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

...COLDER AND WETTER THAN NORMAL FOR MOST...
...SIGNIFICANT SNOWS COME EARLY
TO WESTERN & NORTHERN VIRGINIA...

A rather interesting December this one was. Generally colder and wetter for most. And while not weather-related (at least we think not), a rather intense earthquake visited several of you in Southwest and Central Virginia on the 9th.

The month began with a warm day and pending frontal passage that sent temperatures to early winter levels for the region for over a week. During this period, our station members in Western and Northern Virginia experienced their first heavy snowfall with 4-to-8 inch snowfalls common along the Interstate 81 corridor in Virginia on the 4th-6th. Significant rains fell on the 10th and 11th across much of Virginia and North Carolina. Another period of significant rains occurred for many on the 13th and 14th. A second significant snowfall was recorded in the aforementioned snow areas again on the 14th with the passage of a strong cold front and accompanying low. Most Virginia stations noted above normal rainfall totals for December with mixed departures for North Carolina and below normal rainfall in South Carolina.

A mix of normal to above normal temperatures were noted the second half of the month. As the month ended we were left wondering when winter would return.

Monthly temperature averages were generally colder than normal, with the greatest number of exceptions in Virginia. Both North and South Carolina stations reported temperatures well-below norms.

Our Dave Lesher in Davis, WV across the Northwest Virginia border already has recorded 64" of snow at month's end. This total is ahead of December 2002's winter total-to-date of 58". And the winter of 2002-2003 was quite snowy up there (242"), as it was for many across our northwestern and northern reaches.

Your December and yearly notations of new records are highlighted in your comments below the data tables.

The first killing frost occurred in many areas of Southern Virginia and the Carolinas, quite late for the time of year.


  • NEW NOAA Weather Radio Station NWS AKQ reports a new tower has been located in Bertie County, Windsor, NC at frequency 162.525 megahertz and will cover Northern Beaufort, Bertie, Chowan, eastern Edgecombe, Gates, eastern Halifax, Hertford, Martin, southeast Northampton, Perquimans, and eastern Pitt.
  • REMINDER All National Weather Service station data listed herein is preliminary and may be subject to change.  The data has not been certified and cannot be used in legal actions.  Only reports certified by the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC may be used for these purposes.

ACON VA/NC/SC Member Station Extremes - DECEMBER 2003
State
Maximum Temperature
Minimum
Temperature
Warmest
Average
Temperature
Coldest
Average
Temperature
Maximum
Precipitation
Minimum
Precipitation
Virginia
69°
Norfolk (ORF)
10°
New Market
44.4°
Norfolk (ORF)
33.0°
Blacksburg
6.65"
Norfolk (NOR)
2.66"
Blacksburg
North Carolina
71°
Wilmington
14°
Asheville
47.9°
Cape Hatteras
36.5°
Asheville
8.25"
Elizabeth City
2.35"
Fayetteville
South Carolina
71
Anderson, Charleston
18°
Anderson, Columbia
47.0°
Charleston
41.0°
Anderson
2.70"
North Myrtle Beach
0.79"
Florence

(Please note the column denotations table below.)
TEMPERATURE / WINDS/ ELEMENTS

VIRGINIA
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STN  A      B    C      C1    D      E F     G    H I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 S
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AHB 45.5  27.5  36.5        61.6  23 19.2  8   0  0 23 0 33 W    23  0 0 2 4  0 2400
ANN 44.94 29.19 37.06 -0.69 62    23 22   21   0  1 26 0 44 WSW  11  0 0 1 4  1 2400
BCB 42.2  23.7  33.0  -1.1  57 28,29 12   21   0  6 31 0 39 280  1  0 0 3 4  0 2400 
BRI 44.5  26.4  35.4        62    29 11    8                                    2400
CEN 47.1  29.7  38.4  +2.4  35    23 22   21   0  0 23 0 41 351 11  0 0 0 2  2 2400
CHO 46.5  57.6  37.0  -2.3  62    29 21 4,13   0  1 28 0 35 320 11  1 0 3 0  4 2400 
CTR 50.5  29.4  39.6        66    23 20.0 21   0  0 22 0 24 ESE  10  0 0 0 2  1 2400 
DAN 49.7  27.0  38.4        64    29 18   21   0  1 27 0                        2400 
DCA 46.5  31.8  39.1  -0.4  62    23 25   31   0  0 19 0 49 350 11  0 0 0 3  1 2400
IAD 45.2  26.8  36.0   0.0  62    23 19    8   0  1 27 0 46 310 11  0 0 4 3  3 2400
FCH 45.9  30.8  38.3        60    23 21    7   0  0 20 0             0 0 2 2  0 2400 
HAM                                                                             2400
HER 43.8  28.1  35.9   0.0  60    23 20    8   0  1 27 0 28      11  0 0 0 0  2+2400
HRN 44.1  28.0  36.1  +0.1  61.2  23 20.7  8   0  1 26 0 41 ESE  10  0 0 0 1  1 2400 
LKU 47.2  24.6  35.9  +0.6  62.2  29 17    8   0  0 30 0 28 SSE  24  0 0 0 0  0 2400 
LYH 46.3  26.4  36.3  -1.9  61    27 19   21   0  1 28 0 31 290  1  0 0 3 2  2 2400 
LXI 44.7  23.6  33.5        59.9  29 13.8 21   0 11 30 0 49 N     3  0 0 2 2  2 2400
NEW 44.32 25.03 34.67       62    29 10    8   0  4 24 0 55 W    13  0 0 0 0  1 1800
NPN 51.8  31.2  41.5        67    23 20   21   0  0 18 0 35 SE   10  0 0 0 2  2 2400
NOR 51.3  32.9  42.1  -1.2  66    23 26 20,21  0  0 15 0             0 0 0 1  2 2400 
ORF 53.4  35.4  44.4  +0.2  69    23 27   20   0  0 11 0 39 160 10  0 0 0 2  2 2400
FHC 51.88 35.72 43.8        66.0  23 29.3 21   0  0  9 0 32      10             2400 
POR 52.5  32.8  42.6  -1.6  67    23 24   21   0  0 17 0 31 270 11  0 0 0 2  2 2400
                                                         31 315 17
MEC 49    30    42          64    23 20   21   0  0 21 0             0 0 0 5  1 1700 
RIC 49.5  29.7  39.6  -0.8  64    23 20   21   0  0 23 0 33 140 10  0 0 1 3  1 2400
                                                         33 300 11
RGL 46.58 29.9  38.24 -2.16 58.6  24 22.8 21   0  2 24 0 16 NW   11  0 0 2 2    2400
ROA 46.2  29.6  37.9  -1.2  62    23 21   21   0  1 26 0 47 310 11  0 0 3 4  1 2400
ROK 46.3  27.7  37.0  -1.2  62    23 17   21   0  1 28 0 27 NW    1  0 0 2 3  0 2230
                                                         27 SW   15
AKQ 53    29    40.5        66    23 18   21   0  0 23 0                        2400 
WEE 49.51 30.45 39.98       62 1,23, 18        0  0 21 0                        1630
                                  24
WOO 45.1  29.9  37.5        64    24 20   25   0  2 25 0             0 0 0 2  1 2400
WSH 43.0  28.4  35.7        56    23 22.2 21   0  0 24 0 24 S 11,17  0 0 1 2  0 2400
NORTH CAROLINA
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STN  A      B    C      C1    D      E F    G     H I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 S
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AVL 47.1  26.0  36.5  -2.5  61    27 14   21   0  1 30 0 39 350 11  0 0 3 1  1 2400
CLT 52.6  28.4  40.5  -3.9  70     1 17   21   0  0 24 0 28 280 17  0 0 0 1  0 2400
ECG 53.0  32.3  42.6  -3.3  68    23 24 21,28  0  0 17 0 38 130 10  2 0 0 0  3 2400
FAY 54.9  32.3  43.6        69     1 20   21   0  0 18 0 35 260 10  0 0 0 0  0 2400
GSO 49.5  28.9  39.2  -1.8  63    29 19   21   0  0 27 0 32 290 11  0 0 3 3  1 2400
                                                         32 240 17           
HKY 50.0  29.1  39.5  -2.3  64  1,27 18   21   0  0 25 0 30 310 11  0 0 3 1  1 2400
HSE             47.9  -1.2
LBT 53.8  31.2  42.5  -2.2  68  1,10 21   21   0  0 22 0 39 250 10  1 0 0 0  0 2400
RAL 52.7  28.6  40.7        67     1 19   21   0  0 25 0 25      11  0 0 0 1  0 2400
RDU 52.2  29.8  41.0  -2.0  67     1 19   21   0  0 23 0 30 220 24  0 0 0 1  0 2400
ROX 49.9  30.6  40.3        65    29 23    3   0  1 23 0 37 NW   11  0 0 2 1  0 2100
ILM 56.7  33.3  45.0  -4.0  71    10 23   21   0  0 16 0 39 190 10  1 0 0 0  0 2400
                                                         44 260 28
SOUTH CAROLINA
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STN  A      B    C      C1    D      E F    G     H I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 S
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AND 52.9  29.2  41.0  -3.4  71     1 18    21  0  0 23 0 33 250 10  0 0 1 1  3 2400
                                                         33 270 19
CAE 55.4  29.6  42.5  -4.5  69     1 18    21  0  0 22 0 36 210 10  0 0 0 0  1 2400
CHS 59.5  34.6  47.0  -3.5  71    10 24    21  0  0 13 0 36 290 11  0 0 0 0  0 2400
CRE 55.6  33.5  44.5  -3.3  69    30 24    21  0  0 16 0 31 250 30  0 0 0 0  4 2400
FLO 54.8  31.5  43.1  -4.4  67 23,24 21    21  0  0 20 0 37 270 11  0 0 0 0  0 2400
GSP 52.1  30.2  41.2  -2.3  67     1 20    21  0  0 23 0 32 170 10  0 0 2 1  4 2400
OGB 56.4  30.9  43.7        70    23 21    21  0  0 20 0 43 270 10  0 0 0 0  1 2400
NEARBY STATIONS
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STN  A      B    C      C1    D      E F    G    H  I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 Sl
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TRI 46.8  25.3  36.1  -1.2  61 28,29  12   21  0  1 27 0 48 290 30  0 0 0 0  2 2400
DAV 33.0  19.6  26.6        55   29    6  3,13 0 15 28 0             0 0 1 0  1 1900

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

VIRGINIA
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STN  T      T1     U       V      V1   W X    Y      Z  1  2 3    4    5      6       7        S 
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AHB  3.49        0.95 11 1.70 10-11 11 0        7.9  5  4 3 12.5  12.5  30.62   3 29.29  11 2400
ANN  5.36  +2.18 1.08 14 1.68 10-11 10 2 66.01  4.4 14  4 3  9.9   9.9  30.62   3 29.23  11 2400
BCB  2.66  -0.21 0.89  4 0.89     4 12 0 53.17  6.8  4 14 2 10.1  10.1                      2400
BRI  2.82        0.65  5 0.70   4-5  8 0 53.62  6.5  5  5   11.7  11.7  30.47     29.74     0515/1600
CEN  4.55  +1.53 0.99 11 1.97 10-11 14 0 66.36  4.6 14  5 3 10.3  10.3  30.61  13 29.31  11 2400
CHO  4.42  +1.16 1.61 10 1.61 10-11 12 2 60.98  NOT REPORTED            30.62   3 29.33  11 2400
DAN  3.43        1.18 10             9 1        0.0          0.0   0.0  30.61   3 29.41  11 2400
DCA  4.32  +1.27 0.81  5 1.03 11-12 10 0 60.83  3.6 14  6 2  6.2   6.2  30.64   3 29.26  11 2400
IAD  4.57  +1.50 1.02  5 1.75 10-11 10 1 64.59  5.8  5  5 4 11.4  11.4  30.64   3 29.29  11 2400
FCH  4.96        1.93 10 1.95 10-11  7 1 53.96  3.5 14  3 2  8.5   8.5                      2400
HAM                                                                                         2400
HER  5.75  +2.68 1.37  5 1.37     5 10 3 67.59  6.0  5  4 4 13.5  13.5  30.63   3 29.11  11 2400
HRN  5.92  +2.85 1.47  5            10 2 74.49  5.5  5  4 4 13.25 13.25 30.563  3 29.298 11 2400
LKU  5.97  +2.73 1.71  5 2.46     5 10 3 71.25  2.0 14  2 2  3.5   3.5  30.61   3 29.27  11 2400
LYH  3.35  +0.12 1.01 10 1.01    10  8 1 58.95  4.0  4  5 1  4.4   4.4  30.63   3 29.40  11 2400
LXI  2.35        1.12 10 1.12    10 10 1 60.82  5.5  5  1 2  9.4   9.4  30.57   3 29.48  11 2400
NEW  3.70        1.45 11            10 1 47.32  6.0 5,  8 1 13.5  13.5                      1700
                                                    14
NPN  5.29        1.72 14 1.72    14  9 1 67.88    T 4,  3 0    T     T  30.43  13 29.25  11 2400
                                                    6,19                                                              
NOR  6.65  +3.38 2.09 14 2.09    14  9 2 69.36    T     2 0    T     T                      2400
ORF  6.24  +3.21 1.70 14 1.70    14 11 2 65.19    T 19  1 0    T     T  30.61   3 29.32  11 2400
FHC  6.42        1.92 14 1.92    14 10 1 70.86    T 6   1      T     T                      2400
POR  5.80  +2.76 1.77 14 1.77    14  9 3 65.52    T 6,  2      T     T  30.607  3 29.338 11 2400
                                                    19
CTR  3.71        1.22 10 1.27 10-11  9 2 51.99    T     1 0    T     T  30.574  3 29.240 11 2400
MEC  4.48        1.45 14 1.45    14  9 3 76.40    T  4, 4 0    T     T  30.38   3 29.47  17 1700
                                                  5,6,19
RIC  4.28  +1.16 1.28 14 1.36 10-11 10 2 63.29    T  4, 5 0    T     T  30.65   3 29.30  11 2400
                                                  6,13,14,19      
RGL  4.96  +1.84 1.65 10 1.85 10-11 10 1          T  4  2 0    T     T  30.62   3 29.26  11 2400
ROA  2.95  +0.09 0.90 10 0.93   4-5 11 0 55.44  6.3  4  9 3  9.6   9.6  30.60   3 29.45  11 2400
ROK  3.77  +0.80 1.14  4 1.14     4  9 2 61.46  5.0  4  4 2  8.4   8.4  30.60   3 29.53  10 2400
AKQ  4.94        1.40 14 1.43 13-14 12 1 66.05    T  4,        T     T                      2400
                                                  6,13,14,19      
WEE  4.02        1.14 14 1.14    14  8 2 68.57    T 19  1 0    T     T  30.55   3 29.48  11 2130
WOO  3.09                1.03 10-11 14 1 49.59  4.3 4-5   3 11.8  11.8                      0800
WSH  5.13        2.09 10 2.22 10-11  8 2 61.09  7.0  5  9 3 14.8  14.8  30.58   3 29.34  11 2400
NORTH CAROLINA
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STN  T     U       V      V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5       6       7        S
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AVL  2.78  -0.62 0.83 10 0.83    10 13 0        2.2  4  8 1  3.5  3.5  30.53   3 29.47  10 2400
CLT  2.48  -0.78 0.97 10 0.97    10  6 0 59.71    T  4  1 0    T    T  30.58   3 29.50  10 2400
ECG  8.25  +5.19 2.05 10 2.05    10 10 3 50.70    7 19         T    T  30.59   3 29.33  11 2400
FAY  2.35        1.09 10 1.09    10  8 1 54.81                         30.58   3 29.46  10 2400
GSO  2.65  -1.80 0.90 10 0.90    10  9 0 62.23  1.0 13  4 1  1.0  1.0  30.57   4 29.45  25 2400
HKY  3.31  -0.28 1.06 10 1.17 13-14  7 1          T 4,  5 0    T    T  30.55   3 29.44  10 2400
                                                5,13,14,19
HSE  5.22  +0.11                                                                           2400
LBT  3.07  -0.15 1.19 10 1.19    10  7 1 57.89                    0.0  30.59   3 29.49  10 2400
RAL  3.96                1.17 13-14  9 0 49.40                 T    T  30.59   3 29.46  11 1900
RDU  3.52  +0.48 1.13 10 1.13    10  9 1 49.83    T 4,  2 0    T    T  30.62   3 29.44  11 2400
                                                    19
ROX  3.73        1.58 10 1.58    10  8 1 68.46    T 4,  3 0    T    T  30.57   3 29.38  11 2100
                                                    18,19
ILM  4.95  +1.17 2.25 14 2.25    14  6 2 63.64    T 20  1 0    T    T  30.58   3 29.47  10 2400
SOUTH CAROLINA
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STN  T      T1     U       V      V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5       6       7        S
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AND  2.52  -1.32 1.13 10 1.13    10  8 1          T 4,  2 0    T    T  30.55  21 29.54  10 2400
                                                    19
CAE  2.13  -1.25 0.77 10 0.77    10  7 0 56.47  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.57  21 29.53  10 2400
CHS  1.86  -1.38 0.84  4 0.84     4  7 0 51.36  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.41   9 29.50  25 2400
CRE  2.70  -0.75 1.40 14 1.45 13-14  7 1 65.10  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.56  21 29.52  10 2400
FLO  0.79  -2.55 0.50 10 0.50    10  6 0 34.75                         30.49   4 29.47  25 2400
GSP  2.66  -1.20 0.98 10 1.04 13-14  8 0 63.14    T 3,  4 0    T    T  30.54   3 29.51  10 2400
                                                  4,19,20
OGB  0.80        0.60 19 0.60    19  4 0 53.25  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.52   9 29.60  19 2400
NEARBY STATIONS
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STN  T      T1     U       V      V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5       6       7        S
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TRI  3.20  -0.19 0.94  4 0.94     4 11 0 65.65                                              2400
DAV  5.04        0.82 11            16 0 73.39  7.3 20 18 13 51.4 63.9                      1900

Virginia:

Ashburn - Gary reports at his website: " The average wind speed was 2.0 mph."

Annandale - Lowell sends these notes:" December was a little below average in temperature and was snowy, windy and again a wet month. The December mean temperature departure was only -0.7 and the precipitation departure was +2.18" and was the fourth wettest December in the last 23 years. The snow total on December 4th of 1.7" set a new 23 year maximum snowfall record for the date and the first snow to be recorded on this date! The snow total on December 6th of 2.8" set a new 23 year maximum snowfall record for the date. One year ago we received 5.0" of snow on December 5th . The total snowfall for this December was 9.9" which was the second greatest December total in the last 23 years only surpassed by 1989 with 14.2" the current record. The snowfall total for 2003 was 49.9" inches which is the third greatest snowfall for a year and the most since 1996. The lowest temperature recorded for the month was only 22 the highest monthly minimum recorded since 1997 when we also had 22 but there were 26 days when the minimum temperature was equal to or below 32 (the average for the month is 19 days). The December rainfall of 5.36" was the most rain in December since 1996. Two days had precipitation amounts that were greater than one inch. The 0.64" of rain that fell in one hour period on the 11th set a new record for rainfall intensity for December; the old record was 0.54" in 1993 (precipitation intensity records since 1990). For the year, we now have a surplus of +22.59" in precipitation and the total of 66.01" for the year set a new annual precipitation record here and for most of the local stations except DCA that had the most precipitation for the year since 1889. The maximum gust of 44 mph from the WSW on the 11th at 1529 hours was the highest wind gust recorded this month and the highest recorded in December since 2000 and the 8th highest in the last 23 years. The total wind run for December was 2082 miles; last year it was 1734 miles and was the windiest December since at least 1995. (Complete daily maximum wind records since 1995) The minimum barometer reading of 29.23" on the 11th was the lowest recorded for December since 1997 when a 29.20" reading was observed. December DAILY Records Tied or Broken (23-Years of records): December had 1 daily LOW maximum: 6; December had 2 daily HIGH range records: 10, 29 December had 3 daily LOW range records: 5, 6, 18; December had 1 daily HIGH precipitation record: 14; December had 3 daily HIGH snowfall records: 4, 6, 14. " [ - + ] 

Arlington - NWS WBC reports: "December records: ON THE 14TH...3.6" OF SNOW BROKE THE DAILY SNOWFALL RECORD OF 3.4" SET IN 1951. AFTER THE SEVENTH WARMEST NOVEMBER ON RECORD... THE FIRST PART OF DECEMBER TURNED DECIDEDLY COLD AND SNOWY. DURING THE FIRST THREE WEEKS OF DECEMBER... MOST DAYS WERE IN THE 30S AND 40S WHILE NIGHTS WERE IN THE UPPER 20S AND 30S. ALSO...THERE WERE THREE DAYS WITH MEASURABLE SNOW WHICH PRODUCED OVER SIX INCHES OF TOTAL ACCUMULATION. THAT IS BOTH A LARGE SNOW ACCUMULATION AND A LARGE NUMBER OF SNOW DAYS FOR SO EARLY IN THE SEASON. INTERESTINGLY...AROUND THE FIRST DAY OF WINTER THINGS WARMED UP. IN FACT SEVEN OF THE LAST TEN DAYS OF THE MONTH REACHED HIGHS IN THE 50S AND 60S. THE END RESULT WAS A MONTH THAT WAS NEAR NORMAL FOR TEMPERATURES. CHRISTMAS WEATHER THIS YEAR WAS RIGHT NEAR THE NORMAL FOR THE DAY WITH A HIGH IN THE LOW 40S AND BREEZY MOSTLY SUNNY CONDITIONS. WITH OVER FOUR INCHES OF PRECIPITATION...IT ALSO WAS YET ANOTHER WET MONTH IN AN EXCEEDINGLY WET YEAR. THE 2003 PRECIPITATION TOTAL FOR WASHINGTON WAS 60.83". THIS IS JUST ONE HALF INCH BELOW THE ALL TIME RECORD OF 61.33" SET IN 1889. THE TOP THREE: 1889 61.33"; 2003 60.83"; 1878 60.09". The monthly precipitation was 1.27" above normal while the average temperature was 0.4 below normal. " [ - + ] 

Blacksburg - NWS Blacksburg reports the monthly mean temp was 1.1 below normal while rainfall was 0.21" below normal. The average wind speed was 7.0 MPH. [ - - ] 

Bridgewater - " With the snow at the first part of the month, it appeared that we were going to have a very active winter. However, towards the end of the month, the pattern abruptly changed with much milder temperatures and some rain showers. There was some flooding to the north from rain and melting snow, but the Bridgewater area wasn't affected too much. The total precipitation for Bridgewater for the year 2003 was 53.62" which was around 15.5" above normal. More precipitation fell in the Harrisonburg area, and places to the north. Some of the nearby heavy downpours during the summer missed us. This year certainly was a complete turn-around from the severe drought of last year! Snowfall for 2003 was 35" which was about 12" above normal. The average temperature was close to normal. There were 26 thunderstorms. This total was slightly above normal. In my opinion, the biggest news story was Hurricane Isabel, with the extremely wet weather coming in second. " - report from Clayton [ M M ] 

Centreville - " And now for the return of the continuing saga of The Snowblower from Centreville. We last left SB, as we have affectionately come to call it, backed in the corner of my (its) garage as the start of December temperatures were beginning as the ones of November had ended; warm. It wasn't long though before a touch of winter-like temperatures began to invade, and by the fourth we all detected a slight grin among the augers. The first snowfall of the season was set to arrive that evening as well. The winter-like high temperature for December was 47.1; just 1.2 over the 45.9 from the record keeping books. An all time high of 65 for the month happened during the afternoon of the 23rd. Curiously enough though, this was just two days after our coldest temperature of 22 on the 21st. Also on the 21st, we put a bunch of numbers together and logged a day when the overall daily high temperature was equal to the monthly average high. Twenty-three days had recordings of 32 or less for lows, but they weren't enough to drop the average monthly low the additional 4.2 needed to equal the 25.5 normal average low. Another scorcher, but since the sun had set by that time, the extra heat was barely noticeable. Except for the 500% more snow than usual for December, there were few other surprises in the precipitation department. With the snow events of the 4th and 5th, the 5th and 6th, and the 14th giving us 10.3" of total snow and yielding 1.97" of liquid, it is fairly obvious that the light fluff went further north, and we wound up with just heavy stuff, not to the liking of ole SB. Forty-three percent of our monthly precipitation fell over a 15 hour period on the 10th and 11th with 1.97" added to the bucket. The remaining rain amounts were fairly well distributed among the remaining days for a final total of 4.55"; or 149% greater than the December normal of 3.02". " - notes from Paul [ + + ] 

Charlottesville - The monthly average temperature was 3.9° below normal while rainfall was 0.78" below normal. The average wind speed was 5.4 mph. - from NWS WBC [ - - ] 

Danville - The average station sea-level pressure was 30.11"  

Dulles - The mean temp was normal. The monthly rainfall was 1.50" above normal. Average wind speed, 8.1 mph. - from NWS WBC [ +/- + ] 

Falls Church - " December 2003 was normal in terms of temperature but above normal in both rainfall and snowfall. The rain storm on the 10th brought nearly 2" of rain and the storm Christmas Eve nearly an inch. Both snowstorms this month (5th and 14th) brought about 3" of snowfall hiking up my total to double what I normally receive for December. I hope Everyone had a nice Holiday Season !!!!! Happy New Year to Everyone at ACON! " - report from Erica [ + M ] 

Herndon - Russ notes:" December began cold and snowy, but ended mild and dry. The monthly temperature was 0.1 above average and precipitation was 2.85" above average. We had fog on the 10th. Snow fell on the 4th (1.75"), 5th (5.5"), 6th (1.5") and 14th (4.5", daily record). A daily precipitation record of 1.47" was set on the 5th. " - [ + + ] 

Herndon - Bob reports: " My average MAX temp was 2.1 degrees above the Dulles "normal" and the average MIN was 2.1 degrees above. Winds are tree affected. Dulles is about 4 miles wsw and its normal is the 1971-2000 average. " - [ + + ] 

Lexington - " WREL has a new Virginia temperature map online featuring NWS stations and several reliable Personal Weather Stations. This map updates every 10 minutes and gives a great temperature display for Virginia. Place your cursor over any temperature display and the local conditions "pop-up". I've found this map to be a great tool for CAD events as well as following FROPA. Here's the address: http://www.wrel.com/mesomap.htm." - report from Scott at WREL-AM Radio [ M M ] 

Louisa - Temps averaged 0.6 above normal while rainfall was 2.73" above normal. 2003 was notable in Louisa for the rain. The 71.25" of precip was 28.2" above average and set a new yearly record. The previous record was 62.5" set in 1972. The yearly average temperature was down 1.3 - probably because of all the rain! - report from Joe [ + + ] 

Lynchburg - Rainfall for the month was 0.12" above normal while the mean temp was 1.9° below normal. The average wind speed was 5.2 MPH. - from NWS Blacksburg [ - + ] 

New Market - Joyce sends these year end notes: " For the year, the mean temperature was 53.46 while rainfall measured 47.32" and that was 13.0" above normal. Snowfall for the calendar year totaled 52.25". " - [ M M ]

Newport News - Gary sends these year-end notes: " The mean temperature was 59.00 while rainfall measured 67.88". Snowfall for the calendar year totaled 6.75". "

Norfolk - NWS AKQ noted the average temperature in Norfolk was 0.2 above normal. The month's rainfall was 3.21" above normal. The average wind speed was 8.6 mph. The average relative humidity 65% and the average sky cover was 40%. - [ + + ]

Norfolk - The Fred Heutte Center, in Historic Ghent reports the average wind speed was 4.5 mph from a dominant NW direction. 

Portsmouth - December finished with temps some 1.6 below normal and rainfall that totaled 2.76" above normal (or 191%). The wind speed average was 4.94 mph. The average sky cover was 39.8% and the average relative humidity was 70%. The average sea level pressure was 30.107". Station records observed in December included: 6TH - TEMPERATURE - MINIMUM MAXIMUM TIED WITH 40 [PREVIOUS 1997]; 14TH - PRECIPITATION - 1.77" [PREVIOUS 1.07" IN 1977]; 17TH - PRECIPITATION - 0.46" [PREVIOUS 0.21" IN 2000]; THE WETTEST DECEMBER IN THE DATABASE TO 1976. For the year-to-date, the temperature average was 0.4 below normal while rainfall totaled 65.52" (+17.22" or 136% of the norm), the 2nd wettest year in the database. The year with greatest rainfall occurred in 1999 with 76.28". The 3rd greatest yearly total was 62.46" in 1979 followed by 59.62" in 1996 (4th) and 59.51" in 1992 (5th). A trend to colder weather was noted after the first of the month. The trend continued through the first half of the month but temps warmed in the last half with temps rising to the 60s on 4 days from the 23rd to the end of the month. Precipitation was well-above normal and two days noted snowshowers, with the only accumulation coming from snow grains and ice pellets. Heaviest rains were noted on the 10th ahead of a cold front that didn't pass until the next day. December produced a number of days (10) with frost, making up for the frost free months of October and November. This first frost in December here is perhaps the latest in any fall for the first frost (database to 1976). - [ - + ] 

Mechanicsville - Glenn reports: "Periods of sleet, rain, and snow during the month. An earthquake occurred on the 9th around 1600 hours and shook some of this dishes in my house." [ - + ] 

Richmond - NWS AKQ reported the mean temp at RIC was 0.8 below normal. Rainfall was 1.16" above normal. The average wind speed was 8.1 mph. [ - + ] 

Ruther Glen - Danny reports: " December brought the first snowfall of the season, with two minor snow and sleet events bringing no more than a trace of wintry precip on either occasion. The trend of well above average precipitation continues. (It's been nice to go an entire season without hearing about an impending drought!) Below normal temperatures stand in stark contrast to the warm weather experienced here in November. Happy holidays to you and your family , and best wishes to everyone in 2004! - [- +] 

Roanoke - Wendell sends these notes:" A colder, wetter and snowy December for this station- Temps were 1.2 below normal. Rainfall was 0.80" above normal. Total snow of 8.4" was 6.4" above normal. " - [ - + ] 

Roanoke - NWS Blacksburg reports that the Roanoke airport monthly mean temp was 1.7 below normal. Rainfall was 0.80" above normal." [ - + ] 

Woodstock - " A little wetter than the average December (6th 0f 19 years). Mean temperatures about average, masking an extremely cold early December, and a quite warm end of month. 2003 was a very wet and cool year. Only 1996 was wetter and cooler. In 18 years of records this is the first summer that I have not recorded a single day in the nineties. " - notes from Lauck [ +/- + ] 

North Carolina:

Asheville - from NWS GSP: The monthly mean temp was 2.5° below and the rainfall was 0.62" below normal. The average wind speed was 7.9 mph. [ - - ] 

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

Elizabeth City - The Elizabeth City Coast Guard Station [ECG] reported an average wind speed of 9.5 mph. The mean temp was 3.3° below normal while rainfall was a whopping 5.19" above normal. - from NWS AKQ [ - + ] 

Cape Hatteras - " The average temperature in December 2003 was 47.9F. This was -1.2F cooler than the 1895-2003 average, the 39th coolest December on record (1895-2003). 5.22" of precipitation fell in December. This was 0.11" more than the 1895-2003 average, the 46th wettest such month on record (1895-2003)." - from NCDC [ - + ] 

Fayetteville - NWS RDU reports the average wind speed was 7.1 mph.

Greensboro - NWS RDU notes a mean temp here that was 1.8° below normal. Rainfall was 0.41" below normal. - [ - - ] 

Hickory - The average wind speed was 5.4 mph. The average monthly temperature was 2.3° below normal while rainfall was 0.28" below normal - from NWS GSP [ - - ] 

Lumberton - The average wind speed was 6.1 mph. The average monthly temperature was 2.2° below normal while rainfall was 0.15" below normal - from NWS ILM [ - - ] 

Raleigh - NWS RDU reports the average daily temperatures were 2 below normal while precipitation was 0.48" above normal. The average wind speed was 5.8 mph. " - [ - + ] 

Raleigh - Bob reports: " December was a quiet month even though there was a threat of some winter precipitation a couple times during the month. (Some areas of the NC Mountains picked up well over a foot of snow during the month). The average daily temperature was 2.3 below normal while precipitation was 0.92" above normal. For the year, precipitation was 6.36" above normal. There was no thunder observed during December; in fact, the last thunderstorm was back in September. " - [ - + ] 

Roxboro - Merriell sends these notes:" December averaged near normal and ended on a mild, quiet note. A quarter-inch coating of ice occurred on the 14th resulting in a few power outages. Otherwise, no significant events took place. " - [ +/- +/- ] 

Wilmington - From NWS ILM: The average temp was 4.0° below normal while rainfall was 1.17" above normal. The average wind speed was 7.0 mph. A daily maximum rainfall record was set on the 20th. The previous record was 2.01" in 1981. - [ - + ] 

South Carolina:

Anderson - NWS GSP reports the monthly mean temp was 3.4 below normal. rainfall was 1.32" below normal. The average wind speed was 5.9 mph. - [ - - ] 

Charleston - NWS CHS reports the monthly mean temp was 3.5° below normal. Rainfall was 1.38" below normal. The average wind speed was 7.1 mph. - [ - - ] 

Columbia - NWS CAE reports that the mean temp here was 4.5° below normal. Rainfall was a 1.25" below normal. The average wind speed was 5.7 mph. - [ - - ] 

Florence - The mean temp here was 4.4° below normal while rainfall totals were 2.55" below normal. The average wind speed was 6.5 mph. - from NWS ILM [ - - ] 

Greenville-Spartanburg - The monthly mean temperature was 2.3 below normal while rainfall was 1.20" below normal. The average wind speed was 6.1 mph. - from NWS GSP [ - - ] 

North Myrtle Beach - The mean temp was 3.3° below normal while rainfall was 0.75" below normal. The average wind speed was 5.4 mph. A RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE WAS SET ON 9TH WITH 29. PREVIOUS RECORD LOW 30 SET IN 1950. A RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE WAS TIED ON 27TH WITH 25. THE RECORD LOW LAST SET IN 1953. " - data from NWS ILM [ - - ] 

Orangeburg - NWS CAE reports the average wind speed here was 4.6 mph.

Nearby Cities:

Tri-Cities - " Tri-Cities received 3.20" of precipitation during December, which was 0.19" below normal. Measurable precipitation occurred on eleven days, but none received more than an inch. The heaviest precipitation fell on the 4th, when 0.94" were recorded. The driest December at Tri-Cities was back in 1965, when only 0.21" fell. The average monthly temperature at Tri-Cities was 36.1, which was 1.2 below normal. It ranked as the 19th coldest December on record at Tri-Cities. No daily records were broken. The coldest December at Tri-Cities was back in 1963, when the average temperature was only 27.8. Tri-Cities received a total of 65.65" of precipitation in 2003, which was 24.32" above normal. It was the wettest year on record at Tri-Cities. Above normal precipitation was reported in eight months of the year. The old record was 54.50" set in 1950. The average annual temperature at Tri-Cities was 55.4, which was 0.5 above normal. Three daily record highs and three record lows were either tied or broken. The warmest year at Tri-Cities was in 1990, when the average temperature was 58.2. - from NWS MRX [ - - ] 

COLUMN DENOTATIONS:

A  maximum mean temperature T total precipitation (inches)
T1 Departure from normal
B  minimum mean temperature U maximum calendar day precipitation (inches)
C  monthly mean temperature
C1 Departure from normal
U1 date of maximum calendar day precipitation
D  maximum temperature V date(s) of maximum daily precipitation
E  date(s) of maximum temperature V1 maximum 24-hour precip. & date(s)
F  minimum temperature W number of days with precip. >= .01"
G  date(s) of minimum temperature  X number of days with precip. >= 1.0"
H  days with maximum temperature >=90 Y year-to-date precipitation (inches)
I  days with maximum temperature <=32 Z maximum calendar day snowfall (inches)
J  days with minimum temperature <=32 1 date of maximum calendar day snowfall (inches)
K  days with minimum temperature <= 0 2 number of days with snowfall
L  peak wind gust (miles per hour)  3 number of days with snowfall >= 1.0"
M  direction of peak wind gust 4  total snowfall for month (inches)
N  date(s) of peak wind gust  5 total snowfall for 2003-2004 season (inches)
O  number of days with thunder  6 maximum barometric pressure (inches)
P  number of days with hail 6A date of maximum barometric pressure 
Q  number of days with glaze 7 minimum barometric pressure (inches)
R  number of days with ice pellets 7A date of minimum barometric pressure
R1 number of days with dense fog [1/4 mile and less visibility] (i) incomplete data
S  local observation time for temps/precipitation (M) Missing, if listed in data table
 ~ "about" E estimated
 +  additional indeterminate number of days NR not recorded


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

AHB   Ashburn, VA  - Gary Oldham  7/01 281' AMSL  n6skk@arrl.net ROK   Roanoke, VA 6SW Wendell Prillaman  4/76 wlprillaman@cox.net
ANN    Annandale, VA 1 3/4 ENE - Lowell Koontz  8/31/79  wwkoontz@verizon.net AKQ    Wakefield, VA NWS Wakefield Municipal Airport 36-58-53N 077-00-04W 33M
DCA    Arlington, VA Washington, DC, Reagan Washington National Airport 38-50-54N 077-02-03W 18M WSH   Washington, VA  David Yowell runamok@runamok.com
BCB    Blacksburg, VA NWS Virginia Tech Airport 37-13N 080-25W WEE   Weems, VA 3WNW Francis J. Socey
BRI     Bridgewater, VA Clayton Towers Ctowers@rica.net WOO  Woodstock, VA 5NW Lauck Walton - 12/1/85 jwalton@shentel.net
CEN   Centreville, VA Paul Bassett 1985 m.psb@verizon.net RGL   Ruther Glen, VA 380'45" N 7732'29" W Danny Jessee 2003 danny@dannyjessee.com
CHO   Charlottesville, VA  Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport ASOS  (Rappahannock County) 38-08-18N 078-27-21W 192M AVL    Asheville, NC  Asheville Regional Airport 35-25-55N 082-32-15W 670M
DAN  Danville, VA, Danville Regional Airport, 36-34-22N 079-20-10W 175M  BRE    Brevard, NC 1SE Bob Keehn 1/1/90 rkeehn@brinet.com
IAD   Dulles - Washington-Dulles International Airport  38-56-05N 077-26-51W 93M  CLT    Charlotte, NC NWS Charlotte/Douglas International Airpot 35-12-48N 080-56-55W 220M
FCH    Falls Church, VA Erica Page - 3/7/94 Windie1970@aol.com HKY  Hickory, NC 
HAM    Hampton, VA 5NE Dave Kessel 1989 davidckessel@cox.net ECG  Elizabeth City, NC,  Coast Guard Air Station 36-15-47N 076-10-58W 11M
CTR  Chesterfield, VA Albert Arnold 06/03 FAY  Fayetteville, NC Fayetteville Regional Airport, 34-59-22N 078-52-48W 55M
HER    Herndon, VA R.M. Beall P- 10/76   T-  1/91 beall47@earthlink.net GSO   Greensboro, NC NWS Piedmont Triad International Airport 36-05-51N 079-56-37W 275M
HRN   Herndon, VA 4SW Russ Topping -  1985 weatherman@cox.net LBT    Lumberton, NC  Lumberton Municipal Airport 34-36-26N 079-03-36W 37M
LXI     Lexington, VA  Scott M. Lancey, WREL Radio -  06/96 weather@wrel.com RAL    Raleigh, NC 7NNW  Bob Woodson -  6/1/93 kf4mmm@qsl.net
LKU     Louisa, VA 1N Joseph Bowers 1944 - NWS ID  44-5050-02jmbiii@earthlink.net RDU   Raleigh-Durham, NC Raleigh-Durham International Airport 35-52-14N 078-47-11W 130M
LOU     Louisa, VA 6S John Bullock (about 1970) INACTIVE 1/1/02 ROX    Roxboro, NC 2SE Merriell A. Jay 1/93
LYH     Lynchburg, VA NWS Lynchburg Regional Airport 37-19-15N 079-12-24W 295M ILM     Wilmington, NC NWS New Hanover International Airport 34-16-06N 077-54-22W 9M
NEW    Newmarket, VA 2W Joyce Winfree joywood@shentel.net CHS   Charleston, SC NWS Charleston Air Force Base 32-53-56N 080-02-26W 13M
NPN     Newport News, VA 7N Gary Leonard -  6/91 GaryMLeonard@aol.com CAE    Columbia, SC NWS Columbia Metropolitan Airport 33-56-31N 081-07-05W 73M 
NOR     Norfolk, VA 3NE Jim Fentress 6/1/77 FLO    Florence, SC Florence Regional Airport 34-11-16N 079-43-51W 44M
ORF     Norfolk, VA 5NE 36-54-13N 076-11-31W 14M  1871 GSP   Greenville-Spartanburg, SC NWS Greenville-Spartanburg Airport 34-53-02N 082-13-15W 286M 
POR     Portsmouth, VA 36.81° North 76.33° West 3S Bill Trotter -  7/1/76 wxr@cox.net CRE    North Myrtle Beach, SC Grand Strand Airport 33-48-42N 078-43-26W 10M
MEC     Mechanicsville, VA Glen Martin 11/19/91 OGB   Orangeburg, SC  Orangeburg Municipal Airport 33-27-50N 080-51-13W 59M
FHC    Norfolk, VA  Fred Heutte Center 36° 54'N 76° 16'W 01/01/03 fhcgarden@cox.net AND   Anderson, SC 
RIC     Richmond, VA Richmond International Airport 37-30-40N 077-19-24W 50M TRI     Tri-cities, TN  (Bristol / Johnson / Kingsport), Tri-City Regional Airport 36-28-47N 082-23-56W 474M 
ROA    Roanoke, VA Roanoke Regional Airport 37-19-01N 079-58-27W 362M DAV  Davis, WV Dave Lesher wvweather@mountain.net