The Murano at South Pointe, South Beach, Miami Beach, under a "mackerel sky" (altocumulus) cloud formation,
5:03 p.m., January 29, 2022
To clarify, there are multiple "Murano" buildings including a trio known as "Murano at Portofino" -- see image below -- located at the southwest corner of Miami Beach on Biscayne Bay (and the top of which I can actually see from my 2-1/2 floor apartment).
OK, it's (past) time for a blog entry.
I had intended to write one yesterday, but I ended up spending the mid-to-late afternoon into evening/early night out. Initially, I was just going grocery shopping at the Publix at 6th and Lenox here in "SoBe."
But then I changed my mind and ended up walking on a somewhat different route that I normally talk over to Monty's at the Miami Beach Marina. Thereafter, I walked to South Pointe Tavern, where I met by chance Tom and Amy (the couple I went yachting with on Jan 20th).
The pictures in this entry are some of the ones I took while out yesterday.
Today, I'm just home. This is because of a combination of the unsually and totally unwelcome cold weather here in Miami Beach (more on that in a bit), being low on money this pay period, and still having a great deal ("shit-ton") of work to finish in the next two weeks.
By "cold weather," I mean temperatures that fell into the lower 40s Fahrenheit across the immediate Miami area in the predawn hours of this morning including 42°F officially at KMIA -- but below freezing inland and around Lake Okeechobee.
Below are a series of four images of the weather hazards in place yesterday (Saturday) late morning taken from four of the five National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Offices ("NWSFOs") that exist in Florida for their respective "county warning area" (CWA) areas and adjacent areas. (I didn't get the Melbourne NWSFO "MLB" image but it's basically covered by the Tampa one.)
NWSFO Tallahassee ("TAE") CWA weather products and legend, updated 11:51 a.m. EST January 29, 2022
NWSFO Jacksonville ("JAX") CWA weather products and legend, updated 11:52 a.m. EST January 29, 2022
I'm not sure why a gale warning has a higher priority than a hard freeze warning. Yes, a gale warning is a major deal for mariners but the ranking of hazards is both for their immediacy and number of people impacted. Keep in mind these maps can only show the highest priority product even if there are multiple products in effect simultaneously.
NWSFO Tampa Bay Area ("TBW") CWA weather products and legend, updated 11:51 a.m. EST January 29, 2022
The full 127 hazard products are listed here. One notable change in the March 2021 update was to lower the Child Abduction Emergency from Hazard #96 to #126 and change its gold color (an homage to the fact it started out as the Amber alert) to a white color. #96 is now a turquoise-hued, Florida-common Rip Current Statement.
As a result, you'll never see on the NWS site an entire state randomly light up gold during a quiet weather period (often at night) such as Texas in August 21, 2020 (see left). (I think El Paso County on that map has a higher-priority severe thunderstorm warning.)
To clarify, law enforcement utilizes the NWS broadcast system for child abductions and other missing persons (elderly or police officers).
NWSFO Miami - South Florida ("MFL") CWA weather products and legend, updated 11:52 a.m. EST January 29, 2022
When I was a little boy living in New Jersey and used to watch the PBS "A.M. Weather" segment (produced by Maryland Public Television from its Owings Mills studio), I distinctly remember there was something called a "stockman's advisory," but I can't find any info on it.
Back to the South Florida cold spell ...
This was the second consecutive weekend of a cold snap with this one a bit more intense. However, the lows were about 5°F warmer than forecasted -- possibly because the wind stayed up. The January 30th daily record low was 36°F in 1940 and for January 29th, it was 29°F also in 1940, both therefore pre-airport records. KMIA weather records go back to 1948 and the full Miami record back to 1895.
In the first cold wave, it got as a low as 46°F predawn Monday morning before warming up to 82°F by Wednesday and Thursday.
The coldest it got last winter (in the DJF) period was 48°F on Dec 10, 2020. It reached 49°F on both Jan 10, 2021 and Feb 4, 2021. (This info is taken from the archived monthly data available on the NWS MFL website.) Using this source, in 2020, it got down to 40°F on Jan 22, 2020 and 46°F on Jan 21, 2019. The last sub 40°F night at KMIA was 35°F on Jan 10, 2010.
A family cleverly notes for history's sake the freak snowfall in the Tampa area on January 19, 1977.
Just FYI, the coldest it has ever been at KMIA is 30°F on both Dec 25, 1989 and Jan 22, 1985. (I remember both those Arctic outbreaks as they were East Coast wide and certainly impacted Maryland and New Jersey.) It also reached 31°F on Jan 20, 1977 -- the day of Jimmy Carter's Inauguration 900 miles away in D.C.
It was the day before -- Wednesday, January 19, 1977 -- when it shockingly snowed in numerous places around Florida including Tampa (with, I believe, 0.2 inches) and "unofficially" in the Miami area ("unofficially" because snow wasn't observed at the airport).
As shown in the images above and below, that event was captured forever by the awesome headlines of the newspapers that were able to come out on the same day including in the now-defunct evening paper the Miami News and the Miami Herald which, unfortunately, still survives.
Palm Beach International Airport (KPBI) got down to 37°F this morning -- and it did not break the KPBI daily record low was 35°F on that bitterly cold night in 1966. Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport (KFLL) fell to 40°F, which did not break the 38°F daily record low set on multiple occasions (1955, 1973, and 1978).
In terms of historical records, I'm guessing the all-time coldest numbers are a bit lower at KPBI; unsure about KFLL (Fort Lauderdale).
At KMIA as shown in the image directly above of the weather obs table from Tuesday (Jan 25th), the dew point was as low as 33°F at 10 a.m. when the air temp got down to 50°F before spiking 22°F in two hours (by noon) as soon as the wind veered off the ocean.
As shown in the image below, the dew point this morning got down even lower to 21°F and stayed in the 20s Fahrenheit most of the day. That sucks.
Let me just say that I hate when it gets cold here. It's personally offensive to me. Having said that, though, the sky and sunlight conditions yesterday (as indicated in some of the photos posted in this entry) was exceptionally lovely.
Farther north, it was truly cold with 31°F at KDAB and frickin 22°F at KJAX. But neither were daily record lows since they were competing against the 1966 Arctic outbreak with lows of 26°F and 20°F, respectively. Remember we're in the depths of winter, and the climate was a bit cooler then.)
Tonight shouldn't be quite as cold across the whole peninsula. The pattern changes by Tuesday and we get back to more typical South Florida weather.
The cold wave was directly associated with a major nor'easter that dropped 12 to 18 inches of snow along the immediate New Jersey shore and 12 to 24 inches of snow (with isolated amounts up to 30") in southeastern Massachusetts / coastal New England. This included 23.8 inches at Boston Logan International Airport (KBOS) itself.
New York City Central Park (KNYC) recorded 8.5 inches and JFK International / Not Idlewild-to-the-Belgian Congo Airport had 11.2 inches. (Newark Liberty International Airport (KEWR) had 8.0 inches.) Places on eastern Long Island had 20 to 25 inches. Islip (KISP) recorded 24.7 inches of snow.
By contrast, and as totally expected, D.C. got shit with 0.2" of snow at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (KDCA). About 30 miles northeast as the crow flies, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport (KBWI) recorded 1.5 inches of snow while 25 miles west of D.C., Washington Dulles International Airport KIAD) had 1.0 inch of snow.
Having said that, KDCA is at 12.3 inches of snow for the season and KBWI at 13.3 inches -- and both far ahead of what they were last year at this point (0.3 inches and 2.1 inches, respectively). Both are also running above KIAD's 11.4 inches (it had 2.6 inches by this time last year).
Below are some captioned weather-related images including high-resolution surface weather maps, NWSFO infographics and county warning area (CWA) weather hazard maps, and satellite loops.
NWS high-resolution surfacew weather map for a portion of the Eastern U.S., 15Z (10 a.m. EST) 29 January 2022
Above: The Philadelphia / Mount Holly (PHI) NWSFO infographic for its CWA for the nor'easter of Jan 28-30, 2022. While the amounts along the immediate Jersey shore verified.
NWSFO Philadelphia / Mount Holly ("PHI") CWA weather products and legend, updated 12:25 p.m. EST January 28, 2022
This included 16.0 inches at Atlantic City International Airport (KACY) and up to 19 inches in Egg Harbort Township, along with 18.4 inches in Manasquan and 12 to 14 inches in my childhood home area of Long Branch and Asbury Park -- the southwestern portion of that snowmap did not. My mom said that where she is in Easton, no more than 2 inches of snow fell.
The nor'easter itself -- a "bomb cyclone" in terms of its rapid strengthening and dubbed "Kenan" by the Weather Channel -- had a minimum central pressure of about 975 mb (28.79" Hg) and brought winds of up to 70 mph to Nantucket, where widespread flooding occurred.
Above: an image of Nantucket on Jan 29, 2022, during the height of the nor'easter. Naturally, all the WOKE Covid Karens on Twatter were yowling and shrieking that the emergency rescue personnel should let "The Unvaccinated" drown, freeze, or otherwise die. This gets to the fucking depravity of the Left, but let's save that for now.
As it is, Nan-SUCK-it is 100% vaxxed and boosted -- and so, naturally, cases (meaningless or otherwise) have never been higher.
GOES East daytime GeoColor mode NECONUS satellite loop, 1346-1641 UTC (8:46 a.m. - 11:41 am. EST) 29 January 2022
GOES East daytime GeoColor mode SECONUS satellite loop, 1351-1641 UTC (8:51 a.m. - 11:41 am. EST) 29 January 2022
The reason I am showing the above satellite loop is that if you look at northwestern Georgia, you see little white fingery wisps that dissipate during the late morning. Those are not clouds but actually dustings / coatings of snow dropped the previous night by streamlines of snow squalls that formed off the North Georgia Mountains and propagated southeastward including into the Metro Atlanta area.
And just for the record, the Peachtree City NWSFO (FFC) only had a 10% chance for "flurries" for the Atlanta area with an area forecast discussion that stated "flurries by definition do not accumulate." Above is an image of the infographic the office issued showing the Atlanta area with a less than 20% chance of flurries / light snow showers.
OK, that's fine, forecasts are sometimes wrong and you issue an update. It's not about beating up the forecaster for that. But even as the radar was lighting up -- see above -- with snow was falling and Chris was sending me pictures of a bona fide snow squall in his part of Atlanta -- see image directly below -- the office did not even provide a short term update (only a random tweet about a particular road being slick). Instead the forecaster(s) on duty seemed to wait it out and then, when it was over, assert everything was as predicted.
I'm sorry but it was not.
OK, that concludes the general weather update.
I had wanted to post a political-themed entry as well and, in fact, had started earlier the sections below. But now, I'm just going to post the summaries of the topics I wanted to relate and leave it at that.
Glenn Greenwald on Chelsea Clinton: Just wow.
First, there is the Branch Covidian hysteria and a current ongoing HollyWOKE garbage involving Joe Rogan and Spotify to include those two colonic parasites of Harry & Meghan and a bunch of self-righteous, washed-up, has-been Boomer entertainers who refuse to go away gracefully but instead -- in their imbecilic and low IQ narcissism -- who are all making common cause with Millennial Twitter mobs and solipsistically illiterate Gen-Z Cancel Culture Bolsheviks.
This is how you get Neil Young, about whom I know nothing, and the obviously mentally ill Joni Mitchell -- who still hasn't died from her "rare Morgellons Disease" -- leading YET ANOTHER Astroturfed "movement" of the ethically perverted, the ignorant, the narcissistic, and the running dogs (who fancy themselves royalty) of the Great Reset Oligarchy that collectively form part of what Wes Yang aptly calls the Vertically Integrated Messaging Apparatus.
Above: Screenshot of a wonderful Joe Rogan video addressing the bullshit conflict. So gracious, even-measured, and thoughtful. What an unlikely but genuine hero Joe Rogan has become for our bizarre world.
In this case, it's the usual circle jerk of malignantly narcissistic and shockingly ignorant entertainers / performers / sociopaths that make up Hollywood's Mass Pop Culture hydra demanding that all Joe Rogan podcasts be removed under the banner of that catch-all term of "misinformation" (READ: any and all regime-unapproved lies and propaganda)
Secondly, there is the quasi-uprising in Canada against the Covidian biosecurity regime of Justin Pussy Trudeau and his degenerate Communist government in the form of the 40+ mile "Freedom Convoy" truck convoy protesting vax mandates and more general biosecurity-based totalitarianism that has descended upon Ottawa (prompting the Pussy Trudeau to flee to his own secure and undisclosed location, possibly here in the U.S.).
The Bill Gates-driven, Great Reset-based Branch Covidian biosecurity state has had far more luck in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and certain random other countries (such as Chile) in creating mass formation psychosis-minded hysteria and complete and unilateral surrendering of all freedoms.
Thirdly, there is the bizarre and objectively irrational U.S. Military / Industrial / Deep State Complex desperately and mass psychotically trying to drum up a war with Russia -- nuclear weapons-armed and blood-minded serious RUSSIA! -- over frickin' Ukraine to the point that Ukrainian President Zelensky told the brittle, senile, and quite creepy rageholic who presently occupies the position of President of the United States to calm down and, ultimately, butt out.
It's irrational for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the lack of any compelling national security interest, no meaningful military capability in a "theatre" where we DO NOT belong, and the fact that the U.S. is in a highly frayed and dissolute sociocultural (and hence political) state that makes any would-be war a sure-fired loss. But the elites derive some psychosexual joy and/or deep meaning out of instigating and then watching these wars from afar.
Finally, I also wanted to address the substance of the above tweet by Jesse Kelly that pivots off the killing of those two NYPD officers including Jason Rivera -- whose wife is pictured above at the mass funeral held for him on Friday. Kelly is spot on concerning why this murder-mayhem is being actively encouraged by the degenerate Communists who run so many of America's institutions including all those local urban governments.
But that's all I'm going to say on political matters. Beside, I really need to be careful because the things I want to say in an overheated and agitated moment will not age well and, of course, always run the risk of boomeranging on me. Of course, this blog is such an obscure backwater that this has not been a problem so far. Thank God I never did Twatter or Fuckbook.
So that's all for now. Once again this coming week will see little or, more likely, no blogging. That's because, once again, I need to focus heavily on my work tasks this week. I should have that round of reports, plus the monthly progress report production cycle, complete by about Saint Valentine's Day (i.e., a bit over two weeks hence).My next entry will be next weekend unless something really warrants it.
Like last week, my nights will be spent working on the reports while listening to jazz music or watching variously long ago episodes of Unsolved Mysteries or reruns of always-funny The Nanny.
Even though, yes, it happens once in a DJF while, it's just deeply WRONG for it to be cold in Miami Beach.
OK, signing off for now. Goodnight.