Friday, March 1, 2019

The Snows of February Yield to the Waters of March* -OR- Golden Monkeys Combined, Starry Sisters Misaligned

*With apologies to Antônio Carlos Jobim.

Deep snow scene in Squaw Valley -- Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe area, California - Nevada border, Feb 2019

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I originally intended to post this entry last night -- and give it a timestamp just before midnight so that it would have a Feb 28th calendar date. However, being quite exhausted from a combination of a tiring work week and multipart gym workout plus the two Victory Golden Monkey beers that I had when I got home, it didn't work out that way.

The winter season ice skating rink at Washington Harbour, Washington, D.C., 4:33 p.m. Jan 20, 2019

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I went to sleep -- and I ended up teleworking today, although I had a surplus of hours already. Below is the entry I had intended. This entry also contains some Sunday pictures from Jan and Feb that I never got around previously to posting.

From last night …

Alas, I got home from the gym -- it was a semi-decent workout involving jog (5.5 miles), weightlifting, and a concluding short swim -- and instead of making dinner, I had one and then a second Victory Golden Monkey beer plus a bit of leftover dinner from last night and some cheese and crackers.

Once home, I watched MeTV -- Carol Burnett & Friends and Perry Mason.

Work-related, I finished the four detailed monitoring reports on which I had fallen behind -- and, indeed, tomorrow promises to be slow (not to mention, I'll be in the only person in that small office where I go (itself a long story that I will not go into now).

I was up until 4 a.m. last night (this morning) finishing the last of those two reports (and making uniform the language across the four). I ended up watching really late night MeTV stuff to include Mannix and Cannon (God, I love William Conrad -- the man was HILARIOUS).

Actually, the episode was the second of a two-parter -- "The Star" -- and it guest starred a notable lineup to include: Joan Fontaine (!); the late, great actor Richard Hatch of Battlestar Galactica eternal fame, and David Hedison (of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea stardom).

Come to think of it, "The Star" as an episode title (of any show) is very appropriate for one featuring Richard Hatch.

David Hedison is still alive at 91.

As for Joan Fontaine, this legendary actress passed away at age 96 on Dec 15, 2013. Alas, she and her also legendary sister -- actress Olivia de Havilland -- never reconciled from their lifelong, really ugly feud.

Indeed, they truly seemed to hate each other.

It is also (again) worth noting that de Havilland, now 102, is the last stars of the 1930s "Golden Age" of movies.

Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland together in an undated photo

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Turning to the weather, it is sleeting right now around the D.C. area including outside my apartment -- audibly pinging off the window a/c -- but I've turned on my fan and I'm ready for bed.

Looking up New Hampshire Ave from Washington Circle, Washington, D.C., 3:01 p.m. Jan 20, 2019

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There is a winter weather advisory in effect for a bit of sleet / snow but it seems distinctly underwhelming, notwithstanding the standard commercial media/entertainment complex hysteria.

Another view up New Hampshire Ave from Washington Circle, Washington, D.C., 3:01 p.m. Jan 20, 2019

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OK, as I mentioned at the outset, I didn't actually get around to posting this entry until Friday evening. This part of the entry is new…

Though the first day of climatological spring, it is a gloomy, gray, and chilly day with temps around 36F. There is a batch of rain and maybe some sleet moving in right now as the radar shows:

Sterling (LWX) radar in standard base reflectivity mode looped 3:44 p.m. to 6:03 p.m. EST March 1, 2019

There is about 45 minutes of images missing from this looped (between 3:53 p.m. and 4:35 p.m.).

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We actually managed to have some accumulating snowfall after midnight (i.e., today) with KDCA picking up 0.3 inches -- bringing its seasonal total to 16.9 inches.

More noteworthy, KBWI recorded 2.3 inches -- bringing its seasonal total to 17.9 inches and surpassing, finally, KDCA.

KIAD recorded 0.6 inches, bringing its seasonal total to 25.5 inches.

It has been an unusual winter with nearly as much snow in Richmond (RIC: 13.1 inches) as in Boston (KBOS: 13.9 inches).

Flagstaff blizzard scene, Feb 21, 2019

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Meanwhile, places in the Western U.S. have had tremendous rainfall and phenomenal and/or highly unusual snowfalls to include an all-time record daily snowfall of 35.9 inches officially in Flagstaff, Ariz., (KFLG) on Feb 21st.

Farther west in the Sierra Nevada Mountains have picked up 25+ feet of snow in February -- and so living up to the "Nevada" in their name. A CWG entry dubbed it "Februburied").

Left: The parking lot of the Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort, Feb 25, 2019. This image and the lead one to this entry are taken from the above-linked CWG entry.

As another weather record of note, Los Angeles just completed its first-ever February in which the temp never reached 70F at either KLAX or KCQT (downtown LA). Meanwhile, downtown San Francisco (KSFD) ended February with 7.94" precipitation (+3.48") and is at 13.07" year-to-date (+4.11").

If I had to guess, this is probably also the first time in ANY month that L.A. didn't at least reach 70F once.

OK, that's all for now. I'm meeting Fred at Annie's a bit later.

While writing this, I was watching, again, MeTV, specifically the Charlie's Angels episode "Cruising Angels":

Relevant Golden Girls exchange:

Dorothy: "What do we look like, Charlie's Angels??"

Blanche: "I have been told I bear a striking resemblance to Miss Cheryl Ladd … although my bosoms are perkier."

Dorothy: "Not even if you were hanging upside down on a trapeze!"

--Regulus

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