A house in the 1600 block 29th Street NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 1:52 p.m., June 21, 2020
The pictures in the top part of the entry are from those I took on two different walks. Chronologically, the first batch of pictures were taken on Saturday on a lengthy walk from Old Town Alexandria (whence I went on the Metro to meet a friend for lunch) back to D.C.
Gate and steps to 1628 29th Street NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 1:52 p.m., June 21, 2020
The route was via the Mount Vernon bike trail and, once over the 14th Street bridge's pedestrian/biker lane, through West Potomac Park and the Mall and thence up 23rd Street back to my apartment by about 9:30 p.m. I estimate that I walked about 10 to 11 miles on Saturday.
Dumbarton Oaks Park, Washington, D.C., 2:11 p.m.,
June 21, 2020
June 21, 2020
The second batch of pictures were taken on my Sunday walk from my apartment through Georgetown and Dumbarton Oaks Park and thence, (after detouring to the Wisconsin Avenue Safeway for a bit of food and drink) to Holy Rood Cemetery, whence I stopped and had an hour-long phone chat with my dad.
Utility pole at the "shallow-angle" intersection of Tunlaw (not Walnut) Road and 37th Street NW, Glover Park, Washington, D.C., 4:38 p.m., June 21, 2020
Thereafter, I walked up to near the National Cathedral and thence to Cleveland Ave and back to Connecticut Ave to my Sunday evening dinner and soiree with three friends and thence home by 10:30 p.m. in time for The Honeymooners on MeTV.
Utility pole with speed sign, Cleveland Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 5:14 p.m. June 21, 2020
The District remains in its North Korea-like mentally insane state of crazed wokeness with BLM cult-enthralled young wokesters tearing down statues of which they disapprove -- tonight, they tried to tear down the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square. In other parts of the country, we've gotten all the way up to destroying statues of George Washington. WOKE is as WOKE does.
Outdoor dining area and marina, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 4:48 p.m., June 20, 2020
While the current social upheaval and unrest includes what can only be described as a Maoist-like Cultural Revolution with street mayhem thanks to the Cultural Marxist-Leninist cadre in their academic and media covens, the really notable characteristic of The Great Awokening of 2020 is its secular version of a fanatical American religious revival.
Another view of outdoor dining area and marina, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 4:48 p.m., June 20, 2020
There's no other way to characterize the bowing, lying prostrate, moaning, and dazedly chanting, not to mention begging for absolution and engaging in other weird and self-abasing actions for their "Original White Sin" in front of random black people they encounter (many of whom do not want to be on the receiving end of such bizarre behaviors).
Tree and the Potomac River, Alexandria, Va., 5:13 p.m.,
June 20, 2020
June 20, 2020
They are doing this while fully "masked" (cloth or otherwise) thanks to the endless, relentless Covid-19 media pandemic that has (to quote Alex Berenson) degenerated into empty "panic porn" no matter what's actually happening.
Swampy area along Mt Vernon bike trail, Daingerfield Island, Alexandria, Va., 6:02 p.m. June 20, 2020
The explosive ferocity of this WOKE Maoist Cultural Revolution and cult-like fetishization of BLM in the the wake of the George Floyd killing is a testament to how already-deeply ingrained is the mindset of so many Millennials and Gen Z'ers large numbers of middle class white Americans.
That is, it was so rapid precisely because these youth have been raised since birth on a diet of WOKE identity politics, socially malevolently destructive social media, and a collapsed education system (to include Big Academia) that teaches all of America's institutions are irredeemably racist evil and worthy only of destruction.
This is how we've gotten paramilitary thugs under a rapper-warlord running "autonomous zones" in one of our American cities (Seattle) with more to follow. As for BLM, it started as an internet meme that has now transmogrified into an amorphous network of unaffiliated cells that are really just local nuclei for protests to include bringing in anarchists and Antifa sorts.
This brings us to the real world in which violent crime is surging in all those ultra-Blue WOKE "defund the police" cities (see here, here, here, and here).
Wooden causeway-like portion of the Mount Vernon bike trail over swampy stretch near Daingerfield Island marina, Alexandria, Va., 6:02 p.m., June 20, 2020
As a final point, and as Ann Coulter repeatedly does on her Twitter feed, I should note that Trump -- other than garbage tweets with lots of CAPS and !!! marks -- is doing nothing to stop the mayhem. For its part, the Democratic leadership, of course, loves it. The assumption with it is that a Biden presidency will be a short-lived one that immediately gives way to a female black president.
Thrilled with this situation are Don Dumb-as-a-Lemon, Anderson Unctuous Cooper, and the Rachel "I Can't Get Enough Abortions" Maddow in her God-like WOKE state.
"Hi, I'm Rachel Maddow and I'm Godhead WOKE. And I ADORE ABORTIONS."
OK, I've let this entry sprawl far afield of my original purpose, which was to repost a Capital Weather Gang (CWG) entry from Sunday. About the CWG, it's the only part of the Washington Post, online or print, that I can read anymore now that the rest of the publication has been turned into (with Jeff Bezos' blessing) an upmarket version of the Huffington Post in our current Illiberal Left Awoke Amok Time.
The entry itself is about the possible 100°F reading set in the northern Siberian city of Verkhoyansk on Saturday, June 20th -- coincidentally, the Northern Hemisphere summer solstice / start of astronomical summer.
If verified, this 100°F would be the hottest temperature documented north of the Arctic Circle ever -- and it continues an absurdly warm year in a vast part Siberia as the climate shifts to a significantly warmer state in this Anthropocene era. (We're within 20 years of open water at the North Pole itself in summer.)
I'm including the figures and their captions as well as the in-line links. However, I've reworked all "degrees (Fahrenheit)" references to just °F and all "degrees Celsius" references to just °C since I think that looks stylistically better. Also, I'm providing my own figure captions just to bulk up the information plus I've added some additional relevant images to break up the text.
Swampy reeds along Mt Vernon bike trail, Daingerfield Island, Alexandria, Va., 6:03 p.m. June 20, 2020
As for my next planned entry, it will be on Tuesday or, more likely, Wednesday night.
Hottest Arctic temperature record probably set with 100-degree reading in Siberia
Record-shattering reading continues Siberia’s hot streak, foreshadows more heat elsewhere
Capital Weather Gang - Washington Post
1:45 p.m., June 21, 2020
The 3-day 2-meter temperature anomaly [in °C] from the Global Forecast System (GFS) / Climate Forecast System Reanalysis (CFSR) versus 1979 - 2000 base period for June 21, 2020 centered on the North Pole; source ClimateReanalyzer.org / Climate Change Institute / University of Maine
A northeastern Siberian town is likely to have set a record for the highest temperature documented in the Arctic Circle, with a reading of 100.4°F (38°C) recorded Saturday in Verkhoyansk, north of the Arctic Circle and about 3,000 miles east of Moscow. Records at that location have been kept since 1885.
Meteorological station in Verkhoyansk in undated photo
If verified, this would be the northernmost 100°F reading ever observed, and the highest temperature on record in the Arctic, a region that is warming at more than twice the rate of the rest of the globe.
On Sunday, the same location recorded a high temperature of 95.3°F (35.2°C), showing the Saturday reading was not an anomaly. The average June high temperature in Verkhoyansk is just 68°F (20°C).
Map of Russia showing slightly approximate location of Verkhoyansk
Verkhoyansk is located at 67.5°N latitude, whereas the Arctic Circle begins at 66.5°N.
The town of about 1,300 is located farther north than Fairbanks, Alaska, and is known for having an unusually wide temperature range. During the winter, Verkhoyansk is one of the coldest spots in the world, with temperatures frequently dipping well below minus-50°F.
I'd like to note that Verkhoyansk has the distinction of being one of the Northern Hemisphere "Poles of Cold" -- a trio of small towns in northern Siberia -- in that it has among the coldest the wintertime temperatures to include a historical D-J-F winter temp of minus minus 46°1F, minus 49.5°F, and minus 42.9°F, respectively, or minus 46.2°F overall. Those numbers, though, are rapidly changing as the regional climate there undergoes a warming among the most dramatic anywhere on Earth. It has an all-time record low from the 19th Century of about minus 90°F.
Left: Verkhoyansk climate data from Wikipedia as of 06/22/2020.
Temperatures in Chersky, about 700 miles to the northeast of Verkhoyansk, reached 86°F (30°C) in the past week, which is also unusual and caused by the large area of high pressure, or heat dome, that remains parked over it.
One of those wintertime inversions that makes Verkhoyansk as cold as it has been in the past.
In 2020, Siberia has stood out for its above-extreme temperatures, which have accelerated the melting of snow and ice; contributed to permafrost melt, which led to a major oil spill; and have gotten the Siberian wildfire season off to an unusually early and severe start.
The oil spill in Norilsk -- above the Arctic Circle in north-central Russia -- leaked at least 20,000 tons of diesel fuel into the nearby Ambarnaya River and is thought to be the worst spill in the Russian Arctic’s history.
Verkhoyansk, June 2016
While some questions remain about the accuracy of the Verkhoyansk temperature measurement, data from a Saturday weather balloon launch at that location supports the 100°F reading. Temperatures in the lower atmosphere, at about 5,000 feet, also were unusually warm at 70°F (21°C), a sign of extreme heat at the surface.
Such a reading makes the record high “even more legitimate,” meteorologist Etienne Kapikian of Meteo France said on Twitter.
Randy Cerveny, a professor at Arizona State University who leads the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) weather and climate extremes team, said in an email that the U.N. agency is “preliminarily accepting the observation as a new extreme, pending further detailed review.”
Verkhoyansk, August 2013
The preliminary finding, Cerveny said, is based in part on the upper air observations that bolster the surface temperature measurement.
The WMO verifies global temperature records, though it does not yet recognize the polar regions as a separate region for the WMO extremes archive.
Siberia has had a hot year, which is part of longer-term trend
Global surface temperature in Celsius anomalies versus the 1951 - 1980 base period
This is from Berkeley Earth, which I think uses multiple data sets (see here).
During the spring, stubborn and sprawling areas of high pressure parked over the region resulted in parts of Siberia recording temperature departures from average that reached a staggering 18°F (10°C), according to the Copernicus Climate Change Service, which is an initiative of the European Union.
In western Siberia in particular, it was "by far" the warmest May on record, a Copernicus special report states.
Ceremonial marker for the "Pole of Cold" in Verkhoyansk in the form of the horns of Wooly Mammoth
For example, on May 22, the town of Khatanga, Siberia, located well north of the Arctic Circle, recorded a temperature of 78°F, about 46°F above normal. The typical maximum temperature for the day at that location is 32°F. The town obliterated its previous record high for the date of 54°F by about 24°F and its monthly record of 68°F by about 10°F.
Verkhoyansk in wintertime
According to the report on recent Siberian temperatures, the persistence of the warm anomalies stands out from the historical record.
The recent trends are likely to continue, too, with computer models showing continued extreme warmth in northern Siberia in the next 10 days, spilling over into parts of Canada, Scandinavia and, eventually, most of the Lower 48 states.
In addition to the May record, the average temperatures in the December-May period were the warmest recorded, dating to 1979.
Jan - May combined temperature average departures for Russia from 1850 - 2020 versus the 1951 - 1981 base period; Berkeley Earth
By pairing the data with NASA’s surface records going back to 1880, Copernicus scientists found this most recent six-month period is probably unprecedented since at least 1880.
The Siberian Arctic, like the Arctic as a whole, is seeing rapidly increasing temperatures as a result of human-caused global warming. This is in part because of accelerating feedback loops between melting snow and ice and air and ground temperatures, as well as other features of the region’s climate.
Large wildfires are proliferating from Siberia to Alaska and Scandinavia; permafrost is melting, which releases even more planet-warming greenhouse gases into the atmosphere; and sea ice extent and thickness are plummeting, among other changes.
Isabelle Khurshudyan in Moscow contributed to this report.