Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

weather

oct
03
2011

Photo of the Day: Hello, Atlantic

My favorite time to go to the beach is in the offseason. No crowds. No traffic. Free parking. Quiet. Yes, it’s cold, but there’s a certain beauty in that. Rob and I drove out to Rehoboth Beach, Del., yesterday to …

sep
21
2011

Xcel, Yasmin, Zasu: Every Atlantic Storm Name Since 1950 | WSJ.com

Today, a committee of the World Meteorological Organization manages the list of names for Atlantic tropical cyclones. Women’s and men’s names alternate from storm to storm and, unless they are retired after a devastating hurricane, repeat every six years. If the list of names for a season is exhausted, as happened for the first time in 2005, the rest of that year’s storms take names from the Greek alphabet.” Fun interactive about historic hurricane names.

sep
05
2011

How to Measure a Storm's Fury One Breakfast at a Time | WSJ.com

When a hurricane makes landfall, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency relies on a couple of metrics to assess its destructive power. First, there is the well-known Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale. Then there is what he calls the ‘Waffle House Index.’ Green means the restaurant is serving a full menu, a signal that damage in an area is limited and the lights are on. Yellow means a limited menu, indicating power from a generator, at best, and low food supplies. Red means the restaurant is closed, a sign of severe damage in the area or unsafe conditions.”

mar
28
2011

Warming Up to Spring

Doesn’t quite feel like spring yet (it snowed this weekend!), but it’s slowly peeking through nonetheless. Cherry blossom season — first with the trees just beginning to bud, then scattered bursts of color on street corners, and suddenly everything’s in …

mar
11
2011

WeatherSpark

From the website: “WeatherSpark is a new type of weather website, with interactive weather graphs that allow you to pan and zoom through the entire history of any weather station on earth.” Dense to the point of being almost cluttered, but pretty fantastic for weather nerds. (Via Alberto Cuadra)

dec
27
2010

A Blizzard Time-Lapse

New Jersey photographer Michael Black put together an awesome time-lapse video of this weekend’s massive blizzard in the Northeast, setting his camera to take a photo every five minutes over a 20-hour period. Very cool. (If you can’t see the …

nov
24
2010

Stars Wars weather | Kit•Blog

The weekly weather forecast for the worlds of Star Wars, reported via the Apple weather dashboard widget. (Link via Dari)

dec
23
2009

Snowpocalypse 2009

A massive snowstorm hit the Washington, D.C., area last week, dropping 1-2 feet of snow in about 36 hours. The result was a bit of a winter wonderland, even as it massively snarled local transportation and air traffic. Below are …

jun
09
2009

stormclouds

Rob’s photo of dark clouds rolling in over Rosslyn pretty much sums up the craziness of this evening’s big thunderstorm. Scarifying.

jan
27
2009

snow in the city

The new job brings with it new territory to explore, and with today’s snow — the first significant snowfall of the season — I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to snap a few photos at Mount Vernon Square while I …

jan
25
2009

photo of the day: back to the beach

Cold days like today (24°F right now, or 14° with the wind chill, according to the National Weather Service) make me pine a bit for warmer days. Above: a scene from Cape Henlopen State Park, Del., on a warm September …

jun
18
2008

rainbow over rosslyn

After a dramatic evening thunderstorm passed over Arlington, a vivid rainbow appeared over Rosslyn. At first, the rainbow had a faint twin, which then faded out. Flickr user sssdc1 managed to capture the whole double rainbow. More Photos of the …

dec
16
2007

coat quandary

My five-year-old winter coat is showing its age: The lining is gradually shredding, and it may be more trouble than it’s worth to try to have it repaired. Eying the current holiday sales and promotional offers, I’m pondering possible replacements. …

dec
06
2007

first snow

The first big snow day of the 2007 winter season has come and gone, and it did not disappoint, with snow falling pretty much all day. I just love days like this. (And I’m thankful that I’m able to rely …

apr
07
2007

easter snow

The weather gods for the D.C. area never fail to mystify me. I woke up this morning to see a light dusting of snow on the foliage and townhouses outside, as well as a brief shower of snow flurries around …

feb
13
2007

photo of the day: clarendon boulevard

Arlington was pretty quiet today during the normally busy rush hour, the federal government and plenty of schools and businesses having let folks off early in anticipation of icy hazards. I love how there’s a bit of a foggy glow …

snowbummer

So much for that snowpocalypse. I’m always cautious about big, crazy weather predictions. Inevitably, the big weather system everyone’s hyperventilating about passes right over us, leaving the area with a little bit of rain — or a little bit of …

jan
22
2007

photo of the day: first snow

Sunday marked the first day of real snow this winter — certainly a marked changed from last weekend, when I worriedly complained about the freakishly unseasonable warmth. Small flurries were swirling when we set out for Woodbridge in the early …

jan
15
2007

winter worries

Rob and I took a late-night walk through the neighborhood yesterday. I wore a tee-shirt, a thin hoodie sweatshirt, jeans and sandals. And I was warm. Over the course of our walk, I saw several trees at Quincy Park that …

oct
06
2006

puddle jumper

I love my battered black Doc Martens boots, but never so much as on rainy, wet days like today, when I can tromp through puddles with impunity on my way to work. There’s a kind of childlike feeling of liberation …

sep
16
2006

rain, rain, go away…

No, seriously — Go away. The gray, rainy weather of the past few days has forced the cancellation of my team’s first soccer game today. It’s a bummer; I was really looking forward to it. Ah well. Next week, hopefully! …