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.
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.
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.
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