Friday, December 25, 2020

December the 25th Posting in the Craptacular Covid Year of 2020: Overview of a Rainy Deluge Christmas Eve and Alexandria Chart House Restaurant Visit; Plus, Why the New NWS Radar Display and WMATA Both Suck

Snows Ct and 25th St NW, Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C., 3:34 p.m., December 20, 2020

I didn't know we had a Snows Court in D.C.

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Christmas Day 2020.

I'm just home today -- alone but not lonely. Maybe a touch bored and worried / dejected / agitated, but, then again, I'm always that way.

I'll refrain from a discussion of any Covid-1984-related crap. I already referenced the situation here in and around D.C. in my previous entry.

The situation is far worse -- indeed, nothing less than grotesquely totalitarian -- in the UK. You can read about that here. Imperial College's Neil Ferguson really oughta rot in hell for eternity. As for BoJo himself, he's clearly a deranged and dangerous man destroying his country.

Anyway, my own Christmas plans were altered and I did not visit my mom. Just as well. Like last year, I suppose this means my inheritance percentage allocation will be decreased again -- probably eventually to zero. Yeah, that's the kind of relationship it is.

Whereas last year's situation was the aftermath of a violent assault on me by some ghetto thug, this year's is actually because of my idea of just moving away from here, perhaps with an interim step.

My reasoning is that this Covid lockdown horseshit and related Democrat / Big Media terror-mongering will never end because the purpose is the Bill Gates / Davos oligarchical set's "net zero energy" (rationed) "Great Reset." With the goal of fundamentally altering civilization, it relies on Cultural Marxist identity politics in the form of the virulently racist CRT.

That being the case, I need to live in a conservative-minded place where Democrat one-party rule cannot institutionalize a totalitarian wasteland filled with WOKE, terrified Karens and Antifa vermin.

Funded and provided material support by the George Soros set, Antifa vermin are the the shock troops of Democrat pols. Their mission is to terrorize and destroy groups that threaten the Great Reset. These include small businesses, traditional religious groups, non-identity politics-based local law enforcement, and 70M+ Trump voters of whatever stripe or flavor.

Anyway, as a result of such consternations in my ultra-limited family, I'm home on this Christmas holiday in my small efficiency and , watching old TV shows on Antenna TV. This included a very nice Christmas episode of That Girl entitled "Christmas and the Hard Luck Kid" and a hysterically funny episode of Maude called "The Office Party." Later, I may switch over to MeTV and Cozi TV.

Here's the late afternoon / early evening Antenna TV lineup:

Basically, Antenna TV is airing at least one Christmas-themed episode of EVERY sitcom in its program portfolio

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As it is, I'm going to South Florida with Gary for several days in late January -- flying to Fort Lauderdale and staying in Deerfield Beach. And I'll visit my dad in April in north Florida, Flagler Beach. As for my dad, he and I talk on the phone about every other day, so the fact that we missed today really wasn't a big deal. We've never made a big deal about holidays or birthdays.

Changing topics ... I had intended to post a weather-related entry to discuss the energetic and very wet frontal system that slammed through the area with rainfall deluge that dropped 1 to 2+ inches across the region. Below are some weather maps from the past few days.

NWS weather advisories with legend, updated 2352 UTC
23 December 2020

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Unfortunately, I no longer can get GIF or JPEG-based animated radar imagery any longer from NWS because it's new radar graphical display system doesn't permit that. What's more, the new radar presentation system has been as big a disaster as I knew it would be. It sucks and is basically functionally useless.

NWS high-resolution surface weather map for a portion of the eastern US, valid 15Z 24 December 2020

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It is going to be necessary to rely on commercial forecasting outfits -- such as AccuWeather (yes, it pains me to write that), Weather Underground, MyRadar, and even the Weather Channel -- that take radar data (NWS and otherwise) and repackage it.

NWS WPC NDFD U.S. surface weather map with isobars, weather features, and type and likelihood of precipitation, looped 0Z 25 Dec - 0Z 27 Dec 2020

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Below is an anonymous comment that I found on this website "AskWoody" in which someone takes issue with the praise "Woody" lavished on the new radar display. This individual succinctly and clearly states what is wrong with the new radar display:

Surely you jest. The new site is simply horrible, slow to load, updates the entire US even when you’re looking at a[n] area subset of the data, and updates *every time* you zoom. It’s not as granular, nor detailed, as the old radar site. The “animation” loads huge blocks consisting of the entire US that take a good 60 seconds to fully load on a very fast connection.

Zooming is sketchy at best as you often overshoot your target with it practically impossible to slowly zoom in. If you zoom during an animation it has to reload the entire thing again (remember – the entire US and taking a good 60 seconds).


You could also zoom much closer in with the old site. I dread how badly this will perform during a weather event. At least with the old site I could still see the US – now the whole thing will likely crash. It just looks “pretty” to compete with all the junkware sites mentioned. Give me their old radar sites any day.

Below are the two-day storm rainfall totals (and, yes, KDMH is still offline):

KDCA: 1.48"
KBWI: 1.04"
KIAD: 2.25"
KNAK: 1.05"

This rainfall pushed the yearly totals to the following with departures:

KDCA: 57.34" +18.12"
KBWI: 57.38" +16.08"
KIAD: 49.46" +8.40"
KNAK: 49.41" [N/A]

While there might be additional precipitation (rainfall) between now and New Year's Eve, it is unlikely there will be a significant amount and so neither KDCA nor KBWI will have a 60-inch year.

Also, it's just a weird double coincidence that KDCA and KBWI and KIAD and KNAK are nearly identical -- and it's odd and unrealistic that KBWI and KNAK differ by such a large amount since the two spots are only (straight line distance) about 16 miles apart.

There was some snow flurries earlier today but hardly the proverbial, much less actual, White Christmas. However, snowfall in this area is, as ever, extremely unlikely.

Season-to-date (i.e., November and December) totals and departures through today are:

KDCA: TRACE -2.2"
KBWI: 1.6" -0.6"
KIAD: 2.4" -0.7"

Basically, it no longer snows in D.C. (as measured at frickin' National Airport). When the new 30-year normal (average) base period comes out next year for the period 1991- 2020, it should show at least a 10% drop in average snowfall.

There was some snow flurries earlier today but hardly the proverbial, much less actual, White Christmas. Right now, it's a mostly cloudy, blustery, cold evening with air temps about 30°F and a gusty west/northwesterly wind in the 20 to 30 mph range.

NWS high-resolution surface weather map for SECONUS, valid 21Z 25 December 2020

The cold front cleared the U.S. Eastern Seaboard did so all the way to South Florida -- following a west-to-east trajectory with the front itself located about 300 miles east of Miami, well out over the Bahamas (see above weather map image).

NWS weather advisories, SECONUS (without legend), updated 0108UTC 26 December 2020

Cold air has infiltrated across the Florida peninsula with freeze and even hard freeze warnings in effect, as shown on a portion of the US weather advisories map (without legend) -- see image directly above.

Miami NWSFO "Falling Iguanas" infographic

While there are no cold weather hazard products in effect for South Florida, the Miami NWSFO issued a weather infographic cautioning about "falling iguanas" from palms because the cold-blooded creatures could become immobile with the 45°F low temps forecasted (see image directly below).

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Rainy, gloomy Christmas Eve, Prince Street, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 3:53 p.m., Dec 24, 2020

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As a brief update, I went to the Chart House restaurant in Old Town Alexandria at the marina yesterday. Remember that unlike in D.C. itself or the Maryland suburbs, there is still (at least for now) indoor dining (at 50% capacity) in the Northern Virginia D.C. suburbs.

Outdoor Christmas decorations on a rainy, gloomy Christmas Eve, 100 block of Prince Street, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 4:03 p.m., Dec 24, 2020

There was a helluva lot less of the wealthy, white, and WOKE thought police virtue-signaling BLM signs everywhere, not to mention the avalanche of Biden/Harris and sundry Democrat candidate posters.

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I took the Metro from Foggy Bottom to King Street Station, where as I exited the station, a young, black guy instantly accosted me on the pretext of wanting "change for a twenty" (as if he ever pays a station fare) and he cursed me ("fucking punk ass," or something like that).

I mention this partly because it shows the basic fundamental depravity and evil of this reality and physical existence, Gnostic-style, but also because I had zero reaction to it.

Marina, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 4:07 p.m., Dec 24, 2020

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That is, I did not have my usual volcanic explosive emotional response. This is partly because of the trouble I have had with these sorts of street people to include being physically attacked by a homeless man with a Kryptonite bicycle lock in D.C. a few weeks ago. (I avoided any contact with him, though.)

View of the marina from the Chart House, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 4:17 p.m., Dec 24, 2020

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Anyway, I walked down Prince Street in the rainy mid-afternoon gloom of what was -- but hardly felt like -- Christmas Eve. I went to the Chart House, where I had made a reservation for 4:15 p.m. Of note, it didn't even dawn on me that I had gone to the Chart House on Christmas Eves in Annapolis with my mother and Ray a number of times.

Another view of the marina from the Chart House, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 4:17 p.m., Dec 24, 2020

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I was seated in a small, circular, alcoved partof the restaurant with lots of windows and a central, small gas-fired fireplace (that's probably not the correct term) was going. Turns out I was seated at table #1.

And I stayed there for several hours -- taken care of by a nice, young waiter -- and watching as a heavy rain squall blew through, for a time completing obscuring the view of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. I engaged in a lot of texting, and long story short, I got Tim to show up as a sort second part to the dinner.

Another view of the marina from the Chart House, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 4:38 p.m., Dec 24, 2020

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Tim and I had a really nice time -- like we almost always do when we go out -- and discussing all manner of things. Astronomical. Cosmological. Political. Familial. He even got me a present: A rolled up poster picture of the Full Moon. (FYI: That's the ONLY Christmas present I received this year along with zero cards.)

But, of course, all such visits have to end and I never like that. Drinking too many martinis doesn't help matters, all the more so if the night has been a good one.

Interior view of the Chart House restaurant, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 4:40 p.m., Dec 24, 2020

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We walked in the rain to the King Street Metro -- he actually lives quite close to it in a nearby large high-rise condo complex -- but somehow, once again, I missed the last fucking Metrorail back into D.C. The posted schedules including online are totally meaningless when it comes to Metro.

The entire WMATA rail and bus system is a massive, self-perpetuating parody of an urban public transit agency. This includes its venality, staggering incompetence, obvious contempt for the very safety of its passengers, and a financing structure that is functionally a money laundering operation.

Crime ridden and filthy in its stations, trains, buses, and bus shelters, WMATA is an all-around unsafe experience for many riders -- a fact about which WMATA could not give less of a shit precisely because of the hatred it has for its core customers. Why else would WMATA essentially welcome homeless schizophrenic people public relieving themselves in stations and brawling teenagers who casually jump the fare gates while openly smoking pot?

In its typically urban racially deterministic way, Metro provides lifetime sinecure for 13,000+ people with job positions characterized by high wages, generous benefits, a taxpayer-financed pension (based on its funding structure), and easy work with virtually nothing required. Indeed, it's entire funding structure has turned WMATA into a perpetual motion machine of what I have described.

As for the Metrorail cars, they're filthy with the harsh florescent (or LED) blue-white lighting creating a garish interior that only accentuates the grime and institutional-like despair.


This is a result of the 7000-series cars, which while nominally more functional than the remaining 3000 and 4000 series, have created a zombified experience in which riders exist in a dystopian suspended animation trying to get to their stops. This is all exacerbated in the time of Covid with the endless do-loop of exaggerated automated announcements.

View of the marina from the Chart House, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 4:38 p.m., Dec 24, 2020

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Anyway, after the station manager rudely yelled something at me about the train, I realized I had missed the last one and started on foot toward D.C. in the rain. I walked northward, past Braddock Road station and toward the Mount Vernon bike trail. But all of a sudden, a yellow taxi cab driven by a Pakistani fellow appeared.

Marina view from the Chart House during a gloomy Christmas Eve deluge, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 4:45 p.m., December 24, 2020

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I made sure to let him know I'd wear my mask and bribed him with $43 -- and we were on our way back to D.C. I had a nice conversation with him, and it was a good way to end the night. I got home, I estimate, around 12:30 a.m., but I didn't actually go to bed until about 2 a.m.

About the $43, that was added to an extremely high expense day with the two distinct Chart House charges. Including $20 that (I think) I put on my SmarTrip card, yesterday's expenses were some sort of a record at $312.90. Today, I spent zero.

For tomorrow, Gary and I are planning to go back to Alexandria with the idea of going to either Fish Market or O'Connell's restaurant.

Marina view from the Chart House during a gloomy Christmas Eve deluge, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 4:48 p.m., December 24, 2020

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My next planned entry will be Sunday night. Of note, I should have that Three's Company entry completed next week, but I need to decide when to post it. Once I post it, I want to keep it the lead entry for about 4 or 5 days. That beign the case, I'm unsure whether to wait until after January 1st.

Yours truly in the Chart House restaurant, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 5:32 p.m., Dec 24, 2020

Just FYI, using Paint, I blacked out the company logo on my shirt in this image. The logo was that of my previous federal contracting company employer.

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OK, that's all for now and signing off.

--Regulus

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