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

...TEMPERATURES AND PRECIP CLOSE TO THOSE OF JULY...
...FIRST HALF OF MONTH WET; SECOND HALF IS DRY...
...T-STORMS ROAM THE LAND IN GREATER NUMBERS...

August was interesting in that most of you reported average maximum and minimum temperatures - thus average temps - very close to those of July. For the first half of August, rains continued to fall similarly to those throughout June and July. In the latter half of the month, the tap was turned off and we enjoyed a stretch of drier weather. As a result, temps warmed the latter half of the month and countered the cool start. Of equally, or greater, interest were the numbers of thunderstorm days noted throughout the region, with a high of 19 at Anderson, South Carolina. Relative humidity levels - resulting from very high dew points - averaged in the 70-80% range, very high by anyone's standards. Coastal areas from Cape Hatteras south and along the coast through South Carolina noted below normal rainfall.
  • National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD) Experimental Forecast & Data Images: The NWS Wakefield, among other local NWS webpage sites, has a fantastic new and experimental graphical subpage of public and marine digital forecasts. Parameters include, among others, temperature, dew point, probability of precipitation, sky cover, wind direction and speed, as well as rainfall QPF. We think you'll really enjoy these new visual aids with mouse-over effect while making your daily weather forecasts. Check this feature out at the NWS Wakefiled website from which you can locate adjacent sites with such displays.

  • 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 may be used for these purposes.
ACON VA/NC/SC Member Station Extremes - AUGUST 2003
State
Maximum Temperature
Minimum
Temperature
Warmest
Average
Temperature
Coldest
Average
Temperature
Maximum
Precipitation
Minimum
Precipitation
Virginia
99°
Newport News
54°
New Market
81.0°
Mechanicsville
72.7°
Blacksburg
10.81"
Newport News
2.30"
Blacksburg
North Carolina
96°
Raleigh (RAL)
59°
Elizabeth City
80.8°
Fayetteville
73.7°
Asheville
10.35"
Charlotte
4.22"
Elizabeth City
South Carolina
95
Columbia
65°
Greenville-Spartanburg
81.5°
Charleston
77.5°
Greenville-Spartanburg
11.34"
Greenville-Spartanburg
1.45"
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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ANN 84.23 69.16 76.69 +1.29 91    22 58.0 24   2  0  0 0 28 W    26 14 0 0 0  0 2400
BCB 82.5  62.9  72.7  +3.1  87 27,28 57   18   0  0  0 0 22 220 27  9 0 0 0  5 2400
BRI 85.3  66.1  75.7  +3.0  93    27 58   24   7  0  0 0             7 0 0 0  2 0515/1600
CEN 84.9  67.6  76.4  +3.1  92 26,29 57   24   5  0  0 0 36 022 26  4 0 0 0  0 2400
                                                         30 320 12
CHO 84.6  66.8  75.7  +0.3  91 27,30 59   25   6  0  0 0 35 200 28 15 0 0 0  7 2400
DAN 86.3  68.0  77.2        93    27 62   25   7  0  0 0                        2400
CTR 88.6  68.9  77.1        97.8  27 58.1 25  10  0  0 0 17 SE    3 12          2400
DCA 85.9  71.6  78.8  +1.4  94    22 64   24   8  0  0 0 47 340 27 12 0 0 0  0 2400
IAD 85.3  67.1  76.2  +1.8  92    22 56   24   5  0  0 0 46 350 26 12 1 0 0  2 2400
FCH 87.8  69.5  78.7        94    15 61   31   9  0  0 0 62      26  9 0 0 0  0 2400
HAM 88.5  69.5  79.0        96    16 62   25  16  0  0 0 58 w     6  8 0 0 0  0 2400
HER 83.9  68.1  76.8  +1.6  90.5  22 57.0 24   1  0  0 0 28      26 11 0 0 0    2400
HRN 84.1  67.4  74.9  +0.5  91.4  22 55.8 24   3  0  0 0 35 N    26 10 1 0 0  0 2400
LKU 86.8  66.5  76.7        93    27 57   24   0  0  0 0 28 SW   27  0 0 0 0  0 2400
LYH 84.4  65.9  75.2  +1.4  92    27 59   25   6  0  0 0 26 270 30 10 0 0 0  8 2400
NEW 86.19 64.71 75.46       94    26 54   24   8  0  0 0 37 SW   28  7 0 0 0  9 2400
NPN 88.6  70.9  79.7        99    27 58   25  15  0  0 0 30 W     5 13 0 0 0  0 2400
NOR 87.2  71.8  79.5  +2.1  95 27,30 60   25  11  0  0 0             2 0 0 0  0 2400
ORF 87.0  73.6  80.3  +2.9  97    30 62   25   8  0  0 0 29 070 16 15 0 0 0  1 2400
FHC 87.09 71.91 79.5        96.6  27 65.9 25  10  0  0 0 30 090  1             2400
POR 86.5  72.4  79.5  +1.3  94 15,27 62   25  10  0  0 0 20 360  5  5 0 0 0  0 2400
                                                         20 180 30
MEC 91    70    81          98 27,30 60   25  16  0  0 0            11 0 0 0  5 1700
RIC 86.6  70.0  78.3  +2.0  95    27 62   25   9  0  0 0 39 270  5 11 1 0 0  2 2400
ROA 85.2  67.5  76.4  +1.7  93 26,27 62   18   8  0  0 0 29 320  5 14 1 0 0  2 2400
                                                         29 230 27
ROK 86.4  67.0  76.7  +2.4  94 27,28 62 6,18,  9  0  0 0 20 NW 5,30 11 0 0 0  4 2230
                                          25
AKQ 88.0  69.0  78.5        96    27 58   25  10  0  0 0                        2400
WOO 82.1  66.2  74.1        89    23 59 24,25  0  0  0 0             8 0 0 0 14 0800
WSH 84.1  65.9  75.0        92    22 59.1 24   4  0  0 0 12 SW   23 11 0 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 83.0  64.4  73.7  +1.9  89 26,27 60 5,12   0  0  0 0 33 213 30 16 0 0 0 18 2400
CLT 86.3  69.0  77.6  -1.3  92    27 63    5   6  0  0 0 62 300 22 15 0 0 0  4 2400
ECG 86.9  72.0  79.5  +1.2  94    27 59   25   7  0  0 0 33 010 18 13 0 0 0  2 2400
FAY 89.5  72.1  80.8        95 27,28 67   25  15  0  0 0 33 100 12  2 0 0 0  8 2400
GSO 85.5  69.3  77.4  +1.2  93    27 65  5,11  6  0  0 0 40 180 11 18 0 0 0  4 2400
HKY 84.5  67.2  75.8  -0.5  91    27 62    5   1  0  0 0 32 200 17 13 0 0 0 11 2400
HSE             78.0  -0.6                                                      2400
LBT 88.3  72.1  80.2  +2.6  92 30,31 68   25   8  0  0 0 30 270 20 12 0 0 0 10 2400
RAL 88.4  69.5  79.0        96    27 62   25  10  0  0 0 22      31 13 0 0 0  3 2400
RDU 87.5  70.2  78.9  +1.7  94    27 65   25   8  0  0 0 33 260 15 13 0 0 0  7 2400
ROX 88.2  69.2  78.7        95 27,28 64  5,6,  9  0  0 0 31 S     5 14 0 0 0  7 2100
                                        24,25
ILM 87.4  72.9  80.2  +0.5  94    27 68   23   9  0  0 0 39 230 23  8 0 0 0  2 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 86.9  69.6  78.2  -0.2  92    27 66  8,11  6  0  0 0 36 330  7 19 0 0 0  8 2400
CAE 89.1  72.3  80.7  +0.4  95    26 70 17,21 15  0  0 0 45 260 21 13 0 0 0  4 2400
CHS 89.4  73.7  81.5  +1.0  93    27 70  5,16 15  0  0 0 36 160 18 15 0 0 0  4 2400
CRE 86.2  75.0  80.6  +1.7  92    27 71    19  6  0  0 0 30 210  8  1 0 0 0  3 2400
FLO 88.8  71.8  80.3  +0.5  94 27,28 69  5,25 10  0  0 0 28 240 16  3 0 0 0 12 2400
GSP 86.2  68.8  77.5   0.0  92 27,28 65 11,12  5  0  0 0 32 340 16 15 0 0 0  1 2400
OGB 89.1  71.6  80.4        93 30,31 69  5,17 17  0  0 0 24 220  5  5 0 0 0  6 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 Sl
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TRI 84.6  65.2  74.9  +2.1  91    26  60   19  2  0  0 0                        2400
DAV 72.7  58.6  65.7        78    28  47   25  0  0  0 0            16 0 0 0  1 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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ANN  3.98  +0.65 1.28 26 1.28    26 14 1 42.64  0.0          0.0 46.5  30.35  14 29.81  5, 2400
                                                                                        16
BCB  2.30  -1.38 0.51  8 0.51     8 13 0 40.84  0.0          0.0 35.2                      2400
BRI  4.45  +0.64 1.63 11 1.70 10-11 12 1 36.91  0.0          0.0 28.8  30.33     29.88     0515/1600
CEN  4.78  +1.14 1.97 16 2.61 16-17 20 1 43.74  0.0          0.0 48.1  30.37  14 29.82   6 2400
CHO  4.71  +0.57 1.11  3 1.63 15-16 17 1 42.68  0.0          0.0                           2400
DAN  4.18        1.04  1            17 0        0.0          0.0       30.34  14 29.80   7 2400
CTR  3.68        1.53  7 1.53     7  7 1 36.59  0.0          0.0       30.277 14 29.735  7 2400
DCA  4.65  +1.21 0.96 26 0.96 25-26 14 0 41.48  0.0          0.0 33.3                      2400
IAD  5.57  +1.79 1.48 13 1.55 16-17 18 2 42.92  0.0          0.0 50.1                      2400
FCH  4.46        0.85 26 1.25 29-30 12 0 36.03  0.0          0.0 37.1                      2400
HAM 10.20        2.30  6 2.60     6  8 5                                                   2400
HER  3.56  -0.22 1.40 26 1.40    26 16 1 43.89  0.0          0.0 50.0  30.35  14 29.72   5 2400
HRN  8.37  +4.59 2.35 13 2.49 12-13 21 3 51.77  0.0          0.0 52.1  30.332 14 29.796 16 2400
LKU  3.88        1.24  3            14 1 44.45  0.0          0.0 32.0  30.30     29.76     2400
LYH  3.56  +0.15 0.83 10 0.83    10 13 0 42.56  0.0          0.0 30.1  30.37  14 29.83  17 2400
NEW  4.69        1.30  3            15 1 31.00  0.0          0.0 45.75                     1700
NPN 10.81        2.20  7 2.20     7 14 5 45.04  0.0          0.0  6.75 30.30  14 29.76   7 2400
NOR  7.24  +2.01 2.47  4            11 3 46.03  0.0          0.0  5.1                      2400
ORF  6.08  +1.29 1.97  8 2.06   8-9 13 2 43.05  0.0          0.0  5.1  30.33  14 29.77   7 2400
FHC  4.52        1.18  4            11 0 44.05  0.0          0.0  6.0  30.365 14 29.820  7 2400
POR  5.49  +0.21 1.24  4 1.24     4 14 1 44.01  0.0          0.0  5.3  30.347 14 29.800  7 2400
MEC  5.19        1.81 16 1.83 16-17 15 2 53.05  0.0          0.0 14.4            29.62   7 1700
RIC  4.66  +0.48 1.20  9 1.20     9 12 1 43.07  0.0          0.0 17.0  30.35  14 29.81   7 2400
ROA  4.04  +0.30 1.59  9 1.59   8-9 16 1 45.49  0.0          0.0 17.4  30.37  14 29.84  17 2400
ROK  3.57  -0.44 0.82 16 1.15   8,9 15 0 47.67  0.0          0.0 28.6  30.30 13, 29.84   8 2400
                                                                            14,15                           
AKQ  9.35        3.32  7            18 3 44.30  0.0          0.0  7.9                      2400
WOO  2.76                0.54 10-11 15 0 34.60  0.0          0.0 64.1 *31.20  15 30.67   6 0800
                                                    *barometer not calibrated / note range only
WSH  4.72        1.21 27 1.21    27 17 1 38.76  0.0          0.0 58.1  30.39  14 29.83   5 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  6.80  +2.50 1.72  7 1.74   7-8 14 2        0.0          0.0       30.40  14 29.81   7 2400
CLT 10.35  +6.63 2.48  4 2.48     4 15 4 55.27  0.0          0.0 10.1  30.36  14 29.80   7 2400
ECG  4.22  -0.38 0.91  3 1.30   6-7 15 0 29.57  0.0          0.0  4.0  30.34  14 29.81   7 2400
FAY  8.66        2.77  2 2.81   2-3 13 3 44.49  0.0          0.0       30.33  14 29.78   4 2400
GSO  9.22  +5.54 3.00  3 3.00     3 16 3 48.31  0.0          0.0 15.2  30.36  14 29.81   7 2400
HKY  9.58  +5.73 2.52  6 2.82   6-7  1 0        0.0          0.0       30.34  14 29.79   7 2400
HSE  8.93  +2.97                                                                           2400
LBT  7.81  +2.65 3.79  9 4.37  9-10 15 2 41.99  0.0          0.0       30.33  14 29.81   7 2400
RAL  5.15        2.20 31 2.20 30-31 10 0 36.26  0.0          0.0  6.9  30.34  15 29.86   7 1900
RDU  8.57  +4.79 1.98 15 2.31 15-16 16 4 37.41  0.0          0.0  7.4  30.35  14 29.81   7 2400
ROX  5.47        1.16  9 1.16     9 15 2 52.53  0.0          0.0  7.3  30.35  14 29.80   7 2100
ILM  6.33  -0.98 1.88  7 1.88     7 12 3 41.41  0.0          0.0  3.0  30.25  31 29.91  23 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  4.04  +0.29 1.76 17 1.76    17 10 1        0.0          0.0       30.36  14 29.79   7 2400
CAE  3.62  -1.79 1.77  6 1.77     6 10 1 44.78  0.0          0.0  3.4  30.33  14 29.80   7 2400
CHS  3.83  -3.08 0.93  1 0.93     1 17 0 40.81  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.32  14 29.84   8 2400
CRE  2.08  -3.50 1.16 11 1.16    11 12 1 50.36  0.0          0.0       30.34  14 29.83   7 2400
FLO  1.45  -3.88 0.45  1 0.45     1 12 0 29.29  0.0          0.0       30.33  14 29.81   7 2400 
GSP 11.34  +7.26 3.15  6 4.09   6-7 18 4 53.05  0.0          0.0  5.3  30.35  14 29.77   5 2400 
OGB 10.42        2.30 13 2.30    13 19 3 46.82  0.0          0.0       30.31  26 29.81   2 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 11.34  +8.34 3.50  7 3.50     7 13 3 48.87  0.0           0.0                           2400 
DAV  7.17        1.49 12            17 3 49.60  0.0           0.0 241.9                     1900

Virginia:

Annandale - Lowell notes: " August was very humid, cloudier, warmer and wetter than average with 14 days with measurable rain and thunder. In my recollection, at this station we have never had so many days with thunder in the month of August in the past twenty-three years. August's mean average temperature was (76.7) that was only a +1.3 departure but was still the highest positive departure for the year as only two months have had positive departures. The 3.98" of rain for August was a +0.65 inch departure. The high humidity and high dew point temperatures made August feel warmer than it really was. August had 14 days with measurable rain that tied the 23-year record set in 1990 for most days with precipitation in August. August had only 2 days with 90 or above temperatures and last year August had 15 days. The total of equal to or greater than 90 is only a total of 14 days for 2003, so far the least since 1992, when 12 days occurred for the year. Last year we had a record 50 days. The highest temperature for the year here so far is only 94 on July 5th. This is the lowest maximum for the year since 1989 when 94 also occurred and is also the first time since 1989 we have gone without a 95 day. The 0.32" of rain that occurred in five minutes on August the 26th was the third most intense five-minute rain ever recorded in August. The August record is 0.39" on 8-28-1992 occurring in five minutes. (Rain intensity records since 1991) The 1.05" in one hour on the 26th was the second most intense rain in an hour for August. The record is 1.30" on 8-11-1994. August was the cloudiest in 22 years of records (no sky record for 1986). August's average sky cover makes it normally the second clearest month of the year. August's average temperature range was only 15.1 the least in the last 23-years due to all of the cloudy and humid conditions of this August. The maximum wind gust of 28 mph from the west occurred on the 26th at 1139 preceding a thunderstorm from 1145 to noon. The average temperature for the summer season of June, July, and August was 74.9 for a -0.7 departure. But the summer was the second wettest in the last 23 years with a total of 16.55" for the season. The 23- year record is 17.19". There were only 8 daily records set in August (23-Years of records): 2 daily HIGH minimum records: 2, 22; 4 daily LOW range temperature records: 1, 2, 3, 4; 2 daily HIGH precipitation records: 26, 27. " [ + + ] 

Arlington - NWS WBC reports: " No new records were set during August in Washington. The month once again featured above normal rainfall totals. This marks the 4th month in a row with above average precipitation in the nation's capital. The only month in 2003 so far that has featured below normal precip was April. The last month prior to that with below normal rainfall in Washington was September 2002. Total rainfall in 2003 at DCA through August is 41.48". This is 15.22" above normal. The normal rainfall for the entire year in Washington is 39.35" 14 days had measurable rainfall in August. The longest dry period in August was from the 18th to the 25th. No measureable rain was recorded at the airport during that time. The highest wind gust reported at DCA was 47 mph on the 27th. The average wind speed was 7 mph. " [ + + ] 

Blacksburg - NWS Blacksburg reports the monthly mean temp was 3.1 above normal while rainfall was 1.38" below normal. The average wind speed was 2.5 MPH. [ + - ] 

Bridgewater - " The average temperature was 3.0 above normal, and the precipitation was .64" above normal. The yearly total now is 10.91" above normal. The last part of August was rather dry. Only .28" of precipitation fell during the last 15 days. Bridgewater didn't get the heavy rains that fell in nearby places. So far this year , we have had 21 rainy spells with lightning, but so far we have not had a strong thunderstorm. This is hard to believe! " - report from Clayton  [ + + ]

Centreville - " The overall temperature for August tended to be on the warm side. Our average daily high was the exception however, coming in at 84.9, or 0.6 chilling degrees under the expected 85.5. It was the overall daily average and the average low for the month that caused brows to break out in a sweat for no apparent reason. The daily average managed a reading of 76.4 or 3.1 more than the 73.3 the books suggested. With precipitation of some sort being observed almost every day during the first three weeks of the month, it was no wonder that all the average highs and average lows were entered in our log book during the same period as well. Our scribe recorded 67.9 or 6.8 above the 61.1 normal average low nightly temperature for the month which was the third highest difference for the year next to March and April. The extreme temperatures of 92 and 57 all happened during the last eight days of August but were not excessive enough to break any standing records. The typical dreary weather of Seattle, Washington nearly had to take a backseat to Centreville when 14 days of the first three weeks were recorded as rainy. Six more days with precipitation during the last 10 days rounded out our total to 20 with 0.01" or more. Our greatest amount in one day happened on August 16th when 1.97" fell in a little over eight hours. Until then though, drips and drabs had only amounted to about two-thirds of a liquid inch. That rainfall of nearly two inches amounted to 41% of our monthly total, but couple that with 0.64" the following day and you come to realize that well over half of our monthly rainfall fell within 24 hours. Except for a brief accumulation of 0.29" on the 22nd, a welcome drying out period of eight days ensued. For the year, we remain a healthy fifteen-plus inches over the average yearly amount of 27.99 inches. " - notes from Paul [ - + ] 

Charlottesville - The monthly average temperature was 0.3° above normal while rainfall was 0.57" above normal. The average wind speed was 2.9 mph. - from NWS WBC [ + + ] 

Danville - The average station sea-level pressure was 30.03" [ M M ] 

Dulles - The mean temp was 1.8° above normal. The monthly rainfall was 1.79" above normal. Average wind speed, 4.3 mph. - from NWS WBC [ + + ] 

Falls Church - " August 2003 was .8 warmer than July. The month overall was slightly cooler than average and wetter than average. We had 10 days this month that brought thunderstorms. The most severe being on the 26th. The storms around 11am that day produced a wind gust of 62 mph! We had some broken limbs as a result. The storms later that day around 4pm produced pea-sized hail. The sky turned almost pitch black and the winds were howling but the gusts around that time did not come close to the earlier 62 mph one. " - notes from Erica [ - + ] 

Herndon - Russ sends these note:" The monthly temperature was 0.5 above average and precipitation was 4.59" above average. Thunderstorms rumbled through on the 5th, 16-17th, 22nd and the 26-30th. We had hail in the storm on the 26th. A new daily rainfall record was set on the 13th (2.35") and the 16th (1.37"). " - [ + + ] 

Herndon - Bob reports: " My average max temp was 2 below the Dulles "normal" but the average min was 5.3 above. Total precip was only 0.22" below the Dulles "normal". Another barometrically dull month. Precip was becoming deficient after mid-month but recovered with the thundershowers of the 26th. Dulles is about 4 miles WSW and its normal is the 1971-2000 average. " - [ + - ] 

Hampton - " VERY WET SUMMER CONTINUES WITH 10.20" OF RAIN AND A RETURN TO HOT, HUMID WEATHER FROM MID TO THE END OF THE MONTH. " - notes from Dave [ - + ] 

Herndon - " The monthly temperature was 2.2 below average, precipitation was 7.23" above average. We received a record 5.18" of rain on the 19th, which fell overnight in a 3-hour period. We had thunder on the 9th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 19th, and 27th. The numbers speak for themselves. June was even wetter than May! We had numerous flood and flash flood watches and warnings." - notes from Russ [ - + ] 

Lynchburg - Rainfall for the month was 0.15" above normal while the mean temp was 1.4° above normal. The average wind speed was 3.1 MPH. The average sea level pressure was 30.05". - from NWS Blacksburg [ - + ] 

Norfolk - NWS AKQ noted the average temperature in Norfolk was 2.9 above normal. The month's rainfall was 1.29" above normal. The average wind speed was 7.9 mph. The average relative humidity and sky cover were 76% and 40% respectively." - [ + + ]

Norfolk - The Fred Heutte Center, in Historic Ghent, noted a mean barometer reading of 30.065". The mean relative humidity was 86%. The average wind speed was 3 mph from a dominant NNE direction. 

Portsmouth - Slightly above normal temps this August with normal daily highs and warmer than normal low temps. Rainfall was just above normal, by a fifth of an inch. The first half of the month continued the excessive rainfall of the summer but the latter half was dry. Winds were rather light with a monthly average of 1.6 mph from a dominant SE direction. Several days with temps at or below record max minimums. Station daily records included: 3RD - TEMPERATURE TIED MAXIMUM MINIMUM 76 [PREVIOUSLY 1977]; 4TH - PRECIPITATION 1.24" [PREVIOUSLY 0.72" 1978]; 22ND - TEMPERATURE MAXIMUM MINIMUM 74 [PREVIOUSLY 72 1987]; 27TH - TEMPERATURE MAXIMUM MINIMUM 75 [PREVIOUSLY 74 1988]; 28TH - TEMPERATURE TIED MAXIMUM MINIMUM 76 [PREVIOUSLY 1988]. The average barometric pressure was 30.057". The average relative humidity was 83% and the average sky cover was 53.6%. For the year-to-date, the temperature average was 0.9 below normal while rainfall is running 10.41" above normal (131%). [ + + ] 

Richmond - NWS AKQ reported the mean temp at RIC was 2.0° above normal. Rainfall was 0.48" above normal. The average wind speed was 5.8 mph. The average relative humidity was 82% while the average sky cover was 60%. [ + + ] 

Mechanicsville - Glenn sends these notes: " Another month of heavy rain and t-storms for the area. Some of the t-storms were strong with strong winds and downpours. " 

New Market - Joyce reports: " Temperatures and rainfall are above normal for August even with only sprinkles since the 11th of the month. Been very hot and dry since the 12th."  [ + + ]

Newport News - Gary adds these notes:" ANOTHER WET MONTH. AVERAGE TEMPS FOR MONTH WERE WARMER THAN JULY. THE HIGH & LOW FOR THE MONTH WERE ONLY TWO DAYS APART. "  [ M + ]

Roanoke - Wendell notes: " August was warmer, 2.4 above average of 74.3, and drier, 0.44" below the normal of 4.01". Some areas nearby had 3 times my amount of rainfall. Had 11 t-storm days." - [ + - ] 

Roanoke - NWS Blacksburg reports that the Roanoke airport monthly mean temp was 1.7 above normal. Rainfall was 0.30" above normal. The average wind speed was 4.3 mph." [ + + ] 

Woodstock - " Both precipitation and mean temperature were right on the median for August: nine wetter, eight drier; nine warmer, eight cooler. Unusual were the 14 straight days of dense fog, beginning on the first. " - notes from Lauck [ +/- +/- ] 

North Carolina:

Asheville - from NWS GSP: The monthly mean temp was 1.9° above normal and the rainfall was 2.50" above normal. The average wind speed was 3.1 mph. [ + + ] 

Charlotte - NWS GSP reports the mean temp here was 1.7° below normal and precip was 6.63" above normal. The average wind speed was 3.9 mph. - [ - + ] 

Elizabeth City - The Elizabeth City Coast Guard Station [ECG] reported an average wind speed of 7.7 mph. The mean temp was 0.5° above normal while rainfall was 2.04" above normal. The average relative humidity and sky cover were 81% and 20% respectively. - from NWS AKQ [ + + ] 

Fayetteville - NWS RDU reports the average wind speed was 5.9 mph.

Cape Hatteras - "The average temperature in August 2003 was 78.0. This was -0.6 cooler than the 1895-2003 average, the 34th coolest August on record (1895-2003). 8.93" of precipitation fell in August. This was 2.97" more than the 1895-2003 average, the 22nd wettest such month on record (1895-2003)." - from NCDC [ - + ] 

Greensboro - NWS RDU notes a mean temp here that was 1.2° above normal. Rainfall was 5.51" above normal. The average wind speed was 4.1 mph. - [ + + ] 

Hickory - The average wind speed was 2.7 mph. The average monthly temperature was 0.5° below normal while rainfall was 5.73" above normal - from NWS GSP [ - + ] 

Lumberton - The average wind speed was 4.4 mph. The average monthly temperature was 2.6° above normal while rainfall was 2.65" above normal - from NWS ILM [ + + ] 

Raleigh - NWS RDU reports the average daily temperature was 1.7 above normal while precipitation was 4.79" above normal. The average wind speed was 5.1 mph." - [ + + ] 

Raleigh - Bob notes: " The weather pattern basically remains unchanged with temperatures averaging below normal and precipitation above normal. For the year, precipitation for this station is now 5.30" above normal. In comparison, this station was 4.11" below normal as of July 31, 2002. What a difference one year makes! In addition, the highest temperature so far has been only 95. " - [ - + ] 

Roxboro - Merriell reports: " Temperatures and rainfall averaged above normal. August was not as hot and humid as in previous years. " - [ + + ] 

Wilmington - From NWS ILM: The average temp was 0.5° above normal while rainfall was a 0.98" below normal. The average wind speed was 6.1 mph. - [ + - ] 

South Carolina:

Anderson - NWS GSP reports the monthly mean temp was 0.2° below normal. Rainfall was 0.29" above normal. The average wind speed was 4.3 mph. - [ - + ] 

Charleston - NWS CHS reports the monthly mean temp was 1.0° above normal. Rainfall was 3.08" below normal. The average wind speed was 6.3 mph. - [ + + ] 

Columbia - NWS CAE reports that the mean temp here was 0.4° above normal. Rainfall was a 1.79" below normal. The average wind speed was 4.5 mph. - [ + - ] 

Florence - The mean temp here was 0.5° above normal while rainfall totals were 3.88" below normal. The average wind speed was 4.6 mph. - from NWS ILM [ + - ] 

Greenville-Spartanburg - The monthly mean temperature was normal while rainfall was 7.26" above normal. The average wind speed was 4.7 mph. - from NWS GSP [ +/- + ] 

North Myrtle Beach - The mean temp was 1.7° above normal while rainfall was 3.50" below normal. The average wind speed was 6.7 mph. A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS TIED ON THE 26TH PREVIOUSLY SET IN 1994. A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS SET ON THE 27TH. THE PREVIOUS RECORD HIGH WAS 91 SET IN 1990. " - NWS ILM [ + - ] 

Orangeburg - NWS CAE reports the average wind speed here was 3.8 mph.

Nearby Cities:

Tri-Cities - The mean temperature was 1.7 below normal while rainfall was 2.51" above the norm. - 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 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 davidckessel@cox.net ECG  Elizabeth City, NC,  Coast Guard Air Station 36-15-47N 076-10-58W 11M
CTR  Chesterfield, 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 weatherman@cox.net LBT    Lumberton, NC  Lumberton Municipal Airport 34-36-26N 079-03-36W 37M
LXI     Lexington, VA  Scott M. Lancey, WREL Radio -  06/96 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 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 wvweather@mountain.net