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National Weather Service Open House

The National Weather Service (NWS), headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, is one of the agencies that make up the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States government.

The purpose of the National Weather Service is to provide “weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy.” This is done through a network of national and regional centers, and 122 local weather forecast offices (WFOs). Since the NWS is a government agency, most of its products are in the public domain and available free of charge.

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Chipotle Mexican Grill

A chipotle is a smoke-dried jalapeno, used primarily in Mexican or Mexican-inspired cuisine. It is also part of the name of a well-known chain of “fast-casual” restaurants in the northern Virginia region, specializing in burritos and tacos. The restaurant chain, Chipotle Mexican Grill, can also be found throughout major metropolitan areas in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Sampling its menu, I have come to appreciate the restaurant chain’s fresh ingredients of rice, chicken, pork, steak, beans, vegetables, and salsas. In addition, service is very quick, despite the long queue, especially during the mid-day or evening meal times. The picture above was taken during a recent visit for a quick meal. It’s located at the corner of Duke St. and N. Jordan St. in Alexandria, VA. It was shot with the Nikon s8200 (f/8.8 @ 1/1000 sec; ISO 800).

My favorite menu item is the Burrito Bowl… all of the freshness, heartiness, and robust ingredients of a burrito, but without the messiness from the drippings of the tasty ingredients all over one’s hands. Enjoy!

Approaching Storm

Picture taken in Alexandria, VA along the Potomac River, as a storm approaches from Washington, DC

Samsung SCH-I500

1/870 sec @ f/2.6   ISO: 50

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