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SUMMARY OF CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA 


AUGUST 2008


... TEMPERATURES AND RAINFALL BELOW NORMAL ...



  • GLEN ALLEN IN HENRICO COUNTY, VA (GAV) BEGINS DATA REPORTING    This month, Lowell Koontz begins his data reporting from his new home just north of Richmond in Glen Allen. After a 28-year run with data collecting and weather reporting from Annandale, Virginia (not to mention a long-time member of ACON VA/NC/SC), Lowell continues his love for his hobby and his spirit of volunteerism for our group and the NWS through his ongoing reports of weather conditions for Henrico County. Also, visit his Glenn Allen - Springfield Park (Virginia) weather website at http://www.glenallenweather.com.



  • NOS introduces NowCOAST    The National Ocean Service released a new version of its Web mapping portal, NowCOAST (http://nowcoast.noaa.gov). NowCOAST is a GIS-based Web mapping portal for near real-time coastal environmental information from NOS, NWS, NESDIS, other federal agencies, and regional ocean observing systems. The new version of the portal provides the following: 1) on-map display of National Weather Service (NWS) short-duration storm-based weather warnings (e.g. special marine warning, flood warning) updated every minute, 2) geo-referenced hyperlinks to translated Terminal Aerodrome [Weather] Forecasts (TAF) to over1450 airports in the U.S. and around the world, and 3) geo-referenced hyperlinks to air quality observations and forecasts for over 300 cities across the U.S. If one clicks using the Link to Data tool (after layer is made Active) on a warning polygon you get the NWS warning bulletin. The addition of these new items into NowCOAST was possible by the cooperation of the NWS RIDGE group at NWS Southern Region HQ, the NWS/NCEP Aviation Weather Center and EPA-New England Air Quality Planning section. For more information, contact nowcoast.team@noaa.gov. The NowCOAST Development Team, NOAA/NOS: John Kelley, Jason Greenlaw, Micah Wengren, UNH: Sree Dadisetty


  • GOLDEN TRIANGLE WEATHER PAGE    ACON member Kevin Shaw sends this note: "Got word through my local weather friends Floyd and Marty about this incredibly comprehensive web weather page. Check it out, click on this link, and see how long it takes you to scroll through the page. I have never heard of this page before. Much of the links on it are certainly not new, a lot of NWS, but it's a website that is really a one-stop shop for most if not all of your weather needs. My apologies if you already know about this site." - http://www.ih2000.net/ira/bmt-wth.htm.


  • DROUGHT MONITOR    http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html    More information on drought can be found at NOAA's Drought Information Center http://www.drought.noaa.gov/
  • 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 - AUGUST 2008
    State
    Maximum Temperature
    Minimum
    Temperature
    Warmest
    Average
    Temperature
    Coldest
    Average
    Temperature
    Maximum
    Precipitation
    Minimum
    Precipitation
    Virginia
    96°
    Richmond, Wakefield
    45°
    Blacksburg
    78.9°
    Norfolk (FHC)
    68.2°
    Blacksburg
    9.45"
    Chesterfield
    1.18"
    Ladysmith
    North Carolina
    100°
    Fayetteville
    51°
    Raleigh (RAL)
    80.4°
    Cape Hatteras
    72.8°
    Asheville
    9.38"
    Charlotte
    1.94"
    Elizabeth City
    South Carolina
    102
    Columbia
    62°
    Anderson, Columbia
    81.2°
    Charleston
    78.8°
    Greenville-Spartanburg
    8.82"
    Columbia
    3.61"
    Anderson


    ( 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
         ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         BCB 79.5  56.9  68.2   -1.4  86   30  45   12   0  0  0 0 72% 30 090  27   3.5       2 0 0 0  7     2400 AKQ
         BRI 82.1  60.84 71.47  +1.03 89   1,5 51   12   0  0  0 0 57%                                        0510 LWX
         CEN 82.8  63.6  73.2   -0.1  90  1,19 58 11,12, 2  0  0 0 63% 28 311   8   1.7  338 2 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
                                                    17
         CHT 83.3  62.5  72.9   -1.5  90.6  19 57   12   2  0  0 0 67% 23 158  23   0.6  090 2 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         CHO 85.1  60.3  72.7         95  1,6  53   10   7  0  0 0     24 320  15   3.4       0 0 0 0  1     2400 LWX
         DAN 86.8  63.7  75.3   -1.8  93  6,19 51   12  10  0  0 0 71% 30 020  11   4.7       1 0 0 0  6     2400 RNK
         DCA 86.6  69.1  77.9   +0.5  94  6,19 54 9,12   7  0  0 0 57% 45 320  14   7.0       3 1 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         IAD 85.2  62.3  73.8   -0.6  93  1,6  56 11,17  6  0  0 0 53% 31 320   8   5.4       2 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         FCH                                                                                                  2400 LWX
         FRV 81.5  60.2  71.0         91    1  55   16   3  0  0 0                             3 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         GAV 87.29 65.65 76.47        95  1,2, 57   12  13  0  0 0 66% 21 360  11            10 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
                                           18
         HAM 84    69    77           95    6  64   14   5  0  0 0 50% 44 360  10   6.0  045 4 0 0 0  1     2400 AKQ
         HDV 84.7  62.0  72.3   +2.9  93    6  56   11   4  0  0 0 67%                         3 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         LDY 84.3  65.5  74.5   +2.1  93    6  59   22   5  0  0 0 55%                         0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         LYH 85.5  62.0  73.8    0.0  93 6,19  49   12   8  0  0 0 65% 26 010   8   5.2       0 0 0 0  1     2400 RNK
         NEW 81.19 62.83 72.01        89    1  47   11   0  0  0 0 62% 20 270   2  13.64 225 4        4     1700 LWX
         NPN 86.6  67.3  77.0         94    6  59    9  12  0  0 0     34 225  10             4 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         NOR 85.0  68.9  76.9   -0.6  93    6  62   22   5  0  0 0                             0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         ORF 84.5  70.9  77.7   +0.3  92   25  65   11   4  0  0 0 69% 55 010  15   6.7       5 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         FHC 85.67 72.13 78.9   +1.5  93.2  6  65.5 11   8  0  0 0 74% 28 310  10   1.8  045                2400 AKQ
         POR 86.1  69.0  77.6   -0.6  93    6  61   12   9  0  0 0 76% 30 180  10   2.9  054 4 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         CTR 86.3  63.2  74.1   -2.2  94.0  2  52.3 12   8  0  0 0 75% 13 360  10   0.1  113  4 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
                                                                       14 113  22
         MEC 87.32 65.13 76.42        95  1,2  58 9,12, 11  0  0 0 32%                         6 0 0 0  0     1700 AKQ
                                                    22
         RIC 88.0  66.4  77.2   +0.9  96 6,19  61 14,22 13  0  0 0 63% 38 020   7   5.6       7 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         ROA 84.7  63.6  74.1   -0.6  92    4  54   12   5  0  0 0 63% 31 208  11   5.5       1 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         AKQ 88.2  64.3  76.3         96  1,6  53   12  15  0  0 0                                            2400 AKQ
         WAL 83.5  66.0  74.7   -0.8  92    1  56   21   3  0  0 0     38 340  10   7.1       0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         WOO 78.2  62.9  70.6   -2.8  86  2,20 58    9   0  0  0 0                             4 0 0 0  4     2400 LWX
         WSH 82.2  64.2  71.2   -3.11 91.9  1  54.3 11   2  0  0 0 70% 14 068  12   0.6  360 4 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 83.6  61.9  72.8  +1.0  93   4,6 53     9  5  0  0 0 69% 26 350  6    4.7      0 0 0 0  4     2400 GSP
         MRH 85.1  71.9  78.5        90  7,31 65  12,14 2  0  0 0     46 280  7    6.4      7 0 0 0  0     2400 MHX
         CLT 87.8  67.3  77.6  -1.3  99     6 60    13 10  0  0 0 68% 39 360  2    6.2      7 0 0 0  2     2400 GSP
         ECG 86.4  67.7  77.0  -1.3  93   2,6 55    12 10  0  0 0 72% 32 290 10    6.9      9 0 0 0  3     2400 AKQ
                                                                      32 360
         FAY 88.7  69.9  79.3       100     6 61    12 12  0  0 0 69% 59 040  7    5.4     13 0 0 0  8     2400 RAH
         GSO 86.4  66.9  76.6  +0.4  96     5 58    12  8  0  0 0 68% 29 020  2    6.1      3 0 0 0  1     2400 RAH
         HSE 85.2  75.3  80.4  +1.2  90 18,21 71    24  2  0  0 0 72% 40 310 21    8.6      0 0 0 0  2     2400 MHX
         HKY 85.0  65.6  75.3  -1.0  95     6 58    12  5  0  0 0     29 050  2    3.9      7 0 0 0  6     2400 GSP
         LBT 88.2  68.5  78.8  +1.2  97     6 60    12 12  0  0 0     49 300  2    3.9     12 0 0 0  4     2400 ILM
         EWN 87.7  68.6  78.2  -0.9  96   5,6 60    12  7  0  0 0 76% 33 240  7    4.3      0 0 0 0  6     2400 MHX
         RDU 89.3  67.6  78.5  +1.3  97   5,6 56    12 14  0  0 0 68% 38 060 30    4.8      9 0 0 0  4     2400 RAH
         RAL 89.2  64.6  76.9  -0.3  98    6  51   12  16  0  0 0     21        2             2 0 0 0  0     2400 RAH
         ROX 87.1  64.9  76.3  +1.4  93  5,19 52    12 13  0  0 0 68% 31 320 15        090 4 0 0 0  2     2400 RAH
         ILM 87.1  70.6  78.9  -0.8  98     6 62    14  7  0  0 0 76% 32 070 21    5.3      8 0 0 0  4     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 89.4  69.2  79.3  +0.9 101     6 62    11 10  0  0 0     36 320  2   5.9       8 0 0 0  0     2400 GSP
                                                                      36 360  7
         CAE 89.2  70.0  79.6  -0.7 102     6 62    14 14  0  0 0 71% 47 290  6   5.9       9 0 0 0  4     2400 CAE
         CRE 86.1  71.9  79.0  +0.1  95     6 65 12,14  5  0  0 0     31 360  1   6.6       4 0 0 0  2     2400 ILM
                                                                      31 090 21
         CHS 89.4  73.1  81.2  +0.7 100     6 67    14 15  0  0 0     39 220  7   7.7       6 0 0 0  1     2400 CHS
         FLO 88.2  70.1  79.1  -0.6  98   2,6 64 12,14 10  0  0 0     49 340  2   5.2       9 0 0 0  7     2400 ILM
         GSP 88.8  68.7  78.8  +1.3 100     6 64 14,15 14  0  0 0 63% 64 130  2   5.6       7 0 0 0  1     2400 GSP
         OGB 90.0  70.8  80.4        98   6,7 63    14 17  0  0 0     35 360  2   5.4       9 0 0 0  3     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 84.8  61.1  73.0  +0.2  91    31  51   12  4  0  0 0     35 280  6   2.4       2 0 0 0  4     2400 MRX
         DAV 70.4  53.0  61.7        79    25  45    9  0  0  0 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
         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         BCB  3.28  -0.40 1.67 27 1.67    27  8 1 25.16  0.0           0.0  8.7                             2400
         BRI  2.90  -1.00 1.00 27 1.72 27-28  8 1 24.48  0.0           0.0  6.3  30.32  23 29.83  14        2400
         CEN  1.42  -2.19 0.53 29 0.53    29  4 0 35.03  0.0           0.0  6.7  30.35  22 29.70  02 30.03  2400
         CHT  1.95  -1.83 0.57 29 0.58 28-29  4 0 31.71  0.0           0.0  7.9  30.364 22 29.707  2 30.01  2400
         CHO  4.48        2.44 28 3.54 27-28  5 2 23.18  0.0           0.0                 29.68   2        2400
         DAN  6.92  +3.38 5.81 27 5.90 26-27  7 1 27.17  0.0           0.0  3.8  30.28  22 29.73   2        2400
         DCA  1.23  -2.21 0.48 28 0.48    28  5 0 33.58  0.0           0.0  4.9            29.68   2        2400
         IAD  2.48  -1.30 1.12 14 1.12    14  6 1 30.88  0.0           0.0  6.5            29.68   2        2400
         FCH                     [THROUGH JULY] ->24.94  0.0           0.0  2.6                             2400
         FRV  3.05        1.66                6 1 28.81  0.0           0.0  7.4  30.38  22 29.73   2        2400
         GAV  4.04        1.85 28 2.60 28-29  7 1        0.0           0.0       30.31  22 29.67   2 29.95  2400
         HAM  2.24        0.71 10 0.77 10-11  8 0 22.88  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.31  23 29.69   3 30.05  2400
         HDV  1.43  -2.55 0.47 28             5 0 32.00  0.0           0.0  8.3  30.28  22 29.62   2        2400
         LDY  1.18  -2.89 0.93 28 1.10 27-28  4 0 24.05  0.0           0.0  1.5  30.35  22 29.67   2 29.97  2400
         LYH  2.73  -0.68 2.56 27 2.56    27  3 1 22.10  0.0           0.0  5.2  30.33  22 29.72   2        2400
         NEW  6.85  +1.50 2.95 28                        0.0           0.0  6.6  30.54  23 30.08 2,8,14,15  1700
         NPN  3.52        1.19 15 1.19    15  5 3 31.55  0.0           0.0  2.3  30.30  22 29.66   2        2400
         NOR  1.55  -3.92 1.22 11 1.33 10-11  4 1 28.14  0.0           0.0  0.3                             2400
         ORF  0.67  -4.12 0.28 11 0.50 10-11  4 0 24.77  0.0           0.0  0.2  30.30  22 29.68   2        2400
         FHC  1.32  -3.47 0.87 11 0.87    11  7 0 26.12  0.0           0.0  0.2  30.28  22 29.68   2 29.937 2400
         POR  1.37  -3.84 0.92 11 0.93 10-11  7 0 28.27  0.0           0.0  0.4  30.28  22 29.63   1 29.934 2400
         CTR  9.45  +5.80 5.85 28 6.19 28-29 12 1 35.79  0.0           0.0  0.8  30.30  22 29.66   2 29.941 0400
         MEC  6.64        4.75 29 5.54 28-29  8 1 30.06  0.0           0.0  2.5  30.06  22 29.50   2        1700
         RIC  5.73  +1.55 2.88 29 5.22 28-29  6 2 34.71  0.0           0.0  0.8  30.34  22 29.68   2        2400
         ROA  4.65  +0.91 3.83 27 4.12 26-27  5 1 25.07  0.0           0.0  4.9  30.33  22 29.75   2        2400
         AKQ  1.68        0.52 10            10 0 28.30  0.0           0.0                                  2400
         WAL  1.63  -2.08 0.72 10 0.72    10  6 0 25.88  0.0           0.0  3.9  30.34  22 29.69   8        2400
         WOO  3.63  +0.31         1.51 27-28 11 1 24.25  0.0           0.0  7.7  30.49 22, 30.05 1,14       0800
                                                                                        23 
         WSH  4.37  +1.11 2.74 28 2.74    28  9 1 34.75  0.0           0.0  8.2  30.41  22 29.80   2        2400
    NORTH CAROLINA
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
       
         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V    V1   W X   Y      Z    1 2 3   4    5     6    6A   7    7A    8     S
         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         AVL  5.84  +1.54 4.01 26 4.23 26-27  8 1 25.74   0.0          0.0  3.8            29.74  13         2400
         MRH  2.21        0.61 13 0.72   7-8  8 0 29.07   0.0          0.0  0.0            29.70  13         2400
         CLT  9.38  +5.66 5.36 26 8.19 26-27  8 2 30.77   0.0          0.0  1.4  30.19  23 29.71  13         2400
         ECG  1.94  -2.66 1.25 15 1.25    15  6 1 17.57   0.0          0.0    T  30.28  22 29.69   2         2400
         FAY  8.34        2.89 27 2.97 27-28 15 3 48.46   0.0          0.0                 29.75   2         2400
         GSO  7.08  +3.37 4.94 27 5.14 26-27  8 1 26.48   0.0          0.0  4.0            29.75   2         2400
         HSE  4.16  -2.40 1.76 28 1.76    28 11 1 34.23   0.0          0.0  0.0            29.70  13         2400
         HKY  5.73  +1.88 2.08 25 3.93 26-27  8 2 22.40   0.0          0.0  3.0  30.23  22 29.73  13         2400
         LBT  7.02  +1.86 1.67 13 1.69 12-13 14 3 21.24                          30.17  23 29.70   2         2400
         EWN  3.22  -3.62 1.09 27 1.46 27-28  9 1 25.22   0.0          0.0  0.0            29.70  13         2400
         RDU  5.92  +2.14 3.43 27 3.64 27-28 10 1 32.95   0.0          0.0  0.5            29.75   2         1900
         RAL  5.51  +1.73         2.04 26-27 12 2 31.01   0.0          0.0  0.5  30.27  23 29.77   2         2400
         ROX  4.78  +0.28 3.91 27 3.91    27  8 1 26.63   0.0          0.0  5.3  30.32  22 29.77 2,13 29.99  2200
         ILM  7.19  -0.12 3.01 27 3.01    27 15 3 36.35   0.0          0.0    T  30.19  23 29.70  13         2400
    SOUTH CAROLINA
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
       
         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V    V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5     6    6A   7    7A    8     S
         ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
         AND  3.61  -0.14 1.85 26  1.93 25-26 10 1 23.80  0.0          0.0  1.5            29.71  13         2400
         CAE  8.82  +3.41 1.96 25  1.94 25-26 15 4 30.32  0.0          0.0  0.3  30.16  23 29.69  13         2400
         CRE  4.88  -0.70 2.83 13  2.85 12-13 10 1 33.40                         30.17  23 29.68  13         2400
         CHS  5.99  -0.92 1.58 22  1.78 21-22 17 1 27.92  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.12  23 29.66  13         2400
         FLO  7.32  +1.99 1.79 13  1.90 25-26 15 4 31.32                         30.17  23 29.69  13         2400
         GSP  5.53  +1.45 2.52 26  2.52    26 11 2 25.30  0.0          0.0  3.1  30.19  23 29.71  13         2400
         OGB  4.12        0.88 25  0.90 12-13 15 0 26.54                    0.0  30.14  23 29.68  13         2400
    NEARBY STATIONS
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
       
         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V      V1  W X   Y      Z  1  2  3   4     5     6   6A   7    7A 8      S
         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         TRI  2.99  -0.01 1.48 26 1.48    26  8 1 25.20   0.0            0.0   4.0 30.21 22 29.69  13        2400
         DAV  4.65        1.69  2            13 1 53.85   0.0            0.0 155.2                           0700    

    Virginia:

    Arlington - From NWS WBC come these notes: " AUGUST 2008 TURNED OUT TO BE DRY WITH LESS THAN HALF THE NORMAL PRECIPITATION. THERE WAS A SPAN OF THIRTEEN CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH NO MEASURABLE RAINFALL FROM THE 15TH THROUGH THE 27TH. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 77.9 DEGREES WAS CLOSE TO THE NORMAL AVERAGE FROM AUGUST, WHICH IS 77.4 DEGREES. " [ + - ] 

    Bridgewater - " The rainfall for the month was about an inch below normal, while the temperature was about an degree below normal. The rainfall for the year is now 24.48 inches which is a little below normal. The month was rather dry with most of the rain coming towards the end of the month. The first 26 days produced only .89 inches while 2.01 inches fell during the last 5 days. The rain at the end of the month was a beautiful rain, which was slow and gentle. Very little rain ran off. The late rain really perked up the gardens. The dry weather has ended! " - [ - - ] - notes from Clayton

    Centreville - Paul sends these notes: As compared with others, this has not been one of the most august of months for reporting significant weather events. It was the steady rain from the remnants of Hurricane Fey on August 28th and 29th gave us a welcome respite from a prolonged dry spell that lasted straight through from the 3rd of the month. Except for the 0.98" of rain accounting for nearly 70% of our monthly total, August was the driest since September 2007. For those looking for another hot news item, we did manage a gust of wind at 28 mph for the entire month. That occurred on the 8th and was from 311, but unless you were really waiting for the cups to spin, you could have easily missed it. Temperatures behaved reasonably well as compared to the climo data with the average monthly temperature working out to be just 0.1 below the 73.3 mark. We had a high reading of 90 on the first and 19th which didn't even come close to the record high for the month of 104 set back in 1983. The monthly average high and low were within respectable limits with the average high of 82.8 being 2.7 below the 85.5 mark, and the average low coming in at 63.6; 2.5 greater than the 61.1 figure. There were three mornings when the low temperature for August reached 58. However, this happens to be a far cry from the record set back in 1982 of 36. Surprisingly, one year later the record high of 104 was established. August precipitation received a helpful nudge from Hurricane Fey to cross the wire as `also ran' with 1.42" at the finish line. This dreadful showing was 2.19" short of our 3.61" monthly average and is recorded as the driest month since a year ago. On an annual basis, August is typically an average rainfall month. Until Fey entered the race on August 28th and 29th, only 0.44" was on the scoreboard. The greatest daily amount of 0.53" accumulated on the 29th, and accounted for 37% of our monthly total. While August was relatively dry, we are still in the winners' circle showing an annual rainfall surplus of 6.30". " - [ - - ] -

    Chantilly - Russ Topping reports: " August was a month lacking in notable weather conditions. The exception were 2 abnormally long stretches devoid of any precipitation, from the 3rd through the 13th and from the 15th through the 27th. The average temperature was 1.5 below normal. We recorded only 2 days that barely broke the 90 barrier. Total precipitation for the month was only 1.95", which was 1.83" below average. Thunderstorms rumbled through on the 2nd and 14th. No dense fog was observed. " - [ - - ]

    Dulles - from NWS Sterling (KLWX) come these notes: " PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST WAS BELOW NORMAL. THERE WAS A TWELVE-DAY STRETCH FROM THE 16TH THROUGH THE 27TH WITH NO MEASURABLE RAINFALL. THIS IS THE FIFTH LONGEST STRETCH FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST DATING BACK TO 1963. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR AUGUST WAS 74.0 DEGREES WHICH IS CLOSE TO THE NORMAL OF 74.4 DEGREES. " - [ - - ]

    Glen Allen, VA - From his new station in Henrico County, just north of Richmond, Lowell Koontz sends these notes: " August was a dichotomy being very dry then very wet. Rainfall of only 0.02 of an inch fell in the first twenty-five days then 4.02 inches fell in the last six days. There was an eighteen-day period with no measurable rain from the 8th to 25th. We had eleven days with thunder heard in the month of August which is unusual and six of these were from the August 25th to the 31st. August average maximum temperature was 87.3 F. August average minimum temperature was 65.7 F. August mean average temperature was 76.5 F. The most rain in a calendar day was 1.85 inches. The most rain in a 24-hour period was 2.60 inches. The total rainfall for August was 4.04 inches. August had 13 days with 90F or above temperatures and three days with a temperature of 95 F. The month's average temperature range was 21.6 F. The maximum wind gust was only 21 mph from the north occurred on the 11th at 1755 hours. The maximum dew point temperature was 74.3 F on the 29th at 1452 hours. The minimum dew point temperature was 47.7 F on the 19th at 1604 hours. " [ M M ] 

    Herndon - Randy sends this report: " August was below normal for both temperature and precipitation. In contrast to the previous couple of months, August was a fairly quiet month with rain only occurring three times, at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of the month. I measured a total of only 1.43 inches of rain, with more than half of that occurring on the 28th and 29th The precip ended up being 2.55 inches below normal for my location. For the year, we have now had 32 inches which is now only about 1 inch above normal. As for the temperatures, we had a relatively cool month with the high temps only ranging from 70 to 93 with only four days at or above 90 and the lows ranging from 56 to 69. This resulted in the average high 1 degree below normal and the low was 4.6 degrees below normal. " - [ - - ]

    Ladysmith - Danny reports: " August's temperatures were 3.3 degrees cooler than July's and were the lowest August temperatures measured since 2004. Precipitation finished well below normal once again, with only 0.04" falling all month until the remnants of Fay came through on the 27th. " - [ - - ]

    Portsmouth - " WITH ITS 1.37" OF RAIN, AUGUST 2008 WAS THE 3RD DRIEST AUGUST IN THE DATABASE TO 1976. AUGUST 1997 RANKED 2ND WITH 1.35" AND AUGUST 1995 RANKED DRIEST WITH 1.33" OF RAIN. Rainfall was well BELOW normal with 1.37"; 26% of the normal or -4.68". August was slightly cooler than normal and the second consecutive of cooler than normal temps. The month's average temp was 0.6 BELOW normal. FROPA: 3rd, 7th, 11th, 20th, 26th, and 31st. STATION RECORDS: 12th - TEMPERATURE 61 [ previous 62 1979 ]; 26th - TEMPERATURE MINIMUM MAXIMUM TIED 77 [previous 1981]; 27th - TEMPERATURE MINIMUM MAXIMUM 77 [previous 80 2002]; Rainfall for the year-to-date is 28.27" which is 4.68" BELOW normal (86% of normal). " - [ - - ] 

    North Carolina:

    Greensboro - NWS Raleigh (RAH) reports: " -THE 4.94 INCHES OF RAIN THAT FELL ON AUGUST 27TH ESTABLISHED A NEW RECORD CALENDER DAY RAINFALL AMOUNT. THE OLD RECORD WAS 4.52 INCHES THAT FELL ON AUGUST 27TH 1995. See the report from RAH under Raleigh (RDU) below. The August 2008 North Carolina Weather Review is located here: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/ncsummaries/MonthlySummary.Aug.2008.doc [when available]. " - [ + + ]

    Raleigh - Bob reports: " The month was slightly cooler and wetter than normal. The big weather event was the remnants of Fay passing through the area. Many tornado warnings were issued as well as a significant amount of rainfall. Rainfall for August was 1.73" above normal. " - [ - + ]

    Raleigh - NWS Raleigh (RAH) reports: " THE HIGH TEMPERATURE ON AUGUST 13TH WAS 74 DEGREES. THIS TIED THE RECORD FOR THE LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE THAT WAS SET AUGUST 13TH 1996. THE 3.43 INCHES OF RAIN THAT FELL AUGUST 27TH SET A NEW CALENDER DAY RAINFALL RECORD. THE OLD RECORD WAS 2.26 INCHES THAT FELL AUGUST 27TH 1995. The August 2008 North Carolina Weather Review is located here: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/ncsummaries/MonthlySummary.Aug.2008.doc [when available]. " - [ + + ]

    Nearby Cities:

    Tri-Cities - NWS Morristown, TN (MRX) reports: " Tri-Cities received 2.99 inches of rain in August, which was 0.01 inches below normal. It ranked in the middle one-third of the 72 years of observations taken in August at Tri-Cities. Measurable rain occurred on only eight days, and only three of those days had more than one-quarter of an inch. The heaviest rain fell on the 26th when 1.48 inches was reported, which broke the old daily rainfall record of 1.34 inches set in 1993. The driest August of the 72 years of observations taken at Tri-Cities was last year, when only 0.37 inches was recorded. The monthly-averaged temperature at Tri-Cities was 73.0 degrees, which was 0.2 degrees above normal. It ranked in the middle one-third of observations taken in August at Tri-Cities. One daily low temperature record was broken on the 12th when the overnight low dipped to 51 degrees, breaking the previous record of 54 degrees set in 1967. The warmest August at Tri-Cities was last year, when the average temperature was 79.0 degrees. Tri-Cities received a seasonal rainfall total of 9.94 inches this summer, which was 1.16 inches below normal. It ranked as the 22nd driest summer on record at Tri-Cities. The driest summer at Tri-Cities was back in 1987, when only 5.10 inches of rain was recorded. The seasonally averaged temperature at Tri-Cities this summer was 73.3 degrees, which was 0.7 degrees above normal. It ranked in the middle one-third of observations taken in summer at Tri-Cities. The warmest summer at Tri-Cities was back in 1952, when the average temperature was 76.8 degrees. Tri-Cities received 4.69 inches of rain in July, which was 0.48 inches above normal. It ranked in the middle one-third of the 71 years of observations taken at Tri-Cities in July. Measurable rain occurred on 13 days, but only four of those days received more than one-quarter of an inch. The heaviest rain fell on the 22nd, when 1.32 inches was reported. The wettest July was back in 1949, when 9.73 inches was recorded. The monthly-averaged temperature at Tri-Cities was 73.8 degrees, which was 0.4 degrees below normal. It ranked as the 16th coolest July on record at Tri-Cities. A daily record low temperature was tied on the 1st when the low temperature dipped to 51 degrees, tying the previous record set back in 1988. In addition, a daily record low temperature was broken on the 3rd when the low temperature fell to 55 degrees, breaking the old record of 56 degrees set back in 1990. The coldest July at Tri-Cities was back in 1967, when the average temperature was 69.8 degrees. " - [ + - ]



    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 2007-2008 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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    STATION / LOCATION (MILES & DIRECTION FROM MAIN POST OFFICE)/OBSERVER / YEAR RECORDS BEGAN / EMAIL ADDRESS:

      
      ROK   Roanoke, VA 6SW Wendell Prillaman  4/76 wlprillaman@cox.net
    GAV - Glen Allen, Henrico County, VA - Lowell Koontz  8/1/08  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   
    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
       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  CLT    Charlotte, NC NWS Charlotte/Douglas International Airpot 35-12-48N 080-56-55W 220M
    IAD   Dulles - Washington-Dulles International Airport  38-56-05N 077-26-51W 93M  SSB    Sunset Beach, NC   33.9 N 78.5 W  Tom Myers
    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
      GSO   Greensboro, NC NWS Piedmont Triad International Airport 36-05-51N 079-56-37W 275M
    CHT   Chantilly, VA Russ Topping -  12/2006  russ.topping@gmail.com - new location December 2006 HSE    Cape Hatteras, NC  Mitchell Field 35-13-56N 075-27-21W 3M
    HDV    Herndon, VA  Randoplh W. Ashby, 3.3 SM South, Lat: 38.922127, Lon: -77.38015, Elev: 390'. Randolph_Ashby@Raytheon.com 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
    FRV     Front Royal, VA  Michael Perritt -  04/08 snowyat9@yahoo.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