Wet, fallen autumn leaf-strewn sidewalk, 2000 block F Street NW, Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C., 12:17 p.m., November 30, 2020
I took this picture while walking to the office at L'Enfant Plaza. The early afternoon walk there was a lot more pleasant in that there were far fewer people around than during my early dark evening walk back home -- to include all the WOKE undead humanoid zombies and related Covid-1984 paranoiacs that make D.C. such a fucking nightmare anti-life psychological dystopian place to live in 2020.
Maybe a bit more on this topic later in the entry.
View from the amorphous Wilkes Street cemetery complex, Alexandria, Va., 2:13 p.m., November 29, 2020
Regarding the above image, I trekked down to Alexandria on Sunday -- stopping by a certain grave spot and taking the above picture, along with another one after I wiped the fog on my little cellphone camera lens. Here is the same scene 13 minutes later -- after lens cleaning:
Today, Monday, November 30, 2020, was a stormy day here in the Metro D.C. and Baltimore area, the larger Mid-Atlantic region, and much of the eastern United States. As detailed below, rainfall totals achieved daily record values in both D.C. and Baltimore.
Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in standard base reflectivity looped 7:28 a.m. - 8:09 a.m. EST, November 30, 2020
The weather featured a vigorous, complex, deepening, occluding low pressure system moving on a highly meridional path from the Tennessee River valley, up the Appalachians into upstate New York, and into Quebec with attendant upper level low lagging to the southwest of the surface features.
NE CONUS sector NWS base reflectivity radar mosaic looped 1138 - 1248 UTC (6:38 a.m. - 7:48 a.m. EST),
30 November 2020
There was a conveyor belt of Gulf moisture and instability (see satellite image loop below) that resulted in an out-of-season tornado watch late this afternoon for parts of the Mid-Atlantic possible weak EF-0 and EF-1 tornados. These were associated with fast-moving SSW-to-NNE low-topped squalls associated with the complex, multi-frontal weather system. The dew point topped out around 60F around here and air temps made it to about 65F.
NWS LWX radar in standard composite mode looped
9:47 a.m. - 10:23 a.m. EST, November 30, 2020
Of note, the National Weather Service (NWS) is about to launch on or about Dec 16th a whole new NWS radar graphical interface. It is actually way past due for that -- this interface has been in use for 15 and maybe 20 years (I've lost track).
You can read about the new web-based interface here or even watch a boring and unhelpful video stretching nearly 16-1/2 minutes in duration put out by State College (CTP):
Given how these things ALWAYS go, it will likely be initially rockily unsuccessfully. NWS preliminarily tried to roll out something like this about two years ago but pulled it back. Given the impending disappearance of Adobe Flash Player, it seems as though NWS had no choice in the matter.
Sterling (LWX) county warning area (CWA) map with advisories, updated 8:14 a.m. EST, Nov 30, 2020
On a personal note, I'm feeling very miserable and depressed -- having an extremely difficult time interacting with this fucking city and its demented WOKESTER and Covid-1984 paranoiac population. But I'm going to hold off on that topic for now.
Instead, for this entry, I just want to post a summary of the daily rainfall totals across the area -- as well as provide a summary of the full November 2020, Climatological Fall 2020 seasonal, and year-to-date precipitation totals.
NWS LWX radar in standard base reflectivity looped
9:56 a.m. - 10:28 a.m. EST, November 30, 2020
When the new interface is out, it's doubtful I'll be able to download these animated gif images.
To clarify, the information is for the following four ASOS stations with the ICAO codes (rather than IATA codes) used for the airports (they only differ by a "K" in each case):
KDCA: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport; KBWI: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport; KIAD: Washington Dulles International Airport; and KNAK: Annapolis Naval Academy.
GOES-16 GeoColor mode Mid-Atlantic sector satellite image looped 1336 - 1551 Z (8:36 a.m. - 10:51 a.m. EST),
30 November 2020
There's a lot going on in that nearly 150-minute loop.
As detailed in this entry, KDCA is the official weather station for Washington, D.C., and it has been since August 1945 (though it was established in June 1941); KBWI is the official weather station for Baltimore, Md., and it has been since July 1950. Both cities have weather records that stretch back to 1871 (although snowfall and dew point came later).
As for the Maryland Science Center at the Baltimore Inner Harbor ("KDMH"), it has been offline for nearly 8 months with no sign of it coming back up -- which is just what I figured would happen.
LWX CWA map with advisories, updated 1:19 p.m. EST, November 30, 2020
The rainfall from this system -- which conveniently fell entirely in the calendar day of November 30th, 2020 -- set daily records at the three airport ASOS stations (KDCA, KBWI, and KIAD), and in the case of two of them (KDCA and KBWI), more than doubled the admittedly low daily records.
The amounts for today also closed out both the month of November 2020 and the climatological season of fall 2020 (September 1, 2020 - November 30, 2020) where the latter is different than the more commonly referenced astronomical season.
NWS surface high-resolution weather map analysis for a portion of the eastern U.S., 0Z 01 December 2020
(7 p.m. EST, Nov 30, 2020)
Interestingly, the previous daily record at KBWI of 1.19" occurred in association with a record daily snowfall that occurred on the same day, specifically, Nov 30, 1967 when 8.4 inches fell at the airport (see old archival image below). To be clear, that occurred in a different and colder climate than exists today.
That long ago day of Nov 30, 1967 also witnessed daily record snowfalls at KDCA with 6.9 inches and at KIAD with 11.4 inches. Both the KDCA and KBWI records were in the airport record period.
NWS Fort Dix (DIX) NWS radar in composite mode looped 4:21 p.m. - 4:59 p.m. EST, November 30, 2020
So, without further ado, here are the daily, monthly, seasonal, and year-to-date (YTD) precipitation totals for the three airports stations and KNAK. In the case of KNAK, it really doesn't have a climate record period -- and even the 2020 records tallies might be a bit off.
NWS WPC / NDFD U.S. weather map showing surface features, isobars, and type and likelihood of precipitation, looped 06Z 01 December - 0Z 03 December 2020
Also, for weather record-keeping purposes, as we had virtually no frozen precipitation this year, "rainfall" and "precipitation" are synonymous terms for the YTD numbers. For the day, month, and season, the two terms are the same.
Oh, yes, for no particular reason except presentation in the table form below, I'm using the " symbol for inches except when explicitly referencing snowfall.
11/30: 2.39" (daily record)
Old record: 1.15" in 1934 (pre-airport record)
Month: 6.14" +2.97" (3.17")
Season: 16.53" +6.24" (10.29")
YTD: 52.38" +15.69" (36.69")
For reference, the KDCA monthly, seasonal, and YTD tallies for 2019 were: 1.37"; 8.28"; and 39.06" -- meaning the 2020 seasonal total is just a whisker under double the 2019 seasonal total.
11/30: 2.74" (daily record)
Old record: 1.19" in 1967
Month: 6.35" +3.05" (3.30")
Season: 15.19" +4.53" (10.66")
YTD: 52.80" +14.29" (38.51")
For reference, the KBWI monthly, seasonal, and YTD tallies for 2019 were: 1.10"; 7.47"; and 34.56" -- meaning the 2020 seasonal total is a bit over 1/2" more than double the 2019 seasonal total.
11/30: 1.38" (daily record)
Old record: 1.31" in 2016
Month: 3.61" +0.20" (3.41")
Season: 9.43" -1.15" (10.58")
YTD: 43.65" +5.07" (38.58")
So KIAD actually ended the 2020 season a bit below normal and 6 to 7 inches below KDCA and KIAD, which is a big part of the 9+ inch year-to-date difference.
Month: 4.91" N/A
Season: 16.96" N/A
YTD: 44.57" N/A
Note 1: KNAK does not have established normals -- hence no departures.
Note 2: I am skeptical of that 8.23" difference between KNAK and neary KBWI, especially since a lot of that occurred in months with non-convective rainfall when amounts are more uniform.
In terms of annual precipitation averages -- based upon the current 30-year average using the base period 1981 - 2010, all three airports are above their full yearly totals of 39.74" at KCDA; 41.88" at KBWI; and 41.54" at KIAD.
The 2018 record wet year totals are safe (66.28" at KDCA; 71.82" at KBWI; and 66.74" at KIAD). Also, it is unlikely that KDCA or KBWI will surpass the 60-inch mark this year.
That's probably a good thing.
The ground has been too wet anyway, and given we aren't likely to have much of a winter (i.e., no frozen ground), that will just screw up the natural flora including vegetation cycle in the spring.
Since I mentioned snowfall, the 2020 season-to-date totals at the three airports are all zero. These are 0.5 inches, 0.4 inches, and 0.4 inches below the 1981 - 2010 annual averages for KDCA, KBWI, and KIAD, respectively.
I'm not sure how the snowfall average at KDCA is higher than the KBWI average.
What I do know is that barring some monstrously snowy winter here -- as, ironically, happened in 2009 - 2010 just before the last decennial update of the 30-year averages -- the 1991 - 2020 snowfall averages are going to drop from the current seasonal averages of 15.4 inches at KDCA; 20.1 inches at KBWI; and 22.0 inches at KIAD.
I haven't figured out by how much they will drop, but it will be in the 10 to 15 percent range.
OK, that wraps up the weather summary portion. The rest of the entry is just some complaining on my part about life here in D.C. interspersed with some pictures I took in Alexandria on Sunday.
I'm home now -- having made a pleasant enough dinner -- and watching my nighttime comfort TV on MeTV, Cozi TV, and Antenna TV. Right now, I'm watching the back-to-back airing of Three's Company, a show that is a topic of a major entry I have had in draft for literally two months and that I'm now trying to complete.
So, as I mentioned above, the situation living here in fucking Washington, D.C., is pretty much intolerable and severely stressful for me everyday -- specifically, when I have to be outside on the streets (sidewalks) walking to and from the office or other places.
The WOKE garbage is one thing -- you just assume that this CRT poison is everywhere based on the fact the city votes Democrat by substantially larger margins than Mississippi and Alabama vote Republican. The WOKESTER Millennials and Gen Z trans-liquefied set combine with the residual Baby Boomers to produce a vortex of Cultural Marxist soul-crushing horror in a crummy and often pot-and-piss-smelly urban environment.
But it's the open-ended Covid-1984 paranoaic horseshit is making the District basically unlivable. The city is comprised of disproportionately young, white, WOKE, and females -- each one more soullessly horrifying than the next, and all of whose life-draining inhuman collective monstrosity is raised by four orders of magnitude in the Covid crap context.
And in that context, their WOKE erogenous zone is stimulated by hiding in their face diapers-as-burqas -- which act as a metaphorical chastity belt -- and by leaping out into the street when they see an UNMASKED face.
These deranged and anti-life Branch Covidian female WOKESTERS comprise up to 70% of the larger ultra-extreme virtue-signaling Millennials and trans-liquefied Gen Z set that collective comprise a significant numerical fraction (and virtually the entire cultural portion) of the population of present-day Washington, D.C.
As a Borg-like organism, they possess a Social Media-based Hive Mind. Finally, add in those fucked up ageing Baby Boomer who never moved out of the city. And put it all in an outright Cultural Marxist milieu and you get the horror that is 2020 Washington, D.C. (It's also worth noting that unlike New York and certain other destroyed big, blue cities, D.C. is not hemorrhaging people by the Ryder moving truck load.)
Honestly, I cannot spend more than another year or so -- late 2021 -- in this current malevolent, anti-life environment, and only that because I have very carefully prescribed routes that I follow and places I go. If nothing has changed by next fall, then it's time to move away. Yes, the vaccines are about to hit in December in a big way, but we are also about to have a far-leftwing Democrat national government.
By moving, I don't mean from D.C. to Old Town Alexandria (where things aren't really that different), but instead away from this fucking area. It's not like I can't work from anywhere in the work that I do. In the meantime, I just need to start biking again -- and not have to spend much time on sidewalks. Short term, that's the best course of action.
My next planned entry will be in a few days. For that entry and several to follow, I need to focus on other, happier (or at least different) topics.