ACON - VA/NC/SC
The Atlantic Coast Observer Network: 
Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina
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SUMMARY OF CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA 
APRIL 2003

...NEAR NORMAL RAINFALL IN NORTHERN AREAS...
 ...RAINS "A PLENTY" ELSEWHERE...
 ...TEMPERATURE DEPARTURES VARY ACROSS THE REGION...

As is rather common, the transition between winter and spring brought a great variety of weather to the region during April. Seems the areas receiving the greatest rainfall were closer to the coasts. Again, Cape Hatteras topped the list with over 9" of rain. Norfolk and Richmond established new all-time rainfall records for April. Temps averaged above normal across most all of Northern Virginia. No distinct patterns were noted across the area. This time of year, one or two thunderstorms at a location can make quite a difference with regard to rainfall amounts.

A persistent trough dug in over the region during April with temperatures in most areas near to above normal. A series of lows continued to parade across the SE US, where the formed and reformed, with some moving along to the northeast and hugging our coasts. More cloudiness and higher relative humidities were noted.

  • As mentioned earlier this year, Danny Jessee has graduated from UVA and is soon to join us. As we all know and Danny notes, life throws us some obstacles. He writes, "Sorry for being such a stranger on the ACON front. I am in the process of purchasing a new home in the Ladysmith area of Caroline County, and will hopefully be moved in by the beginning of July. Look for observations from me and my new location by the end of the summer!" We'll be here and waiting, Danny. Take your time and get settled in. Congrats on your purchase!  
  • Hickory (HKY), NC & Anderson (AND), SC Added to Database - Have noticed the NWS has added Hickory and Anderson monthly data at its websites and we'll continue to include the data. 
  • Reminder - National Weather Service station data listed herein is preliminary and may be subject to change.  The data has not been certified and cannot be used in legal actions.  Only reports certified by the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC may be used for these purposes.
ACON VA/NC/SC Member Station Extremes - April 2003
State
Maximum Temperature
Minimum
Temperature
Warmest
Average
Temperature
Coldest
Average
Temperature
Maximum
Precipitation
Minimum
Precipitation
Virginia
88°
Centreville, Washington (WSH)
26.1°
Ashburn
60.0°
Mechanicsville
53.3°
Falls Church, New Market
Herndon (HRN) 
7.89"
Norfolk (NOR)
2.55"
Arlington  
North Carolina
85°
Fayetteville, Lumberton
Raleigh (RDU & RAL)
26°
Asheville
61.6°
Wilmington 
55.2°
Asheville
9.18"
Cape Hatteras 
3.30"
Fayetteville 
South Carolina
86°
Columbia, Charleston
32°
Anderson
64.7°
Charleston
59.1°
Anderson
7.21"
Orangeburg
3.31"
Florence 

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TEMPERATURE / WINDS/ ELEMENTS

VIRGINIA
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STN  A      B    C      C1    D      E F     G    H I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 S
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AHB 71.1  37.0  53.7  +1.2  85.7  16 26.1  1   0  0  1 0 28 WNW  23  1 0 0 0  1 2400
ANN 64.90 44.43 54.67 -0.75 85    16 31    1   0  0  1 0 36 ESE  10  1 0 0 1  0 2400
BCB 63.8  41.0  52.4  +2.4  79    16 29    1   0  0  2 0 32 070 10  2 0 0 0  3 2400
BRI 66.2  42.9  54.6        86    15 33   24   0  0  0 0             1 0 0 0  0 0515/1600
CEN 67.8  45.8  56.8  +5.3  88 15,16 30    1   0  0  1 0 35 109 10  1 0 0 0  0 2400
CHO 66.6  43.8  55.2  -1.9  84 15,16 32    1   0  0  1 0 26 080 10  5 0 0 0  0 2400
DAN                         83  3,15 31    1   0  0  1 0                        2400
                                  16
DCA 64.8  45.4  55.1  -1.0  85    16 32    1   0  0  1 0 41 050 10  1 0 0 1  0 2400
IAD 65.1  41.8  53.4  +0.3  85    16 27    1   0  0  1 0 39 070 10  1 0 0 1  0 2400
FCH 63.3  43.2  53.3        85    16 31    7   0  0  1 0 32      10  1 0 0 1    2400
HAM
HER 63.6  43.5  53.5  +2.3  82.8  16 30.4  1   0  0  1 0 23      10  1 0 0 0    2400
HRN 64.1  43.0  53.3  +0.2  84.5  16 29.4  1   0  0  1 0 33 NW    5  1 0 0 1  0 2400 
LKU 67.3  41.7  54.48       86    16 29   24   0  0  2 0 28 N    10  0 0 0 0  0 2400
LYH 67.7  44.6  56.2  +0.9  84  3,15 29    1   0  0  1 0 58 230 30  2 1 0 0  2 2400
LXI                                                                             2400
NEW 64.96 41.63 53.29       83    15 27    1   0  0  3 0 36 W    23  0 0 0 1  4 2400
NPN 67.3  47.1  57.2        85  3,16 37 1,14   0  0  0 0 36 023 10  3 0 0 0  1 2400
                                  29
NOR 67.6  48.3  58.0  +0.6  86    29 35    1   0  0  0 0             3 0 0 0  1 2400
ORF 66.5  49.4  57.9  +0.5  84    29 35    1   0  0  0 0 45 010 10  4 0 0 0  2 2400
FHC 67.6  47.6  57.6        85.5  29 37.9  1   0  0  0 0 38 023 10             2400
POR 67.8  49.2  58.5  -0.5  85     3 35    1   0  0  0 0 36 023 10  3 0 0 0  1 2400
MEC 73.0  46.2  60.0        93    16 33    1   2  0  0 0             1 0 0 0  0 1700
RIC 67.8  46.0  56.9  -0.2  85  3,16 34    1   0  0  0 0 41 070 10  2 0 0 0  2 2400
ROA 67.1  46.5  56.8  +0.7  83  3,15 30    1   0  0  1 0 35 310  5  4 0 0 0  0 2400
ROK 68.5  44.9  56.7  +0.6  86  3,15 28    1   0  0  1 0 26 W     2  2 1 0 0  1 2400
AKQ 69.3  45.0  57.2        86  3,29 31   24   0  0  2 0                        2400
WEE 73.3  45.3  59.3        84  3,15 36    8   0  0  0 0             0 0 0 0  1 0800/2000
WOO 64.5  44.1  54.3        72 16,14 31    1   0  0  2 0             1 0 0 0  8 0800
WSH 65.8  44.3  55.1        88    15 29.4  1   0  0  1 0 24 E    11  1 1 0 0  0 2400
NORTH CAROLINA
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STN  A      B    C      C1    D      E F    G     H I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 S
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AVL 66.8  43.5  55.2  +1.1  81    29 26    1   0  0  2 0 41 320  5  3 0 0 0  2 2400
CLT 69.5  47.7  58.6  -2.3  84    30 33    1   0  0  0 0 30 360 10  5 0 0 0  3 2400
ECG 67.9  49.2  58.5  -1.6  82  3,29 35    1   0  0  0 0 62 300 26  5 0 0 0  3 2400
FAY 71.2  49.4  60.3        85    30 35    1   0  0  0 0 32 280  5  1 0 0 0  2 2400
                                                         32 070 10                  
GSO 68.6  48.3  58.4  +0.8  82 29,30 35    1   0  0  0 0 41 030 10  2 0 0 0  1 2400
HKY 67.2  46.6  56.8  -1.5  82    30 31    1   0  0  1 0 32 070 10  3 0 0 0  2 2400
HSE             59.7  +0.5     
LBT 71.3  49.5  60.4  -0.1  85    30 33    1   0  0  0 0 36 280  5  4 0 0 0  3 2400
RAL 70.1  46.2  58.2  -1.0  85 29,30 34    1   0  0  0 0 28       1  2 0 0 0  2 2400
RDU 69.5  46.9  58.2  -0.9  85 29,30 31    1   0  0  1 0 47 050 10  2 0 0 0  4 2400
ROX 68.7  55.1  61.9        85    30 34    1   0  0  0 0 36 023 10  3 2 0 0  2 2200
ILM 72.2  51.0  61.6  -1.1  84    30 33    1   0  0  0 0 35 030 10  2 0 0 0  6 2400
SOUTH CAROLINA
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STN  A      B    C      C1    D      E F    G     H I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 S
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AND 69.9  48.3  59.1  -1.5  84 29,30 32     1  0  0  1 0 30 060 18  6 0 0 0  4 2400
CAE 72.4  51.1  61.7  -1.5  86    30 35     1  0  0  0 0 28 240  1  2 0 0 0  2 2400
CHS 75.2  54.1  64.7  +0.5  86     5 37     1  0  0  0 0 31 210  7  3 0 0 0  2 2400
CRE 69.7  52.1  60.9  -1.1  79    22 34     1  0  0  0 0 37 040 10  0 0 0 0  3 2400
FLO 72.2  50.0  61.1  -2.0  85    30 33     1  0  0  0 0 31 300  5  3 0 0 0  6 2400
GSP 69.5  49.1  59.3  +0.3  83 29,30 35    10  0  0  0 0 29 050  9  5 0 0 0  3 2400
                                                         29 020  10
OGB 73.3  51.6  62.5        85    30 34     1  0  0  0 0 31 040 10  4 0 0 0  8 2400
NEARBY STATIONS
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STN  A      B    C      C1    D      E F    G    H  I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 S
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TRI 69.3  43.9  56.6  +2.0  81    30  29   1   0  0  1 0                        2400
DAV 57.5  37.6  47.6        73.0  15  22   1   0  0 12 0             0 0 5 3  5 1900

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PRECIPITATION / BAROMETRIC PRESSURE

VIRGINIA
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STN  T      T1     U       V      V1   W X   Y      Z  1  2 3    4    5      6       7        S 
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AHB  2.58  -0.81 0.59  7 0.59   7-8 16 0 13.32  0.0          0.0 54.1  30.441  6 29.588 12 2400
ANN  3.21  -0.23 0.79  7 0.80   7-8 13 0 19.00  0.0          0.0 46.5  30.44 6-7 29.56  12 2400
BCB  4.77  +0.94 1.11  7            13 2 16.42    T  1  1 0    T 35.2                      2400
BRI  5.08        1.15  7 1.65  9-10 11 1 15.90  0.0          0.0 28.8  30.36     29.65     0515/1600
CEN  3.10        0.82  7 0.83   7-8 14 0 17.44  0.0          0.0 48.1  30.49   6 29.60  12 2400
CHO  4.62  +1.28         1.29 29-30 14 1 17.73  0.0          0.0       30.41   7 29.60  26 2400
DAN  4.77                           12 2                               30.36  14 29.59  26 2400
DCA  2.55  -0.22 0.68  7 0.70 25-26 10 0 14.61  0.0          0.0 33.3  30.46   7 29.58  12 2400
IAD  2.71  -0.51 0.68  7            14 0 14.24    T  7  1      T 50.1  30.45   7 29.60  12 2400
FCH  2.80        0.70  7 0.70   7-8  9 0 11.52  0.0          0.0 37.1                      2400
                                                    31 
HAM  
HER  3.12        0.74  7 0.74     7 13 0 16.21  0.0          0.0 50.0  30.46   7 29.42  12 2400
HRN  3.12  -0.10 0.78  7 0.78     7 14 0 18.31  0.0          0.0 52.1  30.403  6 29.593 12 2400
LKU  5.33        1.50 30 1.50    30 10 2 20.36  0.0          0.0 32.0  30.40     29.58     2400
LYH  5.32  +1.86 0.96  8 1.43   8-9 11 1 16.77                   30.1  30.39  14 29.61  26 2400
LXI                                      10.30<-thru March 2003->26.9                      2400
NEW  3.61        0.92  7               0 10.19                   45.75                     1700
NPN  7.06        2.05  7 2.07   8-9 11 3 19.48  0.0          0.0  6.75 30.42   6 29.55  26 2400
NOR  7.89  +3.85 2.04  7            13 3 20.28  0.0          0.0  5.1                      2400
ORF  6.39  +3.01 1.89  7            12 2 16.98  0.0          0.0  5.1  30.44   6 29.54  11 2400
FHC  7.84        2.14  7 2.14  7    12 3 21.13  0.0          0.0  6.0  30.440  6 29.559 11 2400
POR  6.96  +3.46 2.00  7 2.00  7    12 2 18.71  0.0          0.0  5.3  30.446  6 29.586 26 2400
MEC  4.86        2.01  7 2.03   7-8 10 2 17.81  0.0          0.0 14.4  30.18   6 29.44  11 1700
RIC  4.38  +1.20         1.95   7-8 12 1 16.69  0.0          0.0 17.0  30.40  14 29.58   2 2400
ROA  5.02  +1.41 1.21 10 1.21    10 13 1 15.78                   17.4  30.37  14 29.60  26 2400
ROK  5.71  +1.19 1.83 10 2.26  9,10 12 1 18.89  0.0          0.0 28.6  30.27  19 29.60  26 2400
AKQ  6.82        1.75  9            12 3 21.21  0.0          0.0  7.9                      2400
WEE  3.84        1.88  7 1.88     7 11 1 13.12  0.0          0.0 18.1  30.42  14 29.66  12 1630
WOO                      0.62   6-7 16 0 15.11  0.5  9       0.5 64.1  31.15  19 30.38  26 0800
WSH  3.38        0.68  9 0.68     9 13 0 16.81  0.0          0.0 58.1  30.42   6 29.62  12 2400
                                                      
NORTH CAROLINA
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STN  T     U       V      V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5       6       7        S 
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AVL  5.26  +1.76 1.70 10            13 1 15.26  4.0 10  1 1  4.0 17.9  30.33  14 29.57  26 2400
CLT  8.25  +5.30 1.98 10 2.47  9-10 14 3 20.88  0.0          0.0 10.1  30.34  14 29.58  26 2400
ECG  7.21  +4.21         1.61 25-26 11 2 20.83  0.0          0.0  4.0  30.42   4 29.52  11 2400
FAY  3.30        1.23 10 1.46  9-10 11 1 11.13  0.0          0.0       30.34  14 29.58  26 2400
GSO  6.39  +2.96 1.82 10 2.19  9-10 12 2 20.34  0.0          0.0 15.2                      2400
HKY  8.41  +4.71 2.74 10 2.92 17-18 12 3        0.0          0.0       30.31  14 29.53  26 2400
HSE  9.18  +5.92                                                                           2400
LBT  4.82  +1.99 1.33 10 1.60  9-10  9 1 16.45  0.0          0.0       30.38   1 29.59  26 2400
RAL  4.75  +1.95         1.34   8-9 16 0 18.10  0.0          0.0  6.9  30.36  14 29.74  22 1900
RDU  4.35  +1.55         1.35  9-10 10 2 16.02  0.0          0.0  7.4                      2400
ROX  7.63        2.13 26 2.13    26 11 4 22.09  0.0          0.0  8.3  30.37  14 29.53  26 2200
ILM  6.48  +3.54 1.51  7 2.14  9-10  8 4 17.53  0.0          0.0  3.0  30.39   1 29.55  10 2400
SOUTH CAROLINA
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STN  T      T1     U       V      V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5       6       7        S 
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AND  4.44  +1.09 1.20 10 1.27   6-7 11 1        0.0          0.0       30.36   1 29.56  26 2400
CAE  6.65  +3.67 1.32  9 1.51   8-9 12 2 19.05  0.0          0.0  3.4  30.37   1 29.57  26 2400
CHS  5.81  +2.41 1.42  7 1.88   8-9  9 2 16.51  0.0          0.0    T                      2400
CRE  6.58  +4.46 2.04  9 2.32  9-10  9 3 17.72  0.0          0.0       30.41   1 29.58  10 2400
FLO  3.31  +0.52 1.01  7 1.02   6-7 10 1 11.74                         30.38   1 29.59  26 2400 
GSP  7.13  +3.59 1.06 10 2.01   6-7 15 2 19.79    T 10         T  5.3  30.30  15 29.54  26 2400 
OGB  7.21        2.39  7 2.39     7 10 3 22.65                         30.41   1 29.61  26 2400
NEARBY STATIONS
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STN  T      T1     U       V      V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5       6       7        S 
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TRI  6.66  +3.43 2.18 10            13 2 18.29                                              2400 
DAV  4.44        1.22  7            17 1 21.02  0.2 1,  7 0   0.4 241.9                     1900
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Virginia:

Annandale - Lowell reports: " April was colder than average and a little below average in precipitation. April's mean monthly temperature was - 0.74 colder than the average. The mean monthly temperature of 54.7 was the lowest since 1997. The occurrence of a 40 maximum temperature on April 8th at 1449 was not only the lowest maximum for the month but also the lowest maximum temperature ever recorded for April at this station in the last 23 years. The lowest daily mean temperature was 37.5 on the 8th the lowest since 1996. April rainfall had a -0.23" departure with 13 days having precipitation. The lowest wind chill (new Scale) for April was +26.7 on the 7th at 0817. The lowest relative humidity for April of 16% on the 24th was the lowest recorded in April since 1997. The maximum gust of 35 mph from the ESE on the 10th at 2052 was the strongest wind gust recorded for April. Records include: Apr. had 2 daily HIGH maximum 23-year temp. records for the date: 2, 3; Apr. had 3 daily LOW maximum 23-year temp. records for the date: 8, 11, 18; Apr. had 3 daily LOW minimum 23-year temp. records for the date: 1, 2, 15; Apr. had 3 daily HIGH range 23-year temp. records for the date: 4, 8, 9. [ - -] 

Arlington - NWS WBC reports: " ... NO NEW RECORDS WERE SET IN APRIL AT REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT ...SUMMARY... APRIL WAS ALL OVER THE BOARD AS SPRING TENDS TO BE. THE FIRST TWO THIRDS OF THE MONTH HAD DAYTIME TEMPERATURES GO FROM THE 60S TO THE 80S...DOWN INTO THE 40S AND 50S AND BACK INTO THE 80S. THE LAST TEN DAYS OF THE MONTH WERE MORE STABLE WITH DAYTIME TEMPERATURES IN THE 60S AND 70S. RAIN WAS FREQUENT BUT LIGHT...WITH TEN DAYS PRODUCING ABOUT TWO AND A HALF INCHES OF RAIN. IN THE END...APRIL WAS A LITTLE COOLER THAN NORMAL AND A LITTLE DRIER THAN NORMAL...BUT NOT TOO FAR OUT OF THE NORM FOR A TYPICAL APRIL IN WASHINGTON. THERE HAVE BEEN NO LATE SEASON FROSTS SINCE THE LAST DAY TO FALL TO FREEZING ON THE FIRST OF THE MONTH. Rainfall for the month was 0.22" below normal while average temps were 1.0° below normal. The average wind speed was 10.0 mph. [ - - ] 

Ashburn - Gary reports: " Well, April has continued the 2003 trend of some measurable precipitation falling on the 1st day of each month. Otherwise, fairly unremarkable. The mean temperature of 53.7 was 1.2 above average, and the rainfall of 2.59" was 0.81" below average, resuming an all-too-familiar trend. Rainfall as of the end of April was 0.14" below average year to date, the first month to close with an annual deficit thus far in 2003. Average dew point for the month was 40, and the average humidity was 67%. Humidity dropped for 14% during the month, tying the low humidity record for my station and the lowest humidity since October 25, 2001. The low humidity and fairly warm temperatures resulted in Chandler Burning Index values of over 100 on a few days, and equating to Extreme fire danger. The rainiest hour of the month was 1 - 2 AM, during which period 0.30" of rain fell over five days. Average wind speed was only 1.6 mph (vs. 2.5 mph last year), and the high wind gust of 28 mph was a full 10 mph lower than last April's peak gust. Wind run was only 1152.34 miles. All in all, April 2003 was much less windy than most spring months. In virtually all categories, April 2002 had more extremes, except in heating degree days and number of days with 0.01" of rain or more (including that fairly remarkable high temperature of 95.1 on April 17th 2002). Thunder taking place after 11pm on the 30th brought the only thunder day for the month. " - [ + - ] 

Blacksburg - NWS Blacksburg reports the monthly mean temp was 2.4° above normal while rainfall was 0.94" above normal. The average winds speed was 6.4 MPH. [ + + ] 

Bridgewater - " The average temperature was 1.8 above normal, and the precipitation was 2.34" above normal. The precipitation for this year so far is about 5" above normal. What a contrast from last year! We have not had a strong thunderstorm so far this year. Snowfall this past winter was around 29 inches which is about 6 inches above average. " - report from Clayton 

Centreville - " April Fool's Day marked the end of a few days of tricky forecasts for how long nightly lows would continue to be less than 32. Gratefully, April first was, what we hope, the last night for the next several months when we have to tolerate such foolishness. 88 for highs on the 15th & 16th played a major role in jacking the average daily temperature to more than 5 above the 51.5 normal for the month. Days exceeding the average monthly high of 65.7 numbered 18 and gave us a mean maximum for April of 67.8. As for lows, one night was less than, and two nights were tied for the 37.2 average nightly low. The recorded average nightly lows exceeded the established average low by 8.6; a continuation of an upward creep since the first of the year, and nearly +2 over the March deviation. While our rainfall was 95% of the normal 3.28", our recorded 3.10" still allowed us to keep our annual rainfall total on the plus-side by 4.53". Although it was fairly moist throughout the month , the greatest 24 hour accumulation of 0.83" on April 7th & 8th amounted to just 27% of our total. With a mound of snow in D.C. still in the process of melting from the President's Day storm, I hope it's not too early to offer a reminder that only six months remain until October when 0.1" of snow accumulation is considered normal. Snow cones anyone??? Cheers! " - notes from Paul [ + - ] 

Charlottesville - The monthly average temperature was 2.3° below normal while rainfall was 5.30" above normal. The average wind speed was 6.6 mph. The average relative humidity was 75% while the average sky cover was 60%. [ - + ] 

Dulles - The mean temp was 0.3° above normal. The monthly rainfall was 0.51" below normal. Average wind speed, 7.6 mph. - from NWS WBC [ - - ] 

Falls Church - " April 2003 was slightly below in temperature but slightly above in rainfall. A week of damp, rainy weather brought one day with a brief period of sleet in the AM. Not enough to even be considered a trace before changing back to all rain- The sleet occurred the morning of the 7th. April 4-11 was the week where some rain fell each day and skies remained mostly cloudy. Some days had a brief period of sun. A peak wind gust of 32mph was measured on the 10th. The morning of the 24th had some light frost on the grassy surfaces. April 3rd the cherry blossoms were at peak and the weather couldn't have been more perfect (83/49 Clear, blue sky). on" - notes from Erica [ - + ] 

Herndon Bob reports: " My average max temp was 2.3 below the Dulles "normal" and the average min was 3.3 above. Total precip was only 0.1" below the Dulles "normal"; Dulles is about 4 miles WSW and its normal is the 1971-2000 average. This was a benign, pleasant month with enough precip for vegetation. " - [ + - ] 

Herndon - " The monthly temperature was 0.2 above average, precipitation was 0.10" below average, and snowfall was 0.4" below average. We had sleet on the 7th and thunder on the 30th. Besides several days with temperature ranges of 35+, April was a quiet month. No records were broken. " - notes from Russ [ + - ] 

Lynchburg - Rainfall for the month was 1.86" above normal while the mean temp was 0.9° above normal. The average wind speed was 6.0 MPH. The average sky cover was 40% and the average relative humidity was 67%. - from NWS Blacksburg [ + + ] 

Norfolk - NWS AKQ reported the mean temp at ORF was 0.5° above normal. Rainfall was 3.01" above normal and established a new precip total record for the month of April. The average wind speed was 11.4 mph. Sky cover was 40%. The average relative humidity was 75%. [ + + ] 

Norfolk - The Fred Heutte Center, in Historic Ghent, noted a mean barometer reading of 30.016". The mean relative humidity was 77%. The average wind speed was 5.0 mph from a dominant SE direction. 

Portsmouth - Precip in April was well-above normal, some 199% of the usual (+3.46"). Temps were slightly below normal (- ). Only 6 days with temps reaching into the 80s in a month where a 90 reading or two are common for early spring. Occasional development of coast hugging lows over the Mid-Atlantic brought excessive rains. Pattern remained with upper trough digging over the East and energy ejecting out of the south through the southeast US. New records for the month included: 2ND TEMPERATURE MAXIMUM 83 [PREVIOUSLY 82 1979]; 7TH PRECIPITATION 2.00" [PREVIOUSLY 1.11" 1989]; 9th PRECIPITATION 1.61" [PREVIOUSLY 0.76" 1976]; 9TH TEMPERTURE MINIMUM MAXIMUM 45 [PREVIOUSLY 46 1996]; 10TH TEMPERATURE MINIMUM MAXIMUM 48 [PREVIOUSLY 50 1997]; 10TH PRECIPITATION 0.98" [PREVIOUSLY 0.27" 2002]; 11TH TEMPERATURE MINIMUM MAXIMUM TIE 49 [PREVIOUSLY 1989]. Winds averaged 4.4 MPH from a dominant E direction. The average barometric pressure was 30.043". The average relative humidity was 74.0% and the average sky cover was 41.3%. For the year-to-date, the temperature average was just below normal (-0.7) while rainfall was 124% of the norm. [ - + ] 

Richmond - NWS AKQ reported the mean temp at RIC was 0.2° below normal. Rainfall was 1.20" above normal and a new precip record for April was established. The average sky cover was 60% while the average relative humidity was 73%. The average wind speed was 9.1 mph. [ - + ] 

Mechanicsville - Glenn reports: " A fairly calm month with a t-storm on the 10th that had strong winds and sharp lightning." 

Roanoke - Wendell's notes: " A wet, slightly above normal April. Rainfall was 1.19" above normal. The average temp was 0.6 above normal. No snow or even flurries while the norm for April here is 0.4 in." - [ + + ] 

Roanoke - NWS Blacksburg reports that the monthly mean temp was 0.7" above normal. Rainfall was 1.41" above normal. The average wind speed was 7.0 mph. The average relative humidity was 66% while the average sky cover was 50% [ + + ] 

Woodstock - " Wetter than most Aprils (6th of 18) and a little cooler too.THE weather event was a half inch of snow and slush on the 9th, to top off a truly nasty winter. I have been heating primarily with an ancient wood furnace, and last winter I used 30% more wood than in any winter in the last 18 years. I'm converting to propane! " - notes from Lauck [ - + ] 

North Carolina:

Asheville - from NWS GSP: The monthly mean temp was 1.1° above normal and the rainfall was 1.76" above normal. The average wind speed was 6.4 mph. Average relative humidity 73% while the average sky cover was 40%. [ + + ] 

Charlotte - NWS GSP reports the mean temp here was 2.3° below normal and precip was 5.30" above normal. The average wind speed was 6.6 mph. - [ - + ] 

Elizabeth City - The Elizabeth City Coast Guard Station [ECG] reported an average wind speed of 11.0 mph. The mean temp was 1.6° below normal while rainfall was 4.21" above normal. The average relative humidity was 77% while the average sky cover was 40%. - from NWS AKQ [ - + ] 

Fayetteville - NWS RDU reports the average wind speed was 8.1 mph. 

Cape Hatteras - The average temperature in April 2003 was 59.7. This was 0.5 warmer than the 1895-2003 average, the 40th warmest April on record (1895-2003). 9.18" of precipitation fell in April. This was 5.92" more than the 1895-2003 average, the 3rd wettest such month on record (1895-2003). - from NCDC [ + + ] 

Greensboro - NWS RDU notes a mean temp here of 0.8° above normal. Rainfall was 2.96" above normal. The average wind speed was 8.8 mph. - [ + + ] 

Hickory - The average wind speed was 5.3 mph. The average monthly temperature 1.5° below normal while rainfall was 4.71" above normal - from NWS GSP [ - + ] 

Lumberton - The average wind speed was 7.1 mph. The average monthly temperature was 0.1° below normal while rainfall was 1.99" above normal - from NWS ILM [ - + ] 

Raleigh - NWS RAH reported the monthly average temp was 0.9° below normal while rainfall was 1.55" above normal. The average relative humidity was 74% while the average sky cover was 50%. - [ - + ] 

Raleigh - Bob reports: " Conditions were similar to last month (March) with a couple of cold air damming episodes which resulted in days of overcast skies and precipitation. The average daily temperature was almost 1 below normal while precipitation was 1.95" above normal. Precipitation for the year is 3.78" above normal. No severe weather was observed at this station during April. " - [ - + ] 

Roxboro - notes reports: "April brought a variety of weather from temperatures in the 30s to the 80s; traces of snow, hail, and summer-like thunderstorms. Rainfall total was well above normal and temperatures averaged 4.6 above normal."

Wilmington - From NWS ILM: The average temp was 1.1° below normal while rainfall was a 3.54" above normal. The average wind speed was 8.2 mph. RECORD DAILY RAINFALL SET ON 7TH. PREVIOUS RECORD 1.37" SET IN 1953. RECORD DAILY RAINFALL SET ON 25TH. PREVIOUS RECORD 1.26" SET IN 1937. [ - + ] 

South Carolina:

Anderson - NWS GSP reports the monthly mean temp was 1.5° below normal. Rainfall was 1.09" above normal. The average wind speed was 6.2 mph. - [ - + ] 

Charleston- NWS CHS reports the monthly mean temp was 0.5° above normal. Rainfall was 2.41" above normal. The average wind speed was 8.0 mph. - [ + + ] 

Columbia - NWS CAE reports that the mean temp here was 1.5° below normal. Rainfall was a 3.67" above normal. The average wind speed was 6.4 mph. Average relative humidity was 73% while the average sky cover was 50%. [ - + ] 

Florence - The mean temp here was 2.0° below normal while rainfall totals were 0.52" above normal. The average wind speed was 7.3 mph. - from NWS ILM [ + + ] 

Greenville-Spartanburg - The monthly mean temperature was 0.3° above normal while rainfall was 3.59" above normal. The average wind speed was 7.4 mph. - from NWS GSP [ + + ] 

North Myrtle Beach - The mean temp was 1.1° below normal while rainfall was 4.46" above normal. The average wind speed was 7.8 mph. - from NWS ILM [ - + ] 

Orangeburg - NWS CAE reports the average wind speed was 6.2 mph. The average relative humidity was 76% while the average sky cover was 50%. 

Nearby Cities:

Tri-Cities - Tri-Cities received 6.66" of precipitation during April, which was 3.43" above normal. It was the 2nd wettest April on record at Tri-Cities. Measurable precipitation fell on thirteen days, with over one inch falling on two of those days. The heaviest rain fell on the 10th, when 2.18" was recorded. The wettest April at Tri-Cities was back in 1998, when 7.03" fell. The 18.28" of rain that has fallen for the year is well above normal, +4.22". The average monthly temperature at Tri-Cities was 56.6, which was 2.0 above normal. It ranked as the 27th warmest April at Tri-Cities. No daily records were broken. The warmest April at Tri-Cities was back in 1954, when the average temperature was 61.8. - from NWS MRX [ + + ] 

COLUMN DENOTATIONS:

A  maximum mean temperature T total precipitation (inches)
T1 Departure from normal
B  minimum mean temperature U maximum calendar day precipitation (inches)
C  monthly mean temperature
C1 Departure from normal
U1 date of maximum calendar day precipitation
D  maximum temperature V date(s) of maximum daily precipitation
E  date(s) of maximum temperature V1 maximum 24-hour precip. & date(s)
F  minimum temperature W number of days with precip. >= .01"
G  date(s) of minimum temperature  X number of days with precip. >= 1.0"
H  days with maximum temperature >=90 Y year-to-date precipitation (inches)
I  days with maximum temperature <=32 Z maximum calendar day snowfall (inches)
J  days with minimum temperature <=32 1 date of maximum calendar day snowfall (inches)
K  days with minimum temperature <= 0 2 number of days with snowfall
L  peak wind gust (miles per hour)  3 number of days with snowfall >= 1.0"
M  direction of peak wind gust 4  total snowfall for month (inches)
N  date(s) of peak wind gust  5 total snowfall for 2001-2002 season (inches)
O  number of days with thunder  6 maximum barometric pressure (inches)
P  number of days with hail 6A date of maximum barometric pressure 
Q  number of days with glaze 7 minimum barometric pressure (inches)
R  number of days with ice pellets 7A date of minimum barometric pressure
R1 number of days with dense fog [1/4 mile and less visibility] (i) incomplete data
S  local observation time for temps/precipitation (M) Missing, if listed in data table
 ~ "about" E estimated
 +  additional indeterminate number of days NR not recorded


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STATION / LOCATION (MILES & DIRECTION FROM MAIN POST OFFICE)/OBSERVER / YEAR RECORDS BEGAN / EMAIL ADDRESS:

AHB   Ashburn, VA  - Gary Oldham  7/01 281' AMSL  n6skk@arrl.net ROK   Roanoke, VA 6SW Wendell Prillaman  4/76 wlprillaman@cox.net
ANN    Annandale, VA 1 3/4 ENE - Lowell Koontz  12/90  wwkoontz@verizon.net AKQ    Wakefield, VA NWS Wakefield Municipal Airport 36-58-53N 077-00-04W 33M
DCA    Arlington, VA Washington, DC, Reagan Washington National Airport 38-50-54N 077-02-03W 18M WSH   Washington, VA  David Yowell runamok@runamok.com
BCB    Blacksburg, VA NWS Virginia Tech Airport 37-13N 080-25W WEE   Weems, VA 3WNW Francis J. Socey
BRI     Bridgewater, VA Clayton Towers Ctowers@rica.net WOO  Woodstock, VA 5NW Lauck Walton - 12/1/85 jwalton@shentel.net
CEN   Centreville, VA Paul Bassett 1985 m.psb@verizon.net  
CHO   Charlottesville, VA  Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport ASOS  (Rappahannock County) 38-08-18N 078-27-21W 192M AVL    Asheville, NC  Asheville Regional Airport 35-25-55N 082-32-15W 670M
DAN  Danville, VA, Danville Regional Airport, 36-34-22N 079-20-10W 175M  BRE    Brevard, NC 1SE Bob Keehn 1/1/90 Bob_Keehn@citcom.net
IAD   Dulles - Washington-Dulles International Airport  38-56-05N 077-26-51W 93M  CLT    Charlotte, NC NWS Charlotte/Douglas International Airpot 35-12-48N 080-56-55W 220M
FCH    Falls Church, VA Erica Page - 3/7/94 Windie1970@aol.com HKY  Hickory, NC 
HAM    Hampton, VA 5NE Dave Kessel 1989 davidckessel@cox.net ECG  Elizabeth City, NC,  Coast Guard Air Station 36-15-47N 076-10-58W 11M
  FAY  Fayetteville, NC Fayetteville Regional Airport, 34-59-22N 078-52-48W 55M
HER    Herndon, VA R.M. Beall P- 10/76   T-  1/91 beall47@earthlink.net GSO   Greensboro, NC NWS Piedmont Triad International Airport 36-05-51N 079-56-37W 275M
HRN   Herndon, VA 4SW Russ Topping -  1985 weatherman@cox.net LBT    Lumberton, NC  Lumberton Municipal Airport 34-36-26N 079-03-36W 37M
LXI     Lexington, VA  Scott M. Lancey, WREL Radio -  06/1996 weather@wrel.com RAL    Raleigh, NC 7NNW  Bob Woodson -  6/1/93 kf4mmm@qsl.net
LKU     Louisa, VA 1N Joseph Bowers 1944 - NWS ID  44-5050-02jmbiii@earthlink.net RDU   Raleigh-Durham, NC Raleigh-Durham International Airport 35-52-14N 078-47-11W 130M
LOU     Louisa, VA 6S John Bullock (about 1970) INACTIVE 1/1/02 ROX    Roxboro, NC 2SE Merriell A. Jay 1/93
LYH     Lynchburg, VA NWS Lynchburg Regional Airport 37-19-15N 079-12-24W 295M ILM     Wilmington, NC NWS New Hanover International Airport 34-16-06N 077-54-22W 9M
NEW    Newmarket, VA 2W Joyce Winfree joywood@shentel.net CHS   Charleston, SC NWS Charleston Air Force Base 32-53-56N 080-02-26W 13M
NPN     Newport News, VA 7N Gary Leonard -  6/91 GaryMLeonard@aol.com CAE    Columbia, SC NWS Columbia Metropolitan Airport 33-56-31N 081-07-05W 73M 
NOR     Norfolk, VA 3NE Jim Fentress 6/1/77 FLO    Florence, SC Florence Regional Airport 34-11-16N 079-43-51W 44M
ORF     Norfolk, VA 5NE 36-54-13N 076-11-31W 14M  1871 GSP   Greenville-Spartanburg, SC NWS Greenville-Spartanburg Airport 34-53-02N 082-13-15W 286M 
POR     Portsmouth, VA 36.81° North 76.33° West 3S Bill Trotter -  7/1/76 wxr@cox.net CRE    North Myrtle Beach, SC Grand Strand Airport 33-48-42N 078-43-26W 10M
MEC     Mechanicsville, VA Glen Martin 11/19/91 OGB   Orangeburg, SC  Orangeburg Municipal Airport 33-27-50N 080-51-13W 59M
FHC  Norfolk, VA  Fred Heutte Center 36° 54'N 76° 16'W 01/01/03 AND   Anderson, SC 
RIC     Richmond, VA Richmond International Airport 37-30-40N 077-19-24W 50M TRI     Tri-cities, TN  (Bristol / Johnson / Kingsport), Tri-City Regional Airport 36-28-47N 082-23-56W 474M 
ROA    Roanoke, VA Roanoke Regional Airport 37-19-01N 079-58-27W 362M DAV  Davis, WV Dave Lesher wvweather@mountain.net