Sunday, July 7, 2019

Eclipsed and Tropical Rainy Wet -OR- Summery Sunday Wee Hours Posting

First up, something wonderful …

NOAA's GOES East satellite image of the total solar eclipse of July 2, 2019 showing the Moon's shadow as it moved west to east across the South Pacific Ocean and South America while Hurricane Barbara -- then at category 4 strength -- churned in the eastern Pacific while the terminator line (still relatively close to the Northern Hemisphere summer solstice) crosses part of the globe. Source: NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory.

A much bigger looped image is available here.

This is GOES East loop is in GeoColor. As explained here:

Geocolor is a multispectral product composed of True Color (using a simulated green component) during the daytime, and an Infrared product that uses bands 7 and 13 at night. During the day, the imagery looks approximately as it would appear when viewed with human eyes from space.

At night, the blue colors represent liquid water clouds such as fog and stratus, while gray to white indicate higher ice clouds, and the city lights come from a static database that was derived from the VIIRS Day Night Band.

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Towering cumulus clouds in a summer sky as seen near Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C., 1:28 p.m. July 6, 2019

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As a brief update …

Phew.

Another monsoonal-like wet, humid, warm night here in the D.C. area with air temp at the midnight hour around 77F and dew point around 72F. And my goddamn air-conditioner needs to be replaced because it basically doesn't work.

Earlier tonight, a complex of thunderstorms blew across the Metro D.C. area dropping heavy rainfall in the extended D.C. area and into southern Maryland. Preliminarily, KDCA picked up 0.72 inches of rainfall while KBWI only 0.13 inches (although it received 0.99 inches on Wednesday) and KIAD recorded just a trace.

I'm home tonight after a nice day spent up in Gaithersburg visiting my coworker friend Matt and his wife and two young children. I learned how to play Uno (or maybe I once knew it and forgot), not to mention the general idea of the tile game Hive.

A cumulonimbus cloud as seen from Shady Grove Metro, Gaithersburg, Md., 2:13 p.m. July 6, 2019

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We also had dinner and before Matt dropped me off, we stopped at Crown Beer & Wine, a sort of combo beer and wine store and bar located in the Gaithersburg mixed-use development known as Downtown Crown.

Crown Beer and Wine on a busy Saturday night, Gaithersburg, Md., 9:10 p.m. July 6, 2019

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Like last night, I did not go to any goddamn bar. Indeed, henceforth, my plan is to go only to nicer restaurants that have a bar, not shit shows, and not to become part of the shit show in any fashion. I'm fucking fed up with it, and only I can remove my own part. 

Crown Beer and Wine on a busy Saturday night, Gaithersburg, Md., 9:46 p.m. July 6, 2019

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For tomorrow (Sunday), my plan is to go to the gym and then to Fred & Doug's at 7 p.m. for dinner. This should help me segue into an early and productive Monday.

Thunderstorm approaching at dusk, Gaithersburg, Md., 8:22 p.m. July 6, 2019

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Right now, I'm watching the Saturday night / Sunday wee hours MeTV sci-fi line up including that strange show from the late 1960s called The Invaders. Such a weird show.

OK, that's all for now. My next entry won't be until Monday or Tuesday.

--Regulus

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