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SUMMARY OF CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA 
FEBRUARY 2006



...AREA RETURNS TO NORMAL WINTER TEMPERATURES
WITH BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL ~
WINTER SNOWS OVER THEN NORTHERN HALF...

A read through the data and notes will provide all you need to understand a February that brought a return to more normal winter temperatures but below normal precipitation. Snows were abundant over Northern Virginia tapering off through Southern Virginia into the Northern North Carolina tier.

  • APPRECIATION TO RUSS TOPPING OF HERNDON (HRN)    Russ Topping has been a member of our local ACON group since we began online many seasons ago. He sends these notes: " Please note that we have sold our home and will be moving to a temporary apartment. We hope to move into our new home in April/May. This will be my last report, for a while. It was a sad day, as I took the station off the roof in preparation for the big move. I'm not certain if, or when, the station will be set up and fully functional again. My email address is also tied to the county cable provider. As I will be crossing county lines, I need to change my contact email address to russ.topping@gmail.com. I hope to be in touch again, with data from my new site. If not, let me take this opportunity to thank you for the years of gathering and reporting our monthly data. I'll continue to visit and enjoy the ACON site. Take care, Russ Topping, Oak Hill, VA" And to you Russ, thanks for all the continuous and diligent work over the years. Hope you get settled soon and rejoin our group.


  • FICKLE STORM TESTS TV'S DIVINING SKILL    A winter storm not yet deveplped but soon expected "according to the models" sends us into a whirl, particularly those in the broadcast business on whose prognostications many people rely. This month's snow brought the usual behavior by media meteorologists in the Washington area. Check out how they did here.


  • GLOBAL WARMING NOT FEATURED IN NEW HURRICANE STUDY    - Here's a reprint of Virginia State Climatologist Patrick Michaels' article [ http://www.tcsdaily.com/article.aspx?id=031606F ] regarding global warming from Science magazine. [ Many of you have also seen the media's coverage of Dr. Michaels' views. ]


  • GROUND BROKEN FOR NEW NOAA CENTER FOR WEATHER & CLIMATE PREDICTION    The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has broken ground for the new Center for Weather and Climate Prediction. Opus East, L.L.C., of Rockville, Maryland, will design, construct and own the building and lease it to the GSA. More here.


  • UPCOMING NWS STERLING SKYWARN CLASSES    Kevin Shaw of ACON DC/MD/DE informs us that NWS Sterling, Virginia (LWX) has posted their SKYWARN classes, dates and times, for 2006 at their website, to which a link is provided below. It is recommended that those who have taken the classes take them again as refreshing the memory and learning about changes and new information is vital to the success of the program.


  • DROUGHT MONITOR    http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html
  • REMINDER All National Weather Service station data listed herein is preliminary and may be subject to change.  The data has not been certified and cannot be used in legal actions.  Only reports certified by the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC can be used for these purposes.

  • ACON VA/NC/SC Member Station Extremes - FEBRUARY 2006
    State
    Maximum Temperature
    Minimum
    Temperature
    Warmest
    Average
    Temperature
    Coldest
    Average
    Temperature
    Maximum
    Precipitation
    Minimum
    Precipitation
    Virginia
    72°
    Hampton
    Newport News
    Portsmouth

    New Market
    43.5°
    Norfolk (FHC)
    34.7°
    Blacksburg
    4.67"
    Ladysmith
    0.63"
    Hampton
    North Carolina
    75°
    New Bern
    Wilmington
    15°
    Roxboro
    46.5°
    Wilmington
    38.9°
    Asheville
    3.35"
    Wilmington
    1.06"
    Lumberton
    South Carolina
    77
    Charleston
    21°
    Anderson
    54.1°
    Charleston
    44.0°
    Anderson
    3.33"
    Columbia
    1.19"
    Greenville-Spartanburg

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


    TEMPERATURE / WINDS/ ELEMENTS

    VIRGINIA
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
    
         STN  A      B    C     C1    D    E  F     G   H  I  J K K1  L  M     N   N1   N2   O P Q R R1 R2  S    CWA
         -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         ANN 46.18 28.54 37.36 -0.1  67    16 12   19   0  0 21 0 61% 37 WSW  17             1 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         BCB 45.2  24.2  34.7  +1.2  65    16  7   19   0  4 25 0 51% 36 290 24   7.0       1 0 0 0  0 40% 2400 RNK
         BRI                                                                                                2400 LWX
         CCV 60    25    42.0  +0.4  67    16 12 13,19  0  1 21 0 77% 30 300 24   3.0  WSW  0 0 0 1  4 40% 2400 BCB
         CEN 46.1  27.9  37.0  +3.1  67    16 10   19   0  0 21 0     40 010 28   3.5  NNW  0 0 0 0  2     2400 LWX
         CHO 48.4  27.7  38.1  -0.6  67    16  9   19   0  1 22 0     35 330 17   5.8       1 0 0 0  2     2400 LWX
                                                                      40 340 15
         DAN 53.0  28.3  40.6  +0.9  69 17,28 17   19   0  0 23 0 56% 36 220  4   7.3       1 0 0 0  2 20% 2400 RNK
         DCA 46.6  30.6  38.6  +0.5  66    16 14   19   0  1 17 0 57% 47 320 25   9.6       1 0 0 1  2 60% 2400 LWX
                                                                      54 330 15
         IAD 45.9  26.1  36.0  +1.2  66    16 10   19   0  1 22 0 58% 40 320 17   7.7       0 0 0 0  4 60% 2400 LWX
         FCH 46.5  30.5  38.5        66    16 10   19   0  0 16 0     42      25             2 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         HAM 49.0  33.0  41.0  -1.0  72    17 18   19   0  1 13 0 68% 36 W     5  13.0  SSW  0 0 0 0  1 50% 2400 AKQ
         HER 44.2  28.1  36.2  +1.4  64    16 10.0 19   0  1 22 0     32      25             0 0 0 0  1+    2400 LWX
         HRN 44.7  27.1  36.0  +1.2  65.8  16  9.2 19   0  1 21 0 55% 37 NW   25   3.4  W    0 0 0 0  1     2400 LWX
         LDY 50    27    38     0.0  70    16 12   19   0  0 21 0 52%                        1 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         LYH 48.9  26.6  37.7  -0.1  67    16 12 13,19  0  1 22 0 55% 32 280  5   5.7       0 0 0 0  3 30% 2400 RNK
         NEW 47.46 22.46 34.96 -2.0  67    16  4 13,19  0  0 23 0 66% 38 W    17  19.21 S    0 0 0 0  0     1800 LWX
         NPN 52.3  31.6  42.0        72    17 17   19   0  0 15 0     30 SW   25             0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         NOR 50.7  32.6  41.6   0.0  70    16 20   19   0  0 13 0                            0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         ORF 51.0  34.1  42.6  +0.6  71 16,17 22   19   0  1 10 0 59% 43 230  4   9.0       0 0 0 0  0 30% 2400 AKQ
         FHC 51.42 35.58 43.50       70.6  17 19.7 19   0  1  8 0 62% 39 220  4   4.7  203  0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         POR 52.7  33.7  43.2  +0.5  71.6  17 19.5 19   0  0 14 0 64% 36 203 25   5.3  270 0 0 0 0  0 38% 2400 AKQ
         CTR 52.4  29.0  40.9  +1.4  71.1  17 15.4 27   0  0 21 0 59% 27 SW    4   1.1  N    0 0 0 0  2 50% 2400 AKQ
         MEC 52.6  30.85 41.5        70    16 17   27   0  0 18 0     13 S    24             0 0 0 1  0     1700 AKQ
         RIC 51.1  29.5  40.3  +0.8  70    16 14   19   0  1 20 0 56% 39 240  4   8.8       0 0 0 0  2 60% 2400 AKQ
         ROA 48.8  30.3  39.6  +0.5  69    16 13   19   0  0 19 0 50% 43 260 27   8.5       1 0 0 0  3 40% 2400 RNK
         AKQ 52    29    40.5        71    16 15   19   0  0 18 0                                           2400 AKQ
         WAL 47.8  29.9  38.9  +1.2  68  3,16 15   19   0  1 18 0     39 230 25   9.4       0 0 0 0  2     2400 AKQ
         WOO 45.7  28.8  37.2  -0.4  66    17  6   19   0  3 20 0                            0 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         WSH 45.0  26.6  35.8  -0.1  63.9  16  8.7 19   0  0 21 0 57% 27 NE   18   2.0  N    0 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
    NORTH CAROLINA
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
        
         STN  A      B    C     C1    D    E  F     G   H  I  J K K1  L  M     N   N1   N2   O P Q R R1 R2  S    CWA
         -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         AVL 50.1  27.8  38.9  -0.1  68    28 18 10,27  0  0 22 0 59% 37 330 26   7.9       1 0 0 0  1 40% 2400 GSP
         MRH 54.4  37.0  45.7        68     4 25   10   0  0  9 0     40 020 26   9.6       0 0 0 0  4     2400 MHX
         CLT 55.0  32.0  43.5  -1.7  71 17,28 19   27   0  0 15 0 57% 33 280 12   5.7       0 0 0 0  1 60% 2400 GSP
                                                                      33 010 26
         ECG 52.8  32.5  42.6  -2.1  72    17 20 10,27  0  0 13 0 64% 41 360 26   9.2       0 0 0 0  0 30% 2400 AKQ
         FAY 57.0  33.7  45.3        74    17 21   10   0  0 14 0 59% 43 260  4   8.0       0 0 0 0  2     2400 RAH
         GSO 53.1  31.6  42.3  +1.1  71    17 19   19   0  0 15 0 55% 35 180  4   7.5       0 0 0 3  2     2400 RAH
         HSE 53.1  39.2  46.2  -0.6  67     4 30   19   0  0  4 0     44 180  4   9.2       0 0 0 0  0     2400 MHX
         HKY 53.7  31.5  42.6  +0.3  70 17,28 21 10,19  0  0 18 0     35 210  4   5.6       0 0 1 0  5     2400 GSP
         LBT 56.0  33.7  44.9  -0.1  72    17 21   10   0  0 15 0     37 220  4   6.4       0 0 0 0  4     2400 ILM
                                                                      37 020 26   6.8       0 0 0 0  2                   
         EWN 56.1  33.2  44.7  -1.8  75    17 20   27   0  0 16 0     39 010 26   6.9       0 0 1 0  0     2400 MHX
         RAL 55.2  30.0  42.6  -0.4  74    17 16   10   0  0 18 0     25      4,5            2 0 0 2  0     2400 RAH
         RDU 55.0  32.0  43.5  +0.5  74    17 20 19,27  0  0 16 0 56% 37 210  4   7.0       0 0 0 2  1     2400 RAH
         ROX 53.4  31.5  42.5  +3.3  71 16,17 15   19   0  0 17 0 58% 31 SW   25        NW   0 0 0 0  2 47% 2400 RAH
         ILM 57.2  35.7  46.5        75    17 23   10   0  0 10 0 64% 43 030 26   7.6       0 0 0 0  3 48% 2400 ILM
    SOUTH CAROLINA
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
       
         STN  A      B    C     C1    D    E  F      G  H  I  J K K1  L  M     N   N1   N2   O P Q R R1 R2  S    CWA
         -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         AND 54.1  33.9  44.0  -1.4  70 16,28 21    10  0  0 12 0     36 360  4   7.0       0 0 0 0  4     2400 GSP
                                                                      41 300 14
         CAE 57.8  34.8  46.3  -1.6  73    16 23 10,27  0  0 12 0     39 260  4   6.1       0 0 0 1  1     2400 CAE
         CRE 56.1  36.6  46.3        67    17 24    10  0  0  8 0     36 050 26   6.6       2 0 0 0  2     2400 CHS
         CHS 65.5  42.7  54.1  +6.2  77    12 27    26  0  0  7 0     44 230  2   8.1       3 0 0 0  8     2400 CHS
                                                                      44 190 17
                                                                      44 290 18
         FLO 57.5  35.6  46.5        74    17 22    27  0  0 11 0     36 240  4   7.4       0 0 0 0  3     2400 ILM
         GSP 54.8  33.7  44.3  -0.1  71    28 23    10  0  0 14 0 57% 36 230  4   7.2       0 0 0 0  2 40% 2400 GSP
         OGB 59.0  36.0  47.5        75    17 25    10  0  0 11 0     40 250  4   6.7       1 0 0 0  3     2400 CAE    
    NEARBY STATIONS
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
       
         STN  A      B    C     C1    D    E  F      G   H  I  J K K1  L  M     N   N1   N2  O P Q R R1 R2  S    CWA
         ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         TRI 47.4  25.9  36.7  -1.4  68    16  12    19 0  3 22 0     35 250    4  7.7      0 0 0 0  2     2400 MRX
         DAV 30.3  15.9  23.1        56    17 -12    19 0 16 24 2                                           0700 PBZ    

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

    VIRGINIA
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V    V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3   4    5     6    6A   7    7A    8     S
         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         ANN  2.81        0.80  4 1.14 11-12  6 0  5.83  7.9  12  6 2 13.3 21.5  30.53  19 29.26   4 30.00  2400
         BCB  1.14  -1.88 0.50 11 0.50    11  8 0  3.90  7.0  11  8 3 11.0 19.1                             2400
         BRI                                                                                                1615/1600
         CCV  2.07  +1.03 0.71 11 0.71    11  9 0  5.22  5.5  11    1  8.0 14.5  30.23  17 29.83  11 29.97  2400
         CEN  2.49  -0.44 0.70  4 0.70     4  6 0  4.71  5.8  11  3 3 12.0 19.8  30.53  19 29.28   4 29.91  2400
         CHO  1.79  -1.51 0.57  3 0.67   2-2  6 0  4.39                          30.56  19 29.23   4        2400
         DAN  1.51  -1.90 0.57 11 0.57    11  8 0  3.80  1.6  11  4 1  2.5  1.6  30.52  19 29.30   4        2400
         DCA  2.46  -0.17 0.78 12 0.78    12 1 600 5.71  6.7  12  6 2  8.8 13.6                             2400
         IAD  2.38  -0.39 0.83  4 0.83   3-4  6 0  4.78  4.4  12  5 2  8.1 14.1  30.56  19 29.23   4        2400
         FCH  1.97        0.74  4 1.17   3-4  4 0  5.47  7.0  11- 3 1  8.0 13.75                            2400
                                                              12
         HAM  0.63  -1.67 0.45 11 0.45    11  3 0  3.22  0.2  20  1 0  0.2  1.2  30.58   3 29.62   8 30.04  2400
         HER  2.66  -0.11 0.81  4 1.13 11-12  7 0  5.25  6.0  11  3 3 13.0 19.9                             2400
         HRN  2.46  -0.31 0.73  4 1.01 11-12  6 0  2.46  5.75 12  3 2 11.0 17.0  30.492 19 29.238  4 29.99  2400
         LDY  4.67  +1.77 2.01  4 2.61   3-4  9 1  8.88  4.5  12  4 2  6.0 10.5  30.56  19 29.29   4 30.06  2400
         LYH  2.07  -1.03 0.70 11 0.71 11-12  9 0  5.22  5.5  11  5 2  8.1 12.9  30.53  19 29.26   4        2400
         NEW  2.19   0.00 0.59  4             4 0  4.59  8.0  12  3 2 9.25 16.75                            1700
         NPN  1.07        0.44 11 0.46 11-12  7 0  3.80  0.2  20  1 0  0.2  0.7  30.46  19 29.30   4        2400
         NOR  0.77  -2.73 0.31  4             6 0  3.62  0.1  20  5 0  0.1  1.3                             2400
         ORF  0.65  -2.69 0.27 11 0.27    11  7 0  3.33  0.1  20  5 0  0.1  0.8                             2400
         FHC  0.77        0.28 11 0.28    11  6 0  4.41  0.5  20  5 0  0.5  1.0  30.513 19 29.378  4 30.040 2400
         POR  0.64  -2.57 0.18 4, 0.19 11-12  8 0  3.33  0.5  20  5 0  0.5  1.0  30.53  19 29.38   4 30.049 2400
                               11            
         CTR  1.82  -1.47 0.72  4 0.72   4-5  8 0  4.09  1.3  12  4 1  2.1  5.1  30.53  19 29.28   4 30.018 2400
         MEC  1.51        0.56 12 0.79 11-12  9 0  4.95  2.0  12  2 1  2.5  6.25 30.18  19 29.15   4        1700
                                                                                                    
         RIC  1.47  -1.51 0.60 11 0.69 11-12  9 0  4.36  1.7  12  4 1  3.2  7.6  30.57  19 29.31   4        2400
         ROA  1.56  -1.52 0.61 11 0.61    11  7 0  5.12  5.0  11  5 1  5.9 10.0  30.54  19 29.34   4        2400
         AKQ  1.22        0.52 11             9 0  4.07  0.7  20  3 0  0.7  1.2                             2400
         WAL  0.74  -2.28 0.50 11 0.53 11-12  7 0  3.47  0.2  18  2 0  0.3  3.7  30.50  19 29.30  12        2400
         WOO  1.24  -0.75         0.39   4-5  7 0  4.02  5.8  12  6 1  7.2 16.9  30.52  19 29.62   5        0800
         WSH  2.04  -0.60 0.57  4 0.57     4  6 0  5.17  8.5  11  4 3 14.2 22.3  30.47  19 29.30   4        2400
    NORTH CAROLINA
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V    V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3   4    5     6    6A   7    7A    8     S
         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         AVL  2.55  -1.28 1.86  4 1.86     4  8 1  6.13  1.0  12  7 1 1.T  1.4                              2400
         MRH  2.34        0.56 22 0.56    22 11 0  5.64  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.38  24 29.89  26         2400
         CLT  1.17  -2.38 0.40 11 0.40    11 10 0  4.40   T  9,12 2 0   T    T                              2400
         ECG  1.11  -1.99 0.42  4 0.42     5  7 0  3.38  0.5  20  2 0 0.5  0.5  30.51  19 29.42   4         2400
         FAY  1.68        0.48 22 0.80 22-23  7 0  4.13  0.0          0.0  0.0                              2400
         GSO  1.54  -1.56 0.45 11 0.45    11  7 0  3.92  0.5  18  6 0 1.3  1.3                              2400
         HSE  2.21  -1.73 0.76 23 0.79 22-23 11 0  6.48  0.5  20  1 0 0.5  0.5  30.46  19 29.47   4         2400
         HKY  1.11  -2.76 0.40 11 0.40 10-11  7 0  4.43   T 9,11, 3 0   T    T                              2400
                                                              12
         LBT  1.06  -2.31 0.42 22 0.55 22-23  7 0  2.93  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.50  19 29.42   4         2400
         EWN  1.54        0.47 23 0.78 22-23 10 0  4.00    T  12  1 0   T    T  30.50  19 29.47   4         2400
         RDU  1.65  -1.82 0.46  4 0.62 22-23  6 0  3.72   T 9,12, 4 0   T    T                              1900
                                                           18,20            
         RAL  1.78  -1.69         0.60   3-4  7 0  4.21   T       2 0   T    T  30.51  19 29.67   3         2400
         ROX  1.39  -2.11 0.54 11 0.54    11  9 0  4.09  1.0 18,  2 2 2.1  2.2  30.53     29.34   4  30.08  2200
                                                              20
         ILM  3.35  -0.31 0.67 25 1.32 25-26 12 0  5.23  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.48  19 29.48   4         2400
    SOUTH CAROLINA
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V    V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5     6    6A   7    7A    8     S
         ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
         AND  2.21  -1.94 0.69  6 0.69     6  9 0  6.15  0.0          0.0    T                              2400
         CAE  3.33  -0.51 0.93 25 1.04 25-26 11 0  6.12   T  6,9  2 0   T    T  30.47  19 29.49   4         2400
         CRE  2.94  -0.56 0.76 25 1.38 25-26  9 0  5.71  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.46  19 29.48   4         2400
         CHS  3.30  +0.22 1.11 25 1.58 25-26 11 2  6.23  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.43  19 29.52   4         2400
         FLO  2.84  -0.18 0.87 22 1.10 22-23 10 0  5.04  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.48  19 29.64  11         2400
         GSP  1.19  -3.05 0.30 11 0.30    11  9 0  5.00    T  11  1 0   T    T                              2400
         OGB  2.73        1.15 25 1.50 25-26  9 1  5.97  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.46  19 29.50   4         2400    
    NEARBY STATIONS
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V      V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5    6   6A   7   7A    8     S
         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         TRI  1.98  -1.42 0.47 22 0.52 22-23 13 0  5.88  2.7 18 10  4  7.7   8.4  30.50  19 29.45   4       2400
         DAV  3.30        0.58 28            20 0  9.66  7.9 28 22 11 43.5 137.8                            0700    

    Virginia:

    Annandale - Lowell reports: " February was only very little below average in precipitation and temperature. February's mean monthly temperature was - 0.1 F colder than the average. February's precipitation total had a - 0.13 inch departure with only 6 days having measurable precipitation. The snow on the 11th and 12th was the main event of February. See snow time lapse at - http://www.annandaleweather.com/photos/snowtimelapse. [Editor's note: I thought I had seen everything a weather fanatic (in the ultimate good sense) could do until I saw Lowell's time lapse of this event! And I just bought a time-lapse recorder (before seeing this movie!) for security purposes. Now I have another use for it. Document fall rates and total accumulation!] The storm total was 12.5 inches from 1500 of the 11th until 0735 of the 12th or a 16.5 hour period. It was the tenth greatest storm total in the last 26 years and the fourth greatest February snow in the last 26 years. It also ranked eighth in the greatest 24 hour snow total in the last 26 years. The total snowfall for February was 13.3 inches and was +6.7 inches more than the 26-year average and only five Februarys have had more snow. The maximum temperature for the month of 67 F came only four days after the snowstorm melting the snowfall quickly. Otherwise it was a typical February and only broke 6 daily records. The 11th, 12th and 19th were the dates of the most significant weather. February had 21 days with the temperature at or below freezing with 19 days being average. The lowest temperature was 12F on the 19th; this was the lowest February temperature recorded since 1996. The 34F temperature range of the 25th was the most in February since 2002. The lowest wind chill (new Scale) for the month was -2.4F on the 19th which was the lowest wind chill since wind chill records were started here in 2003. The maximum gust of 37 mph from the WSW on the 17th at 1059 was associated with a cold front bringing in the cold air mass that gave the month's lowest temperature on the 19th. The minimum barometer reading of 29.26 inches on the 4th was the lowest minimum pressure recorded in February since 2003 when 29.09 inches was recorded. WINTER RECORDS-- DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY--- This was the 14th driest winter in the past 26 years. 9.32 inches Total seasonal precip. Average is 9.55 inches (26-Years of Data). Departure of -0.23 inches. Maximum is 15.74 inches. Minimum is 3.63 inches. This was the 9th warmest winter in the past 26 years. 38.18 F seasonal mean temperature. Average is 36.41 (26-Years of Data). Departure of + 1.77 F. Maximum is 41.77 F. Minimum is 31.71 F. FEBRUARY DAILY Records Tied or Broken (26-Years of records): 2 HIGH minimum temperature: 3, 4; 1 HIGH range temperature: 25; 2 LOW range temperature: 11, 22; 1 HIGH snowfall: 12. [ - - ] 

    Arlington - Report from Guyer at NWS LWX: " TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION FOR FEBRUARY TURNED OUT TO BE VERY CLOSE TO NORMAL FOR THE WASHINGTON DC AREA. A SNOW STORM ON THE 11TH AND 12TH DROPPED NEARLY 9 INCHES OF SNOW...WHICH WAS THE ONLY OCCURRENCE OF MEASURABLE SNOW FOR THE MONTH. THERE WERE 4 OTHER DAYS WHEN TRACE AMOUNTS OF SNOW FELL IN THE FORM OF FLURRIES AND LIGHT SNOW SHOWERS. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 66 DEGREES ON THE 16TH. THIS WAS 1 DEGREE BELOW THE AVERAGE OF RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH. THE COLDEST WAS 14 DEGREES ONLY 3 DAYS LATER ON THE 19TH. THIS WAS ALSO 1 DEGREE BELOW THE AVERAGE OF RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH. " [ + - ] 

    Bridgewater - " - [ M M ] - report from Clayton

    Campbell County - " Campbell county had slightly drier month then in the previous months with precipitation normals dropping off to over an inch deficit. " - [ + - ] - notes from Roger

    Centreville - " With the tropical breezes of January still fresh in our minds, the early days of February in sunny Centreville attempted to mimic those of festive Jacksonville by an average temperature difference of less than 10 during the first two weeks of the month. A high of 67 on the 16th was in sharp contrast to a high of 30 and the low for the month of 10 three days later on February 19th. The average for the last full month of winter was an even 37, just 3.1 above the 33.9 normal. While the average high of 46.1 was just 1.7 over the stated monthly high of 44.4, the average low was relatively well behaved compared to the January readings. Our low average temperature of 27.9 was only 4.6 above the 23/3 normal February average low of 23.3. Based on a few years of past data, 4.6 doesn't justify an entry in bold typeface this time around. In the precipitation department, snow finally recaptured quite a bit of our attention this month. An overnight east coast storm dropped 10.8" on February 11th and 12th, and except for the piles in some local parking lots, three days later was nearly all but forgotten. George Washington's birthday was off to a snowy beginning on the 22nd when light snow began to fall around daybreak. It didn't turn out to be anything to really sink your teeth into because after all had been declared done, only 1.2" had fallen. While January recorded just a trace of snow, the foot accumulated in February chopped away at our seasonal snow deficit to bring us to within 0.4" of our 20.2" normal. Have no fear! Spring will be here soon again. " - [ + - ] - summary from Paul

    Dulles - " TEMPERATURES...PRECIPITATION...AND SNOWFALL FOR FEBRUARY TURNED OUT TO BE VERY CLOSE TO NORMAL. A SNOW STORM ON THE 11TH AND 12TH DROPPED JUST OVER 8 INCHES OF SNOW...WHICH WAS THE ONLY OCCURRENCE OF MEASURABLE SNOW FOR THE MONTH. THERE WERE 3 OTHER DAYS WHEN TRACE AMOUNTS OF SNOW FELL IN THE FORM OF FLURRIES AND LIGHT SNOW SHOWERS. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 66 DEGREES ON THE 16TH. THIS TIES THE AVERAGE OF RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH. THE COLDEST WAS 10 DEGREES ONLY 3 DAYS LATER ON THE 19TH. THIS WAS 3 DEGREES ABOVE THE AVERAGE OF RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH. " - [ + - ] - report from NWS LWX

    Falls Church - " This Feb was colder than average. Jan was 5.4 degrees warmer than February. Snowfall was slightly above average for the month. In Jan I had a trace of snow this month I had 8". I also had my share of windy days this month.. my peak gust of 42 MPH was on 2/25. " - [ - M ] - report from NWS LWX

    Hampton - This report from Dave:" February temperatures were slightly below normal; however this was the driest February on record at my station since records began in 1977. The coldest day this winter season was the 19th with a high of 31 and a low of 18 - the first time this winter max temps were below freezing. " - [ - - ] 

    Herndon - Bob notes:" My average MAX temperature was 1.3 degrees below the Dulles "normal" and the average MIN was 4 degrees ABOVE "normal". Snowfall was 7 inches ABOVE the Dulles average. The groundwater observation well at Reston showed a net rise of about 1.4 feet for the month. " - [ - - ] 

    Herndon - Russ sends these notes and changes in location: " February 2006 saw a return to more typical winter weather patterns, after record breaking warmth in January. Temperatures averaged 1.2 degrees above normal. Snow lovers were also rewarded for their patience on the 11th (4.5"), 12th (5.75"), and 22nd (0.75"). The monthly snow total was 4.8" above average. Monthly precipitation was 0.31" below average. " - [ + - ] 

    Ladysmith - Danny sends these notes: " Marked by a return to cooler temperatures and the occasional hint of winter, February was over 5 degrees cooler than January and finished almost exactly normal. Six inches of snowfall for the month is the most I have recorded in a single month since being in the area in 2003. Precipitation was above normal for the third straight month, and precipitation for the year now stands over 2.5" above average. " - [ +/- + ]

    Portsmouth - " In February, the temperature average was temperature was 0.5 above normal. Rainfall for the month was well below normal, by some 2.57" or 20% of the normal February precipitation. This was the driest February in the database here dating to 1976. The 0.64" surpasses the previous least amount of 1.20" in 1991. One-half inch of snow fell bringing the yearly total to only 1.0", well below normal. STATION RECORDS: RECORDS: 3rd - TEMPERATURE - MAXIMUM MINIMUM 52 [PREVIOUSLY 47 1990]; 4th - TEMPERATURE - MAXIMUM MINIMUM 50 [PREVIOUSLY 46 1998]; 20th - SNOWFALL - 0.5" [PREVIOUSLY 0"]. For the year, temperature averages for the year were 4.3 ABOVE normal. Rainfall at the end of February was 3.72" below normal or 47% of the norm. " [ + - ] 

    North Carolina:

    Raleigh - " The average daily temperature was -0.4 degrees below normal which was over 4 degrees cooler than the warm month of January 2006. Precipitation was light with only 1.78" inches. A trace of snow was observed on the 12th and 18th of the month. There was no measurable snow for the period from December 2005 -February 2006. The snow drought continues for the second consecutive year. No severe weather was observed including any thunderstorms. - [ - - ] - notes from Bob.

    Raleigh - NWS Raleigh (RAH) reports: " February 2006 was highlighted by a return to more seasonable temperatures. After several locations across North Carolina recorded one of their warmest January's on record, February brought the typical cold frontal passages and associated cool downs. As a result, the average monthly temperatures for February 2006 were around 5 degrees colder than those observed in January. Typically, January is the coldest month of the year for North Carolina. One thing that did not change was the continuation of the dry weather during February. Just as in January, there were several fast moving, moisture starved weather systems that affected the state in February. The total monthly precipitation generally averaged between 1 and 2 inches across the interior of the state (35 to 50 percent of normal), and 2 to 3 inches across the southern Mountains and along the Coast (65 to 90 percent of normal). With the lack of significant precipitation in February, soil moisture levels and stream flow slipped to well below normal levels by month's end. Local reservoir levels, aided by the extensive wet period between November 15 and December 31, 2005, remained nearly steady. The full FEBRUARY 2006 Weather Review is available at: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/ncsummaries/MonthlySummary.Feb.2006.doc. " - [ - - ]

    Elsewhere:

    Tri-Cities: - " The monthly average temperature at Tri-Cities was 36.7 degrees, which was 1.3 degrees below normal. It tied with 1960 as the 17th coldest February on record at Tri-Cities. No daily records were broken. The coldest February at Tri-Cities was back in 1958, when the average temperature was only 28.1 degrees. Tri-Cities received 1.98 inches of precipitation in February, which was 1.42 inches below normal. It ranked as the 10th driest February on record at Tri-Cities. Measurable precipitation occurred on 13 days, but only three of those days had more than one-quarter of an inch of rain. The heaviest rain fell on the 22nd, when 0.47 inches was reported. The driest February at Tri-Cities was back in 1968, when only 0.75 inches was recorded. Total snowfall for the month was 7.7 inches, which was 3.6 inches above normal. " - [- - ] - report from NWS MRX, Morristown, TN

    COLUMN DENOTATIONS:

    A  maximum mean temperature T total precipitation (inches)
    T1 departure from normal
    B  minimum mean temperature U maximum calendar day precipitation (inches)
    C  monthly mean temperature
    C1 departure from normal
    U1 date of maximum calendar day precipitation
    D  maximum temperature V date(s) of maximum daily precipitation
    E  date(s) of maximum temperature V1 maximum 24-hour precip. & date(s)
    F  minimum temperature W number of days with precip. >= .01"
    G  date(s) of minimum temperature  X number of days with precip. >= 1.0"
    H  days with maximum temperature >=90 Y year-to-date precipitation (inches)
    I  days with maximum temperature <=32 Z maximum calendar day snowfall (inches)
    J  days with minimum temperature <=32 VRB Variable
    K  days with minimum temperature <= 0 1 date of maximum calendar day snowfall (inches)
    K1 average relative humidity 2 number of days with snowfall
    L  peak wind gust (miles per hour)  3 number of days with snowfall >= 1.0"
    M  direction of peak wind gust 4  total snowfall for month (inches)
    N  date(s) of peak wind gust  5 total snowfall for 2005-2006 season (inches)
    N1   average wind speed (miles per hour) 6 maximum barometric pressure (inches)
    N2 dominant wind direction 6A date of maximum barometric pressure
    O  number of days with thunder  7 minimum barometric pressure (inches)
    P  number of days with hail 7A date of minimum barometric pressure
    Q  number of days with glaze 8   average sea-level pressure
    R  number of days with ice pellets STN  Station
    R2 sky cover percentage NR not recorded
    R1 number of days with dense fog [1/4 mile and less visibility] (i) incomplete data
    S  local observation time for temps/precipitation (M) missing, if listed in data table
     ~ "about" E estimated
     +  additional indeterminate number of days CWA - NWS Office County Warning Area


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      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, 38 50.9788' N LAT. 77 25.6374' W LON. | Elevation 324' | m.psb@verizon.net LDY Ladysmith, VA Danny Jessee 2003 danny@dannyjessee.com
    CCV   Campbell County, VA - 37 24' N 79 04' W - Roger Penny September 2005 bulletnva@yahoo.com WAL   Wallops Island, VA 37 56'26" N 75 27'47" W Wallops Flight Facility Airport
    CHO   Charlottesville, VA  Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport ASOS  (Rappahannock County) 38-08-18N 078-27-21W 192M AVL    Asheville, NC  Asheville Regional Airport 35-25-55N 082-32-15W 670M
      MRH    Beaufort, NC  Michael J. Field Airport 34-44-01N 076-39-38W 3M
    DAN  Danville, VA, Danville Regional Airport, 36-34-22N 079-20-10W 175M  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 david82@verizon.net ECG  Elizabeth City, NC,  Coast Guard Air Station 36-15-47N 076-10-58W 11M
    CTR  Winterpock in Chesterfield County, VA Albert Arnold 06/03 FAY  Fayetteville, NC Fayetteville Regional Airport, 34-59-22N 078-52-48W 55M
    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 -  1985-2005  russ.topping@gmail.com HSE    Cape Hatteras, NC  Mitchell Field 35-13-56N 075-27-21W 3M
       LBT    Lumberton, NC  Lumberton Municipal Airport 34-36-26N 079-03-36W 37M
       EWN    New Bern, NC  Craven County Regional Airport 36-04-03N 077-02-50W 3M
    LXI     Lexington, VA  Scott M. Lancey, -  06/96 weather@midatlanticwx.com RAL    Raleigh, NC 7NNW  Bob Woodson -  6/1/93 kf4mmm@qsl.net
    LKU     Louisa, VA 1N Joseph Bowers 1944 - NWS ID  44-5050-02jmbiii@earthlink.net RDU   Raleigh-Durham, NC Raleigh-Durham International Airport 35-52-14N 078-47-11W 130M
    LOU     Louisa, VA 6S John Bullock (about 1970) INACTIVE 1/1/02 - MEMBER DECEASED FALL 2004 ROX    Roxboro, NC 2SE Merriell A. Jay 1/93
    LYH     Lynchburg, VA NWS Lynchburg Regional Airport 37-19-15N 079-12-24W 295M ILM     Wilmington, NC NWS New Hanover International Airport 34-16-06N 077-54-22W 9M
    NEW    Newmarket, VA 2W Joyce Winfree joywood@shentel.net CHS   Charleston, SC NWS Charleston Air Force Base 32-53-56N 080-02-26W 13M
    NPN     Newport News, VA 7N Gary Leonard -  6/91 GaryMLeonard@aol.com CAE    Columbia, SC NWS Columbia Metropolitan Airport 33-56-31N 081-07-05W 73M 
    NOR     Norfolk, VA 3NE Jim Fentress 6/1/77 FLO    Florence, SC Florence Regional Airport 34-11-16N 079-43-51W 44M
    ORF     Norfolk, VA 5NE 36-54-13N 076-11-31W 14M  1871 GSP   Greenville-Spartanburg, SC NWS Greenville-Spartanburg Airport 34-53-02N 082-13-15W 286M 
    POR     Portsmouth, VA 36.81° North 76.33° West 3S Bill Trotter -  7/1/76 wxr@cox.net CRE    North Myrtle Beach, SC Grand Strand Airport 33-48-42N 078-43-26W 10M
    MEC     Mechanicsville, VA Glen Martin 11/19/91 OGB   Orangeburg, SC  Orangeburg Municipal Airport 33-27-50N 080-51-13W 59M
    FHC    Norfolk, VA  Fred Heutte Center 36° 54'N 76° 16'W 01/01/03 fhcgarden@cox.net AND   Anderson, SC 
    RIC     Richmond, VA Richmond International Airport 37-30-40N 077-19-24W 50M TRI     Tri-cities, TN  (Bristol / Johnson / Kingsport), Tri-City Regional Airport 36-28-47N 082-23-56W 474M 
    ROA    Roanoke, VA Roanoke Regional Airport 37-19-01N 079-58-27W 362M DAV  Davis, WV Dave Lesher canaanwx@canaantv.tv