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Still waiting

July 23, 2008 · No Comments

There is supposed to be another field inspection at 11:15. The word now is that the players must be warming up by midnight. The field is draining, but a steady rain continues to fall.

While tonight’s rain was intense, we luckily had nothing like the wind that showed up at this match in South Africa.

Categories: DC United · MLS · Soccer · weather

Update the Third

July 23, 2008 · No Comments

9:53 - Lights are back on and the field is drying very quickly and impressively. I suspect we will get this started some time between 10 and 10:30 though I have heard nothing official to support that.

Categories: DC United · MLS · Soccer · weather

Live from the monsoon

July 23, 2008 · 3 Comments

Folks, I cannot describe the kind of epic storm that has descended up RFK right now. Lightning is everywhere, the stadium lights are out, water is pooling on the field, fans are slipsliding around the field because no cop or security person will go chase them down. It’s absolutely epic. We hear that this game must restart by 11 pm or else it will be called final.

If they come back out, which reports seem to show they will be able to, the field they will arrive on will most resemble a wading pool.

In a year with some truly epically bad weather, this is up there with the tornado night.

As I write, a massive clap of thunder hits and the Barra finally flees to the concourse.

I will have more updates as things change.

Categories: DC United · MLS · weather

On the weather

June 17, 2008 · 5 Comments

Last night was the third night in 14 that I have spent without power in my area after the third serious band of thunderstorms roared through the area. The weather that folks in the Mid-Atlantic suffered through this summer has included tornados, fist-sized hail, lightning strikes, and high wind (which damaged tents on the mall as seen above).

There are many reasons that living in the DC metro area is difficult:

  • Staggeringly-high real estate prices
  • The second-worst traffic in America
  • Mass-transit that is fast becoming as expensive as driving
  • Relatively mild winters that send locals into states of existential panic
  • Brutal summers featuring loads of humidity and pollution

But the one thing that we could take some comfort in was that we did not have the kind of risk of natural disaster that many other places have. We rarely have serious flooding. Hurricanes never get this far inland. Earthquakes are entirely unheard of. Tornado touchdowns used to be a once-in-a-decade thing. Now, in the past five years, we’ve had two touch down in Southern Maryland and this most recent one that caused damage in Falls Church (the town where I live).

If this kind of consistent catastrophic weather becomes the norm, it will have removed one of the few pluses to living in this area. DC summer weather is supposed to be very simple. The heat and humidity builds up and then in the afternoon once or twice a week, the clouds open for an hour, there are a few claps of thunder, no wind… and the hours after the rain are the most pleasant of the week. No longer, now there’s wind, tornados, and extended power outages.

Oh, and if anyone sees me today and I am looking a bit more scraggly than usual, you can blame that on having to shave in the dark this morning.

Categories: weather

On aggravation… lots and lots and lots of it.

June 5, 2008 · 2 Comments

I have no idea what happened at either the USA-Spain match or the DC-Houston matches. Obviously, I’ve read a bit about the matches, but for in-depth commentary, go somewhere else. Here’s why. (more…)

Categories: Aggravation · DC United · MLS · Soccer · weather

Crazy rugby kick

May 25, 2008 · No Comments

Here is the crazy, wind-blown rugby kick I mentioned yesterday to folks before the United match. You really can’t believe it’s real, but according to the good folks at Rugbydump, it is.

Categories: Sports · weather

Addition to Blogroll - Just in time for crappy weather this weekend

April 4, 2008 · No Comments

The Capital Weather Gang (”Bloods? crips? No, I ride with the C.W.G”) at the Washington Post have created a “Unitedcast” forecast for all home United matches. They can be accessed here.

It’s a nice feature and right now they are iffy on whether Saturday’s game will be dry one.

Categories: Blogging · DC United · weather

Where the hell did this come from?

February 26, 2007 · No Comments

I’ll let Jennifer B. moan about the weather, she’s funnier.

Seriously, “meteorologists”? You’re really not very good at this. Now, how is one expected to drive to Maryland to get kosher Chinese food to eat whilst watching the Oscars in this non-accumulation of over three inches of non-snow?

An absolute utter disaster. We got caught in Arlington during the worst of it, and I could’ve smacked into another car as my Honda slid across two lanes and just missed another car.

Not good times, bad times.

I need one of those little Shockwave cartoons that lets me shoot a bazooka at Bob Ryan and Topper Shutt’s heads.

Categories: Media · weather

It’s going to really snow this time, Goddammit

February 12, 2007 · No Comments

Oh, and unlike the last time - the White Death is really coming tonight! Woo!

Categories: Personal · weather

Do you see any snow? Because I don’t…

February 2, 2007 · 1 Comment

Another Washington Snow Panic averted when… it doesn’t actually snow. A little sleet, a little rain but no snow!

Can we please have some real snow now? Please.

Categories: weather