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SUMMARY OF CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA 


FEBRUARY 2009


... TEMPERATURES ABOVE NORMAL
RAINFALL & SNOWFALL BELOW NORMAL
RECORDS SET FOR DRY CONDITIONS ...

  • FEBRUARY 4, 2009 - MOUNT LECONTE BRUTAL RECORD BREAKING TEMPERATURES - from a Michael Detwiler FACEBOOK post -   We knew the weather has been unusually cold here in the Smoky Mountains and driving has been treacherous. But a report from the winter caretaker at Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Mount LeConte Lodge reported a low last night of -22F, the coldest recorded temperature since 1886. Lower elevations near the 6,593' high Mount LeConte were also recording brutally cold weather. The National Park Service weather station at Cover Mountain in the Pigeon Forge Wears Valley area of Sevier County recorded 45 mph wind gusts last night creating a wind chill of 60F below, cold enough to cause frost bite to exposed flesh in 4 minutes.


  • NEW GUIDE ON CLIMATE LITERACY    A NOAA guide is now available to help individuals of all ages understand how climate influences them -- and how they influence climate. A product of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, it was compiled by an interagency group led by NOAA. For futher info, visit http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2009/20090318_climateliteracy.html.


  • THE WEATHERWISE PHOT0 CONTEST   Now through June 15th, Weatherwise is accepting submissions for its "2009 Photo Contest". There are great prizes awaiting the winners. This annual event provides an opportunity for you to share your potential prize winning photos with a nationwide audience. To find out more about the magazine and photo contest please visit the following link: http://www.weatherwise.org/Photo%20Contest/entryform.htm.


  • WANTED: WEATHER QUESTIONS for WEATHERWISE MAGAZINE    One of the long-time CoCoRAHS participants, Tom Schlatter of Boulder, Colorado, writes a question and answer column called ""Weather Queries" about weather and climate for Weatherwise magazine, a bi-monthly publication popular with weather enthusiasts. You can submit questions for Tom in care of ww@heldref.org. Sometimes the simplest questions like "What makes it rain?" are surprisingly challenging to answer. There is simply no limit to the kinds of questions that might enter the minds of people like yourselves, who watch the weather regularly and are curious about about what you observe. Young and old alike are invited to submit questions. Photos that illustrate the questions are especially welcomed. Space limitations mean that Tom can only answer 15-20 questions per year, but he does eventually get to most of them. So, if you have a burning question about weather or climate, send it to ww@heldref.org. Please give it a try, the only silly question is one that is never asked.


  • STORMREPORTS.ORG    Kevin Shaw of ACON MD/DE/DC is "on the roam" again and has found another interesting site on the Internet for you to consider. Visit STORMREPORS.ORG at http://www.stormreports.org:80/.


  • EASTERN U.S. WEATHER CONFERENCE    The annaul Eastern U.S. Weather Conference for 2009, will be held at the Sheraton, Providence Airport. You do not have to be a member of EasternUSwx.com to attend. The conference is open to all who have a passion for weather and want to learn more about the subject. In addition to the main day of the conference, highlights this year include: three workshops on Friday, July 17, and a Friday night get together/reception where you will have a chance to meet folks who share similar enthusiasm for a variety of weather-related topics. For more details, visit the organization's website at http://conference.easternuswx.com:80/index.html.


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  • DROUGHT MONITOR    http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html    More information on drought can be found at NOAA's Drought Information Center http://www.drought.noaa.gov/
  • 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 2009
    State
    Maximum Temperature
    Minimum
    Temperature
    Warmest
    Average
    Temperature
    Coldest
    Average
    Temperature
    Maximum
    Precipitation
    Minimum
    Precipitation
    Virginia
    74°
    Norfolk (ORF)

    New Market
    44.4°
    Norfolk (FHC)
    35.9°
    Blacksburg
    1.96"
    Blacksburg
    0.20"
    Centreville
    North Carolina
    77°
    Fayetteville

    Asheville
    46.7°
    Wilmington
    39.5°
    Asheville
    4.21"
    Cape Hatteras
    0.53"
    Lumberton
    South Carolina
    77
    Orangeburg
    13°
    Anderson
    49.8°
    Charleston
    45.1°
    Anderson
    3.61"
    ORangeburg
    0.66"
    Florence


    ( 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
         ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         BCB 47.2  24.7  35.9   +2.4  66   10   7    5   0  4 21 0 70% 43 300  12   7.3       0 0 0 2  0     2400 AKQ
         BRI 44.77 26.35 37.06  +3.16 67   11   8   11   0  2 20 0 49%                         0 0 0 0  0     0510/1600 LWX
         CEN 48.7  28.4  38.6   +4.7  71   11  13    6   0  2 22 0 56% 47 321  13   4.5  340 0 0 0 0  1     2400 LWX
         CHT 49.1  27.3  38.2   +3.4  71.3 11  12.1  6   0  1 23 0 59% 26 135  27   1.6  360 0 0 1 1  1     2400 LWX
         CHO 51.7  27.6  39.7         70   11  11    6   0  2 21 0     39 210  11   6.7       0 0 1 0  1     2400 LWX
         DAN 55.2  30.9  43.0   +3.3  72   10  14    6   0  0 16 0 55% 41 280  12   7.6       0 0 0 0  1     2400 RNK
         DCA 49.5  30.1  39.8   +1.7  72   11  15    5   0  1 20 0 53% 51 290  12  10.9       0 0 0 2  0     2400 LWX
         IAD 48.8  27.1  37.9   +3.1  71   11  10    6   0  1 22 0 56% 49 320  12   9.9       0 0 0 1  1     2400 LWX
         FCH 49.1  29.5  39.3         72   11  12    6   0  1 20 0                             0 0 0 1  0     2400 LWX
         FRV                                                                                                  2400 LWX
         GAV 54.64 30.32 42.48  +3.3  74   08  15    5   0  1 18 0 55% 39 270  11             0 0 0 2  0     2400 AKQ
         HDV 49.2  27.3  38.3   +1.0  71   11  12  5,6   0  1 22 0 56%                         0 0 0 1  0     2400 LWX
         LDY 51.1  30.5  40.6   +2.1  71   11  13    6   0  1 20 0 40%                         0 0 0 1  0     2400 AKQ
         LYH 51.5  27.3  39.4   -1.6  69 8,10  12    5   0  2 21 0 54% 39 190  11   6.1       0 0 1 1  1     2400 RNK
         NEW 48.57 24.75 36.66  +3.0  69   11   3  5,6   0  2 21 0 63% 58 270  12  23.46      0 0 0 0  0     1700 LWX
         NPN 53.9  32.1  43.0         74    5  15    6   0  1 15 0     37 320  12             0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         NOR 53.0  32.9  42.9   -0.3  74   11  17    6   0  1 13 0                             0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         ORF 53.0  33.1  43.0   +1.0  74   11  15    6   0  1 14 0 57% 49 230  11  10.0       0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         FHC 53.04 35.76 44.40  +2.4  73.3 11  21.6  5   0  1  9 0 58% 42 210  11   5.0  200 0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         POR 53.0  33.7  43.2   +0.7  73   11  18    6   0  1 15 0 65% 46 248  12   6.7  260 0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         CTR 54.1  27.3  40.9   +0.5  72.5  8  11.9  6   0  1 22 0 59% 26 270  12   1.3  254 0 0 0 1  0     2400 AKQ
         MEC 56.0  31.0  43.42        73   11  14    6   0  0 18 0                             0 0 0 0  0     1700 AKQ
         RIC 53.9  30.4  42.2   +2.7  72 8,11  14    6   0  1 20 0 52% 52 260  12   9.6       0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         ROA 52.8  31.6  42.2   +3.1  71   10  13    5   0  2 14 0 48% 55 310  12   9.1       0 0 0 1  2     2400 AKQ
         WAL 48.5  29.4  39.0   +1.3  69    8  13    6   0  1 21 0     44 300  32  10.0       0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         WOO 47.9  28.3  38.1   +0.9  67    9   8    5   0  2 18 0                             0 0 0 0        2400 LWX
         WSH 47.4  26.5  37.0   +0.52 66.6  8 9.6    5   0  2 22 0 58% 31 068  12   2.1  360 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 51.6  27.3  39.5  +0.5  67     7  8     4  0  1 18 0   % 40 340 12    8.3      1 0 0 1  1     2400 GSP
         MRH 55.3  35.9  45.6        71    12 17     6  0  0 11 0     49 270 18    9.6      2 0 0 0  0     2400 MHX
         CLT 56.4  32.5  44.5  -0.7  74     8 13     5  0  0 13 0   % 45 230 11    8.2      1 0 0 0  1     2400 GSP
         ECG 55.1  32.0  43.6  -1.1  74     8 16     6  0  1 14 0 57% 45 290 12   10.3      0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         FAY 58.2  34.7  46.4        77    11 17     6  0  0 11 0   % 43 290 22    7.5      0 0 0 0  8     2400 RAH
         GSO 54.1  32.2  43.2  +2.0  72     8 16     5  0  0 15 0   % 39 280 12    9.4      0 0 0 1  5     2400 RAH
         HSE 53.0  38.3  45.6  -1.2  65    11 22  6,25  0  1  9 0 67% 45 210 18    8.7      0 0 0 0  0     2400 MHX
         HKY 54.2  31.7  42.9  +0.6  71     8 12     5  0  1 16 0     37 320 12    6.0      0 0 0 0  5     2400 GSP
         LBT 58.3  33.8  46.0  +1.1  75    11 18     6  0  0 12 0   % 41 230 11    6.8      2 0 0 0  0     2400 ILM
         EWN 56.9  32.4  44.6  -2.3  74    11 15     6  0  0 15 0 63% 37 210 11    7.1      2 0 0 0  2     2400 MHX
         RDU 57.6  34.5  46.0  +3.0  75  8,11 19     5  0  0 14 0   % 45 220 11    8.1      0 0 0 0  2     2400 RAH
         RAL 57.0  32.3  44.7  +1.7  74     8 14     6  0  0 15 0     36      12             0 0 0 0  0     2400 RAH
         ROX 54.5  31.9  43.4  +4.2  71.0   7 14.0   5  0  1 15 0 58% 41 360 12        180 0 0 0 0  0     2400 RAH
         ILM 58.5  34.9  46.7  -1.7  74     8 19     6  0  0 12 0 61% 47 220 11    7.5      0 0 0 0  6     2400 ILM
                                                                      47 270 22
    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 56.9  33.3  45.1  -0.3  73     8 13     5  0  0 13 0     43 280 11   6.3       1 0 0 0  2     2400 GSP
         CAE 60.4  35.7  48.1  +0.2  76    11 20   5,6  0  0 11 0 56% 43 280 22   6.9       2 0 0 0  2     2400 CAE
         CRE 57.3  36.9  47.1  -0.7  74     8 19     6  0  0 10 0 62% 44 210 18   6.9       0 0 0 0  9     2400 ILM
         CHS 61.8  37.7  49.8  -1.0  76    12 19     5  0  0 10 0     39 200 11   8.4       0 0 0 0  6     2400 CHS
         FLO 59.4  34.8  47.1  -1.2  76    11 20   5,6  0  0 16 0 68% 39 220 11   7.4       2 0 0 0  2     2400 ILM
         GSP 57.6  34.5  46.0  +1.6  74     8 16     4  0  0 13 0   % 58 290 11   7.2       1 0 0 1  0     2400 GSP
         OGB 61.3  35.9  48.6        77    11 17     5  0  0 10 0     38 280 22   6.5       3 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 50.7  26.7  38.7  +0.7  71    11   5    5  0  2 19 0     52 250 11   5.2       1 0 0 0  3     2400 MRX
         DAV             26    -1    60    -6   6    5  0 21 29 3                                           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
         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         BCB  1.96  -1.06 0.78 28 0.78    28  9 0  5.56  2.0  4  13 1  4.2 10.2                             2400
         BRI  0.35  -1.84 0.20  2             3 0  2.20           2 2  3.5  4.5  30.39  24 29.48  19        0510/1600
         CEN  0.20  -2.73 0.10 18 0.10    18  6 0  3.15  0.5  2   4 0  1.0  3.4  30.49  10 29.46  19 29.98  2400
         CHT  0.47  -2.30 0.15 11 0.15    11  6 0  3.26  0.1 1,18 3 0  0.4  2.4  30.540  5 29.444 19 30.12  2400
                                                              28
         CHO  0.51        0.23  2 0.23     2  6 0  2.07                                    29.44  19        2400
         DAN  0.97  -2.44 0.49 18 0.49    18  7 0  3.98  0.3  3   4 0  0.5  0.9  30.54   5 29.52  19        2400
         DCA  0.35  -2.28 0.14 18 0.14    18  6 0  3.03  0.1  4   6 0  2.0  2.0            29.44  19        2400
         IAD  0.35  -2.42 0.12 18 0.12    12  6 0  2.76    T 28   5 0  2.0  2.0  30.52   5 29.43  19        2400
         FCH  0.67        0.27  3 0.38 18-19  4 0  3.72  0.2 3-4  3 0  0.4  3.3                             2400
         FRV                                       2.05                     2.4                             2400
         GAV  0.67  -2.33 0.26 28 0.26    28  5 0  2.62  1.3  3   5 1  1.4  2.1  30.49   5 29.44  19 30.10  2400
         HDV  0.47  -2.23 0.14 18             7 0  3.48  0.2  2   6 0  0.3  2.5  30.49   5 29.40  19        2400
         LDY  0.29  -2.61 0.13  3 0.21   3-4  3 0  2.19    T 28   1 0    T  2.1  30.53   5 29.44  19 29.99  2400
         LYH  1.14  -1.96 0.35 18 0.35    18  7 0  4.27  0.5  3   4 0  1.2  1.2  30.54   5 29.50  19        2400
         NEW  2.38   0.00 2.00 12                  4.51  3.0  3        4.0  6.3  30.70 6,7 29.84  19        1700
         NPN  1.61        1.18 28 1.18    28  5 1  3.47   T       1 0    T    T  30.51   6 29.46  19        2400
         NOR  1.48  -1.91 1.11 28 1.11    28  5 1  3.52   T 3,4   4 0    T    T                             2400
                                                            16,22                               
         ORF  1.26  -2.08 0.98 28 0.98    28  5 0  3.08   T 3,4,  4 0    T    T  30.51   6 29.46  19        2400
                                                            16,22
         FHC  1.00  -2.34 0.66 28 0.68 27-28  5 0  2.79   T   16  3 0    T    T  30.487  6 29.44  19 30.104 2400
         POR  1.27  -1.86 0.77 28 0.81 27-28  5 0  3.16  0.1  16  3 0  0.1  0.1  30.51   6 29.47  19 30.122 2400
         CTR  1.18  -2.11 0.61 28             7 0  3.22  0.5   3  1 0  0.5  0.5  30.51   5 29.46  19 30.110 0400
         MEC  0.42        0.21 18 0.21    18  3 0  2.00  0.8   3  1 0  0.8  0.8  30.27   5 29.44  18        1700
         RIC  0.74  -2.24 0.32 28 0.32    28  4 0  0.74  0.3   3  4 0  0.3  0.3  30.53   5 29.48  19        2400
         ROA  1.22  -1.86 0.41 28 0.41    28  5 0  3.94  0.3  28  9 0  0.4  0.4  30.55   5 29.51  19        2400
         AKQ                                             0.0           0.0  0.0                             2400
         WAL  0.26  -2.49 0.17 18 0.17    18  3 0  2.13   T  3,4  2 0   T   0.4            29.46  19        2400
         WOO  0.66  -1.32         0.21 18-19  8 0  2.83  2.6   3  2 0  2.8  8.2  30.56  24 29.68  19        0800
         WSH  0.63  -2.07 0.19 11 0.19    11  7 0  3.26  1.5   2  6 1  2.1  5.1  30.50   5 29.48  19        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  1.87  -1.96 0.73 28 0.73    28  6 0  4.27    T 5,17 6 0    T    T  30.59   5 29.57  19         2400
                                                               22
         MRH  2.76        1.09 28 1.12 18-19  7 1  5.52    T    4 1 0    T    T            29.51  19         2400
         CLT  2.21  -1.34 0.84 28 0.84    28  9 0  4.73    T    4 2 0    T    T  30.58   5 29.56  19         2400
         ECG  0.59  -2.51 0.38 28 0.38    28  3 0  2.24   0.2   2 2 0  0.2  0.7  30.53   6 29.49  19         2400
         FAY  2.65        1.63 28 1.63    28  7 1  4.48                                    29.53  19         2400
         GSO  1.58  -1.52 0.59 18 0.59    18  8 0  4.16   0.1   3 3 0  0.1  1.2            29.53  19         2400
         HSE  4.21  +0.27 2.11 28 2.11    28  7 1  5.85    T    4 1 0    T  2.3            29.51  19         2400
         HKY  1.95  -1.92 0.58 18 0.65 27-28  9 0  4.95    T    3 1 0    T    T  30.54   5 29.53  19         2400
         LBT  0.53  -2.71 0.51 18 0.51    18  2 0  1.26                                    29.54  19         2400
         EWN  2.09  -1.70 0.93 18 1.13 18-19  7 0  3.91    T    4 1 0    T  1.5            29.51  19         2400
         RDU  1.65  -1.82 0.72 28 0.72    28  7 0  4.18    T   16 2 0    T  3.5            29.53  19         1900
         RAL  1.71  -1.76         0.68 27-28  8 0  4.37    T      3 0    T  6.0  30.54   6 29.57  19         2400
         ROX  1.87  -1.63 0.93 28 0.93    28  8 0  5.40   0.8   3 1 0  0.8  1.8  30.53   5 29.52  19  30.15  2200
         ILM  0.94  -2.59 0.42 18 0.68 18-19  6 0  2.95   0.1   4 1 0  0.1  1.0            29.54  19         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  3.03  -1.12 1.15 18  1.18 27-28  8 1  7.31   T   4 2 0     T    T  30.59   5 29.59  18         2400
         CAE  3.00  -0.84 1.86 28  2.09 27-28  8 1  4.07   T   4 1 0     T    T  30.59   5 29.57  19         2400
         CRE  1.27  -2.10 0.65 19  1.08 18-19  5 0  3.46                                   29.54  19         2400
         CHS  1.33  -1.75 0.88 18  0.89 18-19  7 0  2.62  0.0    0 0   0.0    T  30.58   5 29.62  19         2400
         FLO  0.66  -2.24 0.23 16  0.32 18-19  6 0  2.21                                   29.54  19         2400
         GSP  2.97  -1.27 0.89 18  0.93 27-28  7 0  5.95   T  17 1 0     T    T  30.55   5 29.56  18         2400
         OGB  3.61        1.23 18  1.66 18-19  9 1  5.49                         30.59   5 29.60  19         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  0.97  -1.16 0.97 18 0.97    18  7 0  6.64   1.0  2  9  1   2.5   7.8 30.64  5 29.51  18        2400
         DAV  4.50  +0.4  0.66 19            22 2 14.40   7.3 23 17 10  36.0 171.0                           0700    

    Virginia:

    Arlington - From NWS WBC come these notes: " TEMPERATURES THIS FEBRUARY WERE ABOVE NORMAL. FEBRUARY 2009 WAS THE DRIEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD AT WASHINGTON DC DATING BACK TO 1872. THE TOTAL OF 0.35 INCHES MARKED THE LOWEST MONTHLY PRECIPITATION SINCE MARCH 2006. FEBRUARY 2009 WAS THE LEAST SNOWIEST FEBRUARY SINCE 2004. ONLY ONE TENTH OF AN INCH OF SNOW FELL ON THE 4TH...THE ONLY MEASURABLE SNOW FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH. A TRACE OF SNOW WAS OBSERVED ON FIVE OTHER DAYS. A PEAK WIND GUST OF 51 MPH WAS RECORDED ON THE 12TH AS A STRONG COLD FRONT MOVED THROUGH THE AREA. " [ + - ] 

    Bridgewater - " February was a very dry month with only .35 precipitation. The snowfall was also much below normal. Snowfall this winter season has only amounted to 6.5 inches. We usually get around 22 inches a winter. Snow on the 2nd was very beautiful. Snow covered all the bushes and trees during the night. It was a pretty sight when the lights were turned on. It was more beautiful the next day when the sun shone on everything presenting the landscape with a beautiful winter scene. The big snowfall on March 1 missed us. We only got 2 inches. My cutoff for any measurable snow is April 15. However, the chances of snow after March is rather slim. " - [ + - ] - notes from Clayton

    Centreville - " February turned out to be a wonderful month for it still being mid-winter. We wondered where the cold went, we wondered what happened to all the snow our experts promised, and we wondered if spring wasnt really just around the corner. The highest temperature for the month occurred on the 11th with 71 being tallied. Not quite enough for a record which was 78 set back in 1985, but close enough to start fooling Mother Nature into thinking the spring growing season had begun. Average temperatures were all above average for the month of February. The average high was 4.3 above the 44.4 normal; the average low was 5.1 over the 23.3 mark, and the average of averages was +4.7 higher than the 33.9 typically expected. With all this heat we did manage to record a low temperature for the month as well. It came in at 13 on the 6th and managed to be a far cry from the record low of -14 set in 1979; 30 years ago. Considering that the average monthly low was right up there with the rest of the averages this month may be interesting enough, but when compared to last year when we recorded a deviation of +6.1, Im wondering if we might be in for another period of glaciation. For the month of February, precipitation was shy by 2.73 as compared to the 2.93 normal average, thats right; we only received 0.20 for the entire month. Not even worth the effort of throwing another log on the fire and pouring a cool one. We recorded just four days when we were able to detect a trace or greater of snow. In spite of all those chances sunny Centreville accumulated a mere 1 of snow. The normal for February is 8.6; second only to January for contributing to our advertised 24.1 annual snow amount. Since the beginning of the year we are now running a total water deficit of -3.30; not off to a very good start when 6.45 is normal. However, on the good side we carried over +5.61 from 2008. On the bad side, what we didnt toss into our highball glass finally seeped into the aquifers. Wetter days are ahead... " - [ + - ] - thanks Paul for the extensive notes

    Chantilly - Russ send these notes: " February was warm and very dry. In fact, it was the second driest February on record. Total precipitation for the month was only 0.47", which was 2.30" below normal. The maximum calendar day precipitation was a meager 0.15", which fell on the 11th. The best snow accumulation we could manage was 0.125" on the 1st, 18th and 28th. A trace fell on the 2nd. Our worst winter weather of the month occurred on the 28th, when the snow mixed with sleet and freezing rain. Sorry again snow lovers and plow drivers. Monthly snowfall was 5.875" below normal. Snowfall for the season stands at 2.375". Record high temperatures occurred on the 7th (65.4) and 11th (71.3). Record high minimum temperatures occurred on the 11th (45.5). Dense fog was observed on the 19th. *Please note, anemometer is currently partially obstructed from the Southeast " - [ + - ]

    Dulles - from NWS Sterling (KLWX) come these notes: " TEMPERATURES THIS FEBRUARY WERE ABOVE NORMAL. THE HIGH TEMPERATURES OF 65 DEGREES ON FEBRUARY 11TH AND 71 DEGREES ON FEBRUARY 12TH WERE BOTH RECORD HIGHS AT DULLES FOR EACH DAY RESPECTIVELY. FEBRUARY 2009 WAS THE SECOND DRIEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD AT DULLES DATING BACK TO 1963. THE TOTAL OF 0.35 INCHES THIS MONTH MARKED THE LOWEST MONTHLY PRECIPITATION SINCE MAY 2007. DULLES REPORTED NO MEASURABLE SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH. THIS HAS HAPPENED SEVEN OTHER TIMES. A TRACE OF SNOW WAS OBSERVED ON FIVE DAYS THIS FEBRUARY. A 49 MPH WIND GUST WAS RECORDED ON FEBRUARY 12TH AS A STRONG COLD FRONT MOVED THROUGH THE AREA. " - [ + - ]

    Falls Church - From Erica come these notes: " Very windy month with a peak gust of 53 mph on the 12th. Below average for rain and snowfall but above average in temperature overall with a couple of lows reaching near record lows. " - [ + - ]

    Front Royal - Mike sends these additional summary notes: " " - [ + - ]

    Glen Allen - Lowell Koontz notes: " February was warmer than average as the monthly mean temperature was 42.5F, a +3.3F departure, and was much drier than average (when compared to Ashland, Virginia records). There were 15 days the minimum temperature dropped below freezing and one day that the maximum didn't climb above freezing. The 0.67 inches of rain for February was a -2.33 inch departure when compared to the Ashland, VA average. The maximum rainfall recorded in a day was only 0.26 inches on the 28th on a day of sleet, snow but mostly rain. Measurable precipitation occurred on only five days and it is noteworthy that there wasn't any measurable precipitation from and including the 3rd to the 18th a fourteen day period. The total frozen precipitation was 1.4 inches for the month recorded on the 3rd and 18th which was a -3.6 inch departure compared to Ashland, Virginia records. February was clearer than average. The maximum temperature for February was 74F on the 8th and the lowest minimum was 15F recorded on the 5th. There were four days (7th, 8th 10th, 11th) that the temperature was 70F or higher. The lowest dew point temperature on the 5th at 1827 was -2.9F. The maximum wind gust was 39 mph from the west that occurred on the 11th at 1201. The highest barometer recorded for the month was 30.49 inches on the 5th and the lowest was 29.44 inches on the 19th. " - [ + - ] 

    Herndon - Randy reports: " February was slightly above normal for temperature and well-below for precipitation. February was the driest February since I have been measuring at this site, in the early 1990's. I measured only 0.47 inches during the month. We had many cloudy days with some precipitation falling on 11 days, but many were very low amounts, including four days with only a trace. The largest amount measured was 0.14" on the 18th. Snowfall was no different. We had snow fall on six different days, but the max was only 0.2" on the 2nd and four days had only a trace. We had sleet fall on one day, the 28th. As for the temperatures, we had a fairly normal month with the average coming in at 1.0 degrees above normal. Far different from the steady, very cold temperatures in January, February significant ups and downs. The max temp for the month was 71 on the 11th and the coldest max was 25 on the 5th. The min temps followed the same pattern with the warmest min of 46 occurring on the 11th and the coldest min of 12 occurring on the 5th and 6th. The warm spells caused the crocus and daffodils to poke their heads out of the ground and many of the trees are starting to bud. I am ready for Spring! " - [ + - ]

    Ladysmith - Danny reports : " February finished with well above normal temperatures and well below normal precipitation. There was no measurable snowfall during the month. " - [ + - ]

    Portsmouth - " February was a milder, drier month when compared to Februarys from 1977 to 2008. The lack of rainfall and snowfall made the month the the 3rd driest February in the database to 1977. The driest February here occurred in 2006 when just 0.64" of rainfall was noted. The 2nd driest was recorded in 1991 when 1.20" fell. The month featured a wider range of temps than January. A period from the 8th through the 12th saw temps well-above normal average. As there was little moisture, so too was there little snowfall with the greatest coming on the 16th when one-tenth inch accumulated. The 1.27" of rain produced a February that was 1.86" BELOW normal rainfall (41% of normal). The month's average temp was 0.7 ABOVE normal FROST occurred on the 3rd, 6th, 7th, 21st, 25th, and 26th with frontal passages noted on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th, 12th, 16th, 19th, 22nd, and 28th. STATION RECORDS: 8th - TEMPERATURE Maximum 72 [previous 69 2005]; 8th - TEMPERATURE Maximum Minimum 48 [previous 41 1994]; 11th - TEMPERATURE Maximim 73 [previous 71 1996]; 11th - TEMPERATURE Maximum Minimum 55 [previous 51 1984]; 12th - WIND GUST 42mph [previous 37 2003]; 12th - TEMPERATURE MAXIMUM MINIMUM TIED 47 [previous 1984]; 21st - TEMPERATURE MINIMUM TIED 24 [previous 1978]. " - [ + - ] 

    North Carolina:

    Greensboro - NWS Raleigh (RAH) reports: - " The February 2009 North Carolina Weather Review is located here: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/ncsummaries/MonthlySummary.Feb.2009.doc [when available]. " - [ + - ]

    Raleigh - Bob submits these additional notes: " February was slightly warmer and drier than normal. Year to date precipitation is 2.12" below normal. No thunderstorms were observed during the month. " - [ + - ]

    Raleigh - NWS Raleigh (RAH) reports: " The February 2009 North Carolina Weather Review is located here: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/ncsummaries/MonthlySummary.Feb.2009.doc [when available]. " - [ + - ]

    Nearby Cities:

    Tri-Cities - NWS Morristown, TN (MRX) reports: " The monthly-averaged temperature at Tri-Cities was 38.7 degrees, which was 0.7 degrees above normal. It ranked in the middle one-third of observations taken at Tri-Cities in February. No daily temperature records were broken. The warmest February at Tri-Cities was back in 1938, when the average temperature was 47.7 degrees. Tri-Cities received 2.24 inches of precipitation in February, which was 1.16 inches below normal. It ranked as the 19th driest February on record at Tri-Cities. Measurable precipitation occurred on only seven days, and only three of those days had more than one-quarter of an inch. The heaviest precipitation fell on the 18th, when 0.97 inches was reported. The driest February of the 72 years of observations taken at Tri-Cities was back in 1968, when only 0.75 inch was recorded. The seasonally-averaged temperature at Tri-Cities this winter was 37.8 degrees, which was 1.3 degrees above normal. It ranked in the middle one-third of observations taken at Tri-Cities. The warmest winter at Tri-Cities was back in 1949-50, when the seasonally-averaged temperature was 45.1 degrees. Tri-Cities received a seasonal total of 12.32 inches of precipitation this winter, which was 2.01 inches above normal. It ranked as the 13th wettest winter on record at Tri-Cities. The wettest winter at Tri-Cities was back in 1956-57, when 19.19 inches of precipitation was recorded. " - [ + + ]

    Davis, WV - from Dave Lesher: " The 36" of snow at Davis (for the month of February) was 6" above normal. Meanwhile the seasonal snowfall total at month's end of 171" was 63" above normal! Rainfall for the year is running above normal by 5.7". Snowfall for February was 6 inches above normal (30") " - [ + + ]



    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 2007-2008 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
      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  CLT    Charlotte, NC NWS Charlotte/Douglas International Airpot 35-12-48N 080-56-55W 220M
    IAD   Dulles - Washington-Dulles International Airport  38-56-05N 077-26-51W 93M  SSB    Sunset Beach, NC   33.9 N 78.5 W  Tom Myers
    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
      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
    GAV - Glen Allen, Henrico County, VA - Lowell Koontz  8/1/08  wwkoontz@verizon.net EWN    New Bern, NC  Craven County Regional Airport 36-04-03N 077-02-50W 3M
    FRV     Front Royal, VA  Michael Perritt -  04/08 snowyat9@yahoo.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