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SUMMARY OF CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA 


FEBRUARY 2007


...WINTER COLD RETURNS WITH CONSIDERABLE MOISTURE ACROSS OUR NORTHERN EXTREMES
PRODUCING SNOW, SLEET, AND ICE IN THOSE AREAS...

After two warmer than usual months, winter set-in with force! Most locales reported colder than normal average temps; some stations recorded their coldest temps in years! While much of the southern two-thirds of the reporting area saw dry conditions with the cold, stations across northern West Virginia eastward across northern Virginia saw quite a bit of snow. Take a look at Dave Lesher's seasonal snow total of 132" through the end of the month, with 59" of that falling in February alone. Bob Beall in Woodstock, Virginia picked-up 25 inches of snow during the month with Northern Virginia coming in with over 10" of snow. Elsewhere, totals fell off dramatically.

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  • SNOWFLAKES AS BIG AS FRISBEES?    Kevin Shaw of ACON MD/DE/DC contributes this link to a recent New York Times article by William Broad. Perhaps larger snowflakes (2-6"!) are falling more regularly around the globe than we knew about! Read on (or do a GOOGLE Search) at .... http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/20/science/20snow.html?ex=1332043200&en=1ec4ff7e8a459370&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss.


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  • EASTERN US WEATHER CONFERENCE    This year's conference information has been posted. The event will be held in Philadelphia from June 22 - June 24. For details, visit http://www.easternuswx.com/conference/.


  • ICELAND FEARS BEARS THAT GO WITH THE FLOE    The oceans may be warming and air temperatures rising, but in recent days Iceland has bucked the global climate trend. Curious now... read on here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/02/04/wbears04.xml. Thanks to Kevin Shaw for this link.


  • WEATHER INSTRUMENTS FOR AUCTION AT EBAY!    We were reminded recently in an email from ACON MD/DE/DC member Kevin Shaw that you can visit the Ebay website and conduct a search for weather instruments. At times there are some super buys and if you're into auctioning, might be worth your time. Indeed, Kevin's web friend Larry noted a recent auction of a Belfort Instruments Microbarograph for an amazing $310 (and just calibrated!). In the 1970s he purchased one for about $325; in recent years, Larry noted Belfort has been selling this instrument for over over $4700. So, this might be a good place for you to look for new and vintage weather instruments!


  • 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 2007
    State
    Maximum Temperature
    Minimum
    Temperature
    Warmest
    Average
    Temperature
    Coldest
    Average
    Temperature
    Maximum
    Precipitation
    Minimum
    Precipitation
    Virginia
    69°
    Danville
    -5°
    New Market
    38.7°
    Norfolk (FHC)
    27.66°
    New Market
    3.51"
    Washington, VA
    0.79"
    Ladysmith
    North Carolina
    75°
    Fayetteville
    11°
    Roxboro
    45.0°
    Wilmington
    36.3°
    Asheville
    2.77"
    Charlotte
    1.07"
    Lumberton
    South Carolina
    76
    Charleston
    18°
    Greenville-Spartanburg
    49.7°
    Charleston
    42.9°
    Greenville-Spartanburg
    3.39"
    Orangeburg
    2.42"
    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 37.18 21.82 29.50  -8.0  57   22   7   6    0  7 25 0 60% 51 WNW   22             1 0 2 4  0     2400 LWX
                                                                       37 WSW   20
         BCB 39.1  19.9  29.5   -4.0  58 21,28  5   6    0 11 26 0 51% 45 310  22   3.8       2 0 3 3  4     2400 RNK
         BRI 37.9  22.5  30.2   -3.7  54   21   4   8    0  8 23 0 48%    W                    0 0 3 3  2     0510 LWX
                                                                                                              1600
         CEN 37.7  22.0  29.9   -4.0  57   22   8   6    0  7 24 0     50 313  22   4.1  NNW  0 0 4 4  1     2400 LWX
         CHT 36.0  20.0  28.0   -6.8  55.1 22  5.6  6    0  8 25 0 59%                         0 0 4 2  1     2400 LWX
         CHO 41.2  23.0  32.1   -6.6  62   22   6   6    0  3 25 0 51% 40 290  22   5.2       0 0 0 2  2     2400 LWX
         DAN 47.9  25.6  36.8   -3.0  69 21,22 14 11,17  0  0 23 0 52% 44 270  22   7.4       2 0 0 0  3     2400 RNK
         DCA 38.1  23.6  30.9   -7.2  59   22  10   6    0  6 25 0 56% 55 320  22   9.9       1 0 5 4  2     2400 LWX
         IAD 37.0  20.1  28.6   -6.2  57   22   5   8    0  6 26 0 59% 51 310  23   8.6       0 0 4 4  2     2400 LWX
         FCH 36.3  22.6  29.5         59   22  10   5    0 11 22 0     58       23             0 0 2 3  1     2400 LWX
         HER                                                                                   0 0 1 2        2400 LWX
         HDV 37.6  20.8  29.2   -8.0  57   22   7   6    0  7 26 0                             0 0 2 2        2400 LWX
         LDY 41.7  22.1  31.9   -6.6  63   22   3   6    0  3 22 0 49% 34        4   2.0       0 0 3 2  1     2400 AKQ
         LYH 42.3  22.3  32.3   -5.5  64   21   4   6    0  4 24 0 54% 40 260  22   6.5       0 0 1 3  2     2400 RNK
         NEW 39.57 15.75 27.66  -6.0  57   14  -5   8    0  5 27 1 70% 44 NE     5             0 0 0 2  3     1700 LWX
         NPN 46.2  27.4  36.8         65   22  12   6    0  1 19 0     39 NW    23             1 0 0 2  0     2400 AKQ
         NOR 45.8  28.7  37.3   -4.2  67   22  14   6    0  1 19 0                             0 0 1 2  1     2400 AKQ
         ORF 46.2  30.0  38.1   -3.9  67   22  16   6    0  0 17 1 56% 38 230   4   8.9       0 0 0 1  0     2400 AKQ
         FHC 46.22 31.18 38.70  -3.3  65.8 22  16.5 6    0  1 16 0 57% 32 210  22   4.0  360 0 0 0 1  0     2400 AKQ
         POR 47.6  29.5  38.6   -4.0  66   22  15   6    0  0 15 0 58% 39 270   22   6.2  317 1 0 1 0  0 33% 2400 AKQ
         CTR 46.6  25.8  36.2   -3.2  67.4 22 6.9  19    0  2 19 0 54% 20 WSW   22   1.0  N    0 0 0 1  0 50% 2400 AKQ
                                                                       20 WNW   23
         MEC 44.96 24.71 35.64        65   22   7   6    0  1 17 0   14.6 SW    23             0 0 0 1  0     1700 AKQ
         RIC 45.4  25.5  35.5   -4.0  67   22  12   6    0  2 12 0 51% 49 290  22   8.4       0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         ROA 43.3  25.1  34.2   -4.9  64   21  10   6    0  3 23 0 49% 59 270  22   9.5       0 0 1 1  1     2400 AKQ
         AKQ 47.0  24.0  35.5         68   22   6   6    0  1 20 0                                            2400 AKQ
         WAL 41.2  24.8  33.0   -4.7  60   20  11   6    0  7 20 0     45 320  22  10.0       0 0 0 0  3     2400 AKQ
         WOO 36.3  20.3  28.3   -8.9  56   23   5   6    0  8 26 0                             0 0 1 1  3     2400 LWX
         WSH 37.1  20.1  28.9   -8.08 56.8 22  4.6  6    0  6 22 0 57% 28 E     18   1.8  N    0 0 4 4        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 47.8  24.8  36.3  -2.7  65    21 14    17  0  1 22 0 51% 46 330 22    9.4      1 0 0 1  4     2400 GSP
         MRH 52.8  33.7  43.2        71    13 19    17  0  0 14 0     46 300 18    9.5      3 0 0 0  4     2400 MHX
         CLT 52.2  29.6  41.1  -4.1  73    22 17     6  0  0 19 0 49% 33 310 22    6.0      0 0 0 1  3     2400 GSP
         ECG 48.9  28.7  38.8  -5.9  69    22 14     6  0  1 17 0 51% 38 360 22    9.7      0 0 0 1  2     2400 AKQ
         FAY 54.4  32.1  43.3        75    22 18     6  0  0 16 0 53% 41 310 22    8.2      1 0 0 1  2     2400 RAH
         GSO 49.5  27.9  38.7  -2.5  71    22 14     6  0  0 21 0 50% 49 290 22    8.0      0 0 1 1  1     2400 RAH
         HSE 51.3  35.5  43.4  -3.4  69    13 24     6  0  0 13 0     48 130 14    9.6      0 0 0 0  0     2400 MHX
         HKY 50.8  28.8  39.8  -2.5  70    21 17     6  0  0 19 0     40 290 22    6.2      1 0 0 1  3     2400 GSP
         LBT 55.1  31.9  43.5  -1.5  74    22 19    17  0  0 17 0     36 330 18    7.0      0 0 0 0  3     2400 ILM
                                                                      36 250 22
         EWN 53.4  30.8  42.1  -4.4  72 13,22 16    17  0  0 16 0     40 290 18    6.8      0 0 0 0  1     2400 MHX
         RAL 51.3  27.5  39.4  -3.6  73    22 13  6,17  0  0 20 0     32      14             0 0 0 0  2     2400 RAH
         RDU 51.5  30.1  40.8  -2.2  74    22 15     6  0  0 17 0 50% 40 230 14    6.3      0 0 2 0  4     2400 RAH
                                                                      40 300 18
         ROX 50.0  26.6  37.6  -0.9  70    22 11     6  0  0 22 0 56% 41 NW   22         N   1 0 1 1  3 42% 2400 RAH
         ILM 56.5  33.4  45.0  -3.6  74    22 20    17  0  0 13 0 55% 36 320 18    8.4      3 0 0 0  3 35% 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 54.7  32.2  43.4  -2.0  72    22 22     6  0  0 18 0     39 290 22   7.3       3 0 0 1  2     2400 GSP
         CAE 57.9  33.7  45.8  -2.1  74    22 21    17  0  0 15 0 57% 37 290 13   6.6       1 0 1 0  0     2400 CAE
         CRE 56.3  36.4  46.4  -1.5  75    22 23    17  0  0 10 0     33 220 13   8.0       2 0 0 0  2     2400 ILM
         CHS 61.1  38.4  49.7  -1.0  76 22,25 26    17  0  0  7 0     47 190 25   7.1       1 0 0 0  1     2400 CHS
         FLO 57.5  33.6  45.6  -2.9  75    22 21 17,19  0  0 13 0     41 200 25   7.6       0 0 0 0  1     2400 ILM
         GSP 54.5  31.3  42.9  -1.5  75    22 18     6  0  0 18 0 48% 40 350 14   7.1       2 0 1 1  3     2400 GSP
         OGB 59.2  35.4  47.3        75    22 23    17  0  0 12 0     32 180 25   6.8       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 44.9  23.5  34.2  -3.8  64 15,28  12   29  0  1 22 0     38 300 22   6.2       1 0 1 0  0     2400 MRX
         DAV 22.4   7.0  14.7        41    28 -12    6  0 21 28 9                                           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  2.50  -0.49 0.93 14 1.19 13-14  8 0  5.19  5.3 25   8 2  9.4 11.2  30.41 5,6 29.42  14 30.01  2400
         BCB  1.85  -1.17 0.74 13 0.74    13  8 0  4.68  3.4  6  15 1  3.8  5.6                             2400
         BRI  1.44  -0.75 1.00 13 1.00    13  4 0  3.22           3 3  6.5  8.0  30.30   6 29.51  14        2400
         CEN  3.34  +0.41 1.16 13 1.66 13-14 10 1  5.91  5.2 25  10 1 13.0 15.2  30.41 5,6 29.48  14 29.95  2400
         CHT  2.56  -0.21 0.95 25 0.95    25  6 3  4.90  4.5 25   6 3  9.8 11.8  30.411  5 29.495 14 30.03  2400
         CHO  1.91  -1.39 1.10 14 1.61 13-14  4 1  3.81                          30.46   6 29.47  14        2400
         DAN  2.20  -1.21 1.14 13 1.50 13-14  6 1  6.42  0.8  1   1 0  0.8  0.8  30.46   6 29.55  14        2400
         DCA  2.22  -0.41 0.89 14 1.06 13-14  9 0  4.68  2.9 25   9 2  5.9  7.2  30.44   6 29.42  14        2400
         IAD  2.54  -0.23 0.90 14 1.19 13-14  7 0  4.65  4.5 25   7 3  9.8 11.4  30.40   6 29.38  14        2400
         FCH  0.64        0.37 21 0.51 20-21  3 0  4.39  3.5 14   5 4  8.05 9.25                            2400
         HDV  3.00  +0.18 1.30 14             8 1  5.28  1.8 7,14 9 4  9.6 11.5                             2400
         HER  3.06  +0.29         1.77 13-14  7 1  5.35  4  13-14 5 4 10.5 12.5                             2400
                                                         4   25
         LDY  0.79  -2.11 0.58 25 0.58    25  3 0  4.09  0.5 25   5 0  1.5  2.3  30.40   6 29.43  14 30.00  2400
         LYH  2.00  -1.10 1.10 13 1.66 13-14  8 1  5.33  3.0  6   8 1  3.2  3.2  30.45   6 29.52  14        2400
         NEW  3.48  -0.50 1.50 25             5 2  1.22  4.5 25   3 2 10.8 14.0  30.56   6 29 84  14        1700
         NPN  1.64        0.54 25 0.54    25  6 0  3.91    T 1,18 2 0    T    T  30.46   6 29.30  14        2400
         NOR  2.08  -1.37 0.91 25             6 0  5.06    T      3 0    T    T                             2400
         ORF  2.09  -1.25 0.81 25 0.81    25  6 0  4.80    T  1   1 0    T    T            29.27  14        2400
         FHC  1.88  -1.46 0.86 25 0.86    25  6 0  4.39    T  1   1 0    T    T  30.421  6 29.271 14        2400
         POR  2.28  -0.90 1.10 25 1.10    25  7 1  5.19    T  1   2 0    T  0.2  30.46   6 29.32  14 30.029 2400
         CTR  2.13  -1.16 0.96 14 1.73 13-14  620  6.63  0.0           0.0  0.8  30.47   6 29.46  14 30.029 2400
         MEC  2.01        1.39 14 1.50 13-14  6 1  6.54  .25  1   1 0  .25  0.5  30.12   5 29.38  14        1700
         RIC  2.06  -0.92 1.15 14 1.58 13-14  5 1  5.52  0.3  1   4 0  0.3  0.3  30.47   6 29.44  14        2400
         ROA  2.23  -0.85 1.28 13 1.36 13-14  7 1  4.63  3.1  6   7 1  3.1  3.1  30.46   6 29.55  14        2400
         AKQ  1.97        0.76 14 1.15 13-14  7 0  3.85  0.1  1   3 0  0.1  0.1                             2400
         WAL  2.60  -0.42 1.04 14 1.14 13-14  8 2  4.79    T  7   3 0    T  1.3  30.40   6 29.16  14        2400
                          0.52  8
         WOO  3.33  +1.28         1.28 13-14 10 1  4.93  5.6 25   9 6 20.5 23.3  30.42   6 29.67  14        0800
         WSH  3.51  +0.91 1.38 14 1.87 13-14  8 2  6.20  8.6 25   9 2 13.1 14.9  30.38   5 29.48  14        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  1.45  -2.38 0.81 25 0.81    25  4 0 4.80   1.0  18 4 1  1.0  1.9  30.41   6 26.52  14         2400
         MRH  1.82        0.82  1 0.94   1-2  5 0 6.76   0.0          0.0  0.0  30.38  19 29.45  14         2400
         CLT  2.77  -0.78 1.28 13 1.28    13  4 1 6.15   1.0   1 1 1  1.0  1.0  30.45   6 29.57  14         2400
         ECG  2.14  -0.96 1.01 25 1.01    25  7 1 4.27     T   1 1 0    T  1.0  30.47   6 29.44  14         2400
         FAY  1.95        1.02  1 1.07   1-2  4 1 4.64   0.0          0.0  0.0                              2400
         GSO  2.27  -0.83 1.31 13 1.36 13-14  6 1 5.19   0.1   1 1 0  0.1  0.8                              2400
         HSE  2.69  -1.25 0.99 25 0.99    25  5 0 7.30   0.0          0.0  0.0  30.44   6 29.41  14         2400
         HKY  2.01  -1.86 0.84 13 0.85 13-14  4 0 6.11   0.0          0.0    T  30.39   6 29.53  14         2400
         LBT  1.07  -2.30 0.74    0.73   1-2  4 0 2.82                          30.50   6 29.53  14         2400
         EWN  2.44        1.13  1 1.13     1  5 1 5.96   0.0          0.0  0.0  30.44   6 29.41  14         2400
         RDU  1.74  -1.73 0.59 13 0.73 13-14  4 0 4.86   0.6   1 1 0  0.6  1.6                              2400
         RAL  1.74  -1.73         0.63 13.17  6 0 4.67   0.4   1 1 0  1.4  1.4  30.49   6 29.70   2         1900
         ROX  1.92  -1.58 0.64 14 0.64    14  6 0 5.21   0.3   1 1 0  0.3  0.5  30.48   6 29.55  14  30.06  2200
         ILM  2.06  -1.60 1.18  1 1.29   1-2  6 1 6.49   0.0          0.0  0.0  30.48   6 29.50  14         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  2.67  -1.48 0.97 25 0.97    25  5 0  6.88  0.0          0.0    T  30.39   6 29.53  14         2400
         CAE  2.62  -1.22 0.94  1 0.95   1-2  4 0  5.68  0.2  1  1 0  0.2  0.2  30.49   6 29.58  14         2400
         CRE  2.45  -1.05 1.14  1 1.23   1-2  5 1  5.73                         30.13  28 29.73  25         2400
         CHS  2.47  -0.61 1.34  1 1.38   1-2  6 1  6.30  0.0          0.0    T  30.49   6 29.58  14         2400
         FLO  2.50  -1.59 0.43 18 1.05 21-22 11 0  2.50                         30.65  17 29.61  28         2400
         GSP  2.42  -1.82 1.11 25 1.11    25  5 1  7.09  1.5  1  2 1  1.5  1.5  30.42   6 29.55  14         2400
         OGB  3.39        1.23  1 1.23     1  5 2  6.97                         30.63  11 29.70  28         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  1.02  -2.38 0.41 21 0.42 20-21 10 0  2.62   1.7 17  9  1   2.0   3.5 30.46  8 29.52  14        2400
         DAV  6.74        1.03 26            19 2 14.01  19.0 25 25 14  59.1 132.1                           0700    

    Virginia:

    Annandale - Lowell notes: " February was much below average in temperature and a little below in precipitation. February's mean monthly temperature of 29.5F was - 8.0F colder than the average. It was the coldest February in the past 27 years by 1.8F. The average maximum 37.2F and average minimum 21.8F temperatures were also new 27-year low records. The minimum of 7F on the 6th was the lowest temperature here since 1-24-2005 and the coldest in February since 1996 and the seventh lowest minimum temperature in February in the last 27 years. February's total precipitation was 2.50 inches a departure of -0.49 with 8 days having measurable precipitation. The snow on the 25th was the largest snow of the winter. See snow time lapse at - http://www.annandaleweather.com/links/snows06-07/snow feb 25 2007.avi The storm total was 5.3 inches from 0356 until 1405 hours; note how the snow settles from 1400 until a little after dark. (Also note the camera angle makes it look like it was more than 5.3 inches.) The total snowfall for February was 9.4 inches and was +2.6 inches more than the 27-year average. The maximum temperature for the month of 57F, which was the third lowest monthly maximum ever recorded in February, came only three days before the snowstorm. February broke twelve 27-year daily records of which eight were for low temperatures. February had 25 days with the temperature at or below freezing with 19 days being the average and 26 being the record. February had 7 days that the temperature never went above freezing with 2.7 days being the average and 9 being the record set in 1996. The lowest maximum in February was 19F which was the third lowest ever recorded in February with the other two occurring in February 1996. The minimum wind chill for the month was -9.3F the lowest on record for February since wind chill records were started in 2003. The lowest dew point for the month was -15.7F on the 5th at 0932; the lowest recorded here for any month since dew point records were started in 2003. The maximum gust of 51 mph from the WNW on the 22nd at 1530 was associated with a cold front and was the highest wind recorded here since 11-13-2003 when a gust of 56 mph was recorded. This tied the 27-year record set in 1990 for highest wind recorded in February. This was also the fifth highest wind gust ever recorded at this station in the past 27 years. February also had the highest wind run 1,854.5 miles for any February. (Records since 2003) There were 12 February DAILY Records Tied or Broken- (27-Years of records): 3 LOW maximum temperature: 5, 7, 15; 5 LOW minimum temperature: 8, 11, 15, 16, 17; 2 LOW range temperature: 2, 25; 1 PRECIP: 25; 1 SNOWFALL: 25. WINTER SEASON 2006-2007; This was the 6th driest winter in the past 27 years. 7.03 inches total seasonal precipitation, the average is 9.55 inches, Departure of -2.52 inches, 2002-03 Maximum is 15.74 inches; 2001-02 Minimum is 3.63 inches; This was the 11th warmest winter in the past 27 years, 37.5F seasonal mean temperature, the average is 36.5, Departure of + 1.0 F , 2001-02 Maximum is 41.8F, 1993-94 Minimum is 31.7 F; This was the 8th least snowfall DEC.-FEB. past 27 years; Total snowfall was 11.2 inches the least since 2001-02, the average is 17.2 inches, the max is 48.8 inches in 1995-96. " [ - - ] 

    Arlington from NWS in Sterling - " A NORTHWEST FLOW FROM CANADA DOMINATED THE WEATHER PATTERN FOR FEBRUARY MAKING IT THE 16TH COLDEST ON RECORD. AS FOR WINTER WEATHER...THERE WERE A COUPLE EVENTS THAT IMPACTED THE AREA. THE FIRST EVENT WAS THE ICE STORM THAT OCCURED ON THE 13TH AND 14TH. 2.2 INCHES OF MOSTLY SLEET ACCUMULATED...MAKING THIS THE WORST ICE STORM SINCE 1999. THE OTHER EVENT CAME IN THE FORM OF SNOW WHEN 3.3 INCHES FELL ON THE 25TH. " [ - - ] 

    Bridgewater - " The precipitation was .75 inches below normal while the temperature was 3.7 degrees below normal. Snowfall amounted to 6.5 inches in three mini snows. The big snowfalls went northwest of us. We have not had a big snowstorm all winter. Total snow has amounted to eight inches for the winter. On the average, we get 22-24 inches a winter season. " - [ - - ] - remarks from Clayton

    Centreville - " Wow! Hope you didn't blink or you could have missed winter. February finally surfaced as the month having a little bit for everyone's taste. Snow, sleet, freezing rain, high wind, and an entire week when temperatures seldom made it above freezing were the marks of our winter. A monthly high of 57 on February 22nd was more than 20 lower that the 79 maximum record set in 2000. The average monthly temperature of 29.9 was 4 lower than the normal average compared to last month when it was 8.2 above. While the glaciers on the pond down the street stood briefly frozen in time, other low temperature headlines were reported as well. Twenty-four days recorded low temperatures below freezing with 8 being our lowest reading on February 6th. As this past February became history, important news had been discovered. The average low temperature for the month of 22 was 1.3 below the typical average of 23.3; a first in recent memory. I was always unimpressed with the gory details of global warming anyway Twelve days of the month included some mention of a trace or more of precipitation. The liquid type, the frozen types, and the most common hybrids made it to the list resulting in a melted equivalent of 3.34". The wettest period was on the 13th and 14th when a variety of matter fell accumulating to 1.66" and accounting for 50% of our monthly liquid total. Snow accumulation made news during six events throughout February as well. A total of 13.0" slipped past out measuring stick bringing our winter total to 15.2" which is still 5.0" shy of our February goal for the season. Eleven more inches and we can retire the snow blower for another year, as if it had really been working that hard. For the year we are about half an inch short for rain, but better days are ahead. " - [ - + ] - report from Paul

    Falls Church - " A very cold month..first time I ever remember February being colder than January!!! We had slightly above average snowfall for the month but still below average for the season as a whole. As February came to a close the temperatures began to climb after being bitterly cold for a good part of the month. The winds on the 23rd brought my peak gust to 58 mph; as a result I had a few large limbs come down. Come on Spring!!!! " - [ - - ] - notes from Windie

    Chantilly - Russ Topping sends these notes: " In February, winter came back strong in our area. Temperatures averaged 6.8 degrees below normal, balancing out the 6.2 degrees above norm for January. Monthly precipitation was slightly (0.21") below normal. Snowfall was actually 3.6" above normal, but not enough to erase our large deficit for the season. Snow fell on the 6th (0.7"), 7th (1.5"), 13th (0.9"), 14th (2.2"), 18th (trace) and 25th (4.5"). Freezing rain fell on the 2nd, 13th, 14th and 25th. Sleet mixed in with the snow on the 13th and 14th. Quite a wintry mix/mess, as is normal for the Washington, DC metro area. On the 13th and 14th, slightly over 0.5" of ice accumulated, primarily on the ground in the form of sleet with freezing rain occasionally mixing in to hold it all together. We were spared an all freezing rain event, which had been forecast. *Please note, my anemometer is currently partially obstructed so I'm not reporting any wind data this month. " - [ - - ]

    Herndon - Randy sends these additional notes: " FOLLOWING A VERY WARM EARLY WINTER WITH NOV, DEC AND JAN ALL BEING ABOVE NORMAL, FEBRUARY WAS MUCH BELOW NORMAL WITH ONLY THE LAST THIRD OF THE MONTH WARMING SLIGHTLY. THE HIGHS ENDED UP OVER 9 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL AND THE LOWS WERE 7 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. PRECIPITATION, COMING IN A VARIETY OF FORMS, FELL OFF AND ON ALL MONTH WITH THE HEAVIEST FALLING ON THE 13-14TH WITH 3.2" OF SNOW, SLEET AND FREEZING DRIZZLE (1.62" WATER EQUIV) AND ON THE 25TH WITH ABOUT 4.4" OF SNOW AND SLEET (.83" WATER EQUIV) FALLING. WE WERE VERY FORTUNATE THAT MOST OF THE PRECIPITATION FELL AS SNOW AND SLEET VS THE FREEZING RAIN THAT WAS EXPECTED FOR BOTH STORMS. ANOTHER SNOW STORMS BROUGHT OVER 1.8" OF SNOW ON THE 7TH AND LIGHTER SNOW AMOUNTS FELL ON SEVERAL OTHER DAYS WITH THE TOTAL SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH AT 9.6 INCHES. THE MONTH FINISHED AT ONLY 0.18 AN INCH BELOW NORMAL FOR PRECIP. " - [ - + ]

    Ladysmith - Danny sends these additional notes: " What a cold month! February's cold temperatures almost completely averaged out the incredibly mild temperatures we enjoyed throughout December and January. Meteorological winter in Ladysmith ends just 0.9 degrees above normal. Not much in the way of precipitation; most winter precipitation events involved mixes of snow, sleet, and freezing rain. " - [ - - ]

    Portsmouth - " The wait for winter was over! In fact, FEBRUARY 2007 TIED [with 1993] FOR THE 4th COLDEST FEBRUARY in the database dating to 1976. The coldest was in 1978 with 32.3. The 2nd coldest was 34.2 in 1979, and the 3rd coldest was 34.9 in 1980. Temps averaged 4 below normal as cold air sank SSE from Southeastern Canada and the Great Lakes via a carved out upper trough. Fortunately, storm tracks remained to our NNW and to the S for the entire month with only a trace of snow noted on two days. On 5 days frost was observed. Frontal passages were recorded on the 2nd, 4th, 7th, 14th, 16th, 18th, 21st, 22nd,and 27th. Station records included: 15th - TEMPERATURE - MINIMUM MAXIMUM 37 [previous 38 1979] and 22nd - WIND GUST - 39 mph [previous 37mph 1990] Precipitation measure nearly 1 inch below normal (-0.90") for the 2nd consecutive month. " - [ - - ] 

    Woodstock - Bob Beall adds these comments: " This was the coldest February in my 22 years of records and the third coldest month, also the second wettest February .in 22 years " - [ - + ]

    North Carolina:

    Greensboro - NWS Raleigh (RAH) reports: " The February 2007 North Carolina Weather Review is located here: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/ncsummaries/MonthlySummary.Feb.2007.doc. " - [ - - ]

    Raleigh - Bob sends these notes: " February was a rather cool month with the average daily temperature 3.6 degrees below normal. Unfortunately the month was also on the dry side so there was little opportunity for winter type precipitation. Only 0.4" of snow was measured on February 1st. Precipitation for February was 1.73" below normal. No severe weather was observed during the month. " - [ - - ]

    Raleigh - NWS Raleigh (RAH) reports: " A RECORD HIGH OF 73 WAS REPORTED ON THE 21ST...WHICH TIES THE OLD RECORD SET IN 1986. A RECORD HIGH OF 74 WAS REPORTED ON THE 22ND...WHICH BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 71 SET IN 1955.

    The February 2007 North Carolina Weather Review is located here: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/ncsummaries/MonthlySummary.Feb.2007.doc. " - [ - - ]

    NEARBY CITIES::

    Tri-Cities - NWS MRX reports: " The monthly average temperature at Tri-Cities was 34.2 degrees, which was 3.8 degrees below normal. It ranked as the 11th coldest February on record at Tri-Cities. The coldest February at Tri-Cities was back in 1958, when the average temperature was only 28.1 degrees. Tri-Cities received 1.02 inches of precipitation in February, which was 2.38 inches below normal. It ranked as the 5th driest February on record at Tri-Cities. Measurable precipitation occurred on only ten days, and only one of those days had more than one-quarter of an inch of precipitation. The heaviest precipitation fell on the 21st, when 0.41 inches was reported. The driest February at Tri-Cities was back in 1968, when only 0.75 inches was recorded. The average seasonal temperature at Tri-Cities this winter was 37.9 degrees, which was 1.4 degrees above normal. It tied with 1970/71 as the 32nd warmest winter on record at Tri-Cities. The warmest winter at Tri-Cities was back in 1949/50, when the average temperature was 45.1 degrees. Tri-Cities received a total of only 4.78 inches of precipitation this winter, which was 5.53 inches below normal. It ranked as the 2nd driest winter on record at Tri-Cities. The driest winter at Tri-Cities was back in 1940/41, when only 4.54 inches was recorded. " - [ - - ]

    COLUMN DENOTATIONS:

    A  maximum mean temperature T total precipitation (inches)
    T1 departure from normal
    B  minimum mean temperature U maximum calendar day precipitation (inches)
    C  monthly mean temperature
    C1 departure from normal
    U1 date of maximum calendar day precipitation
    D  maximum temperature V date(s) of maximum daily precipitation
    E  date(s) of maximum temperature V1 maximum 24-hour precip. & date(s)
    F  minimum temperature W number of days with precip. >= .01"
    G  date(s) of minimum temperature  X number of days with precip. >= 1.0"
    H  days with maximum temperature >=90 Y year-to-date precipitation (inches)
    I  days with maximum temperature <=32 Z maximum calendar day snowfall (inches)
    J  days with minimum temperature <=32 VRB Variable
    K  days with minimum temperature <= 0 1 date of maximum calendar day snowfall (inches)
    K1 average relative humidity 2 number of days with snowfall
    L  peak wind gust (miles per hour)  3 number of days with snowfall >= 1.0"
    M  direction of peak wind gust 4  total snowfall for month (inches)
    N  date(s) of peak wind gust  5 total snowfall for 2006-2007 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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    STATION / LOCATION (MILES & DIRECTION FROM MAIN POST OFFICE)/OBSERVER / YEAR RECORDS BEGAN / EMAIL ADDRESS:

      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   
    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
       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    
    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
    CHT   Chantilly, VA Russ Topping -  12/2006  russ.topping@gmail.com - new location December 2006 HSE    Cape Hatteras, NC  Mitchell Field 35-13-56N 075-27-21W 3M
    HDV    Herndon, VA  Randoplh W. Ashby, 3.3 SM South, Lat: 38.922127, Lon: -77.38015, Elev: 390'. Randolph_Ashby@Raytheon.com LBT    Lumberton, NC  Lumberton Municipal Airport 34-36-26N 079-03-36W 37M
       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