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SUMMARY OF CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA 



AUGUST 2012

...COOLER TEMPERATURES...
..SOME IMPRESSIVE RAIN TOTALS FROM THUNDERSTORMS
ACROSS THE 3-STATE AREA...

  • WEATHER IN SPACE?       Although outer space has none of the ingredients we usually think of for weather (moisture and temperatures to sustain life), it can still be a stormy place. The source of the storminess is our sun. The sun, like all active stars, is constantly in motion and often produces eruptions of gas and high energy particles into space (sort of like solar burps). Although solar particles continuously bombard the earth, during a solar eruption the"storm"of particles can be particularly intense. These storms can disrupt communication satellites and power grids on the ground. NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center monitors and forecasts solar activity so that the effects of solar storms can be mitigated. To learn more about space weather, check out: SPACE WEATHER at http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/.


  • FORECASTING: TODAY & YESTERDAY!       (from Kevin Shaw, ACON DC/MD/DE) - Pretty good, cmpreehensive article on forecasting today and yesterday, looking in at NCEP and NCAR, supercomputers, and other great stuff... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/09/magazine/the-weatherman-is-not-a-moron.html?pagewanted=5&_r=1


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  • DROUGHT MONITOR    http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/    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 Station Extremes - AUGUST 2012
    State
    Maximum Temperature
    Minimum
    Temperature
    Warmest
    Average
    Temperature
    Coldest
    Average
    Temperature
    Maximum
    Precipitation
    Minimum
    Precipitation
    Virginia
    98°
    Arlington
    51°
    Blacksburg
    81.0°
    Arlington
    70.1°
    Blacksburg
    18.78"
    Newport News
    1.47"
    Danville
    North Carolina
    96°
    Charlotte
    54°
    Asheville
    81.2°
    Elizabeth City
    72.3°
    Asheville
    11.60"
    Wilmington
    2.85"
    Hickory
    South Carolina
    97
    Columbia
    Florence
    63°
    Anderson
    Columbia
    Florence
    Greenville-Spartanburg
    Orangeburg
    80.4°
    Columbia
    77.4°
    Anderson
    9.81"
    Columbia
    3.66"
    Orangeburg


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


    TEMPERATURE / WINDS/ ELEMENTS FOLLOWED BY
    PRECIPITATION / BAROMETRIC PRESSURE

    VIRGINIA | NORTH CAROLINA | 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 CWA TIME RECORDED
    BCB 80.80 59.40 70.10 0.10 88.0 31 51.00 21 0 0 0 0 79% 21 090 4 2.2 5 0 0 0 8 LWX 2400
    BRI 83.50 62.30 72.90 0.00 90.0 31 56.00 21,22 1 0 0 0 73% 5 0 0 0 0 LWX 2400
    CHT 87.40 67.90 77.70 2.30 95.9 5 61.10 21 9 0 0 0 76% 15 225 4 0.2 180 5 0 0 0 1 LWX 2400
    CHO 85.40 65.90 75.60 1.60 93.0 31 61.00 22 7 0 0 0 43 320 6 2.8 5 0 0 0 10 LWX 2400
    DAN 88.30 66.30 77.30 0.30 96.0 5,31 60.00 13,27 17 0 0 0 69% 30 220 17 3.6 9 0 0 0 1 RNK 2400
    DCA 89.50 72.40 81.00 2.90 98.0 5 66.00 21 15 0 0 0 63% 37 050 22 6.5 3 0 0 0 1 LWX 2400
    IAD 87.40 66.80 77.10 1.70 95.0 31 60.00 21 8 0 0 0 69% 38 250 5 4.9 7 0 0 0 0 LWX 2400
    GAV 87.19 68.45 77.82 -0.60 95.0 31 63.00 16,22 12 0 0 0 73% 33 203 2 6 0 0 0 0 AKQ 2400
    HDV 86.60 66.70 76.60 0.30 94.0 5,31 60.00 21 8 0 0 0 74% 19 225 4 225 5 0 0 0 1 LWX 2400
    LYH 85.50 64.30 74.90 0.80 94.0 31 58.00 21 7 0 0 0 71% 33 310 5 3.2 3 0 0 0 6 RNK 2400
    NPN 86.80 70.10 77.20 -1.10 94.2 3 64.50 19 10 0 0 0 24 203 10 1.1 225 8 0 0 0 0 AKQ 2400
    FHC 85.50 69.90 77.70 0.00 92.6 3 67.40 22 9 0 0 0 83% 34 360 15 1.0 202 0 0 0 0 AKQ 2400
    NOR 85.20 70.10 77.60 -0.10 91.0 2,3 65.00 22 6 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 AKQ 2400
    ORF 85.70 72.20 79.00 1.10 92.0 5 69.00 21,22 10 0 0 0 76% 31 220,200,150 10,11,25 7.2 1 0 0 0 0 AKQ 2400
    POR 85.90 70.40 78.20 0.00 92.0 2 65.80 22 6 0 0 0 83% 33 360 6 2.0 173 10 0 0 0 0 AKQ 2400
    CTR 86.60 67.10 76.90 0.60 92.7 4 61.60 22 12 0 0 0 82% 14 270,203 1,10 0.1 100 2 0 0 0 0 AKQ 2400
    MEC 88.23 68.87 78.74 94.0 2,3,5,31 63.00 19,22 9 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 AKQ 2400
    RIC 87.10 69.30 78.20 0.70 95.0 31 64.00 19 10 0 0 0 74% 61 220 2 5.7 6 0 0 0 2 AKQ 2400
    ROA 84.90 65.50 75.20 -0.20 95.0 31 59.00 21 3 0 0 0 69% 40 040 20 4.0 6 1 0 0 1 RNK 2400
    WAL 84.60 71.10 77.90 2.40 91.0 5 64.00 19 2 0 0 0 35 100 25 8.1 11 0 0 0 0 AKQ 2400
    WOO 80.30 65.00 72.70 88.0 5,10 57.00 21 0 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 1 LWX 0800
    WSH 82.80 64.40 73.60 -0.69 91.0 31 57.90 21 1 0 0 0 86% 12 248 26 0.2 248 5 0 0 0 0 LWX 2400
    Averages 85.69 67.47 76.54 0.58 93.06 61.56 7.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 75% 30.7 3.3 5.9 1.5
    STN A B C C1 D E F G H I J K K1 L M N N1 N2 O P Q R R1 CWA TIME RECORDED
    STN A B C C1 D E F G H I J K K1 L M N N1 N2 O P Q R R1 CWA TIME RECORDED
    AVL 81.9 62.6 72.3 -0.60 88.0 1,31 54.0 21 0 0 0 0 75% 31 120 5 3.4 7 0 0 0 14 GSP 2400
    MRH 84.7 74.1 79.4 0.60 89.0 4,5 68.0 31 0 0 0 0 46 290 15 7.7 0 0 0 0 0 MHX 2400
    CLT 87.2 67.0 77.1 -0.20 96.0 2 58.0 25,25 9 0 0 0 71% 32 340 17 4.6 8 0 0 0 0 GSP 2400
    ECG 88.7 73.6 81.2 3.60 93.0 6 70.0 17,22 16 0 0 0 72% 30 200 10 6.8 2 0 0 0 2 AKQ 2400
    FAY 87.0 69.9 78.5 -1.10 93.0 4 61.0 26 11 0 0 0 78% 46 350 2 4.8 12 0 0 0 7 RAH 2400
    GSO 85.5 67.5 76.5 -0.60 93.0 1 61.0 25,26 7 0 0 0 73% 32 090 13 5.5 11 0 0 0 3 RAH 2400
    HSE 85.4 74.4 79.9 1.40 90.0 4,27 70.0 2 2 0 0 0 80% 40 220 10 7.0 0 0 0 0 1 MHX 2400
    HKY 85.6 66.3 76.0 -0.40 91.0 2,31 60.0 26 3 0 0 0 26 250,350 9,15 2.8 11 0 0 0 8 GSP 2400
    LBT 86.9 70.0 78.4 -0.60 93.0 2,17 61.0 26 10 0 0 0 80% 33 320 8 3.5 13 0 0 0 3 ILM 2400
    EWN 87.1 71.3 79.2 0.10 92.0 2 66.0 26,31 10 0 0 0 80% 31 310,160 2,11 4.4 11 0 0 0 4 MHX 2400
    RDU 86.9 69.5 78.2 -0.30 93.0 3,6 63.0 25 10 0 0 0 74% 30 330 12 4.7 9 0 0 0 1 RAH 2400
    RAL 86.6 66.6 76.6 -2.70 93.0 4 61.0 26 11 0 0 0 21 10 4 0 0 0 0 RAH 2400
    ROX 85.3 66.6 76.1 -1.00 93.0 2 61.0 13 9 0 0 0 76% 26 180 5 180 7 0 0 0 2 RAH 2400
    WHI 87.5 69.9 78.7 0.30 94.3 2 61.1 26 11 0 0 0 78% 39 288 11 1.5 153 9 0 0 0 3 ILM 2400
    ILM 86.3 72.1 79.2 -0.50 93.0 14 64.0 26 9 0 0 0 79% 43 180 10 4.8 13 0 0 0 3 ILM 2400
    Averages 86.2 69.4 77.8 -0.1 92.3 62.6 7.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 76% 33.7 4.7 7.8 3.4
    STN A B C C1 D E F G H I J K K1 L M N N1 N2 O P Q R R1 CWA TIME RECORDED
    STN A B C C1 D E F G H I J K K1 L M N N1 N2 O P Q R R1 CWA TIME RECORDED
    AND 86.4 68.4 77.4 -1.1 96 2 63 13 6 0 0 0 40 110 9 3.3 14 0 0 0 3 GSP 2400
    CAE 89.5 71.3 80.4 -0.4 97 2 63 25,26 18 0 0 0 71% 40 220 9 3.9 8 0 0 0 4 CAE 2400
    CRE 85.0 72.9 78.9 0.0 88 15,16 65 26 0 0 0 0 82% 40 240 10 6.1 10 0 0 0 3 ILM 2400
    CHS 88.2 72.4 80.3 -0.6 94 2 64 25 14 0 0 0 40 300 17 5.5 12 0 0 0 0 CHS 2400
    FLO 88.0 71.1 79.6 -0.3 97 2 63 26 14 0 0 0 76% 39 020 8 4.3 13 0 0 0 2 ILM 2400
    GSP 85.6 67.8 76.7 -1.9 93 2 63 21,26 4 0 0 0 75% 43 190 9 3.5 12 0 0 0 2 GSP 2400
    OGB 88.1 71.0 79.6 -0.6 94 2 63 26 14 0 0 0 40 280 17 3.3 0 0 0 0 3 CAE 2400
    Averages 87.3 70.7 79.0 -0.7 94.1 63.4 10.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 76% 40.3 4.3 9.9 2.4
    STN A B C C1 D E F G H I J K K1 L M N N1 N2 O P Q R R1 CWA TIME RECORDED
    STN A B C C1 D E F G H I J K K1 L M N N1 N2 O P Q R R1 CWA TIME RECORDED
    TRI 85.0 61.5 73.3 -0.5 91 30,31 53 21,22 3 0 0 0 43 260 9 1.8 6 0 0 0 3 MRX 2400
    DAV 74.6 54.4 64.5 82 5 46 21,22 0 0 0 0 PBX 2400
    STN T T1 U U1 V V1 W X Y Z 1 2 3 4 5 6 6A 7 7A 8 CWA TIME RECORDED
    BCB 2.86 -0.73 1.11 19 1.11 19 11 1 27.72 0.0 10.0 RNK 2400
    BRI 6.51 2.67 1.70 4 1.70 4 11 2 29.89 0.0 4.8 30.100 23,25 29.840 1 29.850 LWX 2400
    CHT 3.30 -0.23 0.75 10 0.86 9-10 13 0 22.18 0.0 2.6 30.198 26 29.701 10 29.972 LWX 2400
    CHO 4.90 1.28 1.64 10 1.64 10 15 2 26.58 29.730 10 LWX 2400
    DAN 1.47 -2.50 0.73 19 0.73 19 9 1 20.11 0.0 3.0 30.200 26 29.770 10 RNK 2400
    DCA 2.78 -0.15 0.59 10,21 0.91 21-22 13 0 18.71 0.0 2.0 29.730 10 LWX 2400
    IAD 3.02 -0.51 0.56 1 0.62 10-11 13 0 20.23 0.0 2.8 29.730 10 LWX 2400
    GAV 4.88 1.35 2 1.35 2 13 2 24.51 0.0 7.4 30.210 26 29.760 10 29.990 AKQ 2400
    HDV 3.12 -0.97 0.65 26 18 0 20.31 0.0 2.6 30.180 26 29.690 10 AKQ 2400
    LYH 2.70 -0.56 0.93 25 0.98 25-26 10 0 22.55 0.0 8.5 30.210 26 29.770 10 RNK 2400
    NPN 18.78 13.18 8.43 25 8.43 25 12 4 54.81 0.0 0.8 30.210 5 29.800 10 AKQ 2400
    FHC 11.87 6.33 3.91 28 3.91 28 16 2 48.11 0.0 0.2 30.237 5 29.821 10 30.009 AKQ 2400
    NOR 6.56 0.56 1.44 28 1.52 19-20 14 2 37.33 0.0 0.5 AKQ 2400
    ORF 6.13 0.61 1.88 28 1.88 27-28 13 1 32.68 0.0 0.5 30.220 5 29.800 18 AKQ 2400
    POR 9.21 3.52 2.29 28 2.31 6-7 18 3 51.59 0.0 0.5 30.220 5 29.810 18 29.991 AKQ 2400
    CTR 4.65 -0.90 1.53 25 1.53 25 13 1 24.08 0.0 6.1 30.174 26 29.740 10 29.957 AKQ 2400
    MEC 3.78 0.88 25 1.35 25-26 10 0 29.02 0.0 7.5 29.940 4 29.590 10 29.790 AKQ 2400
    RIC 3.50 -1.16 1.75 25 1.75 25 12 1 25.37 0.0 4.5 30.220 26 29.780 10 AKQ 2400
    ROA 3.94 0.38 1.05 19 1.05 19 9 2 24.82 0.0 6.1 30.230 26 29.760 10 RNK 2400
    WAL 5.97 1.78 2.96 25 3.09 25-26 10 1 28.46 0.0 0.5 30.220 26 29.770 10 AKQ 2400
    WOO 5.66 2.14 1.81 5-6 15 2 24.06 0.0 5.6 30.410 25,26 30.000 10 LWX 0800
    WSH 2.57 -0.77 0.71 25 1.04 25,26 13 0 23.73 0.0 3.8 30.250 26 29.760 10 LWX 2400
    Averages 5.37 1.20 1.75 1.88 12.8 28.92 0.0 3.8 30.202 29.768 29.937
    STN T T1 U U1 V V1 W X Y Z 1 2 3 4 5 6 6A 7 7A 8 CWA TIME RECORDED
    STN T T1 U U1 V V1 W X Y Z 1 2 3 4 5 6 6A 7 7A 8 CWA TIME RECORDED
    AVL 3.39 -1.01 0.70 24 1.21 3-4 13 0 24.83 0.0 T 30.250 31 29.800 10 GSP 2400
    MRH 10.03 2.33 2.32 24 2.55 24-25 22 3 30.14 0.0 T 30.250 5 29.820 19 MHX 2400
    CLT 3.11 -1.11 1.29 6 1.39 6-7 10 1 21.50 0.0 T 30.240 5 29.800 10 GSP 2400
    ECG 6.15 -0.49 2.01 19 2.15 19-20 13 2 36.49 30.240 5 29.820 20 AKQ 2400
    FAY 6.60 1.11 1.64 2 1.65 2-3 18 5 31.74 0.0 29.780 10 RAH 2400
    GSO 6.58 2.70 1.66 6 1.70 6-7 12 2 26.74 0.0 T 29.780 10 RAH 2400
    HSE 5.35 -1.58 1.14 11 1.14 11 21 1 36.25 0.0 T 30.260 5 29.820 19 MHX 2400
    HKY 2.85 -1.25 1.29 19 1.48 19-20 13 1 27.16 30.200 31 29.760 10 GSP 2400
    LBT 8.56 3.06 1.77 22 2.03 19-20 20 2 33.43 0.0 30.240 5 29.800 18 ILM 2400
    EWN 7.16 0.51 1.52 19 1.81 18-19 18 3 38.45 0.0 T 30.260 5 29.820 19 MHX 2400
    RDU 4.03 -0.23 2.08 19 2.08 19 12 1 27.63 0.0 0.9 29.780 10 RAH 2400
    RAL 6.60 1.97 1.76 18-19 12 0 29.90 0.0 0.6 30.170 5 29.820 15 RAH 2400
    ROX 7.58 3.08 2.00 28 2.00 28 10 3 29.58 0.0 3.3 30.330 5 29.880 10 30.090 RAH 2400
    WHI 8.52 2.88 2.12 11 2.82 11-12 17 1 38.41 0.0 3.3 30.240 5 29.803 18 29.999 ILM 2400
    ILM 11.60 4.19 2.38 28 3.35 28-29 20 5 30.58 0.0 T 30.240 5 29.810 19 ILM 2400
    Averages 6.54 1.08 1.71 1.94 15.4 2.0 30.86 0.0 0.6 30.243 29.806 30.045
    STN T T1 U U1 V V1 W X Y Z 1 2 3 4 5 6 6A 7 7A 8 CWA TIME RECORDED
    STN T T1 U U1 V V1 W X Y Z 1 2 3 4 5 6 6A 7 7A 8 CWA TIME RECORDED
    AND 7.61 3.82 2.88 7 2.88 7 11 3 26.74 30.240 31 29.800 10 GSP 2400
    CAE 9.81 4.55 2.24 9 2.43 8-9 14 4 32.09 0.0 0.0 30.230 31 29.800 18 CAE 2400
    CRE 8.62 1.21 1.30 23 1.93 18-19 16 2 28.60 0.0 30.240 31 29.820 18 ILM 2400
    CHS 7.76 0.61 2.32 28 2.32 28 20 3 33.81 0.0 0.0 30.230 31 29.820 18 CHS 2400
    FLO 5.21 -0.03 0.75 12 0.95 11-12 22 0 28.73 30.230 31 29.800 18 ILM 2400
    GSP 5.86 1.38 2.04 6 2.41 6-7 14 2 24.11 0.0 T 30.200 31 29.780 10 GSP 2400
    OGB 3.66 -1.62 0.74 6 0.74 6 19 0 28.67 30.240 31 29.810 18 CAE 2400
    Averages 6.93 1.42 1.75 1.95 16.6 2.0 28.96 30.230 29.804
    STN T T1 U U1 V V1 W X Y Z 1 2 3 4 5 6 6A 7 7A 8 CWA TIME RECORDED
    TRI 1.96 -1.51 1.04 3 1.04 3 8 1 32.65 0.0 1.2 30.220 31 29.76 10 MRX 2400
    DAV 2.15 0.91 1 11 0 35.71 0 108.2 PBX 2400
    Averages
    STN T T1 U U1 V V1 W X Y Z 1 2 3 4 5 6 6A 7 7A 8 CWA TIME RECORDED


    Virginia: Arlington - " AUGUST 2012 WAS THE TENTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH IN WASHINGTON WITH A MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE ABOVE THE 1981-2010 MONTHLY NORMAL. THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 81.0 DEGREES TIED AUGUST 1983 FOR THE 5TH WARMEST FOR AUGUST. THE MONTHLY MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 72.4 DEGREES TIED AUGUST 1959 FOR THE 3RD WARMEST FOR AUGUST. ONLY AUGUST 1980 AND 1978 WERE WARMER WITH A MONTHLY MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 73.5 DEGREES AND 73.8 DEGREES...RESPECTIVELY. THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE NEVER DROPPED BELOW 75 DEGREES DURING AN EIGHT-DAY PERIOD FROM 2-9 AUGUST. THE LAST TIME A STRETCH OF EIGHT OR MORE SUCH DAYS OCCURRED IN AUGUST WAS 13-20 AUGUST 2002. THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE REACHED OR EXCEEDED 90 DEGREES 15 DAYS THIS MONTH...WHICH IS THE MOST IN AUGUST SINCE 2007. IN SPITE OF THE HEAT...ONLY TWO 90-DEGREE DAYS WERE RECORDED DURING THE LAST TWO WEEKS OF THE MONTH. THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE FELL SHORT OF 90 DEGREES DURING TEN CONSECUTIVE DAYS FROM THE 18-27 AUGUST. THE LAST TIME A TEN-DAY OR LONGER PERIOD OF SUB-90 DEGREE DAYS IN AUGUST OCCURRED WAS 7-17 AUGUST 2008. TWO DAILY HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE EITHER BROKEN OR TIED THIS AUGUST. A MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 79 DEGREES ON 4 AUGUST BROKE THE PREVIOUS DAILY HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORD OF 78 DEGREES SET PREVIOUSLY IN 1987...1991 AND 2006. ON 6 AUGUST...A MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 78 DEGREES TIED THE DAILY HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORD SET ORIGINALLY IN 1918. AUGUST 2012 WAS THE FIRST SUMMER MONTH /I.E. JUNE-JULY-AUGUST/ IN THE PAST THREE YEARS THAT DID NOT HAVE ANY DAILY MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORDS SET DURING THE ENTIRE MONTH. AUGUST WAS THE EIGHTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF BELOW-NORMAL RAINFALL... ALTHOUGH RAINFALL THIS MONTH WAS ONLY 0.15 INCHES BELOW THE 1981-2010 MONTHLY NORMAL. " - [ + - ] - Notes from NWS Sterling, VA

    Bridgewater - Clayton reports: " The temperature for the month was about normal. The precipitation was the most for August since 1990 and the third wettest August in the last 45 years. The combined precipitation for July and August was 13.45 inches. We have not had a serious drought in the Bridgewater area this summer. The grass is green and the corn looks great. " - [ +/- + ]

    Chantilly - Russ reports: " After starting out hot, August saw long stretches where we didn't top 90. The mean monthly temperature was 77.7(+2.3). The mean high temperature was 87.4 (+0.8) and the mean low temperature was 67.9 (+3.7). August temperature records set include a new new high minimum temperature on the 4th (74.8) and 6th (73.8). Precipitation was 0.23" below normal at 3.30". Thunderstorms were observed on the 1st, 2nd, 5th, 9th and 10th. Dense fog was observed on the 31st. *Please note, anemometer is currently partially obstructed from the North and East " - [ + - ]

    Dulles - from NWS Sterling (KLWX): " MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES THIS AUGUST WERE ABOVE NORMAL. THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 77.1 DEGREES TIED AUGUST 1980 FOR THE 10TH WARMEST FOR AUGUST. THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE NEVER DROPPED BELOW 70 DEGREES DURING A SIX-DAY PERIOD FROM 3-8 AUGUST. THE LAST TIME A STRETCH OF SIX OR MORE SUCH DAYS OCCURRED IN AUGUST WAS 5-10 AUGUST 2007. IN SPITE OF THE ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES...ONLY ONE 90-DEGREE DAY WAS RECORDED IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS OF THE MONTH. THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE FAILED TO REACH 90 DEGREES DURING 13 CONSECUTIVE DAYS FROM THE 18-30 AUGUST. AFTER TWELVE 95-DEGREE DAYS IN JULY 2012...ONLY ONE 95-DEGREE DAY WAS RECORDED THIS AUGUST...ON THE LAST DAY OF THE MONTH. TWO DAILY HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE EITHER BROKEN OR TIED THIS AUGUST. A MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 75 DEGREES ON 4 AUGUST BROKE THE PREVIOUS DAILY HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORD OF 73 DEGREES SET PREVIOUSLY IN 2010 AND 2011. ON 6 AUGUST...A MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 72 DEGREES TIED THE DAILY HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORD SET ORIGINALLY IN 2007 AND 2011. AUGUST WAS THE ONLY MONTH THAT DID NOT HAVE ANY DAILY MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORD SET IN BOTH 2011 AND 2012. RAINFALL THIS MONTH WAS BELOW NORMAL. SEVEN OUT OF THE EIGHT MONTHS THUS FAR IN 2012 HAVE BEEN DRIER THAN NORMAL. " - [ + - ]

    Glen Allen - Lowell adds these notes: " August was just a little cooler than average as the monthly mean temperature was 77.8 F, a +0.6F mean temperature departure based on a three-year average, and was wetter than average. This was the coolest August since 1968. The 4.88 inches of rain for August was a +0.07 inch departure based on a three-year average and the wettest month since September of 2011 when 6.51 inches was recorded. It was also the 2nd wettest August on record. (Records since July of 2008). The maximum rainfall recorded in a day was 1.35 inches on the 2nd and measurable precipitation occurred on 13 days, the greatest on record for August. The maximum temperature for August was 95F on the 31st. On 12 days the maximum temperature was greater than or equal to 90F. The lowest minimum was only 63F recorded on the 16th and 22nd. The maximum wind gust was 33 mph from the SSW that occurred on the 2nd at 1556 hours. The Richmond International Airport (KRIC) had only 3.50 inches of rain for August, the 85th wettest August in the past 140 years. KRIC had an August mean temperature of 78.2F which was the 34th warmest August in the past 132 years. They tied only one record for the date. On Aug. 5th, the highest minimum temperature for the date was 75F, which tied with 1989 and 1915. Before drawing too many conclusions between these tables, note Glen Allen has a three-year average and the Richmond International Airport has a 30-year average. KRIC had 2.83 inches more precipitation than Glen Allen and averaged 0.3F warmer. However, in August KRIC had 1.38 inches less precipitation than Glen Allen. " - [ - + ] "

    Herndon - Randy adds these notes: " After starting out hot, August saw long stretches where we didn't top 90. The mean monthly temperature was 77.7 (+2.3). The mean high temperature was 87.4 (+0.8) and the mean low temperature was 67.9 (+3.7). August temperature records set include a new new high minimum temperature on the 4th (74.8) and 6th (73.8). Precipitation was 0.23" below normal at 3.30". Thunderstorms were observed on the 1st, 2nd, 5th, 9th and 10th. Dense fog was observed on the 31st. " - [ + - ]

    Portsmouth - " AUGUST 2012 WAS THE 7th WETTEST IN THE DATABASE TO 1976. The wettest August month occurred in 1992 with 15.06" of rain. August's average temperature (78.2) was NORMAL. Precipitation was ABOVE NORMAL by 3.52" or 162% of normal relative to normal Augusts for the period from 1976 to 2011. Frontal passages occurred on the 15th, 18th, and 29th. AUGUST STATION RECORDS: 2nd - WIND GUST 30mph [previous 23mph 1998], 6th - RAINFALL 1.95" [previous 1.13" 1993], 6th - WIND GUST 33mph [previous 31mph 2004], 15th - WIND GUST 32mph [previous 31mph 1990], 27th - WIND GUST 27mph [previous 25mph 1991], 29th - RAINFALL 2.29" [previous 2.00" 2002]. " - [ +/- + ]

    North Carolina:

    Raleigh - Bob adds these notes: " AUGUST WAS MUCH COOLER THAN NORMAL WITH THE AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURE 2.7 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. RAINFALL DURING THE MONTH WAS ABOVE NORMAL WITH 6.60" OR 1.97" ABOVE NORMAL. FOLLOWING A VERY STORMY JULY, NO SEVERE WEATHER WAS OBSERVED DURING AUGUST. " - [ - + ]

    Raleigh - from NWS Raleigh RAH: " THE DAILY RAINFALL AUGUST 19 AT RALEIGH-DURHAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WAS 2.08 INCHES. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 1.45 INCHES SET IN 1980. " - [ - - ]

    Nearby Locations:

    Tri-Cities - from NWS MRX, Morristown, TN: " The monthly-averaged temperature at Tri-Cities in August was 73.3 degrees which was 0.5 degrees below normal. It tied with 1939 and 1966 as the 26th coolest August on record. A record low temperature was broken on the 21st when low temperature dipped to 53 degrees, surpassing the record of 54 degrees set in 1957. The coolest August at Tri-Cities was in 1946 when the average temperature was 69.5 degrees. The seasonal-averaged temperature at Tri-Cities in summer was 74.5 degrees which was 1.2 degrees above normal. It ranked as the 22nd warmest summer on record. The warmest summer at Tri-Cities was in 2010 when the average temperature was 77.3 degrees. Tri-Cities received 1.96 inches of rain in August, which was 1.51 inches below normal. It ranked as the 12th driest August on record. Measurable precipitation occurred on 8 days and just 2 of those days had more than one-quarter of an inch of precipitation. The heaviest precipitation fell on 3rd when 1.04 inches of rain was reported. It also surpassed the previous record of 0.83 inches set in 2006. In addition, the rainfall total for the day ended up accounting for most of the total precipitation for the entire month. The driest August of the 74 years of observations taken at Tri-Cities was in 2007 when 0.37 inches of precipitation was recorded. Tri-Cities received a season total 15.86 inches of rain in summer, which was 3.80 inches above normal. It ranked as the 9th wettest summer on record. The wettest summer at Tri-Cities was in 2003 when 25.26 inches of precipitation was recorded. " - [ - - ]



    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
      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:

      
    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   
      WOO  Woodstock, VA 5NW Lauck Walton 12/1/85 jwalton@shentel.net
       LDY Ladysmith, VA Danny Jessee 2003 STATION CLOSED 8/31/2010 danny@dannyjessee.com
    BRI     Bridgewater, VA Clayton Towers Ctowers19@aol.com WAL   Wallops Island, VA 37 56'26" N 75 27'47" W Wallops Flight Facility Airport
    CEN  Centreville, VA Paul Bassett 1985, 38 50.9788' N LAT. 77 25.6374' W LON. | Elevation 324' | m.psb@verizon.net AVL    Asheville, NC  Asheville Regional Airport 35-25-55N 082-32-15W 670M
    CHO   Charlottesville, VA  Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport ASOS  (Rappahannock County) 38-08-18N 078-27-21W 192M 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 Airport 35-12-48N 080-56-55W 220M
    IAD   Dulles - Washington-Dulles International Airport  38-56-05N 077-26-51W 93M   
    FCH    Falls Church, VA Erica Page 3/7/94 Windie1970@aol.com HKY  Hickory, NC 
    HAM    Hampton, VA 5NE Dave Kessel 1989 davidkessel@cox.net ECG  Elizabeth City, NC,  Coast Guard Air Station 36-15-47N 076 10-58W 11M
    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
    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
    GAV - Glen Allen, Henrico County, VA - Lowell Koontz  8/1/08  wwkoontz@verizon.net EWN    New Bern, NC  Craven County Regional Airport 36-04-03N 077-02-50W 3M
      MON    Moncure, NC  Chatham County - Mac McIlwain mac.mcilwain@embarqmail.com
      RAL    Raleigh, NC 7NNW  Bob Woodson -  6/1/93 kf4mmm@qsl.net
    LKU     Louisa, VA 1N Joseph Bowers 1944 - NWS ID  44-5050-02 STATION CLOSED RDU   Raleigh-Durham, NC Raleigh-Durham International Airport 35-52-14N 078-47-11W 130M
    LOU     Louisa, VA 6S John Bullock (about 1970) STATION CLOSED ROX    Roxboro, NC 2SE Merriell A. Jay 1/93
         WHI   North Whiteville, NC Christopher Crawley 12/10 34.413744N / 078.751908W
    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 STATION CLOSED 5/31/10 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@yahoo.com