Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sunday in September: Visit to the Dupont Circle Farmers Market and Another, Still Overly Warm Georgetown Walk Larkette (UPDATED: Welcome Rainy Monday Morning to Close Out the Month)

** Updated 10:18 a.m. 9/30/2019: See bottom of entry. **

Fountain on the grounds of Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 1:13 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

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This entry is just an update of my Sunday and contains a series of pictures that I took today while doing my semi-regular Sunday walk to and back from Georgetown.

Dupont Circle Farmers Market view, Washington, D.C., 12:20 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

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I left my apartment around noon and wandered through the Dupont Circle Farmers Market -- well, technically, it's called the FRESHFARM Dupont Circle Market -- that sets up shop on Sundays between 830 a.m. and 130 p.m. just north of the circle off Connecticut Avenue.  

Dupont Circle Farmers Market view, Washington, D.C., 12:20 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

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I had never actually walked through it before and was startled to see just how big, varied, and popular it is. According to the website, there are presently over 50 distinct vendors there to include farmers with fruit and vegetable produce, coffee makers, beer and gin distillers, breads and sweets, and meats.

Solo jazz trumpet player at Dupont Circle Farmers Market, Washington, D.C., 12:23 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

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It was quite crowded with hundreds -- maybe over a thousand -- people there, not to mention a fellow under a shady tree playing some lovely jazz music on a trumpet. Again, I didn't realize this Sunday event had become as large as it has with such variety.

Dupont Circle Farmers Market view including solo jazz trumpet player, Washington, D.C., 12:25 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

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Continuing with my walk, I headed over to P Street and thence into Georgetown, cutting over to Volta Place, and thence back to P Street and onto the Georgetown University campus. Of note, I passed this place -- and was tempted to stop in, except I wasn't quite sure I'm allowed and didn't really feel like finding out. Maybe I'll try on another Sunday (just to the bar area).

Dupont Circle Farmers Market view, Washington, D.C., 12:28 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

Millennial heaven, no??

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From there, I went to the nearby Tombs subterranean bar/restaurant for some lunch and a couple drinks. While there, I read -- since they were on the bar -- part of the opinion section of the dead tree edition of the Sunday New York Times and Sunday Washington Post on All Things Trump Impeachment. (Combined, the two newspapers' Sunday editions cost nearly $20 and represent about a 500 page book.)


Most noteworthy of all was this extended New York Times editorial dated Sept 27, 2019 (link embedded): Why the Trump Impeachment Inquiry Is the Only Option.

Just FYI: This is a tweet from a House REPUBLICAN in response to more Trump megalomaniacal / solipsistic vileness. That's a good start.

Whatever transpires, this will be the historical definitive argument for impeachment before the inquiry in all its bitterly polarizing nastiness begins.

Entrance to the Columbian Embassy, Washington, D.C., 12:29 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

This embassy is located directly outside the farmers market Sunday set up.

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After going to the Tombs, I walked -- via the Exorcist Steps -- to the Washington Harbour area along the Potomac River. I stopped at Tony & Joes for maybe two hours -- first, inside, as I waited for what was the start of an aural migraine headache that, fortunately, never quite materialized, and then at the outdoor bar -- before heading back to Dupont Circle and to my apartment by quarter after five.

View from the P Street Bridge between Dupont Circle and Georgetown looking north and west above Rock Creek Parkway, Washington, D.C., 12:44 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

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Around 7 p.m., I went next door to Fred & Doug's place and joined them, Aydin, and Eddie for dinner and a hilarious episode of 'Allo 'Allo! entitled "The Gâteau from the Château." I got back home around 8:30 p.m. and had a 46+ minute phone conversation with my father -- with NO adversarial politics -- and now I'm just in for the night.

A rowhouse entrance, 2700 block P Street NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 12:51 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

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Turning to the weather …

It was again way too goddamn warm today with a high at KDCA of 91F. This was 2F shy of the 93F daily record set in 1954. It was also the 61st day of 90F or higher temps this year -- the second most on record but still well behind the 67 days set in 1980 and 2010. There were some cumulus clouds in the sky, so it wasn't all day blazing sunshine.

It reached 89F at KIAD, which easily broke the 85F daily record set in both in 1986 and 1973. KBWI reached 89F (2F shy of the 91F record set in the pre-airport year of 1945).

Two roses on a rosebush, corner P and 28th St NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 12:52 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

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This September will end up among the top two or three warmest Septembers on record for all three airport stations for their full records (including the pre-airport periods for D.C. and Baltimore back to 1871).

Another view of the two roses on a rosebush, corner P and 28th St NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 12:52 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

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October is forecasted to get off to a hot, dry start with temps around 95F (approaching all-time monthly values) forecasted for midweek. Thereafter, a substantial cold frontal passage should drop temperatures by 20F to 25F by next weekend but still no major rainy pattern.

The mini-pond that is part of the small fountain on the Georgetown University campus (see lead image), Washington, D.C., 1:13 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

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Tomorrow is gym night after work. I'll try to post another entry late tomorrow (Monday) or Tuesday, although I need to do laundry, so a new posting might not happen then.

House near the corner of Olive Street and 30th Street NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 4:23 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

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Whatever the case, I'll end this entry with one more picture from earlier today …

House at the corner of Olive Street and 29th Street NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 4:24 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

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OK, that's all for now.

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Updated 10:18 a.m. 9/30/2019

OK, I just wanted to note that we are getting some much-needed and welcome rain this morning.

NWS/NCEP/WPD U.S. surface weather map with fronts and precipitation, valid 8 a.m. EDT Sept 30, 2019

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A weak shortwave is rounding the eastern U.S. ridge and helping to focus abundant convective rain showers rotating southeastward into the Metro D.C. and Baltimore areas. There is also bit of Appalachian leeside damming courtesy a high centered over southern Quebec.

Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in standard composite mode looped 9:12 a.m. - 9:54 a.m. EDT Sept 30, 2019

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The result: Light to moderate rainfall elements and temps around 70F / dew point about 67F with an easterly (maritime) flow making for a MUCH nicer day -- at least today before the advertised late season heat wave by midweek ahead of a strong frontal passage by late week.

Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in standard base mode reflectivity looped 9:12 a.m. - 9:54 a.m. EDT Sept 30, 2019

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End of Update and of Entry.

--Regulus

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