Intersection of New Hampshire Ave and 22nd St NW, Washington, D.C., on a hot summer afternoon,
2:25 p.m., July 18, 2020
This has been a high summery hot and humid weekend, but one with scant thunderstorm activity so far.
Yesterday, with nearly relentless intense sunlight on a light and variably easterly flow (ranging from NE to SE), high temps reached 98°F at both KDCA and KBWI and 97°F at KIAD.
Dew points were mostly in the 60°F to 65°F range until dusk, when they popped up into the 70°F range.
Today is as hot but more humid with 3 p.m. temps and dew points of 96°F / 72°F at KDCA at KDCA; 92°F / 71°F at KBWI; and 96°F / 70°F at KIAD.
Looking at today's hourly obs, the dew point at KDCA was 76°F at noon and the air temp hit the 100°F mark between 1 and 2 p.m. at KBWI. This is the first 100°F reading there since two 100°F highs on July 20 and 21, 2019. (KIAD also hit 100°F on July 21, 2019 while KDCA never was higher than 99°F last summer.)
So far today, the usual summertime mid-afternoon convective mixing out that drops dew points by about 10°F until dusk has not yet occurred.
Given the high-summer calendar date, though, the daily record highs for this time of year are all into the low 100s Fahrenheit and setting new records is, thankfully, difficult and hence rare.
Sterling (LWX) county warning area (CWA) advisories, updated 3:31 p.m. EDT, July 19, 2020
I'm going to avoid the whole issue of the helter-skelter approach of the different NWS forecast offices to the hot weather products and the unacceptable discrepancies between LWX and PHI to include right along their CWA boundary of the Chesapeake Bay.
Philadelphia / Mount Holly (PHI) CWA advisories, updated 3:35 p.m. EDT, July 19, 2020
It has always been my view that Sterling takes an unnecessarily super-legalistic and hence counter-productive approach to hot weather products, and this is problematic given the seriousness of hot weather issues for sensitive groups.
U.S. weather advisories from from the NWS with legend, updated 2004 UTC (4:04 p.m. EDT) 19 July 2020
I realize there are slightly different thresholds between the two CWA regions, but Sterling's approach is just deeply unhelpful to include dropping even heat advisories -- never mind excessive heat warnings -- the nanosecond the heat index isn't at 105°F at KDCA proper, ignoring even nighttime issues during heat waves. And then Sterling is proud of itself and blanches at any criticism.
I note there that LWX has issued an excessive heat watch for Monday (tomorrow) with highs around 100°F and dew points in the low to mid 70s Fahrenheit.
It doesn't show up on the main map because a heat advisory (#69) has a higher priority than an excessive heat watch (#110), but both are lower than an excessive heat warning (#43).
Full hazard product list here.
OK, changing subjects ...
Here's a fun interview of President Trump by Chris Wallace a few days ago that aired a short while ago on Fox News Sunday ...
President Trump was in full form: Combative, not giving an inch, cutting to the chase, and often unintentionally hilarious in his New York-style rapid-fire argumentative.
Some Alex Berenson Counterpoint to Covid-19 Catastrophizing ...
Below are some screenshots of informative and hilarious Alex Berenson tweets over the past two days concerning the Covid-19 media panic porn pandemic -- and MODERATELY concerning Covid-19 situation ...
The above is a pinned tweet and it succinctly points out the irrational, unscientific, terror-mongering, and all-around self-serving portion of the public school teachers unions -- the ones whose shrill and leftwing politically agenda-driven refusal to do their job and to do so in recognition of the fact that Covid-19's impact is negligible on children either in terms of illness or, with some cautions, as spreaders.
The number of children (under 17) nationwide who died of regular seasonal influenza in 2019 - 2020 is significantly higher than those who died of Covid-19. And the damage of keeping schools closed on so many lives for such a low-probability threat is so great. But the Covid-19 hysteria, mixed with WOKE Cultural Revolution and anti-Trump monomania is simply too overwhelming.
Berenson is absolutely right: These teachers who want to be fucking hazmat suits while getting double and triple pay for doing nothing -- in what is quite an essential job -- when others are doing theirs without fuss is unacceptable.
Hopefully, as time passes and Covid-19's true non-lethality for so many becomes more apparent, it will be the Achilles' heel of the current Illiberal Leftwing juggernaut bulldozing across society.
In terms of numbers, hospitalizations in the four Covid-19 hotspots -- South Florida, Southeastern Texas to include the Greater Houston area, Arizona, and Southern California -- appear to have peaked in the past 7 to 10 days. What's more, even with the surge of the past four to five weeks in those regions, none of their multiple, sprawling hospital systems ever hit a dangerous capacity -- the shrieking panic porn headlines of cherry-picked and intentionally misrepresented statistics notwithstanding.
And keep in mind that the death rates in all of those hot spots was never more than one-tenth -- and, in some cases, significantly lower -- than it was in the New York City April/May nursing home shit show.
As for the cloth mask issue, it's a lost cause at this point. It has nothing to do with its effectiveness as an "NPI" -- non-pharmaceutical intervention -- and instead has functionally become the burqa for the WOKE Godhead.
And to that point, make no mistake: Assuming Senile Joe wins and whatever leftwing BIPOC radical is his VP and, hence, running the country, non-mask-wearing will be criminalized via emergency decree -- probably as a hate crime -- and it will remain in effect FOREVER.
Or at least until this malevolent lunacy ends. If it ever ends.
Potomac River view under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, Alexandria, Va., 6:12 p.m., July 18, 2020
I went to Alexandria yesterday, walking from the King Street Metro to Jones Point and thence to Old Town, stopping at Union Street Public House, before heading back to the metro and home by nightfall.
OK, that's all for now. I have to go back out into this heat and humidity to head over to F&D's place for our Sunday night soiree with them and A. It is A's birthday today, too.