...Year Ends with Another Very Warm & Dry Month...

December 2001 was a carbon copy of November.  A warm and dry late fall migrated right into early winter.  First freezes and frosts were pushed back weeks across the region!  Persistent winter like temps did not arrive until late month with the first report of temps in the teens and 20s closer to the 30th and 31st across our northern reaches.  Average temperatures in excess of 5° above normal were widespread.  Rainfall was higher in December than in November, but still well-below normal.  However, the Tri-Cities area actually reported an excess but only by 0.03".

With this warmth, new temperature records were set for the month and are highlighted below in red.

A Special Thank You to John Bullock & Bob Keehn
We all should be as lucky to live as long as John of Louisa, VA and Bob Keehn of Brevard, NC, longtime cooperative weather observers and members of ACON - VA/NC/SC.  Both have decided it's time to hang-up their data clipboards as taking long walks into the yard to record observations has become too difficult or impossible.

John writes: "I am unable to walk now and cannot get out to read the gauges.  My kindest regards to all of you.  You have a good reporter (Joe Bowers) already for Louisa."

And Bob writes: " I have enjoyed my association with you and Kevin Shaw [ACON DC/MD/DE].  Both Evelyn [his wife] and I appreciate your keeping us on your mailing list.   I intend to give up my recording of the weather here in Brevard as of 1 January 2002. It is getting increasingly difficult to walk to the various instruments used in recording."

To be sure, both of these guys plan to continue watching the weather and let us know of any extraordinary events.   To them, we express our deeply felt thanks for their contributions over the years to the study of weather.

Evelyn & Bob Keehn
Brevard, North Carolina


 
 
 


ACON - VA/NC/SC
The Atlantic Coast Observer Network: 
Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina
http://www.pilot.infi.net/~bsmoot/acon.htm

SUMMARY OF CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA
DECEMBER 2001


Susan Funk's, NWS AKQ
December 2001 Hydrological Report -Narrative Summary 

"December was drier than normal over northeast North Carolina...central and eastern Virginia...and the lower Maryland Eastern Shore.  Most of the precipitation occurred during three periods in the month...between the 8th and the 12th of December...around the 18th of December and around the 24th of December. December 2001 precipitation totals ranged from 0.80 inches of precipitation at 
Edenton (Chowan)....North Carolina...to 3.87 inches at Ruther Glen (Caroline)...Virginia.

For the year 2001...only three months had normal or above normal precipitation. These were March...June and August. All the other months had below normal rainfall.
Accompanying data can be found with a click to:  http://205.156.54.206/er/akq/HYM/DecPre2001.txt
 

Climate Normals Updated - Here they are!!  The 1971-2000 climate normals have been updated this month!!  Visit http://ggweather.com/normals/index.htm
- from Golden Gate Weather Services

NWS Data Reminder
All data from online NWS sites and archives are preliminary data only.  The official data is disseminated from the NCDC in Asheville, NC.  We would like to have the official data, but data verification and prohibitive costs would only slow our reports.


For ACON VA/NC/SC Recent Weather News, Search CNN
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ACON VA/NC/SC Member Station Extremes - December 2001
State
Maximum Temperature
Minimum
Temperature
Warmest
Average
Temperature
Coldest
Average
Temperature
Maximum
Precipitation
Minimum
Precipitation
Virginia
81°
Newmarket

Newmarket
49.7°
Norfolk (ORF) 
Portsmouth
39.4°
Blacksburg
3.16"
Lynchburg, VA
1.20"
Falls Church
North Carolina
80°
Elizabeth City
15°
Brevard
53.9°
Wilmington
43.41°
Brevard
2.34"
Asheville
0.50"
Lumberton
South Carolina
80°
Charleston
Orangeburg
23°
Greenville-Spartanburg
56.4°
Charleston
48.2°
Greenville-Spartanburg
2.30"
North Myrtle Beach
0.42"
Florence
Orangeburg

(Please note the column denotations table below.)
TEMPERATURES / WIND / ELEMENTS


VIRGINIA

STN  A      B    C    D      E F     G    H I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 S
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
AHB 51.3  30.4  41.0  77.7   5 13.5 31   0  1 18 0 34 WNW  18  0 0 0 0  0 2400
ANN 51.58 35.10 43.34 74     5 18   31   0  1 13 0 39 NW   18  0 0 0 0  1 2400
BCB             39.4  75     5 13   31             37      20             2400
BRI 52.0  31.6  41.8  80     5 14   30   0  0 17 0             0 0 0 0  0 0515/1600
CEN 50.9  33.5  42.2  76     5 16   31   0  1 16 0 47 225 18  0 0 0 0  0 1200/2400
CHO 53.5  32.6  43.0  78     5 18   30   0  0 11 0 35 310 18  3 0 0 0  1 2400 
DCA 53.2  37.7  45.5  75   5,6 22   31   0  0  8 0 43 320 18  0 0 0 0  0 2400 
IAD 51.9  30.8  41.3  77     5 15 28,31  0  0 19 0 38 320 20             2400
FCH 51.8  36.1  44.0  75   5,6 18   31   0  1 13 0 40      18  0 0 0 0  1 2400
HAM 57.5  40.8  49.2  75    23 28    8             40 SW   14           2 2200
HRG 50.8  31.1  41.2  77.8   5 13.1 30   0  0 19 0 23 NNW  20  0 0 0 0  1 2400
HER 50.0  33.1  41.5  73.0   5 16.5 31   0  1 15 0 30      18  0 0 0 0  4 2400 
HRN 50.6  33.5  41.9  76.6   5 16.8 31   0  1 15 0 33 WNW  18  0 0 0 0  0 2400 
LKU 53.7  29.0  41.3  78     5 12   30   0  0 21 0 28 N    29  0 0 0 0  0 2400
LYH             41.9  76     5 16   30             35      18             2400 
LXI                                                                       2400
NEW 51.74 28.94 40.34 81     5  8   31   0  0 18 0 40 W    29  0 0 0 0  4 1700
NPN 58.2  38.5  48.4  77     1 21   30   0  0  9 0 32 w    20  0 0 0 0  3 2300 
NOR 58.9  40.6  49.6  76     1 25   30   0  0  8 0             0 0 0 0  1 2400
ORF 58.3  41.1  49.7  77     1 25 28,30  0  0  7 0 40 230 14  0 0 0 0  1 2400
POR 58.5  40.9  49.7  75     1 24   27   0  0  9 0 33 WSW  18  0 0 0 0  1 2400
MEC 57    36    47    77   5,6 17   31   0  0 15 0 19 NNW  17  0 0 0 0  1 1800 
RIC 56.6  35.4  46.0  78     5 17   31   0  0 12 0 38 310 18  0 0 0 0  1 2400  
RMD                                                                       2300
ROA             44.0  76     5 20   31             45      18             2400 
ROK 52.8  33.4  43.1  76     5 19   26   0  0 16 0 31 NW   18  0 0 0 0  1 2200 
AKQ 57.52 33.58 45.55 76     6 18   30   0  0 17 0                        2400  
WEE 54.1  35.2  44.7  76     6 16   31   0  0 15 0 25 SW       0 0 0 0  2 0800/2000
WOO 53.5  35.5  44.4  80     6 16   31   0  0 12 0             0 0 0 0  2 0800
WSH 49.9  33.8  41.8  77.1   5 16.1 30   0  1 13 0 24 NNE   8  0 0 0 0  0 2400
NORTH CAROLINA
 
STN  A      B    C    D      E F    G     H I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 S
------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 
AVL 55.8  33.8  44.8  71     6 16   27   0  0  8 0 40 330 20  0 0 0 0  3 2400 
BRE 55.2  31.6  43.41 70     5 15 25,26  0  0 19 0 31    28,29 0 0 0 0  4 1600
CLT 59.2  37.3  48.3  75     7 21   25   0  0 12 0 29 200 28  0 0 0 0  6 2400
ECG 61.5  39.1  50.3  80     1 21   30   0  0 11 0 39 320 18             2400
GSO 56.1  36.0  46.1  74   5,7 21   27   0  0 12 0 33 290 20  0 0 0 0  0 2400
LBT 62.5  39.5  51.0  77     8 24   27   0  0 10 0 32 250 29  0 0 0 0  4 2400 
RAL 60.2  35.0  47.6  77   5,7 21   25   0  0 14 0 28      20  0 0 0 0  2 1900
RDU 59.1  36.1  47.6  76 5,6,8 21   27   0  0 14 0 29 290 18  0 0 0 0  2 2400
ROX 56.7  36.0  46.4  77.0   5 20 29,30  0  0 13 0 31 W 20,29  0 0 0 0  2 2100 
ILM 65.5  42.3  53.9  79   7,8 26   31   0  0  6 0 41 220 18  0 0 0 0  3 2400
SOUTH CAROLINA

STN  A      B    C    D      E F    G    H  I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 S
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CAE 63.6  39.6  51.6  79     8 25 22,26                                   2400
CHS 67.4  45.3  56.4  80     8 25   27   0  0  5 0 30 270 24             2400
CRE 64.8  43.5  54.2  77     7 26   31   0  0  7 0 35 240 18  0 0 0 0  5 2400 
FLO 64.6  40.5  52.5  79     8 24   21   0  0  9 0 29 250 29  0 0 0 0  6 2400
GSP 58.4  38.0  48.2  73     7 23   25   0  0 12 0 33 250 28  0 0 0 0  2 2400 
OGB 65.5  40.6  53.0  80     8 24 26,27                                   2400
NEARBY LOCATIONS

STN  A      B    C    D      E F    G    H  I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 S
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TRI 53.8  31.8  42.8  74     5 15   31   0  0 15 0                        2400 
CHW 41.5  27.3  34.4  64.4   5  1.5 30   0  8 19 0                        1900

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

VIRGINIA
 
STN  T     U       V      V1   W X   Y      Z  1  2 3    4    5      6       7        S 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
AHB  1.40  0.45  8 0.46   8-9 10 0 39.91  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.54  16 29.30  18 2400
ANN  1.55  0.56  8 0.58   8-9 10 0 36.18  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.51  16 29.29  18 2400
BCB  2.07  1.33 10                                       T    T                      2400
BRI  1.83  0.94 11 1.14 10-11  5 0 28.00  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.40     29.50     0515/1600 
CEN  1.29  0.52  8 0.63   8-9  8 0 39.02  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.52  16 29.26  18 2400 
CHO  2.15  0.80 11 1.20 10-11 11 0        0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400 
DCA  1.53  0.57  8 0.58   8-9  9 0 30.99  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400
IAD  1.56  0.48  8 0.48     8 11 0 35.71  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400 
FCH  1.20  0.55  8 0.56   8-9  6 0 33.98  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400  
HRG  1.72  0.77 11 1.07 10-11  7 0 24.79  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.46  16 29.42  18 2400
HAM  1.45  1.13 11 1.13    11  3 1        0.0          0.0  0.0  30.45     29.80     2200
HER  1.79  0.58  8 0.58     8 11 0 41.27  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.55  16 29.19  18 2400
HRN  1.85  0.54  8 0.56   8-9 11 0 38.98  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.499 16 29.356 18 2400 
LKU  2.14  0.74 11 0.74    11 11 0 30.09  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.52     29.34     2400
LYH  3.16  1.86 10                                       T    T                      2400
LXI                                                                                  2400
NEW  1.59  0.96 11             5 0 32.64  0.0          0.0  0.0                      1700
NPN  2.12  1.17 11 1.23 10-11  4 1 32.42  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.54  16 29.40  18 2300
NOR  2.09  1.50 11             5 1 34.28  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400
ORF  1.83  1.33 11 1.40 10-11  5 1 33.36  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.50  16 29.34  18 2400
POR  1.89  1.36 11 1.48 11-12  6 1 31.92  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.483 16 29.337 18 2400 
MEC  2.18  1.02 11 1.04 11-12  7 1 39.09  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.21  16 29.50  28 1800
RIC  1.67  0.76 11 0.86 10-11 12 0 31.48  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.54  16 29.36  18 2400 
RMD                                                                                  2300 
ROA  2.48  1.46 10                                       T    T                      2400
ROK  2.56  1.34 10 1.40    10  8 1 33.66  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.50  16 29.50  18 2400 
AKQ  1.68  0.84 11            11 0 34.51    T 25         T    T                      2400 
WEE  1.69  0.70                5 0        0.0          0.0  0.0  30.52  14 29.46  18 1630
WOO  1.77  0.46 11          8 11 0 33.73  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.84  16 30.02  18 0800
WSH  1.59  0.49 11 0.70 10-11 10 0 34.30  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.54  16 29.42  18 2400
NORTH CAROLINA
 
STN  T     U       V      V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5       6       7        S 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
AVL  2.34          1.02  9-10  8 1 34.49  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400 
BRE  2.31  0.97 10             4 0 44.59  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.56   5 29.05  24 1600
CLT  1.96          1.27 10-11  8 1 27.01  0.0          0.0  0.0                   20 2400 
ECG  1.08          0.60 10-11 11 0                               30.51  16 29.39  18 2400
GSO  2.21          1.28 10-11  7 1 29.83  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400
LBT  0.50  0.30 10 0.32 10-11  4 0 34.56  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.51  22 29.58  18 2400 
RAL  2.05  1.01 20             7 1 37.07  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.53  22 29.77  17 1900
RDU  2.01          1.40 10-11  7 0 34.78  0.0          0.0  0.0
ROX  2.04  0.81 10 0.81    10  7 0 33.02  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.54  16 29.48  18 2100 
ILM  1.31          0.95 10-11  7 0 40.98  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.49  22 29.54  18 2400
SOUTH CAROLINA

STN  T     U       V      V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5       6       7        S 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
CAE  1.18                          27.98  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400 
CHS  1.72                          40.00  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400 
CRE  2.30  1.73 10 2.04 10-11  7 1 39.57  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.48  22 29.60  18 2400 
FLO  0.42  0.24 24 0.24    24  3 0 30.83  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.49  22 29.60  18 2400 
GSP  2.23          1.14 10-11  6 1 40.38  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400 
OGB  0.42                          28.07  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400
NEARBY LOCATIONS
 
STN  T     U       V      V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5       6       7        S 
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TRI  3.42  0.97 13 1.04 13-14 11 0 41.76  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400 
CHW  3.04  0.76  8            16 0        5.5 29 10 4 15.5 18.1                      1900
Virginia:

Annandale - Lowell reports: "December 2001: December was very warm with a mean temperature of 43.3F for the month a departure +5.7F. It was the warmest December since 1984. December was very dry with a precipitation total of 1.55 inches a departure of -1.64. It was the driest December since 1988. December's maximum temperature was 74F a departure of +8.3F. Only 3 Decembers have had higher maximums. The average daily temperature range was 16.5F the highest since 1990. The record was 21.9F set in 1984. The average ground temperature at one foot was 49.3F the highest on record since records were started in 1984. The barometer fell to 29.29 on the 18th the lowest since 3-4-1999 and the lowest in December since 1997. The fall has been very dry and the last four months were well below average. The total precipitation for 2001 is 36.18 a departure of -7.84 inches the least for a year since 1991. The minimum temperature for 2001 was 16F the highest recorded in the last 21years. The old record is 14F set in 1998 and 1991. Records for the date- December 1, 2001 Record Warm December Day. The maximum temperature today was 71F, a new 21 year high maximum temperature record for the date; the old record was 68F in 1980. December 5, 2001 Large Temperature Range Gave A Warm December Day The maximum temperature today was 74F, and equaled the 21 year high maximum temperature record for the date; the old record was set in 1998. The temperature range today was 26F, a new 21-year maximum temperature range record for the date; the old record was 21 F in 2000. December 11, 2001 Record Warmth Night For December The minimum temperature today was 42F, a new 21 year high minimum temperature record for the date; the old record was 40F in 1985. December 14, 2001 Record Warmth For December The minimum temperature today was 54F, a new 21-year high minimum temperature record for the date; the old record was 52F in 1984. The maximum temperature today was 65F, a new 21-year high maximum temperature record for the date; the old record was 63F in 1991. December 31, 2001 Temperature plus 2F of the Low for 2001 The minimum temperature today was 18.4F. The minimum was only 2F from the low for 2001. The lowest temperature for 2001 was 16F that occurred on January 22, 2001. [ + - ]

Arlington - NWS WBC's Dewey Walston notes: ...RECORDS... LATEST FIRST FREEZE ON RECORD OCCURRED ON DECEMBER 22ND. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS DECEMBER 14, 1980. RECORD DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 75 DEGREES SET ON DECEMBER 5TH. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 73 DEGREES SET IN 1998. RECORD DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 71 DEGREES SET ON DECEMBER 1ST. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 70 DEGREES SET IN 1927. ...SUMMARY... DECEMBER 2001 WAS ANOTHER WARM AND DRY MONTH OVER THE AREA.

The average wind speed was 8.7 mph. [ + - ]

Ashburn - Gary writes: Rather an interesting month, all in all. Started out much warmer than normal, and ended up being 5.6 F warmer than normal (as opposed to November, which was 5.5 F warmer than normal.) On December 3rd, we were running a full 17.7 above normal. Winter finally sort of made its presence known around the 18th, as a cold front passed through and dropped temperatures pretty significantly. No recovery to warmer temperatures such as seen earlier in the month was made. December remained drier than normal; while not as bad as November, December still ran a full 1.82" below normal. The 18th was an interesting day, with several station records broken, some dramatically. The 18th saw the barometer fall to 29.300 in. Hg, a new station low. The high wind gust for the year was experienced at 34 mph at my far-less- than-ideally-placed anemometer. A new high daily average wind speed of 6.2 mph was recorded along with a new high 10-minute average wind speed of 15 mph. Finally had a day where the high was below freezing on the 30th. As diurnal temperatures dropped that day I was expecting a very cold night, but the temperature fluctuations up and down after sunset were quite interesting. The temperature dropped to 17.7 F at just after 10pm, and went back up to 22 F by midnight. It did drop to 14.8 F by the early morning hours of the 31st, but the dramatic plummet seen earlier had come to a grinding halt and changed to a wobbling up and down pattern. The 30th also recorded the station's first negative dew point at -1 F. Hard to imagine having spent decades at my home in Pasadena watching the Rose Parade early on New Year's morning when it would occasionally "plummet" into the 40's on New Year's Day, we thought a new Ice Age was coming!" (note: it reached 12.1 F here on 1/1/2002 and only one rain event on parade day in Pasadena in 113 years!) [ + - ]

Blacksburg - NWS Blacksburg reports a tied monthly max temp of 75 set in 1984. The monthly mean temp was 5.3 above normal while rainfall was 0.8" below normal. [ + - ]

Bridgewater - The precipitation for the month was .9 degrees below normal. The precipitation for the last three months has amounted to only 2.99 inches. This is the lowest for these three months in at least the last thirty-seven years. Snowfall for this past year was only 4.1 inches which was the lowest according to my records of thirty-seven years. There were no major snowstorms, and there was very little tropical activity, especially during the later part of the year. There were twenty-two thunderstorms which is about normal. In the last three years, the precipitation has been 19.2 inches below normal." - email notes from Clayton [ + - ]

Centreville - "Boy, when I was told that winter would soon be here, the jolly fat man's little helpers weren't kidding. The first three weeks of December offered temperatures averaging in the mid 40s with daffodils confused enough to believe that spring was on its way. A shock of reality on the 21st set our temperatures on the straight and narrow for the rest of the month though, with averages slightly above 30; a difference of over fifteen degrees from earlier in the month. For December, our average temperature was 42.2, nearly 7 above normal, with extremes of 76 and 16. With five nights when temperatures were in the 50s and nearly as many in the 40s, it's no wonder that the average low for the month was just about 8 above the 25.8 normal. As for the daffodils, they are now quietly napping in their beds. The lack of precipitation in Western Fairfax County continues to raise its dusty head with just 1.29" in the bucket for the month; a mere 25% of the 3.29 average, and not a trace of snow. On December 8th and 9th nearly 50% of our monthly total accumulated and subsequently brought temperatures down to respectable levels, even if just for a couple of days. There was another 50% or so of precipitation, which also fell during the month, but at this rate, who's counting. Happy New Year!" - notes by Paul [ + - ]

Charlottesville - The monthly rainfall total was 1.52" below normal. The mean temp was 5.7 above the norm. The average wind speed was 5.1 mph. [ + - ]

Dulles - The mean temp was 5.9 above normal. The monthly rainfall was 1.66" below normal. Average wind speed = 6.3 mph. - from NWS WBC [ + - ]

Falls Church - December 2001 was warmer and drier than normal. On the 18th, gusty winds with a peak gust at 40 MPH knocked my power out for about 3 hours in the early morning. Not even a trace of snow this month!!! [ + - ]

Hampton - Dave notes: " The first rainfall of 1.00" occurred since July 29, but still could not ease the drought. Monthly precip was 1.75" below normal with balmy conditions until Christmas. Monthly temps averaged 6.2 degrees above normal with record highs of 75 on 12/6 and 12/14. Somewhat more seasonal conditions returned after Christmas with temps a little below climo. [ + - ]

Harrisonburg - Terry sends these notes: The average temperature for December was 6.1 above normal. Precipitation for the month was .72" below normal even though this was the highest monthly amount of rain since August. Year to date rain finished 11.65" below normal. [ + - ]

Herndon Bob reports: "Another dry month - but the substantial rains of May-Aug have tided us over. The annual total at this site was only a half inch below the new 1971-2000 annual normal of Wash.-Dulles, about 5 miles away." [ + - ]

Herndon - December rainfall was 1.2 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 2.4 above normal. A record high temperature of 69.2 occurred on the 1st and a record high of 76.6 occurred on the 5th. Still waiting for our first inch of snow. We have seen no trace of snow this season. - notes from Russ [ + - ]

Lexington - Computer problems here... no notes for December - - email from Scott

Louisa - Again, John Bullock is unable to get to his instruments anymore, so he will not be reporting weather for us in the future. We wish him well and thank him for all the years he's given much effort.

Lynchburg - Rainfall for the month was 0.07" below normal while the mean temp was 3.6 above normal. - from NWS Blacksburg [ + - ]

New Market - Joyce notes: "What a month! This month we are 4 above average temperature and 1.50" below average in precipitation and -4.5" in snow. The first part of December was much warmer than usual and the last week we have been in the icebox." [ + - ]

Newport News - Gary writes: "I know it sounds like a broken record, but it continues to be above normal in temperatures and below normal in precipitation. For the year, the mean temp was 59.7 while rainfall was 32.42 inches." [ + - ]

Norfolk - NWS AKQ reported the mean temp at ORF was 5.9 above normal. Rainfall was 1.40" below normal. Rainfall for the year was 12.38" below normal. The average wind speed was 9.1 mph. [ + - ]

Portsmouth - The monthly mean temp here was 5.4 above normal and rainfall was 0.98" below normal (66%). Rainfall for the year was a whopping 15.42" below normal (67%). The month began with mild temps with the first significant cool-down coming just before Christmas and continuing until the New Year. The month was the 4th Warmest December in the database behind 1984, 1990, and 1998. A daily rainfall record was set on the 11th with 1.36". Max min temps were set on the 11th (53), 13th (54), and on the 14th(63). A new station daily max temp was set on the 14th with 72 (previously 71 in 1991). The average wind speed was 3.7 mph from a dominant northerly direction.
[ + - ]

Richmond - NWS AKQ reported the mean temp at RIC was 5.9 above normal. Rainfall was 1.59" below normal. Rainfall for the year was 12.42" below normal. The average wind speed was 7.3 mph. [ + - ]

Mechanicsville - "We received more precip in December than in the past two months. This provided some drought relief over the area." - notes from Glenn

Roanoke - Wendell reports: December was warm and snowless. Temps were 4.9 above normal while rainfall was 0.41" below normal. For the year, rainfall was 11.20" below normal. [ + - ]

Roanoke - NWS Blacksburg reports that the monthly mean temp was 5.0 above normal. Rainfall was 0.38" below normal. [ + - ]

Weems - Francis is recovering from a severe head cold. The "sage" among our members (70+ years in weather!!) he adds that he'd love to chat and have a real visit from anyone who comes to Kilmarnock, VA! His phone number is 1-804-438-6604. [ + - ]

Woodstock - "This was the warmest December in 17 years. An astonishing 80 on the sixth. Precipitation was below average after a very dry fall. I keep records of the first date in the fall that the temperature drops below 30. Until this year I had not recorded a date later than November 30. This year it was December 22!" - notes from Lauck

North Carolina:

Asheville -from NWS GSP: The monthly mean temp was 5.3 above normal and the rainfall was 1.18" below normal. The average wind speed was 7.0 mph and the average relative humidity was 67%. [ + - ]

Brevard - Bob Keehn sends us this special message: "Here it is, the last report from BREVARD (BRE). I have enjoyed my association with you, Kevin Shaw [ACON DC/MD/DE], and both Evelyn and I with the now defunct weather observers organizations. I appreciate your keeping me on your mailing list. I intend to give up my recording of the weather here in Brevard as of 1 January 2002. It is getting increasingly difficult to walk to the various instruments used in recording. Switching from late evening to late afternoon to make my recordings helped some, but the benefits are wearing thin. If it isn't too much trouble, I would like to continue receiving your reports.

December: Measurements of precipitation were recorded daily. All other readings were recorded on all but four days, the 14th, 17th, 22nd, and 27th. December was a mild, dry month (what did you expect) with high and low temperatures of 55.2 and 31.6 F compared with ten-year averages of 53.2 and 30.1. About 7 percent less heating was required. Rain, 2.31" recorded, was slightly more than half the December ten-year average of 4.24" and the year total, 44.59", was only two thirds of the ten-year average annual rainfall of 66.92".

Elizabeth City - The Elizabeth City Coast Guard Station [ECG] reported an average wind speed of 8.9 mph. The mean temp was 4.7 above normal while rainfall was 1.98" below normal. - from NWS AKQ [ + - ]

Greensboro - NWS RAH notes a mean temp some 5.6 above normal. Rainfall was 1.15" below normal. The average wind speed was 6.9 mph. The mean relative humidity was 67%. A record high of 74 was set on the 5th A record high minimum temp of 60 was set on the 14th. For the year, the mean temp of 59.0 was 1.2 below normal. Precip was 12.79" below normal. Snowfall for the year was 7.7" below the normal 10.2". 2001 was the 3RD DRIEST since records began in 1928. There were 7 days on which a record high was set or tied while there were 2 days on which a record low was set or tied. [ + - ]

Lumberton - The average wind speed was 5.4 mph. - from NWS ILM

Raleigh - NWS RDU reported the following records: a record high of 76 was tied on the 5th and a record high of 73 was tied on the 14th. A record high min temp of 60 was set on the 14th. A record high of 70 was set on the 17th. The mean temp was 5 above normal while rainfall was 1.23" below normal. The average wind speed was 3.5 mph. For the year, the mean temp was 60.9 which was 1.6 above normal. Rainfall was 6.65" below the normal for a year. 2001 was the 8th Driest Year since 1887. There were 15 days on which a record high temp was set or tied while there were 5 days on which a record low temp was set or tied. [ + - ]

Raleigh - Bob notes: "December was very similar to November weather with mild temperatures and below normal precipitation. The average daily temperature was 47.6 which is 5.0 above normal. This is record for December since moving to this location in 1993. Dry conditions continued with the rainfall deficit now of 5.98" since September." [ + - ]

Roxboro - Merriell reports: December was much warmer and drier than normal. Temperatures averaged 6.5 above normal. Rainfall was about 2/3rds the normal. [ + - ]

Wilmington - From NWS ILM: Above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation in the Port City...(same header as last month!) The average temperature for the month 5.4 above normal for the month. Total rainfall was 2.32" below normal. This has brought the yearly rainfall deficit to 16.28". The last month Wilmington received above normal amounts of rainfall for a monthly period was March 2001. A normal amount of sunshine was received with 59% of possible sunshine. The average wind speed for December was 6.7 mph. [ + - ]

South Carolina:

Columbia - NWS CAE reports that the mean temp here was 4.7 above normal. Rainfall was 2.41" below normal. Yearly rainfall was a whopping 21.93" below normal. The average relative humidity was 69%. [ + - ] Florence - The mean temp here for December was 5.1 above normal while rainfall totals were 2.72" below normal. The average wind speed was 6.6 mph. - from NWS ILM [ + - ]

Greenville-Spartanburg - The monthly mean temperature was 4.9 above normal while rainfall was 1.91" below normal. The average wind speed was 5.5 mph and the average relative humidity was 66%. - from NWS GSP [ + - ]

Charleston - NWS CHS reports the monthly mean temp was 5.9 above normal. Rainfall was 1.43" below normal. The average wind speed was 6.9 mph. [ + - ]

North Myrtle Beach - The mean temp was 6.7 above normal while rainfall was 1.00" below normal. The average wind speed was 6.1 mph. A record high temp was set on the 13th with 74, beating the old record of 73 set in 1949. On the 17th, the old record of 67 set in 1992 was surpassed when the temp rose to 71. A record high temp of 69 on the 18th surpassed the 67 set on the same date in 1990. - from NWS ILM Orangeburg - NWS CAE reports the average relative humidity here was 64%.

Nearby Cities:

Tri-cities - The mean temp was 4.6 above normal while the monthly precip was 0.03" above normal. The yearly rainfall-to-date is 1.04" in excess of the norm. - from NWS MRX
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COLUMN DENOTATIONS:

A  maximum mean temperature T total precipitation (inches)
B  minimum mean temperature U maximum calendar day precipitation (inches)
C  monthly mean temperature 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 2000-2001 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

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 wandlprillaman@home.com
ANN    Annandale, VA 1 3/4 ENE - Lowell Koontz  12/90  wwkoontz@bellatlantic.net AKQ    Wakefield, VA NWS Webmaster:  Scott.Schumann@noaa.gov or Neil.Stuart@noaa.gov
DCA    Arlington, VA NWS Webmaster (Sterling):  james.decarufel@noaa.gov WSH   Washington, VA  David Yowell runamok@runamok.com
BCB    Blacksburg, VA NWS Webmaster:  William.Perry@noaa.gov 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 pbassett@sitestar.net  
CHO   Charlottesville, VA  Airport ASOS  (Rappahannock County)
Webmaster (Sterling): james.decarufel@noaa.gov
AVL    Asheville, NC NWS NWS GSP:  bryan.mcavoy@noaa.gov
IAD     Dulles International Airport  Webmaster (Sterling): james.decarufel@noaa.gov BRE    Brevard, NC 1SE Bob Keehn 1/1/90 Bob_Keehn@citcom.net
FCH    Falls Church, VA Erica Page - 3/7/94 Windie1970@aol.com CLT    Charlotte, NC NWS NWS GSP:  bryan.mcavoy@noaa.gov
FRB    Fredericksburg, VA 7SW Ken McKneely mckneelys@email.msn.com CND  Concord, NC Lat: 35° 37' N. Long: 80° 66' W or approx 8 miles SSW of Concord (Downtown)stormwatch@vnet.net
HAM    Hampton, VA 5NE Dave Kessel 1989 dckessel@home.com ECG  Elizabeth City Coast Guard Station - Webmasters (Wakefield): Scott.Schumann@noaa.gov or Neil.Stuart@noaa.gov
HRG    Harrisonburg, VA  Terry Slagle 5/2000 Altitude: 1306'  tslagle@adelphia.net GSO   Greensboro, NC NWS Webmaster (Raleigh/RAH): Richard.Jones@noaa.gov
HER    Herndon, VA R.M. Beall P- 10/76   T-  1/91 beall47@earthlink.net LBT    Lumberton, NC FAA Lumberton 34° 37'N 79°  04'W nwsilm@wilmington.net
HRN   Herndon, VA 4SW Russ Topping -  1985 weatherman@cox.rr.com RAL    Raleigh, NC 7NNW  Bob Woodson -  6/1/93 kf4mmm@qsl.net
LXI     Lexington, VA  Scott M. Lancey, WREL Radio -  06/1996 weather@wrel.com RDU   Raleigh-Durham, NC NWS Webmaster:  Richard.Jones@noaa.gov
LKU     Louisa, VA 1N Joseph Bowers 1944 - NWS ID  44-5050-02jmbiii@earthlink.net ROX    Roxboro, NC 2SE Merriell A. Jay 1/93
LOU     Louisa, VA 6S John Bullock (about 1970) ILM     Wilmington, NC NWS  nwsilm@wilmington.net
LYH     Lynchburg, VA NWS Webmaster (Blacksburg):  William.Perry@noaa.gov  
NEW    Newmarket, VA 2W Joyce Winfree joywood@shentel.net CHS   Charleston, SC NWS, Webmaster: Theodore.Rodgers@noaa.gov
NPN     Newport News, VA 7N Gary Leonard -  6/91 GaryMLeonard@aol.com CAE    Columbia, SC NWS caewx@noaa.gov
NOR     Norfolk, VA 3NE Jim Fentress 6/1/77 FLO    Florence, SC nwsilm@wilmington.net
ORF     Norfolk, VA 5NE NWS 1871 Webmaster (Wakefield): Scott.Schumann@noaa.gov or Neil.Stuart@noaa.gov GSP   Greenville-Spartanburg, SC NWS bryan.mcavoy@noaa.gov
POR     Portsmouth, VA 3S Bill Trotter -  7/1/76  pwrs@infi.net CRE    North Myrtle Beach, SC  nwsilm@wilmington.net
MEC     Mechanicsville, VA Glen Martin 11/19/91 OGB   Orangeburg, SC NWS caewx@noaa.gov
RMD    Richmond, VA Roy Britt 8/22/83  roybritt@earthlink.net  
RIC     Richmond, VA NWS Webmaster (Wakefield): Scott.Schumann@noaa.gov or Neil.Stuart@noaa.gov TRI     Tri-cities/Bristol, TN  NWS Webmaster (Morristown):W-Mrx.Webmaster@noaa.gov
ROA    Roanoke, VA  Webmaster (Blacksburg):  William.Perry@noaa.gov CHW  Canaan Heights, WV Dave Lesher  wvweather@mountain.net