A Triangle palm (Dypsis decaryi) in the Enid Haupt Garden of the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C., 6:59 p.m. July 3, 2019
The images in this entry were taken while I was walking home from work on Wednesday evening (on the eve of the July 4th holiday).
God, I'm spent -- physically, emotionally, spiritually, every-which-way-illy -- today.
A lovely flowering plant in the Enid Haupt Garden, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C., 7:03 p.m. July 3, 2019
I think the sign said this is a Queen Sirikit Flower, but I'm going on memory here.
However, there was some very good news today: I got my (contingent) offer letter for the contracting company where I will be going starting August 1st as a result of the new DOE contract that is in place.
Semi-secluded wrought-iron bench, Enid Haupt Garden, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C., 7:00 p.m. July 3, 2019
This bench is in an alcove created by dense tropical and subtropical flowers and shrubs in the Enid Haupt Garden. It is located up against the S. Dillon Ripley Center building. It captured my attention and I just had to sit there for several minutes.
Also, earlier today, I went to the DMV next to the Rhode Island Ave Metro and successfully got my Real ID-compliant renewed D.C. driver's license -- and despite having had a bit of trouble with the eye exam even with my reading glasses. (The fellow could have failed me had he wanted to do so.)
Another view of the Enid Haupt Garden, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C., 6:58 p.m. July 3, 2019
OK, I'm not even going to try to post a full entry. I'm just too weary and spent all around.
I was going to go to the gym tomorrow, but I think it better if I go to my co-worker friend Matt's place tomorrow up in Gaithersburg and go to the gym on Sunday. As it is, that will allow for a better segue into a productive Monday.
And yet another view of the foliage -- including another Triangle palm -- in the Enid Haupt Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 7:00 p.m. July 3, 2019
Today is a summery weather day -- high of 90F at KDCA, 91F at KBWI, and 90F at KIAD, and dew points flirting with 75F. There are thunderstorms off in the Potomac highlands and Blue Ridge, as well as up toward the Baltimore area.
Here is the NWS radar this evening …
Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in standard composite mode looped 6:56 p.m. - 7:29 p.m. EDT July 5, 2019
Yes, this NWS presentation of the radar -- whether base reflectivity or composite -- is crappy and hasn't changed in years. Other outfits pretty up the presentation significantly.
Another example of the combination of heat and wet …
Philadelphia / Mount Holly (PHI) county warning area (CWA) weather advisories as of 6:56 p.m. EDT July 5, 2019
Note the excessive heat warnings and the flash flood warnings -- in some cases, overlapping.
By the way, I wanted to note this: Yesterday in Anchorage -- officially at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (PANC) -- it reached 90F. This was a full 5F above the previous HOTTEST DAY EVER officially in Anchorage (set on June 14, 1969), not to mention 13F above the previous daily record high.
PANC weather observations for July 4 and 5, 2019 showing all-time record high temperature of 90F.
Here is the CWG entry on the matter (link embedded): Record-crushing heat torches Alaska as Anchorage hits all-time high of 90.
High temperature departures from daily normal [in Celsius] for Alaska and adjoining regions for July 4, 2019
Alaska remains in yet another crazy heat wave in our globally warming world -- the vast state catching the brunt of the sub-Arctic warming. And a record late summer Arctic sea ice extent -- surpassing the 2012 record low -- is a good bet. That's quite the Chinese hoax.
OK, that's all for now.