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About vastateofmind

  • Birthday 03/25/1966

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    Fort Belvoir / Hayfield Farm (SE FfxCo)
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    Weather...DUH. By day, I toil as a nameless, faceless bureaucrat trapped in the bowels of the federal government, but outside of that professional hell, I love teaching as an adjunct at Southern New Hampshire University.

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  1. vastateofmind

    September Discobs Thread

    If the T/L over the western Philly 'burbs in that loop was anything like what we had just after midnight last night, I don't imagine a lot of those folks got much sleep.
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    2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Tracking Thread

    In the occasionally hilarious comment stream on that live feed, a few folks mentioned that those solar cells ringing the FPS pier should kick in as backup power once they've charged up a bit later this morning...
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    2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Tracking Thread

    Well...there's always at least one model out there rooting for the DMV at any given time, right?
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    2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Tracking Thread

    That is mindblowing...I've seen the day/night transitions in previous images, but never with the metropolitan "light pollution" concentration points shown so clearly. Wow.
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    2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Tracking Thread

    OMG, right?? With several scenarios...and a bit of time left...on the table, not to mention a fair amount of model churn, it's hardly time to throw in the towel.
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    2018 Mid-Atlantic General Severe Discussion

    Not the best shot of the last night's approaching shelf cloud (snapped just before 6:30 p.m. IMBY), as it was almost ready to move directly overhead...but you can see some of its movement at mid-screen. At that point, I think FfxCo was also under a tornado warning, so those cheesy-looking, grey/green clouds just above the treeline gave me pause.
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    2018 Mid-Atlantic General Severe Discussion

    Really interesting to hear the derecho talk this morning...in looking at radar around 6:30 p.m. last night (and I could kick myself for not grabbing a screencap), there appeared to be a prominent bow echo, with the leading edge bearing down on the Alexandria/Belle Haven area, then bending back over the District to the north and PWCo to the south. Some excellent pics of shelf clouds associated with last evening's derecho or near-derecho, too, on Twitter today.
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    April Banter

    Gorgeous views. I grew up in Williamsport, PA, where those kinds of rolling hills and valleys are common in northcentral PA. I miss that. The thermometer said 53 this afternoon in my SE FfxCo backyard, but winds made it feel definitely chillier than that. I mowed the backyard, tossed the ball too many times to count for our relentlessly fetching Lab, and I was pretty cold after about 45 minutes outside. Ready for warmer temps this week.
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    April 7-8 snow event

    I tend to agree with you...but then I remember how tired I am of walking/running in temps in low 40s-low 50s, knowing that A. temps should be a bit higher at this point in the season, and B. I'm tired of being cold when stepping outside.
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    March 20/21 STORM Obs/Discussion- No Banter

    Curious, what was your final measurement in Burke? Lost a lot of snow here in the last two hours of daylight.
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    March 20/21 STORM Obs/Discussion- No Banter

    So to @Wonderdog's point, most of FfxCo got a spread of 4"-7" -- considerably less than your locale -- and most streets were exposed to pavement and just wet by sunset. That's usually not the case, since the N/W portions of FfxCo typically get way more snow than the SE portions...not this time, it was a much closer spread. Will there be ice in the morning across FfxCo? Probably. Does it warrant taking the kiddies out of school for an entire effing day again, when temps are going to rise to nearly 50 tomorrow? No...that's what two-hour delays are for. Should school districts out your way cancel tomorrow? With a foot of snow, I'd hope so. BTW, I'm sure FCPS will find a way to cancel on Friday as well, resulting in even more padding for an arguably unnecessary "spring break" next week. Sorry for the banter fodder, folks -- I won't comment on this again. Like I said earlier, my kids have finally/thankfully escaped the FCPS gulag and I no longer have a dog in the fight, but these hair-trigger snow days really grip me by the short & curlies. Oh, and it's currently 34/29...no SN right now, though it looks some might be pivoting down this way.
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    March 20/21 STORM Obs/Discussion- No Banter

    Honestly...not bad end-of-season totals, especially for DCA. Thought I saw it early yesterday but can't find it now -- did we break any records at any of those stations for highest accumulating, latest occurring storm in March?
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    March 20/21 STORM Obs/Discussion- No Banter

    Not much more. FfxCo had a 4"-7" spread today, from SE to N/W. My wife works in a FfxCo elementary school office, and the custodial staff at most of these schools are required to work at some point on snow days, to ensure that sidewalks/access roads are clear for follow-on days. Granted, some campuses will have more challenges with that due to their size, but above-freezing temps, compaction and lower-than-expected rates helped much of the melting along this afternoon. Like so many past FCPS closings...I happen to think this one is unwarranted.
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    March 20/21 STORM Obs/Discussion- No Banter

    Yeah. Even though my kids have finally escaped the FCPS system, I find this more than a bit ridiculous. All roads are just plain wet here in SE FfxCo...and even though they received a few more inches in the mid and western parts of FfxCo, I find it hard to believe that most roads aren't just wet there as well.
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    March 20/21 STORM Obs/Discussion- No Banter

    I believe my nearby neighbor @Kingstonian measured just under 4" around midday in our far SE corner of FfxCo. Again, by my eyeball-only estimation and during heaviest rates around midday, I think I topped out (realistically) between 4"-5", but we had a lot of compaction since then. I do think with our total snowfall, that we verified at the low end of LWX's WSW call, and in any case -- I was pretty happy about multi-inches in late March. I'm ready for spring and warmer weather. A final report from this storm -- currently, 35/30, with flurries still holding on.