Above: Lufthansa flight 463 -- a daily trans-Atlantic flight between Miami and Frankfurt that takes place in a big, beautiful, old school-style 747 -- as seen on ascent from MIA.
I took this picture on Meridian Ave near 5th Street, Miami Beach, Fla., 5:22 p.m., August 25, 2021.
I took this picture to send to a fellow named Zach, presently living in Oslo, Norway, but who had been in Miami Beach for two months on an extended job assignment.
I met Zach a few nights earlier at South Pointe Tavern. Zach, it turns out, was on that flight returning to Oslo via Frankfurt.
In talking to Zach, I discovered he would be on that flight, and I told him I would send a picture of it, which I did. I was walking to Monty's to meet Sarah for what ended up a fun but excessive night first at Monty's and then at SPT.
Apologies for not getting a blog entry posted before I headed up here to Flagler Beach from Miami Beach for the start of a ~10 day visit to see my dad.
It has been an interesting social period for me in the past week to ten days -- and I've made a good friend in Sarah and, by extension, hopefully at least one of her friends (a fellow gay guy). (Sarah reminds me somewhat of my friend Andrea back in D.C.)
She even got an Uber for me this morning to the Tri-Rail Miami Airport Station / Miami Intermodal Center so I could take the Tri-Rail all the way to the opposite terminus at Mangonia Park, where my dad met me -- driving down from here.
The weather turned gray and wet on the drive up -- and arriving in Flagler Beach, the ocean looked awful: Rough, turgid, and quite uninviting. Nothing like in Miami Beach (at least when the sargassum devil grass isn't washing up on the shore in monstrous brown mats).
KMLB radar looped 2323 UTC - 0011 UTC 27 - 28 Aug 2021
There were more t-storms tonight, too, with intermittent downpours. Apparently, it has been quite wet up here. The closest major weather station -- DAB or, instead of the IATA code, using the ICAO system that is used by the NWS for weather/climate stations, KDAB -- is at 8.26" month-to-date or +2.54". This is as of the interim late afternoon climate summary on Aug 27, 2021 (ditto all the numbers below).
The weather back in Miami has been rather dry in terms of lack of rainfall (not humidity). The deluge period of mid-June to mid-July witnessed about 18 inches of rain, but it's gotten dry since then, especially in the past two weeks. Month-to-date, KMIA is at 5.85" or -2.36" month-to-date.
What's more, this entire past week -- basically, Sunday through Thursday -- featured extensive frickin' Sahara dust blanching out the sky and limiting daily convection.
Above and below: GOES-16 (GOES East) nighttime IR spectral mode / daytime GeoColor mode looped satellite image, tropical Atlantic sector, 1020 - 1820UTC 23 Aug 2021 (above) and 1120 - 1710 UTC 24 Aug 2021 (below).
Observe, in particular in the above image, the massive dust plumes coming off the Sahara Desert. Also, I love how the reflection of the Sun appears to dart east-to-west -- even shimmering off the jungles of northern Colombia.
And note on both days how a convection cumulus field explodes over French Guinea and the neighboring Brazilian State of Amapá -- and races westward with the Sun. So awesome.
Meanwhile -- as and evidenced by the steady stream of photos that Tim sends me from his Alexandria high-rise condo -- the D.C. area is getting an exceptionally rainy / thunderstormy summer.
For blog record - keeping purposes, as of 5 p.m. today, KDCA is at 9.03" or +6.20" month-to-date, although KBWI is only at 3.67" or +0.07". Nearby KNAK is at 6.49" or +3.00". Rounding out the "DMV" month-to-date "official" rainfall numbers, KIAD is at 4.89" or +1.80".
The drive from Mangonia Park up I-95 to Flagler Beach took, with stops, about 4 hours but was fine -- and my plan to avoid riding (and have my 80 year old dad avoid driving) on the horrible parts of I-95 from WBP south to Miami worked well. The Tri-Rail, OTOH, was the usual American public transportation mess. However, it got me to where I needed to be and did so on time.
Above and below: Images from Tim's Alexandria upper level condo of thunderstorms in the extended D.C. area to include one -- in the north/northeast view into D.C. (above) -- a bit to the northeast of (Damnation Alley-style) Baltimore and another -- in the west/northwest view across Alexandria (below) -- near Ashburn, Va.
For reference, below is the radar image Tim sent me from his Smartphone at 3:06 p.m. EDT this afternoon.
Weatherwise, I also need to note that there is a hurricane entering the Gulf of Mexico as it transits western Cuba tonight. The tropical cyclone -- Ida -- is now a category 1 but is forecasted to become a major hurricane, potentially high-end category 4 intensity, as it crashes into the Louisiana coast late Sunday or early Monday morning.
What's more, New Orleans is potentially close enough to the center / just east of it to be at serious risk for a Katrina-style redux. And it will hit just about on the 16th anniversary of Katrina's landfall.
Maybe that will allow Biden to deflect blame for this Afghanistan catastrophe and get the Whore Big Media to start yammering about "The Climate Crisis" as prelude to endless societal shutdowns and self-immolation once this Covid performative shit is over.
Or maybe all the military first responders can first have a Thoroughly Modern Mark Milley-approved, Ibram X. Kendi / Robin "Shiksa" DiAngelo-taught, CRT-based "interrogation" of their race-based privileges or, alternatively, exploration of their opression before anyone gets any help.
Below: Uncle Joe feeling a surging rage of dementia-addled anger and brittle confusion that his Afghan ass-backward shit-show of a withdrawal exploded in such a way that even the Big Media butt-wipers at the CNNLOLNPRCBSABC-PMSNBC-NYWokeTalibanTimes-WaHoBezosPo are asking questions not involving his favorite ice cream flavor or latest Cultural Marxist "Equity" drive.
But I don't want to turn this into a political-themed entry.
Changing subjects, right now, I'm seated here at the little kitchen table in this dimly lit trailer, the window a/c blowing chilled air on my neck as I write this. I'm also watching TV.
My dad gets MeTV -- which, alas, and despite the fact there is a MeTV digital over-the-air channel in Miami, I do not get owing to a reception issue with my digital antennna and placement of my little apartment in what is a sturdy, old building -- and so we're watching Perry Mason.
I was watching The Nanny on Cozi-TV, which I love. But I also love Perry Mason, a show I've missed these past 5-1/2 months since I fled D.C. and no longer get MeTV.
Well, actually, my dad is presently asleep on his little bed in the main room of this trailer.
Oh, by the way, the trailer park is under new management and it's no longer called Flagler-by-the-Sea but instead is now "Treasure-by-the-Sea."
Before I sign off ... looking head, the plan is to go to St. Augustine Beach tomorrow to reconnoiter the place for a possible future condo purchase. We also have a few other plans including going into Flagler Beach. I would like to go to the Funky Pelican at some point simply because I like the name and location.
As for going into the ocean, it would have to look a lot nicer than it did today here. I guess a sunlit aquamarine-turquoise tropical sea such as you often get in Miami Beach sets a rather high standard ...
OK, I think that's all for now. My next entry will be in a few days.