Saturday, May 4, 2019

Saturday Evening Post for May 4th, 2019: Rainy Night MeTV Sci-Fi Show and Weather Revue

**This entry was posted May 4th, 2019.**


Saturday Night.

I'm home tonight watching the MeTV Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night line up. About that line up, it has been adjusted and also includes a new old show -- the late 1960s sci-fi series The Invaders.

The Wonder Woman episode was the first of the two-parter "The Boy Who Knew Her Secret." Guest-starring Clark Brandon -- one of those seemingly ubiquitous character actors of the 1970s and '80s -- the episode is definitely a takeoff on the movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers that had come out about six months earlier.

The setting of the episode is quite lovely -- and as near as I can tell, is Westlake, Calif. -- and features some clean blue skies with cumulus clouds pouring over the mountains. It because it doesn't seem very Southern California-like.

The Star Trek: TOS episode at 10 p.m. is "Balance of Terror"; Buck Rogers in the 25th Century at 11 p.m. is "The Hand of Goral"; The Invaders at midnight is "Beachhead"; Lost in Space at 1 a.m. is "Hunter's Moon"; Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea at 2 a.m. is "Deadly Invasion"; and Land of the Giants at 3 a.m. is "Target: Earth."

Of note, the Svengoolie-hosted monster movie at 8 p.m. was the 1931 foundational horror movie Frankenstein with Boris Karloff as the monster and the badly personally tormented actor Colin Clive as Dr. Henry Frankenstein.

This version included the line in which Dr. Frankenstein declares manically -- upon the coming-to-life of his monster -- that he knows what it's like to be God. (That line was cutout as it was deemed too blasphemous.) It also includes the scene where the monster tosses the little girl into the lake and she drowns.

As for Svengoolie, he was characteristically hilarious in all his asides and commentary.

I made dinner and I need to do my laundry.

Flippo on my floor-bed earlier today.

The rest of the plush babies were under the covers at plush, comfy play.

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For tomorrow, I'm going to try to go to the gym in the morning (that may or may not actually happen) and then walk over to Georgetown in the afternoon -- assuming the heavy rainfall that is forecasted later tonight into tomorrow has ended.

That brings us to a weather update …

NWS high-resolution surface weather map for portions of the central and eastern US 
valid 21Z (5 p.m. EDT) 05 May 2019

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A frontal boundary with developing low pressure will track across the eastern United States tonight -- bringing abundant Gulf of Mexico moisture and areas of heavy rainfall. As the Sterling (LWX) area forecast discussion (AFD) posted below indicates, there was a remnant mesoscale convective vortex (MCV) over the Appalachians with outflow boundary. But the developing low means the dynamics will become more synoptic in nature rather than convective.

NWS/WPC/NDFD U.S. surface weather map forecast looped, as shown, from 6Z 05 May 2019 - 0Z 07 May 2019

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From tonight's LWX AFD:

Scattered showers and thunderstorms this evening that developed during daytime heating are starting to gradually weaken. However, more organized area of showers and embedded thunderstorms is moving into the area from the southwest attendant to a remnant MCV. Although the severe threat (wind/hail) appears to be reduced, heavy rain will remain a threat overnight.

NWS weather map with highlights valid 8 a.m. EDT
May 4 - 8 a.m. EDT May 5, 2019

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Forcing will transition from convective (instability ahead of the MCV) to synoptic (frontogenesis to the north of a developing surface low) overnight. Isolated torrential downpours will transition to a steady moderate to occasionally heavy rain as a result. Expanded the Flash Flood Watch slightly to cover areas on the anticipated northwestern periphery of heavier rainfall amounts where heavy downpours were observed Friday.

NWS/NCEP/WPC Days 1 - 3 quantitative precipitation forecast (QPF) for the Lower 48, 
valid 0Z 05 May - 0Z 08 May 2019

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Some additional imagery …

LWX NWS radar in standard base mode reflectivity looped 8:44 p.m. - 9:11 p.m. EDT May 4, 2019

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NWS LWX CWA weather advisories as of 9:09 p.m. EDT May 4, 2019

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SECONUS sector base reflectivity radar mosaic looped 2348 UTC 04 May 2019 to 0058 UTC 05 May 2019

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NWS weather advisories for the U.S., updated 0109 UTC 05 May 2019 (9:09 p.m. EDT May 4, 2019)

This map does not include the legend, but the bright red spot situated in the Texas panhandle northwest of Lubbock is indicative of a tornado warning. (There are also some severe thunderstorm warnings).

A closer-in view …

Lubbock NWS Forecast Office (LUB) county warning area (CWA) weather advisories, 8:07 p.m. CDT May 4, 2019.

What's odd about it is that there is no larger tornado watch nor even a severe thunderstorm watch. Having a "naked" tornado warning like that is sort of like a naked blackhole singularity … Well, OK not really.

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And here is the radar image for that area …

Lubbock, Texas (LBB) NWS radar in standard base reflectivity mode looped 7:31 - 8:08 p.m. CDT, May 4, 2019

As an aside, the NWS radar abbreviation -- LBB -- is not the same as that of the Lubbock NWS Forecast Office -- LUB -- which means the radar is not at the location of the office (as it is in the case of the Baltimore/Washington NWS Forecast Office, a.k.a., "Sterling," so named because it is located in Sterling, Virginia, and given the three-letter abbreviation LWX.

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Here is a broader view of the radar …

The Southern Plains radar mosaic looped 2328 UTC 04 May to 0038 UTC 05 May 2019

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I'm going to post this entry shortly, but I wanted to note the rainfall moving into the D.C. area right now. Indeed, it's already raining outside with lightning and thunder.

NWS LWX radar in standard base reflectivity looped
10:49 p.m. - 11:15 p.m. EDT May 4, 2019

The green polygon shape just southwest of the District represents a flash flood warning.

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NWS LWX radar in standard composite mode looped
10:43 p.m. - 11:15 p.m. EDT May 4, 2019

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LWX CWA weather advisories updated 11:23 p.m. EDT May 4, 2019

This shows where there is a flood warning and a flash flood warning in effect.

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OK, that's all for now. My next planned entry will be late Monday or Tuesday. I still have a lot of stuff to do at work -- seven additional grant financial monitoring reports by the middle of the month.


--Regulus

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