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

... SNOWS PLASTER NORTHERN VIRGINIA...
... COLDER THAN NORMAL ALL AREAS...
... VIRGINIA & NORTH CAROLINA: ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION...
... SOUTH CAROLINA: BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION...

What an end to winter across much of the area! January's extremely cold temps moderated to more seasonal winter values. However, with the increasing moisture from a series of low pressures crossing the South and Mid-Atlantic, high accumulations of snow, sleet, and ice were recorded. Hardest hit were the areas from northeastern West Virginia (look at Dave Lesher's winter total-to-date!) across the northern half of Virginia into the northern Maryland Eastern Shore. Embedded below, reports from our members and the National Weather Service clarify who did and didn't receive winter's hefty blows. The President's Day Weekend Snowstorm was quite impressive. With a click here, take a look at the totals (with 44" recorded in Garrett County, MD!)

Snow Pics - Feb 2003 - from Contributors
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A lot of pictures were taken during the February snows. From the NWS Washington/Baltimore website, here are some photos for your viewing [ http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/lwx/publicpix/feb2003/index.htm ] The February 7th snowfall totals for the northern half of Virginia were depicted here: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/lwx/images/feb07-03.gif.

  • Bob Woodson of Raleigh (RAH) sent this URL for the NORTH CAROLINA APRSWXNET/CWOP STATIONS. The group is comprised of amateur radio operators and private citizens with data submitted via digital packet radio and/or via the Internet. Upon further investigation, the Cooperative Weather Observer Program (unverified stations) publishes the same for Virginia and for South Carolina, and we presume for as many states as have members who wish to contribute. Interested in joining this group? If so, visit http://wxqa.com and learn about the CWOP.
  • Reminder 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 - February 2003
State
Maximum Temperature
Minimum
Temperature
Warmest
Average
Temperature
Coldest
Average
Temperature
Maximum
Precipitation
Minimum
Precipitation
Virginia
77°
Norfolk (NOR,ORF)

New Market, Dulles
41.5°
Portsmouth
29.98°
New Market
8.19"
Annandale
2.87"
Falls Church
North Carolina
78°
Lumberton,
Wilmington
13°
Asheville
47.0°
Cape Hatteras,
Wilmington
39.0°
Roxboro
5.96"
Elizabeth City
2.50"
Raleigh
South Carolina
73°
Florence,
Orangeburg
24°
Greenville-Spartanburg
50.8°
Charleston
43.8°
Greenville-Spartanburg
4.02"
Greenville-Spartanburg
2.46"
Charleston

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 38.8  23.4  31.1        51.7   4 8.6   9   0  4 24 0 31 W        0 0 0 0  2 2400
ANN 38.93 25.71 32.32 -5.44 51     4 14   16   0  4 23 0 46 W    23  1 0 0 2  4 2400
BCB 39.8  24.9  32.4  -1.1  55  2,22  9  8,9   0  5 25 0 40 290 23  2 0 5 5  2 2400
BRI 41.0  25.6  33.4  -1.6  55     2 12    9   0  2 22 0             0 0 0 2  1 0515/1600
CEN 39.9  25.2  32.6  -0.6  53     4 14  9,16, 0  4 24 0 39 212 23  0 0 0 0  1 2400
                                          17
CHO 41.2  26.9  34.1  -4.6  56    24 16   16   0  4 24 0 39 320 12  1 0 2 0  4 2400
                                                         39 290 23
DCA 39.7  27.6  33.6  -4.5  54     4 15   16   0  4 21 0 49 330 23  1 0 0 4  5 2400
IAD 37.9  22.7  30.3  -4.5  51     4  7    9   0  4 26 0 45 280  4  0 0 0 4  6 2400
FCH 38.4  26.5  32.5        50     4 15   16   0  3 22 0 54      23  1 0 1 2  1 2400
HAM                                                                             2400
HRG                                                                             2400
HER 37.5  24.3  30.9  -8.0  47.1   3 13.8 16,  0  5 26 0 30      23  0 0        2400
                                          17
HRN 37.5  24.3  30.8  -4.0  50.3   4 12.8 16   0  4 25 0 35 W    13  0 0 1 3  3 2400 
LKU 42.2  23.3  32.75       60    24  9    9   0  4 25 0 31 NW   12  0 0 0 3  0 2400
LYH 42.9  28.0  35.5  -2.4  61    24 15    8   0  5 23 0 39 250 12  1 1 5 5  5 2400
NEW 38.0  21.96 29.98       54  3,20  7    9   0  6 26 0 53 NW   12  0 0 0 0  5 1700
LXI 40.3  25.1  32.6        54    24 12.7  9   0  6 25 0 37 W    12  1 0 4 4  2 2400
NPN 46.9  32.0  39.4        68    22 26  9,16  0  0 17 0 42 N    22  1 0 5 2  3 2300
NOR 48.7  32.4  40.6  -1.1  77    22 23    9   0  0 14 0             1 0 2 3  3 2400
                                           28
ORF 48.4  33.6  41.0  -1.0  77    22 24    9   0  0 10 0 45 260 22  2 0 2 1  2 2400
                                                         45 210  23
FHC 47.33 34.35 40.84       76    22 28    18  0  0 11 0 46 N    23  0 0 3 2  1 2400
POR 49.5  33.5  41.5  -1.2  75    22 26  9,13  0  0 13 0 47 245 23  1 0 3 2  1 2400
MEC 45.7  27.3  37.2        64    24 19  9,13  0  1 18 0             2 0 3 4  2 1800
                                  31
RIC 45.1  28.3  36.7  -2.8  63    24 20   16   0  3 23 0 44 280 23  0 0 0 6  2 2400
                                          17
ROA 42.4  28.9  35.7  -3.4  60     2 17   17   0  5 23 0 52 270 23             2400
                                                         
ROK 42.5  28.2  35.4  -2.3  61     2 18   18   0  5 22 0 37 W    20  0 0 0 0  0 2400
AKQ 47.6  29.0  38.3        65 23,24 19   13   0  1 20 0                        2400
WEE 47.0  27.46 37.23       62    24 10   16   0  3 19 0             0 0 0 0  5 0800/2000
WOO 39.2  24.7  31.9        54    21 12  16,17 0  6 23 0             0 0 0 2  5 0800
WSH 38.7  25.0  31.8        53.0  20 14.8 16   0  4 24 0 28 SE   12  0 0 2 1  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 49.3  29.9  39.6  +0.6  71     3 13    8   0  0 21 0 40 330 12  1 0 0 2  4 2400
CLT 52.7  32.5  42.6  -2.6  71     3 22 13,16  0  0 16 0 37 300  12  1 0 3 4  3 2400
ECG 50.9  33.7  42.3  -2.4  77    22 27  9,13  0  0 13 0 46 280 23  2 0 0 0  2 2400
FAY 54.7  33.6  44.2        77    22 22   13   0  0 13 0 48 270 23  1 0 1 0  1 2400
GSO 48.9  31.0  40.0  -1.2  67     3 20   16   0  1 18 0 46 280 23  1 0 4 1  3 2400
HSE             47.0  +0.6     
LBT 55.8  34.1  44.9  -0.1  78    22 22   13   0  0 12 0 56 260 22  1 0 1 0  3 2400
RAL 50.8  29.9  40.4        69     3 22  9,17  0  1 20 0 38      23  1 0 2 3  0 2400
RDU 50.9  31.3  41.1  -1.9  70     3 22 16,17  0  1 19 0 41 280 23  1 0 1 3  5 2400
ROX 47.6  30.3  39.0        64    24 17 16,17  0  3 18 0 43 W    23  1 0 6 7  2 2200
ILM 57.2  36.8  47.0  -1.5  78    22 26   13   0  0  6 0 46 230 22  2 0 1 0  3 2400
SOUTH CAROLINA
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STN  A      B    C      C1    D      E F    G     H I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 S
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CAE 58.5  36.6  47.6  -0.3  75    15 28  11,13 0  0  8 0 44 240 23  1 0 2 0  2 2400
CHS 61.4  40.2  50.8  +0.1  75    15 31    13  0  0  1 0 43 200 22             2400
CRE 55.1  37.7  46.4  -1.4  68     4 25    13  0  0  6 0 43 240 22  1 0 0 0  3 2400
FLO 56.8  35.4  46.1  -2.4  76    22 25    13  0  0 10 0 45 260 23  0 0 0 0  0 2400
GSP 53.6  34.0  43.8  -0.6  70     2 24  11,13 0  0 10 0 40 220 22  1 0 1 2  1 2400
OGB 59.2  38.0  48.6        76    15 28    11  0  0  5 0 43 240 23  2 0 0 0  2 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 S
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TRI 44.8  29.6  37.2  -0.8  69    22   9 8,9   0  1 21 0                        2400 
DAV 30.6  15.8  23.2        48.9  22 0.5   8   0 18 27 0             0 0 3 1  5 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  4.18        1.45 22 1.66 21-22 14 1  7.28 16.5 16  9 9 42.0 53.0         16 29.119 23 2400
ANN  8.19  +5.35 2.78 22 3.07 21-22 16 2 11.25 13.0 16 10 8 30.9 44.9  30.55  16 29.09  23 2400
BCB  6.30  +3.28 2.26 22 2.26    22 14 2  8.56  3.0  6 17 5  9.6 27.1                      2400
BRI  5.86  +3.59 2.50 16 2.75 16-17  8 2  7.72  8.0 16  6 4 17.1 25.3  30.27     29.12     0515/1600
CEN  7.33        2.34 22 2.66 22,23 15 2 10.80 12.6 16  8 7 30.8 44.7  30.58  16 29.07  29 2400
CHO  5.76  +2.46 1.89 22 2.15 21-22 12 1  8.29                         30.49  16 29.10  23 2400 
DCA  5.45  +2.82 2.27 22 2.55 21-22 16 1  7.86 13.3 16 12 6 28.7 33.2  30.59  16 29.12  23 2400
IAD  5.13  +2.36 1.69 22 1.95 21-22 16 2  7.82 15.9 16 12 7 34.9 48.2  30.59  16 29.09  23 2400 
FCH  2.87        1.03 22 1.56 22-23  7 1  4.93 14.0 16  8 6 26.8 37.1                      2400  
HAM                                                               8.0 <-through 01/03      2400
HRG                                                               8.5 <-through 01/03      2400
HER  5.83  +3.00 1.91 22 1.90    22 16 2  8.98 16.0 16 10 6 32.7 46.9  30.57  16 29.94  23 2400
HRN  7.24  +4.47 2.26 16 2.81 16-17 15 2 11.07 18.5 16 11 7 35.5 49.5  30.523 16 29.142 23 2400
LKU  7.38        2.18 22 2.18    22 12 3  9.75  7.0  7  7 6 23.0 31.0  30.46     29.10     2400
LYH  5.75  +2.65 1.66 22 1.75 21-22 16 1  7.28  5.2  7      14.9 30.1  30.41  16 29.15  23 2400
LXI  4.94        2.07 22 2.47 22-23 17 5  6.78  3.2  7  6 1 13.4 23.5  30.35  16 29.14  23 2400
NEW  3.31        1.86 22            10 3  5.14 12.0 16  8 6 31.3 40.8                      1700
NPN  5.42        1.16 16 1.56 17-18 15 1  8.66    T 6,  5 0  6.75 6.75 30.44   6 29.17  23 2300
                                               10,16,18,25
NOR  6.08  +2.39 1.57 16            13 1  8.96    T 26  1 0    T  5.1                      2400
ORF  5.25  +1.91 1.34 16 1.53 16-17 14 1  7.59    T 10         T  5.1  30.45   6 29.19  23 2400
                                                    26
FHC  6.55        1.69 16 2.76 15-16 12 1  9.35    T 26  1 0    T  6.0  30.432  6 29.188 23 2400
POR  5.59  +2.22 1.40 16 1.40 16    15 1  8.29  0.1 26  2 0  0.1  5.3  30.458  6 29.212 23 2400
MEC  4.97        0.99 22 1.72 15-16 14 0  7.06  2.0 7,  4 2  4.5 14.4  30.18  25 29.26  22 1800
                                                    27
RIC  4.21  +1.23         0.90 21-22 14 0  6.39  1.6 26 11 3  5.9 16.9  30.46  16 29.16  23 2400 
ROA  5.79  +2.72 2.25 22            14 2  7.24  4.0  7       8.8 17.4  30.39   6 29.14  23 2400
ROK  6.99  +3.86 2.26 22 2.42 22-23 15 2  8.94  2.1  7  9 6 11.0 23.6  30.30 16, 29.21  23 2400
                                                                              20               
AKQ  5.73        1.18 16            17 1  8.58  0.3 17  8 0  0.5  6.8                      2400
WEE  4.60        1.00 27 1.00    27 12 0  6.40  6.0 15  2 1  6.1 11.1  30.40  21 29.25  23 1630
WOO  5.86                1.64 15-16 16 1  7.93 17.0 16    1 41.4 58.6  30.98  6, 29.90  23 0800
                                                                              25             
WSH  6.17        2.47 16 2.58 16-17 14 2  8.98 20.5 16 10 8 39.2 53.4  30.49  16 29.10   9 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  4.47  +0.64 2.37 22 2.42 21-22 12 0  5.66  3.5  6  5 1  3.7 11.9  30.29  25 29.20  22 2400
CLT  3.61  +0.06 0.98 22 1.02 22-23 14 0  5.57  0.6 16  4 0  0.6 10.1  30.31  19 29.24  22 2400
ECG  5.96  +2.86 1.84 16 2.01 16-17 13 1  8.80  0.0          0.0  4.0  30.44   6 29.25  23 2400
FAY  2.82                0.74 26-27 11 0  3.47  0.0          0.0                           2400
GSO  4.91  +1.81         2.21 21-22 15 1  7.26  4.0     5 2  4.0 14.0                      2400
HSE  3.75  -0.90                                                                           2400
HKY  4.38  +0.51 1.73 22 1.81 21-22 14 1  5.88    T  1         T  9.0  30.31   6 29.18  23 2400
LBT  3.56  +0.19 0.64 16 0.84 16-17  9 0  4.50                         30.36  19 29.33  23 2400
RAL  2.50                1.73 26-27 16 0  8.18               1.7  6.9  30.34  25 29.41  22 1900
RDU  4.64  +1.17         1.20 26-27 15 1  6.46          4 1  1.6  7.4                      2400
ROX  4.39        0.79 22 0.79    22 13 0  6.67  1.5  6  1 1  1.5  7.3  30.46   6 29.22  23 2200
ILM  4.03  +0.37 1.11 16 1.21 16-17 10 1  5.72  0.0          0.0  3.0  30.36  19 29.37  23 2400
SOUTH CAROLINA
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STN  T      T1     U       V      V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5       6       7        S 
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CAE  3.54  -0.30 1.30 16 1.52 16-17 10 1  4.97  0.0          0.0  3.4  30.35  19 29.34  23 2400 
CHS  2.46  -0.62         0.71 26-27 10 0  3.50  0.0          0.0    T                      2400
CRE  2.71  -0.79 0.60 10 0.71   6-7  9 0  3.64                         30.35  19 29.40  23 2400
FLO  2.60  -0.42 0.87 22 0.87    22  9 0  3.30                         30.36  19 29.32  23 2400 
GSP  4.02  -0.22         1.27    22 13 1  5.93  0.8 16  2 0  0.8  5.3  30.31  19 29.24  22 2400 
OGB  3.88                1.03 26-27 10 0  4.96                         30.25  19 29.38  23 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  6.32 +2.92  1.85 22 2.02 21-22 18 1  8.79                                              2400 
DAV  7.70        1.35 16            25 1 13.26 16.7 16 25 18 76.9 217.8                     1900

Virginia:

Annandale - Lowell reports:" A FEBRUARY TO REMEMBER, A FEBRUARY TO FORGET! IT DEPENDS ON THE PERSON. February snowfall of 30.9" makes February 2003 the snowiest on record here in the last 23-years. This was 25.3" more than the 23-year average for February which is 5.6". The old record was only 23.2" in 1982-83. The 8.19" precipitation total makes February 2003 not only the wettest February but among the wettest of all months. Only seven months have been wetter in the last 277 months. (23 years +Jan.03) This was also the wettest winter season on record (Dec.-Feb.) in the last 23-years of records. It was the fourth coldest February on record and the coldest February since 1995 which holds the 23-year record of 31.27. This was the third coldest winter season (Dec.-Feb.) in the last 23-years of records. The lowest temperature was 14 on the 16th that was the lowest minimum temperature in February since 1996 when -2 was recorded. February's mean monthly temperature, 32.32 was - 5.4 colder than the average. February had 23 days with the temperature at or below freezing; that is the most since 1995 which had 26 days. The highest temperature recorded in this month was only 51 on the 4th. On average February has a high temperature of 68; this is a 17 departure. In the last 23-years the temperature has been 56 or warmer. This breaks the 23-year record by -5. The daily temperature range of 13.1 was the lowest since 1986 which was 12.8. The low daily average temperature range is a reflection of all the cloudiness. This was the cloudiest February since 1989. Lightning and thunder occurred several times during the 2.78" rain on the 22nd which was the greatest precipitation in a calendar day ever recorded in February; the old record was 2.31" in 1998. The 2.78" is the greatest amount of precipitation to fall in a calendar day since 9-16-1999 when 3.65" was recorded and is the most rain recorded in any calendar day in the last 23-years. The 3.07" of rain from 1400 of the 21st to 1400 of the 22nd was also a 24-hour record going back to 9-16-1999. I have never had two systems drop two or more inches of precipitation in February until this month. There were 16 days this month with precipitation the most since 1986 when precipitation occurred on 18 days (the record). Eleven days had snow or flurries and ten days with measurable snow which ties the record of ten days set in 1986; but they were much smaller snows. Snow was on the ground at sunset for 21 days which is the most for the month since 1987. The maximum new snow for a calendar day was 13.0", also the most since 1987. February 16th was the month's coldest and snowiest day. The 14 minimum temp that day was the lowest for any February day since 1996 when the record low temperature of -2 was set. The maximum temperature was 24, a new 23 year LOW maximum temperature record for the date; the old record was 27 in 1991. On the 16th the wind chill fell to -0.5 which was the lowest wind chill recorded for the month. This MAJOR storm had a snowfall total of 16.4" over a 54.25 hour period. The 15th had a snow total of 1.3", the 16th totaled 13.0", the 17th totaled 1.5", and the 18th totaled 0.6". This will go down as our 5th largest snowstorm here in the last 23 years. This is the most snow since January 6-8 of 1996 when 18.1" was recorded. The total water content in this storm was 3.15". The maximum gust of 46 mph from the west on the 23rd at 1314 was the strongest wind gust recorded this month and the highest wind gust here since December 12, 2000 when we also had a 46 mph gust. The minimum barometer reading of 29.09" on the 23rd was the lowest pressure since 3-19-1996 when 29.09" was recorded. 14 February DAILY Records Tied or Broken- (23-Years of records), February had 3 daily LOW maximum 23-year temp. records for the date: 16, 17, 26; February had 1 daily LOW minimum 23-year temp. record for the date: 16; February had 3 daily LOW range 23-year temp. records for the date: 1, 22, 26; February had 3 daily HIGH 23-year precip. records for the date: 7, 16, 22; February had 4 daily HIGH 23-year snowfall records for the date: 7, 16, 17, 27; - [ - + ]

Arlington - NWS WBC reports:" ...RECORDS... ON THE 16TH...13.3 INCHES OF SNOW FELL. THIS BREAKS THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 6.8 INCHES SET IN 1996. ON THE 22ND...2.27 INCHES OF RAIN FELL. THIS BREAKS THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 1.48 INCHES SET IN 1971. AFTER A COLD AND RELATIVELY DRY JANUARY...FEBRUARY STUCK WITH THE COLD...BUT ADDED AN ACTIVE SOUTHERN JET STREAM TO PRODUCE THE THIRD SNOWIEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD. IN TERMS OF TEMPERATURE...THIS WAS OUR COLDEST FEBRUARY IN NEARLY A QUARTER CENTURY. BUT...AS COLD AS IT WAS...FEBRUARY 1979 WHICH COINCIDENTALLY WAS THE YEAR OF OUR LAST PRESIDENTS' DAY SNOWSTORM... WAS MORE THAN FIVE DEGREES COLDER THAN THIS FEBRUARY. FEBRUARY 2003 GENERALLY FEATURED DAYS IN THE 30S AND 40S...WITH A FEW DAYS THAT DID NOT MAKE IT OUT OF THE 20S AND A FEW DAYS THAT MADE IT JUST ABOVE 50. NIGHTS WERE IN THE 20S AND 30S...EXCEPT FOR TWO NIGHTS THAT FELL INTO THE TEENS. PRECIPITATION WAS WHERE THIS MONTH REALLY MADE ITS MARK. NOT ONLY WAS IT THE THIRD SNOWIEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD...BUT ON TOP OF THAT IT MANAGED TO PRODUCE A PROLIFIC WEEKEND RAIN STORM THAT DUMPED TWO AND A HALF INCHES OF RAIN IN JUST 24 HOURS. THAT MARKS NATIONAL AIRPORT'S GREATEST 24 HOUR PRECIPITATION EVENT IN THREE AND A HALF YEARS...SINCE SEPTEMBER 1999. THIS RAIN EVENT HAPPENED LESS THAN A WEEK AFTER THE PRESIDENTS' DAY SNOWSTORM...AND THE COMBINATION OF HEAVY RAIN AND DEEP SNOW COVER BROUGHT BACK FLOODING FEARS AFTER A SIMILAR SITUATION IN 1996. HOWEVER...WITH TEMPERATURES REMAINING IN THE 30S AND LOW 40S DURING THE EVENT...THE SNOW DID NOT RAPIDLY MELT AS WAS THE CASE IN 1996. THE RESULT WAS MINOR FLOODING OF THE MAJOR RIVERS. BUT...WIDESPREAD BASEMENT AND STREAM FLOODING CAUSED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE...AND THE WEIGHT OF RAIN SOAKED SNOW COVER COLLAPSED SEVERAL FLAT ROOFS. THE PRESIDENTS' DAY STORM WAS THE BIG EVENT OF THE MONTH. 16.7 INCHES OF SNOW AT NATIONAL PUT IT ON PAR WITH THE JANUARY 1996 BLIZZARD AND RANKED IT AS THE FIFTH GREATEST SNOW ON RECORD. INTERESTINGLY...IT HAPPENED ON THE TWENTY FOURTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE AREA'S THIRD GREATEST SNOWFALL...THE MASSIVE PRESIDENTS' DAY STORM OF 1979. AMAZINGLY...MORE THAN A THIRD OF THE DAYS IN FEBRUARY 2003 PRODUCED MEASURABLE SNOW. IT WAS THE FIRST MONTH SINCE 1934 TO PRODUCE 10 SNOW DAYS. AFTER YEARS WITHOUT A COLD AND SNOWY MONTH IN WASHINGTON...FEBRUARY 2003 FINALLY BROKE THE PATTERN. Rainfall for the month was 2.82" above normal while average temps were 4.5 below normal. The average wind speed was 8.9 mph. [ - + ]

Ashburn - Gary sends these notes: " The password is 'snow.' My snowfall measurements were compromised by the need to keep shoveling and shoveling and shoveling. My liquid equivalent for the snowfall is probably on the low side as well, as there was considerable blowing of snow that probably escaped my measuring bucket. I won't belabor the point, but this was an extremely snowy month, probably all across the ACON area. Fortunately, ice and sleet were rare in this area. A new low barometric pressure record for my station was set on the 23rd, when 29.119" was reached. Winds were relatively light, averaging only 1.9 mph for the month. February 2002 was my windiest month on record, with an average daily wind speed of 3.1 mph, and a wind run of 2110 miles (and a peak gust record of 40 mph has been tied but never broken). February 2003 wind run was only 1296 miles, and a peak gust of 31 mph. Fairly breezy days were interspersed with quite a few calm days. Average humidity for the month was 70%, and the average dew point was 21. Rainfall was a full 1.41" above average, and the monthly temperature was 3.2 below average for the first (- +) month in what seems like ages. This was the fourth month in a row with no cooling degree days. Now that meteorological winter is over, it is interesting to compare statistics to last year:

Winter 2001/2002
Mean temperature 39.9F
High Temperature 77.7F
Low Temperature 12.1F
Avg. Wind Speed 2.4 mph
Wind Run 5162 miles
Rainfall 3.03"

Winter 2002/2003 Mean Temperature 31.5F
High Temperature 61.2F
Low Temperature 4.5F
Avg. Wind Speed 2.1 mph
Wind Run 4238 miles
Rainfall 9.61"

This winter was clearly quite a bit cooler and much wetter than last." - [ - + ]

Blacksburg - NWS Blacksburg reports the monthly mean temp was 1.1 below normal while rainfall was 3.28" above normal. The average winds speed was 6.1 MPH. [ - + ]

Bridgewater - " The average temperature for February was 1.6 below normal. Precipitation was 3.59" above normal. This was the wettest February in at least 38 years, which is the length of my record-keeping on moisture. Precipitation for the year is 2.85" above normal. Snowfall was the third largest for February in at least 38 years. A lot of sleet fell on the 16th which kept the snow depth down. Because of all the sleet and very low temperatures, shoveling the snow was difficult. Vehicles got stuck trying to get through just a few inches of the stuff. Northern Rockingham County got a lot more snow, but less sleet than the Bridgewater area. - notes from Clayton [ - + ]

Centreville - " As the saying goes, 'Records are meant to be broken', and Centreville is no exception. In January 2000, I mentioned that we had experienced "The Storm of the Century", and felt pretty secure with that claim after having measured 9.6" on the 25th. An event never to be matched during the millennium until this February 16th when 12.6" managed to accumulate and 14.1" overall was recorded for the storm. Not quite up to par with the blizzard of January 1996, but it did come in next to it with a number five in recorded snowstorm history. Rain and the melt from 30.8" snow accounted for near record amounts with 7.33" for a monthly total. This put us nearly 5" over normal for the year at the close of February. Over a third of our accumulated monthly precipitation fell in one 24 hour period on the 22nd and 23rd, and coupled with melting snow, left standing water in the best of many back yards. Temperatures had a chance to make the news as well. For example, during a 10-day period in mid-February, five nights were in the teens. That did little to offset the average nightly lows from being 4.4 above the 20.8 normal though. A major player in keeping our average daily temperature within a degree of normal was the average monthly high of 39.9 being almost 6 below normal. No doubt that the degree of snow cover for the month helped prevent daytime temperatures from climbing to expected levels. " - notes from Paul [ - + ]

Charlottesville - The monthly average temperature was 4.6 below normal while rainfall was 2.46" above normal. The average wind speed was 4.7 mph. [ - + ]

Dulles - The mean temp was 4.5 below normal. The monthly rainfall was 2.36" above normal. Average wind speed, 7.3 mph. - from NWS WBC [ - + ]

Falls Church - " February 2003 was colder, wetter and snowier than average. This was the snowiest February since 1996. The President's Day storm brought a total of 15.4" from 2/15-2/17. I was snowed in for about 5 days!!! " - notes from Erica [ - + ]

Herndon Bob notes: " My precip was more than 3" above 'normal'. Average max temp was 8 below the Dulles 'normal'; average min was near 'normal'. Dulles is about 4 miles WSW. " [ - + ]

Herndon - " The monthly temperature was 4.0 below average, precipitation was 4.47" above average, snowfall was 29.3" above average. We had measurable snow on the 6th (3.25"), 7th (2.9"), 10th (0.25"), 15th (1.0"), 16th (18.5" - new extreme), 17th (2.5"), 18th (0.5"), 26th (1.8"), 27th (4.0" - new extreme) and 28th (0.8"). Quite a month for snow lovers. Schools were closed for the better part of two weeks. Sleet fell on the 15th, 16th, and 17th. Freezing rain fell on the 15th. Dense fog formed on the 1st, 21st and 22nd." " - report from Russ [ - + ]

Louisa - "February was certainly the 'winter' month here. Over 22" of snow and sleet for the month; the resulting melt has the ground water level up and Lake Anna's level a little above normal." - notes from Joe Bowers.

Lynchburg - Rainfall for the month was 2.65" above normal while the mean temp was 2.4 below normal. The average wind speed was 5.6 MPH. - from NWS Blacksburg
[ - + ]

Newport News - Gary reports: " A real drought buster this month with precipitation on 18 of the 28 days." - [ - + ]

Norfolk - NWS AKQ reported the mean temp at ORF was 1.0 below normal. Rainfall was 1.91" above normal. The average wind speed was 10.1 mph. Sky cover was 60%. The average relative humidity was 73%. [ - + ]

Norfolk - The Fred Heutte Center, in Historic Ghent, noted a mean barometer reading of 30.010". The mean relative humidity was 76%. The average wind speed was 5.0 mph from a dominant NE direction.

Portsmouth - While the cold temps of January were followed by more seasonal temps this February, moisture levels increased over those of a dry January. During the month, temps averaged just below normal (-1.2) and precipitation was well- above normal (166%). Winds averaged 4.9 MPH from a dominant SW direction. A rather low barometer on the 23rd with 29.212" . Series of lows moved across the Mid-Atlantic bringing abundant moisture across the region as cold high pressure moved E across the Great Lakes and New England regions. A few station records were established during the month: 15th - PRECIPITATION - 0.84" [PREVIOUSLY 0.81" IN 1995]; 22nd - TEMPERATURE - 75 [PREVIOUSLY 73 in 1985]; 24th - WIND - 47 MPH [PREVIOUSLY 43 MPH in 1984]. The average relative humidity was 76% and the average sky cover was 46%. [ - + ]

Richmond - NWS AKQ reported the mean temp at RIC was 2.8 below normal. Rainfall was 1.23" above normal. The average sky cover was 70% while the average relative humidity was 75%. The average wind speed was 7.9 mph. [ - + ]

Mechanicsville - Glenn notes: " Some thunder on the 18th and 22nd- A lot of snow and periods of snow occurred during the month. Come on spring! "

Roanoke - Wendell notes: " A wet and snowy, windy February with snowfall of 11 inches, 4.5" above the norm for the month. Rainfall was 2.86" above normal and included snow and sleet melt. Temps were 2.3 below normal. A real winter month for a change. - [ - + ]

Roanoke - NWS Blacksburg reports that the monthly mean temp was 3.4 below normal. Rainfall was 2.72" above normal. [ - + ]

Woodstock - " Last February was the warmest in 17 years of records. This year was the little ice age---the coldest in 18 years of records, and the wettest (by 2"). We had snow cover on 24 days (22 consecutive) and with 10" of mostly ice--snow so crusty I can walk on top-- and more chilly weather forecast it will be the middle of March before I can even see the leaves of the spring bulbs. Last year the first bloom was Feb. 16. " - notes from Lauck [ - + ]

North Carolina:

Asheville - from NWS GSP: The monthly mean temp was 0.6 above normal and the rainfall was 0.64" above normal. The average wind speed was 7.7 mph. Average relative humidity 69% while the average sky cover was 50%. [ + + ]

Charlotte - NWS GSP reports the mean temp here was 2.6 below normal and precip was 0.06" above normal. The average wind speed was 6.5 mph. The average sky cover and relative humidity were 70% and 69% respectively. [ - + ]

Elizabeth City - The Elizabeth City Coast Guard Station [ECG] reported an average wind speed of 11.1 mph. The mean temp was 2.4 below normal while rainfall was 2.86" above normal. The average relative humidity was 76% while the average sky cover was 50%. - from NWS AKQ [ - + ]

Fayetteville - NWS RDU reports the average wind speed was 7.3 mph and the average relative humidity was 68% while the average sky cover was 50%.

Cape Hatteras - The average temperature was 47.0. This was 0.6 warmer than the 1895-2003 average, the 50th warmest February on record (1895-2003). 3.75" of precipitation fell in February. This was 0.90" less than the 1895-2003 average, the 37th driest such month on record (1895-2003). - from NCDC [ + - ]

Greensboro - NWS RDU notes a mean temp here of 1.2 below normal. Rainfall was 1.81" above normal. The average wind speed was 7.8 mph. The average relative humidity was 70%. The average sky cover was 70%. 2.14" of rain on the 22nd established an new daily precip record surpassing the 0.79"set in 1971. - [ - + ]

Lumberton - The average wind speed was 7.5 mph. The average monthly temperature 0.1 below normal while rainfall was 0.19" above normal - from NWS ILM [ - + ]

Raleigh - NWS RAH reported the monthly average temp was 1.9 below normal while rainfall was 1.17" above normal. The average relative humidity was 70% while the average sky cover was 60%. THE RECORD DAILY PRECIPITATION FOR FEBRUARY 22ND WAS 0.76" SET IN 1987. THAT CHANGED TO 0.83" IN 2003 ON THAT DATE. - [ - + ]

Raleigh - Bob reports: " February weather was a very active month with 3 events that produced frozen precipitation and one event that produced some severe weather including tornado warnings in the area. Central Carolina Skywarn (http://www.ccskywarn.net) was activated four times during the month. The three winter events only produced a little over 1.70" of frozen accumulation, most which was in the form of sleet. The average daily temperature for February was below normal while precipitation was above normal. " - [ - + ]

Roxboro - In his monthly report, Merriell notes: " February was colder than normal with more precipitation than normal. Periods of mixed wintry precipitation and thunderstorm activity kept the month active and interesting. " - [ - + ]

Wilmington - From NWS ILM: The average temp was 1.5 below normal while rainfall was a 0.37" above normal. The average wind speed was 8.2 mph. RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE SET ON 22ND with 78. The PREVIOUS RECORD was 77 SET IN 1993. [ - + ]

South Carolina:

Charleston - NWS CHS reports the monthly mean temp was 0.1 above normal. Rainfall was 0.62" below normal. The average wind speed was 8.4 mph. - [ - - ]

Columbia - NWS CAE reports that the mean temp here was 0.3 below normal. Rainfall was a 0.30" below normal. The average wind speed was 7.1 mph. Average relative humidity was 66% while the average sky cover was 60%. [ - - ]

Florence - The mean temp here was 2.4 below normal while rainfall totals were 0.42" below normal. The average wind speed was 7.3 mph. - from NWS ILM [ - - ]

Greenville-Spartanburg - The monthly mean temperature was 0.6 below normal while rainfall was 0.22" below normal. The average wind speed was 7.7 mph. The average relative humidity was 62% and the average sky cover was 30%. - from NWS GSP [ - - ]

North Myrtle Beach - The mean temp was 1.4 below normal while rainfall was 0.79" below normal. The average wind speed was 7.2 mph. - from NWS ILM [ - - ]

Orangeburg - NWS CAE reports the average wind speed was 7.0 mph. The average relative humidity was 72% while the average sky cover was 40%.

Nearby Cities:

Tri-Cities - Tri-Cities received 6.32" of precipitation during February, which was 2.92" above normal. It was the third wettest February on record at Tri-Cities. Measurable precipitation fell on eighteen days of the month, but only one day received more than an inch. During a three day period (14-16th), 1.99" of precipitation fell. Another 1.85" fell on the 22nd. The wettest February at Tri-Cities was back in 1994, when 7.75" was recorded. The average monthly temperature at Tri-Cities was 37.2, which was 0.8 below normal. No daily records were broken. The coldest February at Tri-Cities was back in 1958, when the average temperature was only 28.1. Tri-Cities received 13.17" of precipitation this winter, which was 2.86" above normal. It was the 9th wettest winter on record at Tri-Cities. The wettest winter was back in 1956-57, when 19.19" was recorded. The average seasonal temperature at Tri-Cities was 35.2, which was 1.3 below normal. It was the 13th coldest winter on record at Tri-Cities. The coldest winters were back in 1976-77 and 1977-78, when the average temperature was only 30.0. - from NWS MRX [ - - ]

COLUMN DENOTATIONS:

A  maximum mean temperature T total precipitation (inches)
T1 Departure from normal
B  minimum mean temperature U maximum calendar day precipitation (inches)
C  monthly mean temperature
C1 Departure from normal
U1 date of maximum calendar day precipitation
D  maximum temperature V date(s) of maximum daily precipitation
E  date(s) of maximum temperature V1 maximum 24-hour precip. & date(s)
F  minimum temperature W number of days with precip. >= .01"
G  date(s) of minimum temperature  X number of days with precip. >= 1.0"
H  days with maximum temperature >=90 Y year-to-date precipitation (inches)
I  days with maximum temperature <=32 Z maximum calendar day snowfall (inches)
J  days with minimum temperature <=32 1 date of maximum calendar day snowfall (inches)
K  days with minimum temperature <= 0 2 number of days with snowfall
L  peak wind gust (miles per hour)  3 number of days with snowfall >= 1.0"
M  direction of peak wind gust 4  total snowfall for month (inches)
N  date(s) of peak wind gust  5 total snowfall for 2001-2002 season (inches)
O  number of days with thunder  6 maximum barometric pressure (inches)
P  number of days with hail 6A date of maximum barometric pressure 
Q  number of days with glaze 7 minimum barometric pressure (inches)
R  number of days with ice pellets 7A date of minimum barometric pressure
R1 number of days with dense fog [1/4 mile and less visibility] (i) incomplete data
S  local observation time for temps/precipitation (M) Missing, if listed in data table
 ~ "about" E estimated
 +  additional indeterminate number of days NR not recorded


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

AHB   Ashburn, VA  - Gary Oldham  7/01 281' AMSL  n6skk@arrl.net ROK   Roanoke, VA 6SW Wendell Prillaman  4/76 wlprillaman@cox.net
ANN    Annandale, VA 1 3/4 ENE - Lowell Koontz  12/90  wwkoontz@bellatlantic.net AKQ    Wakefield, VA NWS Wakefield Municipal Airport 36-58-53N 077-00-04W 33M
DCA    Arlington, VA Washington, DC, Reagan Washington National Airport 38-50-54N 077-02-03W 18M WSH   Washington, VA  David Yowell runamok@runamok.com
BCB    Blacksburg, VA NWS Virginia Tech Airport 37-13N 080-25W WEE   Weems, VA 3WNW Francis J. Socey
BRI     Bridgewater, VA Clayton Towers Ctowers@rica.net WOO  Woodstock, VA 5NW Lauck Walton - 12/1/85 jwalton@shentel.net
CEN   Centreville, VA Paul Bassett 1985 m.psb@verizon.net  
CHO   Charlottesville, VA  Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport ASOS  (Rappahannock County) 38-08-18N 078-27-21W 192M AVL    Asheville, NC  Asheville Regional Airport 35-25-55N 082-32-15W 670M
DAN  Danville, VA, Danville Regional Airport, 36-34-22N 079-20-10W 175M  BRE    Brevard, NC 1SE Bob Keehn 1/1/90 Bob_Keehn@citcom.net
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  
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
HRG    Harrisonburg, VA  Terry Slagle 5/2000 Altitude: 1306'  tslagle@adelphia.net 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 -  06/1996 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  
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