even better, "Nancy Pelosi" -- make them go as loony rabid.

Actually, I sorta know the reason why.

OK, that's all for now. My next planned entry will either be tomorrow (Friday) or Saturday evening.

--Regulus

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