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SUMMARY OF CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA 


APRIL 2006

...TEMPERATURES ABOVE NORMAL ALL AREAS
WHILE RAINFALL TOTALS IMPROVE FOR MANY AREAS...


  • REPORT RECONCILES ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE TRENDS    First of 21 Reports from the U.S. Climate Change Science Program Significantly Revises, Updates Conclusions from Previous Key Reports View the article from NOAA here: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2006/s2623.htm


  • AREA WHERE HURRICANES DEVELOP IS WARMER, SAY NOAA SCIENTISTS    The region of the tropical Atlantic where many hurricanes originate has warmed by several tenths of a degree Celsius over the 20th century... more at the following link: http://www.fema.gov/emergency/reports/2006/nat050306.shtm`


  • WEATHER PHILATELY   Kevin Shaw of ACON DC?MD/DE has discovered this website from the AASC list he's on. Check it out when you get the chance... Very interesting collection of links to postal items from various weather or weather-related categories. Nice scans of those recent cloud stamps the postal service put out back in the fall of 2004... And a lot more! Thanks Kevin... http://www.cira.colostate.edu/ramm/hillger/weather.htm.


  • DROUGHT MONITOR    http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html
  • REMINDER All 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 can be used for these purposes.

  • ACON VA/NC/SC Member Station Extremes - APRIL 2006
    State
    Maximum Temperature
    Minimum
    Temperature
    Warmest
    Average
    Temperature
    Coldest
    Average
    Temperature
    Maximum
    Precipitation
    Minimum
    Precipitation
    Virginia
    91°
    Danville
    27°
    New Market
    61.6°
    Norfolk (FHC)
    56.2°
    New Market
    6.68"
    Ladysmith
    1.27"
    Danville
    North Carolina
    95°
    Fayetteville
    29°
    Raleigh (RDU)
    65.5°
    Fayetteville
    58.6°
    Asheville
    4.93"
    Raleigh (RDU)
    1.66"
    Lumberton
    South Carolina
    94
    Florence
    35°
    Columbia
    68.1°
    Charleston
    63.6°
    North Myrtle Beach
    3.66"
    North Myrtle Beach
    1.08"
    Columbia

    ( For an explanation of column headers in the following tables,
    please note the column denotations table below. )


    TEMPERATURE / WINDS/ ELEMENTS

    VIRGINIA
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
    
         STN  A      B    C     C1    D    E  F     G   H  I  J K K1  L  M     N   N1   N2   O P Q R R1 R2  S    CWA
         -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         ANN 70.07 47.5  58.78 +3.3  82    15 32    9   0  0  1 0 63% 38 W     3             3 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         BCB 70.1  42.5  56.3  +6.3  82    15 28   10   0  0  2 0 63% 62 270  7   5.2       9 1 0 0  2     2400 RNK
         BRI 68    46    57    +4.3  82     7 34   29   0  0  0 0                            3 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         CEN 69.2  46.2  57.7  +5.0  82     7 32    9   0  0  1 0     38 331  5   2.9  NNW  4 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         CHO 71.8  44.6  58.2  +1.1  86    15 31 9,10   0  0  3 0 58  97 270  3   4.9       6 0 0 0  3     2400 LWX
         DAN 75.1  46.9  61.0  +3.7  91    15 30   10   1  0  1 0 61% 44 240 22   6.5       6 0 0 0  5     2400 RNK
         DCA 69.7  49.3  59.5  +2.4  83    15 34    9   0  0  0 0 59% 40 280  3   9.2       4 0 0 0  1     2400 LWX
                                                                      40 230  7
                                                                      40 360 25
         IAD 69.6  45.1  57.4  +4.3  82    15 31   10   0  0  1 0 59% 49 280  3   7.3       4 0 0 0  1     2400 LWX
         FCH 67.3  48.8  58.1        83    20 35    9   0  0  0 0     55       3             4 1 0 0  1     2400 LWX
         HAM 69.0  50.0  60.0  +2.0  86    15 35   10   0  0  0 0 45% 36 SW   22   7.0  SW   8 0 0 0  0 50% 2400 AKQ
         HER 67.5  45.5  56.5  +3.4  79.5  15 31.6  9   0  0  1 0     28       5             3 0 0 0        2400 LWX
         LDY 72    44    58    +0.8  87    15 32   10   0  0  1 0 55%                        6 0 0 0  1     2400 AKQ
         LYH 72.8  45.0  58.9  +3.6  86    15 30    9   0  0  3 0 61% 45 300  7   4.7       7 0 0 0  4     2400 RNK
         NEW 71.06 41.33 56.19 +3.0  85    20 27 6,22   0  0  5 0 58% 40 W    15  18.9  SW   4 0 0 0  4     1800 LWX
         NPN 71.7  49.1  60.4        86    15 33   10   0  0  0 0     29 NW    5             8 1 0 0  1     2400 AKQ
         NOR 70.9  49.5  60.2  +2.7  86    15 34   10   0  0  0 0                            3 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         ORF 70.1  50.9  60.5  +3.1  85    15 37   10   0  0  0 0 64% 38 230  7  10.2       1 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         FHC 71.64 51.56 61.60       85.9  15 40.3  9   0  0  0 0 65% 32 236  7   4.0  203 5 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         POR 71.4  50.6  61.0  +1.9  85.2  15 35.5 10   0  0  0 0 68% 34 270  5   4.7  148 5 0 0 0  0 36% 2400 AKQ
         CTR 74.1  44.9  59.5  +2.4  88.0  15 28.5 10   0  0  2 0 65% 24 SW   1,7  0.9  SSW  5 0 0 0  0 33% 2400 AKQ
         MEC 75.1  46.8  61.2        88    15 31   10   0  0  1 0     15 W     4             8 0 0 0  2     1700 AKQ
         RIC 72.8  47.5  60.2  +3.1  88    15 32   10   0  0  1 0 58% 43 280  3   8.1       5 1 0 0  1     2400 AKQ
         ROA 73.3  48.4  60.8  +4.7  86     7 35   10   0  0  0 0 56% 60 300  7   6.9       8 0 0 0  2     2400 RNK
         AKQ 74    45    59.5        88    15 29    6   0  0  2 0                                           2400 AKQ
         WAL 66.0  46.9  56.5  +3.2  81    15 34   10   0  0  0 0     41 050 30  10.0       0 0 0 0  4     2400 AKQ
         WOO 67.3  48.3  57.8  +2.7  79  8,16 33    9   0  0  0 0                            7 0 0 0  2     2400 LWX
         WSH 69.9  45.6  57.8  +2.47 83.7  20 31.3  9   0  0  1 0 60% 26 E     5   2.0  NNE  6 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
    NORTH CAROLINA
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
        
         STN  A      B    C     C1    D    E  F     G   H  I  J K K1  L  M     N   N1   N2   O P Q R R1 R2  S    CWA
         -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         AVL 72.3  44.9  58.6  +4.5  87    16 31   10   0  0  1 0 60% 44 280 17   6.3       7 0 0 0  2 30% 2400 GSP
         MRH 71.6  55.1  63.3        82    16 36   10   0  0  0 0     43 240  3  11.3       7 0 0 0  0     2400 MHX
         CLT 76.6  49.6  63.1  +2.2  89    16 32   10   0  0  1 0 57% 43 360 17   6.0       7 0 0 0  1 50% 2400 GSP
         ECG 72.1  49.1  60.6  +0.5  86    15 32   10   0  0  1 0 65% 48 270  3  10.5       0 0 0 0  2     2400 AKQ
         FAY 79.4  51.5  65.5        95    15 36   10   3  0  0 0 56% 64 320 17   8.3       1 0 0 0  2     2400 RAH
         GSO 74.6  50.1  62.3  +4.8  90    15 34   10   1  0  0 0 62% 43 220 22   7.4       6 0 0 0  2     2400 RAH
         HSE 67.4  53.8  60.6  +0.8  76    15 44   19   0  0  0 0     46 230  3  10.5       0 0 0 0  1     2400 MHX
                                                                      36 290 15                            
         HKY 75.8  50.8  63.3  +5.0  89    16 34   10   0  0  0 0     38 300  3   5.4       8 0 0 0  1     2400 GSP
         LBT 78.4  49.9  64.2  +3.7  92    15 32   10   3  0  1 0     53 340 17   7.0       0 0 0 0  3     2400 ILM
         EWN 75.7  50.4  63.1        90    15 35   10   1  0  0 0    131 230 14   8.2       5 0 0 0  3     2400 MHX
         RAL 76.5  48.3  62.4  +3.3  89 15,16 29   10   0  0  1 0     39       3             4 0 0 0  1     2400 RAH
         RDU 75.5  49.9  62.7  +3.6  89 15,16 33   10   0  0  0 0 62% 55 260  3   7.1       5 1 0 0  5     2400 RAH
         ROX 75.0  49.1  62.2  +4.9  89    15 33   10   0  0  0 0 64% 38 NW    4        VBL  7 0 0 0  1 45% 2400 RAH
         ILM 77.5  52.8  65.1  +2.4  92    15 35   10   2  0  0 0     56 260  3   9.4       4 0 0 0  0     2400 ILM
    
    SOUTH CAROLINA
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
       
         STN  A      B    C     C1    D    E  F      G  H  I  J K K1  L  M     N   N1   N2   O P Q R R1 R2  S    CWA
         -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         AND 77.5  51.6  64.5  +3.9  90    17 38    10  1  0  0 0     40 250  3   6.5       6 0 0 0  3     2400 GSP
                                                                      41 300 14
         CAE 80.4  53.6  67.0  +3.8  92    16 35    10  6  0  0 0 56% 43 270  3   7.2       3 0 0 0  2     2400 CAE
                                                                      32 220 14
         CRE 74.1  53.1  63.6        90    15 38    10  0  0  4 0     38 200  3   8.8       4 0 0 0  4     2400 CHS
                                                                      38 220 22
         CHS 80.6  55.6  68.1  +3.9  92    15 41    10  4  0  0 0     53 240 26   9.0       4 0 0 0  2     2400 CHS
         FLO 80.2  51.9  66.1        94    15 37    10  1  0  0 0     51 330 17   8.3       3 0 0 0  3     2400 ILM
         GSP 77.2  52.3  64.8  +5.8  92    17 38    10  2  0  0 0 56% 45 260  3   7.5       9 3 0 0  2 20% 2400 GSP
         OGB 80.0  53.1  66.6        91    15 38    10  1  0  0 0     36 280  3   6.8       7 0 0 0  5     2400 CAE    
    NEARBY STATIONS
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
       
         STN  A      B    C     C1    D    E  F      G   H  I  J K K1  L  M     N   N1   N2  O P Q R R1 R2  S    CWA
         ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         TRI 72.1  46.4  59.2  -4.6  85    16  32  9,10 0  0  2 0     49 270    3  5.2     12 0 0 0  2     2400 MRX
         DAV 59.7  36.2  49.5        74    21  19     9 0  1 10 0                                           0700 PBZ    

    (Please note the column denotations table below.)
    PRECIPITATION / BAROMETRIC PRESSURE

    VIRGINIA
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         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V    V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3   4    5     6    6A   7    7A    8     S
         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         ANN  4.43        2.31 22 2.34 21-22 12 1 10.32   T    5  1 0   T  21.7  30.44 29, 29.52   3 29.96  2400
                                                                                        30
         BCB  3.93  +0.10 1.01 22             9 1  8.52   T    7  1 0   T  20.4                             2400
         BRI  2.84  +1.0  1.13 22 1.33 21-22 10 1  6.99  0.0           0.0 15.0  30.33  29 29.10  16        1615/1600
                                                                                        30
         CEN  3.20  -0.24 1.07 22 1.07    22 10 1  8.01  0.0           0.0 20.2  30.43     29.56  15 30.00  2400
         CHO  3.04  -0.30 1.11 22 1.12 21-22 10 1  7.65  0.0           0.0                                  2400
         DAN  1.27  -2.56 0.57 22             7 0  5.63  0.0           0.0  1.6  30.39  10 29.55  15        2400
         DCA  3.10  +0.33 1.08 22             8 1  8.86  0.0           0.0 13.6                             2400
         IAD  4.86  +1.64 2.88 22 2.89 21-22 11 1  9.71  0.0           0.0 14.1                             2400
         FCH  4.98        1.75 22 2.36 22-23  9 1 10.61  0.0           0.0 13.9                             2400
         HAM  3.33  +0.33 0.83 22 1.13 21-22 10 1  7.49  0.0           0.0       30.42  12 29.53  15 29.96  2400
         HER  4.86  +1.64 2.80 22 2.80    22 11 1 10.17  0.0           0.0 20.0                             2400
         LDY  6.68  +3.79 1.97 22 3.21 21-22  9 3 15.70  0.0           0.0 10.5  30.44  30 29.56 3,7 29.98  2400
         LYH  2.44  -1.02 1.20 22 1.22 21-22 11 1  8.42  0.0           0.0 12.9  30.42  30 29.57   3        2400
         NEW  3.61  +1.0       22            11 1  8.64  0.0           0.0 16.75 30.62  29 29.84   4        1700
         NPN  3.96        0.91 22 0.94 22-23  5 0  4.21  0.0           0.0  0.8  30.35  12 29.46  15        2400
         NOR  3.69  -0.28 0.80  8 1.11   8-9 12 0  7.86  0.0           0.0  1.3                             2400
         ORF  3.65  +0.27 1.10 25 1.39 25-26 11 1  7.50  0.0           0.0  0.8  30.42  12 29.53  15        2400
         FHC  5.45        1.24 26            13 1 10.44  0.0           0.0  1.0  30.417 12 29.537 15 29.964 2400
         POR  3.38  -0.07 0.77 26 0.85 25-26 12 0  7.17  0.0           0.0  1.0  30.43  12 29.55  15 29.971 2400
         CTR  3.25  +0.02 0.85 25 0.87 21-22 12 0  7.64  0.0           0.0  6.5  30.39  29 29.52  15 29.933 2400
         MEC  4.09        1.31 22 1.72 22-23 10 1  9.20  0.0           0.0  6.4  30.18  30 29.35  15        1700
         RIC  2.18  -1.09 0.66 22             8 0  6.74  0.0           0.0  8.5  30.73  29 29.54  15        2400
         ROA  3.00  -0.61 1.04  7 1.11   7-8 11 1  8.47  0.0           0.0 10.0  30.42  30 29.59   7        2400
         AKQ  5.26        1.81 22            14 2  9.63  0.0           0.0  1.4                             2400
         WAL  2.35  -0.43 0.65 22 0.78 21-22 12 0  6.10  0.0           0.0  3.7  30.41  29 29.52  15        2400
         WOO  3.99  +0.93         0.86 21-22 15 0  8.23  0.0           0.0 17.4  30.51  29 29.78   8        0800
         WSH  4.13  +0.29 1.26 17 1.26    17 14 1  9.64   T       1 0    T 22.3  30.46  30 29.57   3        2400
    NORTH CAROLINA
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         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V    V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3   4    5     6    6A   7    7A    8     S
         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         AVL  4.58  +1.08 1.51 19 1.51    19 10 1 11.62  0.0          0.0  1.4                              2400
         MRH  3.83        1.25 22 1.43 22-23  8 1 11.34  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.43  12 29.55  17         2400
         CLT  2.36  -0.59 0.92 22 0.90    22  8 0  8.08  0.0          0.0    T                              2400
         ECG  2.68  -0.32 1.11  3 1.12   3-4  8 1  7.32  0.0          0.0  0.5  30.43  12 29.55  15         2400
         FAY  2.73        0.95 27 1.11 26-27  6 0  7.73  0.0          0.0  0.0                              2400
         GSO  2.71  -0.72 0.94 27 1.22 26-27  8 0  6.63  0.0          0.0  1.3                              2400
         HSE  3.22  -0.07 0.97 22 1.69 22-23  8 0 11.33  0.0          0.0  0.5  30.32  29 29.72  26         2400
         HKY  3.54  -0.16 0.84 22 1.04 25-26 12 0  9.64  0.0          0.0    T                              2400
         LBT  1.66  -1.17 0.72 27 0.97 26-27  5 0  5.14  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.42  12 29.42  17         2400
         EWN  3.70  -1.31 0.96  8 1.31 26-27  8 0  9.97  0.0          0.0    T  30.43  12 29.54  17         2400
         RDU  4.93  +2.13 1.83 22             8 2  9.90   T    3  1 0   T    T                              1900
         RAL  4.77  +2.17         1.03 21-22  9 0 10.32  0.0          0.0    T  30.44  12 29.64  17         2400
         ROX  4.23  +1.30 1.60 22 1.60    22  9 1  9.45  0.0      0 0 0.0  2.1  30.44 11, 29.63 15,  30.02  2200
                                                                                       12        17
         ILM  3.06  +0.12 0.76 17 1.21 26-27  7 0  9.57  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.42  12 29.42  17         2400
    SOUTH CAROLINA
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         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V    V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5     6    6A   7    7A    8     S
         ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
         AND  2.38  -0.97 0.83 22 1.26 21-22  9 0 10.25  0.0          0.0    T                              2400
         CAE  1.08  -1.90 0.40  8 0.40     8  5 0  8.09  0.0          0.0    T  30.41  12 29.52  17         2400
         CRE  3.66  +1.54 1.19 26 1.55 26-27  6 1 11.02  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.41  12 29.43  17         2400
         CHS  3.00  +0.23 1.23  8 1.32 26-27  6 2  9.67  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.39  12 29.56  17         2400
         FLO  1.50  -1.29 0.69 26 1.06 26-27  7 0  7.01  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.41  12 29.45  17         2400
         GSP  3.60  +0.06 0.98 19 1.05 21-22 10 0  9.94   T  8,19 3 0  T     T                              2400
                                                              26
         OGB  2.02        0.97 26 1.04 26-27  6 0 10.28  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.41  12 29.56  17         2400    
    NEARBY STATIONS
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         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V      V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5    6   6A   7   7A    8     S
         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         TRI  5.69  +2.46 1.24 22 1.58 21-22 15 1 14.46  0.0           0.0   9.2  30.36  11 29.56  17       2400
         DAV  5.69        0.99 17            18 0 18.69  5.2  5  6  1  6.7 165.8                            0700    

    Virginia:

    Annandale - Lowell reports: " April was +3.4 warmer than average and +0.90 inches above average in precipitation but the year's total is still -3.91 inches below average chiefly because of the very dry March. April's mean monthly temperature was 58.78 and was the fourth warmest in the last 26 years and the warmest April since 2002. It was interesting that the highest temperature for the month was only 82, which was a -3.0 departure and the lowest in April since 2000. The greatest daily temperature range during April was only 33 and the least since 1998. It is also interesting that the lowest daily temperature range was 12 degrees F which was the third highest in the last 26 years with 14 being the record in 2002. April had 12 days with measurable precipitation but 2.31 inches or 52% of the month's rain fell on the 22nd which was the second most rainfall on an April day since April 15, 1983 when the 26 year April record of 2.57 inches occurred. Also on the 22nd we had 1.10 inches of rainfall in one hour, which set a new record of the most rain to fall in a one-hour period in April; the old record was 0.86 inches in 1998 (rainfall intensity records since 1991). The lowest wind chill (new scale) for April was 25.7 on the 9th at 0555. The lowest relative humidity for April was 19% on the 20th at 1656. The maximum wind gust of 38 mph from the west was recorded on the 3rd at 1906. There were only three days with thunder and no hail or heavy fogs. The only frozen precipitation occurred on the 5th when a mix of rain and snow occurred between 0744 and 0750. The last measurable snow to occur in April was 1.0 inch on April 9, 2000. April DAILY Records Tied or Broken (26-Years of records): 1 HIGH maximum temperature: 13; 1 HIGH minimum temperature: 15; 1 LOW minimum temperature: 30; 2 HIGH precipitation: 3, 22; " [ + + ] 

    Arlington - Report from NWS LWX: " NEARLY AN INCH AND A HALF OF RAIN FELL DURING THE 21ST AND 22ND. THAT WAS OUR BIGGEST RAIN EVENT SINCE THE MIDDLE OF JANUARY. THE OTHER NOTABLE ASPECT OF APRIL WAS THAT IT WAS THE ELEVENTH WARMEST APRIL ON RECORD. THERE WERE NO EXCESSIVELY HOT DAYS OR ANY RECORDS BROKEN... BUT IT WAS CONSISTENTLY WARM. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WAS 83 DEGREES ON THE 15TH. " [ + + ] 

    Bridgewater - " The average temperature for the month was 4.3 degrees above normal, while the precipitation was .1 inches above normal. Precipitation for the year is now 6.99 inches, which is 3.94 inches below normal. We could use more rain. " - [ + + ] - report from Clayton

    Centreville - " Absolutely unremarkable! Well, maybe not quite that dull. After all, when compared to the extreme drought of March, some long awaited rain finally did arrive to put the grass cutting ritual back to full throttle again. The departure in the average monthly temperature indicated some moderation, and being just 5.0 over the 52.7 normal compared to February when the departure weighed in at nearly 6.0 above the average. A high monthly temperature of 82 on April 7th preceded the arrival of a cool front on the 8th followed by the monthly low of 32 on April 9th; all within less than 36 hours. The average nighttime low of 46.2 was six degrees warmer than normal and was just a moderate deviation when compared to other recent monthly low average readings. A relatively consistent rainfall distribution occurred in April with not quite half of our precipitation accumulating in the first 15 days; over half of our precipitation falling during the last half of the month. With 3.20" in the bucket and a healthy supply of cubes in the freezer for April, we came in at 93% of our 3.44" normal for the month. This shortage is minute in comparison to March, and April only added slightly to a major rainfall deficit for the year of 5.67", or 59% of normal. " - [ + + ] - report from Paul

    Falls Church - " April 2006 was a warm month but a wet one. After a record dry March the extra rainfall in April was very welcome! " - [ + + ] - report from Windie

    Herndon - Bob notes:" My average MAX temperature was 1.6 degrees ABOVE the Dulles "normal" and the average MIN was 5.3 degrees ABOVE "normal". Snowfall was 0.4 inches BELOW the Dulles average. The groundwater observation well at Reston showed a net rise of about 1.8 feet for the month (provisional data). " - [ + + ] 

    Ladysmith - Danny sends these notes: " April brought warm temperatures and an abundance of precipitation, with well over 6 inches of rain helping to make up the tremendous deficit March left behind. Over 3 inches of rain on the 21st and 22nd brought minor flooding to some areas. Some month-end lows in the mid 30s caused some frost to form on early blooming flowers. " - [ + + ]

    Norfolk - " Temperatures at the Fred Heutte Center were above normal while rainfall improved considerably with above normal precip. " [ -/+ - ] 

    Portsmouth - " In April, the temperature average was 1.9 ABOVE normal. Rainfall for the month was slightly below normal, by 0.07". No new station temp or rainfall records. Cold frontal passages on the 1st, 4th, 5th, 8th, 15th, 23rd, 26th with a warm frontal passage on the 22nd; Heavy smoke was noted on the 7th from a fire in the Great Dismal Swamp (Chesapeake). For the year, the temperature average was 50.8 or 2.7 above normal. Rainfall at the end of April was 7.35" BELOW normal (49%) " [ + - ] 

    North Carolina:

    Greensboro - NWS Raleigh (RAH) reports: " ...CLIMATE RECORDS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL... AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 62.4 DEGREES...SECOND WARMEST APRIL. THE PREVIOUS SECOND WARMEST APRIL WAS 62.1 DEGREES IN 2002. THE WARMEST MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR APRIL WAS 63.3 DEGREES IN 1967. RECORD MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 90 DEGREES ON THE 15TH... WHICH BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 88 DEGREES IN 1972. RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 65 DEGREES ON THE 15TH... WHICH BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 63 DEGREES IN 1967. RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 66 DEGREES ON THE 16TH... WHICH BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 62 DEGREES IN 2002. " - [ + + ]

    Raleigh - NWS Raleigh (RAH) reports: " ...CLIMATE RECORDS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL... MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 62.7...FIFTH WARMEST APRIL AT RDU ...SINCE 1944. THE PREVIOUS FIFTH WARMEST APRIL AT RDU...SINCE 1944...WAS 62.6 DEGREES IN 1977. THE WARMEST APRIL AT RDU...SINCE 1944...WAS 63.6 DEGREES IN 1994 AND 1954. RECORD MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 89 DEGREES ON THE 16TH... WHICH TIED THE PREVIOUS RECORD RECORDED IN 2002 AND 1972. RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 63 DEGREES ON THE 16TH... WHICH TIED THE PREVIOUS RECORD FROM 1954. RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 54 DEGREES ON THE 27TH... WHICH TIED THE PREVIOUS RECORD FROM 1978. MONTHLY PRECIPITATION OF 4.93 INCHES...FOURTH WETTEST APRIL AT RDU...SINCE 1944. THE PREVIOUS FOURTH WETTEST APRIL AT RDU...SINCE 1944...WAS 4.91 INCHES IN 1989. THE WETTEST APRIL AT RDU...SINCE 1944...WAS 6.10 INCHES IN 1978. Statewide, April rainfall totals generally returned to near normal values across North Carolina. This happened after one of the driest March's on record. Several significant rainfall events during the last 8 days of April allowed several stations to record above average monthly rainfall amounts. Raleigh-Durham's monthly rainfall total was 2.13 inches above normal and Asheville was 1.08 inches above normal. The Raleigh-Durham Airport location recorded their 5th wettest April since records have been kept in 1944. Other locations did not fair quite as well including Fayetteville and Mount Airy. Both of these stations ended the month at 1.17 inches below normal. The April 2006 average monthly temperatures averaged well above normal (3 to 5 degrees) at most of the inland locations. Greensboro recorded their 2nd warmest April since 1928 and Raleigh-Durham had their 5th warmest April since 1944. It was not quite as balmy along the immediate coast and on the Outer Banks, where temperatures only averaged 0.5 to 2.4 degrees above normal from Elizabeth City to Wilmington. Soil moisture and stream flow levels slipped to near all time record low values over the Piedmont as dry weather persisted through mid April. The rainfall during the latter half of the month increased topsoil moisture levels and temporarily increased some of the small stream flows. The rain was even enough to put a small dent in the long-term drought conditions. The APRIL 2006 North Carolina Weather Review is available at: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/ncsummaries/MonthlySummary.Apr.2006.doc. " - [ + + ]

    Raleigh: - " Abundant rainfall fell during April with rainfall 2.17" above normal for the month. The average daily temperature was 3.3 degrees above normal. In addition, there were several severe weather events during April, but no major damage or confirmed tornadoes. Thunderstorms were observed on four days. " - [ + + ] - report from Bob

    Elsewhere:

    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 VRB Variable
    K  days with minimum temperature <= 0 1 date of maximum calendar day snowfall (inches)
    K1 average relative humidity 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 2005-2006 season (inches)
    N1   average wind speed (miles per hour) 6 maximum barometric pressure (inches)
    N2 dominant wind direction 6A date of maximum barometric pressure
    O  number of days with thunder  7 minimum barometric pressure (inches)
    P  number of days with hail 7A date of minimum barometric pressure
    Q  number of days with glaze 8   average sea-level pressure
    R  number of days with ice pellets STN  Station
    R2 sky cover percentage NR not recorded
    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 CWA - NWS Office County Warning Area


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      ROK   Roanoke, VA 6SW Wendell Prillaman  4/76 wlprillaman@cox.net
    ANN    Annandale, VA 1 3/4 ENE - Lowell Koontz  8/31/79  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 - deceased 3/19/06
    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, 38 50.9788' N LAT. 77 25.6374' W LON. | Elevation 324' | m.psb@verizon.net LDY Ladysmith, VA Danny Jessee 2003 danny@dannyjessee.com
    CCV   Campbell County, VA - 37 24' N 79 04' W - Roger Penny September 2005 bulletnva@yahoo.com WAL   Wallops Island, VA 37 56'26" N 75 27'47" W Wallops Flight Facility Airport
    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
      MRH    Beaufort, NC  Michael J. Field Airport 34-44-01N 076-39-38W 3M
    DAN  Danville, VA, Danville Regional Airport, 36-34-22N 079-20-10W 175M  BRE    Brevard, NC 1SE Bob Keehn 1/1/90 rkeehn@brinet.com
    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 david82@verizon.net ECG  Elizabeth City, NC,  Coast Guard Air Station 36-15-47N 076-10-58W 11M
    CTR  Winterpock in Chesterfield County, VA Albert Arnold 06/03 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 -  1985-2006  russ.topping@gmail.com - ceased operation March 2006 HSE    Cape Hatteras, NC  Mitchell Field 35-13-56N 075-27-21W 3M
       LBT    Lumberton, NC  Lumberton Municipal Airport 34-36-26N 079-03-36W 37M
       EWN    New Bern, NC  Craven County Regional Airport 36-04-03N 077-02-50W 3M
    LXI     Lexington, VA  Scott M. Lancey, -  06/96 weather@midatlanticwx.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 - MEMBER DECEASED FALL 2004 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 fhcgarden@cox.net 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 canaanwx@canaantv.tv