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SUMMARY OF CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA 


FEBRUARY 2011


...ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES WHILE RAINFALL CONTINUES BELOW NORMAL...

 


  • TOP 10s IN WEATHER    Kevin Shaw sent a recent email depicting the Top 10 Cities/States for a variety of weather related topics. This prompted a search and we found a website that displays the info. Lots of good stuff for the "top-teners" and weather curious. Check it out with a click here: http://web2.airmail.net/danb1/usrecords.htm.


  • AWARE    Here's a link submitted by Kevin Shaw (ACON DC/MD/DE) to the publication AWARE that is published by the National Weather Service to enhance communications between the NWS and the emergency management community. http://www.weather.gov/os/Aware/.

  • 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 2011
    State
    Maximum Temperature
    Minimum
    Temperature
    Warmest
    Average
    Temperature
    Coldest
    Average
    Temperature
    Maximum
    Precipitation
    Minimum
    Precipitation
    Virginia
    79°
    Norfolk

    Blacksburg
    Dulles
    45.6°
    Norfolk (ORF)
    Portsmouth
    38.1°
    Dulles
    2.96"
    Blacksburg
    1.18"
    Mechanicsville
    North Carolina
    83°
    Fayetteville
    Lumberton
    15.1°
    Moncure
    51.0°
    North Whiteville
    43.4°
    Asheville
    5.26"
    North Whiteville
    1.93"
    Raleigh
    South Carolina
    84
    Columbia
    Florence
    24°
    Anderson
    Greenville-Spartanburg
    54.8°
    Charleston
    48.2°
    Anderson
    4.28"
    North Myrtle Beach
    3.13"
    Charleston


    ( 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 S    CWA
         --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         BCB 50.3  26.6  38.5   +5.0  68   27   9   11   0  2 22 0 68% 47 290  25   6.2       1 0 1 0  3 2400 AKQ
         BRI 50.46 30.00 40.23  +4.64 62   25  12   11   0  1 18 0 54%                         0 0 0 0  0 0510/1600 LWX
         CEN 49.5  28.9  39.2   +5.3  75   18  14   11   0  2 21 0 59% 59 306  25   4.0  225 0 0 1 2  1 2400 LWX
         CHT 50.1  28.7  39.4   +4.6  76.1 18  12.4 11   0  0 19 0 65% 23 180  24   0.9  180 1 0 2 2  0 2400 LWX
         CHO 54.8  31.3  43.1         77   18  12   11   0  0 16 0     46 300  14   5.7       0 0 0 2  0 2400 LWX
         DAN 56.6  31.0  43.8   +4.1  77   18  14   11   0  0 18 0 60% 51 270  25   6.2       1 0 2 0  1 2400 RNK
         DCA 51.2  32.2  41.7   +3.6  77   18  19    9   0  0 16 0 56% 58 300  25   9.5       1 0 2 3  0 2400 LWX
         IAD 48.7  27.5  38.1   +3.3  75   18  11   11   0  1 21 0 59% 59 290  25   8.7       1 1 2 2  1 2400 LWX
         GAV 56.46 33.18 44.82        77   18  20 9,11   0  0 16 0 57% 40 360  19             0 0 1 1  0 2400 AKQ
         HDV 49.7  28.7  39.2   +2.1  75   18  14   11   0  0 20 0 60% 29 045  25        180 1 0 1 2  1 2400 LWX
         LYH 53.2  28.9  41.0   +3.2  75   18  12   11   0  0 21 0 58% 45 260  25   5.5       1 0 1 0  2 2400 RNK
         NPN 55.9  33.5  44.5   +2.7  77.0 28  21.3 11   0  0 15 0     44 290  25   4.4  230 0 0 0 1  0 2400 AKQ
         NOR 55.9  34.4  45.2   +3.6  77   28  17   11   0  0 12 0                             0 0 0 1  0 2400 AKQ
         ORF 55.9  35.2  45.6   +3.6  79   28  19 10,11  0  0  9 0 62% 47 230  28   9.7       0 0 0 0  1 2400 AKQ
         POR 56.6  34.7  45.6   +2.9  78.1 28  18.5 11   0  0 11 0 69% 52 290  25   5.7  253 1 0 0 0  0 2400 AKQ
         CTR 57.4  33.4  45.3   +5.8  76.8 28  20.0 11   0  0 17 0 58% 32 270  25   1.3  088 0 0 0 1  0 2400 AKQ
         MEC 58.0  33.17 45.89        78   28  19    9   0  0 16 0                             0 0 0 1  0 1700 AKQ
         RIC 56.5  33.1  44.8   +5.3  78   28  21 9,11   0  0 16 0 55% 60 210  13   8.9       0 0 0 2  1 2400 AKQ
         ROA 54.1  32.3  43.2   +4.1  72   18  16   11   0  0 17 0 53% 52 300  25   7.7       0 0 1 0  1 2400 AKQ
         WAL 51.1  30.6  40.9   +3.2  74   28  17   11   0  1 17 0     61 320  25   9.6       0 0 0 1  4 2400 AKQ
         WOO 49.0  29.5  39.3   +2.2  73   19  16    9   0  2 18 0                             2 0 0 1  2 2400 LWX
         WSH 49.8  29.8  39.8   +3.5  73.7 18  18.1 11   0  2 19 0 61% 25 045  19   1.0  045 2 0 2 3  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 S    CWA
         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         AVL 55.7  31.0  43.4  +4.4  74    27 17    11  0  0 17 0 62% 40 310  5    7.9      1 0 0 1  1 2400 GSP
                                                                      40 330  8
                                                                      40 320 14 
         MRH 57.5  40.2  48.8        71    19 28 10,11  0  0  6 0     41 230 14   10.2      1 0 0 0  3 2400 MHX
         CLT 60.2  35.8  48.0  +2.8  82    27 19    11  0  0 10 0 57% 43 320 28    7.2      2 0 1 0  1 2400 GSP
         ECG 58.1  35.6  46.8  +2.1  81    28 21    11  0  0  9 0 66% 46 320 25    9.7      1 0 0 0  3 2400 AKQ
         FAY 62.1  37.1  49.6        83    28 21    11  0  0  8 0 58% 46 220 28    8.5      2 0 0 0  3 2400 RAH
         GSO 57.0  33.6  45.3  +4.1  78    27 20  9,11  0  0 12 0 55% 51 300 25    8.3      1 0 1 0  0 2400 RAH
         HSE 56.8  43.2  50.0  +3.2  68    28 32    11  0  0  1 0 70% 44 210 25    9.4      0 0 0 0  5 2400 MHX
         HKY 57.1  33.3  45.2  +2.9  76    27 21  9,11  0  0 12 0     56 310 28    5.0      1 0 0 0  2 2400 GSP
         LBT 62.1  38.4  50.2  +5.2  83    28 24    11  0  0  8 0 65% 46 210 28    7.3      0 0 0 0  4 2400 ILM
         MON 60.8  33.1  47.0  +2.7  81.8  27 15.1  11  0  0 14 0 66% 26 248 28    1.7 023 1 1 0 0  2 2400 RAH
         EWN 61.8  37.3  49.5  +2.6  81 27,28 21    11  0  0  8 0 66% 41 230 25    7.6      1 0 0 1  2 2400 MHX
         RDU 60.6  35.0  47.8  +4.8  81 27,28 21    11  0  0 12 0 56% 41 230  2    7.1      1 0 3 0  1 2400 RAH
                                                                      41 240 25
         RAL 60.2  33.9  47.1  +4.1  79    27 17    11  0  0 16 0     47      25             1 0 0 0  0 2400(T)/1930(P) RAH
         ROX 58.3  34.0  46.3  +7.1  79.0  27 18.0   9  0  0 14 0 60% 40 180 28        360 1 0 0 0  0 2200 RAH
         WHI 62.8  39.1  51.0  +3.8  82 27,28 25.8  11  0  0  6 0 67% 31 248 25    3.7 149 1 0 0 0  1 2400 ILM
         ILM 60.9  39.1  50.0  +1.5  80    27 24    11  0  0  6 0 68% 45 270 28    8.4      1 0 2 0  2 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 S    CWA
         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         AND 59.7  36.6  48.2  +2.8  78 27,28 24    11  0  0  9 0     46 260 28   6.8       2 0 0 0  1 2400 GSP
         CAE 64.6  39.7  52.2  +4.3  84    28 25    11  0  0  7 0 61% 43 290 28   6.3       1 0 1 0  1 2400 CAE
         CRE 59.1  40.5  49.8  +1.9  73    19 27    13  0  0  5 0 72% 40 220 28   8.2       0 0 1 2  7 2400 ILM
         CHS 66.0  43.6  54.8  +4.1  82 27,28 32  9.11  0  0  2 0     37 190  2   8.5       0 0 0 0  3 2400 CHS
                                                                      37 240 21
         FLO 63.6  39.7  51.6  +3.2  84    28 25 11.13  0  0  6 0 63% 43 250 28   7.9       2 0 0 0  2 2400 ILM
         GSP 59.6  37.2  48.4  +4.0  78 18,27 24    12  0  0  9 0 58% 40 320 21   6.9       2 0 1 0  0 2400 GSP
         OGB 64.6  39.8  52.2        74    28 26 11,12  0  0  6 0     37 240 21   6.4       0 0 0 0  2 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   S    CWA
         ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         TRI 54.8  29.4  42.1  +4.1   71    17 15   11  0  0 18 0     52 260  25  5.3       1 0 0 0  2   2400 MRX
         DAV                          57    18  3 9,10, 0  8 26 0                                         0700 PBZ
                                                    11

    (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  2.96  -0.06  1.08 24  1.08    24 11 2  3.80  0.9  9   9 0  1.2  7.8                             2400
         BRI  2.08  -0.11  0.83  1  0.83     1  8 0  2.90           3 0  1.0 10.0  30.28  3, 29.53  25        0510/1600
                                                                                          16                  
         CEN  2.16  -0.77  0.67 28  0.73  27,28 6 0  4.05  0.4 21   4 0  0.6 13.4  30.54  16 29.37  25 29.96  2400
         CHT  2.30  -0.47  0.62 28  0.71   1-2 10 0  3.95  0.5 21   3 0  0.9 14.4  30.477  3 29.35  25 30.050 2400
         CHO  1.68         0.42 28  0.75   1-2  9 0  2.58                          30.45   3 29.39  25        2400
         DAN  1.98  -1.43  0.70 28  0.75 24-25  9 0  3.22  0.3 10   4 0  0.3 11.0  30.47   3 29.54  25        2400
         DCA  2.12  -0.51  0.66 2,  0.76   1-2 10 0  4.37  0.2 21,  4 0  0.5  9.9  30.47   3 29.35  25        2400
                                28                             22
         IAD  2.21  -0.56  0.71 28  0.71    28  9 0  4.08  0.4 21   4 0  0.7 12.5  30.47   3 29.34  25        2400
         GAV  1.53         0.64 28  0.64    28  8 0  3.75  0.1 10   1 0  0.1  9.2  30.43   3 29.42  25 30.03  2400
         HDV  2.57  -0.19  0.87 28             10 0  4.74  0.5 22   3 0 0.85 14.2  30.44   3 29.33  25        2400
         LYH  2.12  -0.98  0.76 28  0.84 24-25  8 0  3.42    T 5,9, 3 0    T  8.2  30.48   3 29.50  25        2400
                                                               10
         NPN  1.56  -1.75  0.58  5  0.58     5 10 0  4.87  1.1 10   3 1  1.1 16.7  30.47  16 29.47  25        2400
         NOR  2.07  -1.31  0.76  5  0.76     5 11 0  5.61  3.3 10   3 1  3.8 21.0                             2400
         ORF  2.24  -1.10  0.80  5  0.80     5 10 0  5.88  3.3 10   2 1  3.8 21.8  30.46  16 29.46  25        2400
         POR  2.58  -0.56  1.09  5  1.09     5 12 1  5.80  3.5 10   2 1  3.6 19.0  30.48  16 29.50  25 30.080 2400
         CTR  2.00  +0.07  0.90 28  0.95 27-28  8 0  3.86  0.1 10   1 0  0.1 12.1  30.43   3 29.44  25 30.038 2400
         MEC  1.18         0.43  2  0.43     2  6 0  3.27    T 22   1 0    T 10.84 30.24   3 29.41   5 29.83  2400
         RIC  2.09  -0.89  0.73 28  0.77 27-28  8 0  4.57  0.1 10   2 0  0.1 10.8  30.47  16 29.46  25        2400
         ROA  2.20  -0.88  0.88 24  1.01 24-25  8 0  3.02  0.6  9   4 0  0.6 10.2  30.51   3 29.51  25        2400
         WAL  1.64  -1.38  0.67 28  0.67    28  9 0  4.68  1.1 10   2 1  1.1 16.4  30.46  16 29.37  25        2400
         WOO  1.84  -0.17           0.50 24-25 11 0  2.57  0.6 23        1.1 10.3  30.32   3 29.41  25        0800
         WSH  2.08  -0.52  0.46 28  0.64 27-28 10 0  3.36  0.2  9   3 0  0.2 12.5  30.49   3 29.41  25        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  2.97  -0.86  1.21  1  1.28   1-2  9 1  5.09   0.4  10  3 0  0.6 20.8  30.44   3 29.62  25         2400
         MRH  3.37         1.68  4  1.80   4-5 11 1  8.23     T  10  1 0    T    T  30.48  16 29.68  22         2400
         CLT  3.44  -0.11  0.98 28  1.62   4-5  8 0  4.81     T 3,10 2 0    T  6.1  30.46   3 29.68  25         2400
         ECG  2.45  -0.65  0.99  5  1.14   4-5 10 0  5.14                           30.48  16 29.55  25         2400
         FAY  3.08         0.99  4  1.14   4-5  8 0  3.92                                     29.59  25         2400
         GSO  2.36  -0.74  0.88 28  0.88 27-28  9 0  3.48   0.3  10  2 0  0.3  9.9            29.59  25         2400
         HSE  4.41  +0.47  1.33  4  1.72   4-5 12 1  9.12     T  10  1 0    T  6.0  30.47  16 29.63  45         2400
         HKY  2.51  -1.36  0.85 28  0.85    28  8 0  3.97     T  10  1 0    T    T  30.41   3 29.59  25         2400
         LBT  3.52  +0.15  1.57  4  1.79   4-5  8 1  4.66                           30.46   3 29.70  22         2400
         MON  2.65  -1.07  1.12 28  1.14   4-5  8 1  3.82                 0.0 16.9  30.391  3 29.619 25  30.005 2400
         EWN  3.23  -0.56  0.94  4  1.16   4-5 10 0  6.08   0.5  10  1 0  0.5  4.4  30.49  16 29.66  22         2400
         RDU  2.27  -1.20  0.92  5  1.31   4-5  7 0  3.64   0.4  10  4 0  0.4  9.0            29.59  25         2400
         RAL  1.93  -1.54           0.87   4-5  7 0  3.31   0.2  10  2 0  0.2  9.1  30.49   3 29.65  25         0730
         ROX  2.09  -1.41  0.73 28  0.73    28  9 0  3.23   0.3  10  1 0  0.3 11.7  30.51   3 29.59  25  30.110 2200
         WHI  5.26  +1.85  1.92  4  2.62   4-5  9 2  7.11                 0.0  9.2  30.445 16 29.655  7  30.095 2400
         ILM  4.81  -1.15  2.12  4  2.12     4 10 1  7.16     T  11  1 0    T  4.0  30.45  16 29.71   5         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  3.93  -0.22 1.29  4  1.56   4-5  9 2  5.63               0.0    T  30.42  16 29.68  25         2400
         CAE  4.21  +0.37 2.17  4  2.20   4-5  8 1  5.91  T 3,10 2 0     T  4.8  30.44   3 29.76  25         2400
         CRE  4.28  +0.78 2.04  4  2.04     4  9 1  5.91                         30.44  16 29.73   7         2400
         CHS  3.13  +0.05 1.04  4  1.04     4  8 1  5.11               0.0  0.2  30.41  16 29.76   7         2400
         FLO  3.87  +0.85 1.93  4  2.05   4-5  8 1  4.71                         30.45   3 29.72  22         2400
         GSP  4.12  -0.12 1.08  1  1.67   4-5  9 2  6.40  T 3,   3 0     T  8.8  30.42   3 29.65  25         2400
                                                           9,10   
         OGB  4.20        1.82  4  1.84   4-5 10 1  6.04                         30.42   3 29.75   7         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  4.53  +1.13 1.68 28 1.75 24-25 12 2  6.41   0.4  9  3  0   0.6  14.3           29.60  28        2400
         DAV  5.11        1.10 22 1.54 21-22 24 1  9.64   6.6  9 16  9  24.9 174.4                            0700    

    Virginia:

    Arlington - " THE FEBRUARY 2011 MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR WASHINGTON DC WAS ABOVE NORMAL. IT WAS THE FIRST MONTH TO AVERAGE ABOVE NORMAL SINCE NOVEMBER 2010. IT WAS ALSO THE 20TH WARMEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD AND THE WARMEST FEBRUARY SINCE THE 42.6F DEG IN 2002. THE WARMEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD WAS 46.9F DEG IN 1976. WASHINGTON DC HAD FOUR DAYS THIS FEBRUARY WHERE HIGHS REACHED AT LEAST 70F DEG. FOUR OTHER FEBRUARIES HAVE HAD EXACTLY FOUR DAYS OF 70F DEG OR HIGHER TEMPERATURES...1890...1930...1977 AND 1997. ONLY ONE YEAR HAD MORE THAN FOUR 70F-DEG DAYS...1976 WHICH HAD SEVEN. WASHINGTON ALSO HAD BACK-TO-BACK 70F-DEG DAYS ON 17-18 FEBRUARY. THE LAST TIME CONSECUTIVE 70F-DEG DAYS OCCURRED IN FEBRUARY WAS 24-25 FEBRUARY 2000. ONE RECORD HIGH WAS BROKEN IN FEBRUARY. THE HIGH OF 77F DEG ON THE 18TH SET A DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORD...BREAKING THE OLD RECORD OF 76F DEG IN 1981. THE 77F DEG ON THE 18TH WAS TIED FOR THE SIXTH WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDED IN THE ENTIRE MONTH. WASHINGTON DC HAS ONLY OBSERVED TWO 80F-DEG DAYS IN FEBRUARY...82F DEG ON 28 FEBRUARY 1948 AND 84F DEG ON 25 FEBRUARY 1930. A RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 52F DEG WAS SET ON THE 18TH...BREAKING THE OLD RECORD OF 50F DEG SET 1891. PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS SLIGHTLY DRIER THAN NORMAL. PRECIPITATION HAS BEEN BELOW NORMAL FOR THE PAST FOUR MONTHS. SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH ONLY TOTALED 0.5 INCHES...THAT WAS TIED FOR THE 29TH LEAST SNOWIEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD. IT WAS ALSO THE LOWEST SNOWFALL TOTAL IN A METEOROLOGICAL WINTER MONTH (DECEMBER-JANUARY-FEBRUARY) SINCE THE 0.1 INCHES IN FEBRUARY 2009 AND WAS ONLY 1.5 PERCENT OF THE 32.1 INCHES MEASURED JUST LAST FEBRUARY. THIS FEBRUARY FEATURED SEVERAL HIGH WIND EVENTS. FOR EXAMPLE...WIND GUSTS OF 53 MPH AND 58 MPH WERE MEASURED ON THE 19TH AND 25TH RESPECTIVELY. " - [ + - ] - Notes from NWS Sterling, VA

    Bridgewater - " For February, we got around one inch of snow which is much below normal. We usually get around six inches for this month. My cutoff day for any measurable snow is April 15. What a contrast from last winter's snows. In the past, we have had some big snows in March. There were a number of forest fires in this area during the later part of the month. There was quite a bit of property damage but no injuries . On several days, the conditions were just right for fires with low humidity, a dry ground, and very high winds. One day the humidity was 13% and that is very low. The weather for February was very boring. Maybe March will be more exciting. " - [ + - ] - additional notes from Clayton

    Chantilly - Russ sends these notes: " Spring came early this year. February temperatures averaged 4.6 above normal and precipitation was 0.47" below normal. Snowfall was 5.3" below normal, with at least a trace on the 10th (T), 21st (0.5"), and 22nd (0.4"). Freezing rain occurred on the 1st and 21st. Sleet occurred on the 21st and 22nd. Thunder was observed on the 28th. A record high temperature was set on the 18th (76.1. A record high minimum temperature was set on the 18th (52.6). February just missed making the list of top 10 warmest Februarys and was the warmest in 9 years. *Please note, anemometer is currently partially obstructed from the North and East " - [ + - ]

    Dulles - from NWS Sterling (KLWX): " THE FEBRUARY 2011 MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR DULLES WAS ABOVE NORMAL. IT WAS THE FIRST MONTH TO AVERAGE ABOVE NORMAL SINCE NOVEMBER 2010. IT WAS ALSO THE 11TH WARMEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD AND THE WARMEST FEBRUARY SINCE THE 38.9F DEG IN 2002. THE WARMEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD WAS 42.2F DEG IN 1990. DULLES HAD BACK-TO-BACK 70F-DEG DAYS ON 17-18 FEBRUARY. THE LAST TIME CONSECUTIVE 70F-DEG DAYS OCCURRED IN FEBRUARY WAS 24-25 FEBRUARY 2000. ONE RECORD HIGH WAS BROKEN IN FEBRUARY. THE HIGH OF 75F DEG ON THE 18TH SET A DAILY RECORD...BREAKING THE OLD RECORD OF 73F DEG IN 1981. THE 75F DEG ON THE 18TH WAS ALSO TIED FOR THE THIRD WARMEST HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDED IN THE ENTIRE MONTH. THE ONLY HIGHER READINGS IN FEBRUARY WERE 79F DEG ON 24 FEBRUARY 1985 AND 25 FEBRUARY 2000. A RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 53F DEG WAS SET ON THE 18TH...BREAKING THE OLD RECORD OF 50F DEG SET 1976. PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH WAS SLIGHTLY DRIER THAN NORMAL. PRECIPITATION HAS BEEN BELOW NORMAL FOR THE PAST FIVE MONTHS. SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH ONLY TOTALED 0.7 INCHES...THAT WAS TIED FOR THE 13TH LEAST SNOWIEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD. IT WAS ALSO THE LOWEST SNOWFALL TOTAL IN A METEOROLOGICAL WINTER MONTH (DECEMBER-JANUARY-FEBRUARY) SINCE THE TRACE IN FEBRUARY 2009 AND WAS ONLY 1.5 PERCENT OF THE 46.1 INCHES MEASURED JUST LAST FEBRUARY. THIS FEBRUARY FEATURED SEVERAL HIGH WIND EVENTS. FOR EXAMPLE...WIND GUSTS OF 55 MPH AND 59 MPH WERE MEASURED ON THE 19TH AND 25TH RESPECTIVELY. " - [ + - ]

    Glen Allen - Lowell Koontz reports: " February was much warmer than average as the monthly mean temperature was 44.8F, a +5.7F departure, and the warmest February at the Glen Allen Station and was much drier than average (when compared to Ashland, Virginia records). There were 16 days the minimum temperature dropped below freezing and 0 days that the maximum didn't climb above freezing. The 1.53 inches of rain for February was a -1.47 inch departure when compared to the Ashland, VA average. The maximum rainfall recorded in a day was only 0.64 inches on the 28th. Measurable precipitation occurred on only eight days and it is noteworthy that there was only 0.01 inches of precipitation from and including the 6th to the 21st a sixteen-day period. The total frozen precipitation was 0.1 inches for the month recorded on the 10th, which was a negative 4.9-inch departure compared to Ashland, Virginia records. The maximum temperature for February was 77F on the 18th and the Richmond International Airport also had 77F; that tied the record daily maximum temperature set in 1976. This is the highest February temperature on record for Glen Allen. The lowest minimum this month was 20F recorded on the 9th and 11th. There were four days (14th, 17th 18th, 28th) that the temperature was 70 degrees F or higher. The lowest dew point temperature was 3.0F on the 19th at 1059. Also on the 19th the relative humidity was only 10 percent the lowest reading on my records. This same day the maximum wind gust was 40 mph from the north that occurred at 1424 hours making this a near record high fire index for the area. This was also the windiest month on record at this station. The total wind run was 2092.9 miles. The highest wind run for a day was 156.4 miles on February 25, which was the highest since November 12, 2009 when a reading of 162.5 miles was recorded. The highest barometer recorded for the month was 30.43 inches on the 3rd and the lowest was 29.42 inches on the 25th. " - [ + - ] 

    Winter

    Mean

    Ashland

    Dep.

    Precip.

    Ashland

    Dep.

    Snow

    Ashland

    Dep.

     

    Temp.

    Average

    F

    Inches

    Average

    Inches

    Inches

    Average

    Inches

    Dec

    32.68

    38.97

    -6.29

    3.02

    3.30

    -0.28

    7.6

    2.0

    5.6

    Jan

    34.84

    36.12

    -1.28

    2.22

    3.36

    -1.14

    1.5

    5.8

    -4.3

    Feb

    44.82

    39.15

    5.67

    1.53

    3.00

    -1.47

    0.1

    5.0

    -4.9

    SUM

    112.34

    114.24

    -1.90

    6.77

    9.66

    -2.89

    9.2

    12.8

    -3.6

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ave.10-11

    37.45

    38.08

    -0.63

    2.26

    3.22

    -0.96

    3.1

    4.3

    -1.2


    Herndon - Randy sends these additional notes: " February was above normal for temperature and below normal for precipitation. The temperatures ranged between a high of 75 and a low of 14. The average highs/lows were 2.9 and 1.4 degrees above normal, respectively. On the precipitation side, the month was 0.19" below normal with 2.57" measured. Most of this came on the first two days and the last day of the month. We again saw a little bit of everything with sleet, freezing rain and drizzle, thunder and snow occurring during the month. But this month, the total amount of sleet and snow was only 0.8" and the warm weather, melted it quickly. We have now had 14.2" of snow for the season. " - [ + - ]

    Portsmouth - " February's average temperature (45.6) was 2.9 ABOVE NORMAL. Rainfall was BELOW NORMAL by 0.56" and totaled 82% of normal relative to normal February's for the period from 1976 to 2010. The seasonal snowfall increased by 3.6" on the 9th and 10th. This event produced the season's second heaviest snowfall and increased the seasonal snowfall total to 19", some 14" above seasonal norms. Frost occurred on the 11th, 12th, 13th, 16th, 23rd, and 24th. DAILY STATION RECORDS: 10TH - SNOWFALL TIED 3.5" [previous 1980]; 18TH - TEMPERATURE Maximum Minimum 55 [previous 51 1998]; 25TH - WIND GUST 52mph [previous 47mph 1990]; 25TH - TEMPERATURE TIED Maximum 74 [previous 2000]; 28TH - TEMPERATURE Maximum 78 [previous 74 1981]. " - [ + - ] 

    North Carolina:

    Greensboro - NWS RAH notes: " THE HIGH TEMPERATURE ON THE 18TH WAS 75 DEGREES. THIS BREAKS THE PREVIOUS RECORD HIGH TEMP FOR THIS DATE OF 71... LAST SET IN 2008 THE HIGH TEMPERATURE ON THE 21ST WAS 74 DEGREES. THIS BREAKS THE PREVIOUS RECORD HIGH TEMP FOR THIS DATE OF 73... LAST SET IN 1930. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE ON THE 27TH WAS 78 DEGREES. THIS BREAKS THE PREVIOUS RECORD HIGH TEMP FOR THIS DATE OF 76... LAST SET IN 1996. " - [ - - ]

    Moncure - Mac reports: " 30YR Data based on NWS Site at Sanford 8 NE (1970-2000). February, while cold, finished pretty close to normal. However, we have fallen behind in the rainfall category. Well below normal. Overall, pretty average for the month, but low on rain. " - [ - - ]

    Raleigh - NWS RAH notes: " THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE LAST MONTH WAS 47.8 DEGREES. FEBRUARY 2011 AVERAGE TEMP TIED FOR THE FOURTH WARMEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD AT THE RALEIGH-DURHAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE ON THE 18TH WAS 78 DEGREES. THIS BREAKS THE PREVIOUS RECORD FOR THIS DATE OF 75... LAST SET IN 1948. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE ON THE 21ST WAS 76 DEGREES. THIS BREAKS THE PREVIOUS RECORD FOR THIS DATE OF 73... LAST SET IN 2007. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE ON THE 28TH WAS 81 DEGREES. THIS BREAKS THE PREVIOUS RECORD FOR THIS DATE OF 80... LAST SET IN 1948. THE LOW TEMPERATURE ON THE 28TH WAS 57 DEGREES. THIS TIES THE RECORD HIGH MIN FOR THIS DATE OF 57... LAST SET IN 1995. " - [ - - ]

    Raleigh - Bob sends these notes: " In contract to the very cold December and January, the average daily temperature for February was above normal by 4.1 degrees. Dry conditions continued with only 1.93" of precipitation. No severe weather was observed; however 0.2" of snow was measured on the 10th. " - [ + - ]

    North Whiteville - Christopher adds: " February started out cold and wet, as precipitation was measured 6 of the first 11 days of the month, and temperatures were well below normal. Then, as if someone flipped a switch, "spring" happened.from February 14-28, temperatures averaged above to well-above normal, with high temperatures reaching 82 degrees both the 27th and 28th. The month was highlighted by numerous forest and grass fires across southeast NC during a particularly warm and very dry stretch; burn bans were initiated February 18-21 across much of the region. I measured 13 consecutive days with no measurable precipitation, from February 11-23. There were two big rain events. The first occurred on February 4-5, where a total of 2.62 inches of rain fell. The second occurred on the 28th during a severe weather outbreak; total rainfall for that was 1.05 inches, falling between 9 pm and midnight (3/1). In total, out of 28 days, precipitation was measured on 9 days - 0 Sundays, 2 Mondays, 1 Tuesday, 1 Wednesday, 2 Thursdays, 2 Fridays, and 1 Saturday. ADVISORIES/WATCHES/WARNINGS: Dense Fog Advisory was posted from 12:00 am to 10:00 am Sunday 2/27 and Severe Thunderstorm Watch #35 from 7:59 pm to 10:30 pm Monday 2/28 " - [ + + ]

    Nearby Cities:

    TRI-CITIES, TN - from NWS Morristown, TN: " The monthly average temperature at Tri-Cities in February was 42.1 degrees, which was 4.1 degrees above normal. It ranked as the 21st warmest February on record. One new temperature record was broken on the 17th, when the high reached 71 degrees, breaking the previous record of 70 degrees set in 1976. The warmest February at Tri-Cities was back in 1938, when the average temperature was 47.7 degrees. Tri-Cities received 4.53 inches of precipitation in February, which was 1.13 inches above normal. It ranked as the 17th wettest February on record. Measurable precipitation occurred on 12 days, but only four of those days had more than one-quarter of an inch of precipitation. The heaviest precipitation fell on the 28th, when 1.68 inches of precipitation was reported, which also broke the previous record of 1.17 inches set in 1954. In addition, 1.17 inches of precipitation fell on the 24th breaking the previous record of 0.84 inches set in 1972. The wettest February of the 73 years of observations taken at Tri-Cities was back in 1994 when 7.75 inches of precipitation was recorded. The seasonal average temperature at Tri-Cities last winter was 34.9 degrees, which was 1.6 degrees below normal. It tied with 1995/1996 as the 12th coldest winter on record. The coldest winter at Tri-Cities was back in 1976/1977, when the average temperature was 30.0 degrees. Tri-Cities received a seasonal total of 8.97 inches of precipitation last winter, which was 1.34 inches below normal. It ranked as the 23rd driest winter on record. The driest winter of the 73 years of observations taken at Tri-Cities was back in 1940/1941 when 4.54 inches of precipitation 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 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
      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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    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   
      WOO  Woodstock, VA 5NW Lauck Walton 12/1/85 jwalton@shentel.net
       LDY Ladysmith, VA Danny Jessee 2003 STATION CLOSED 8/31/2010 danny@dannyjessee.com
    BRI     Bridgewater, VA Clayton Towers Ctowers19@aol.com WAL   Wallops Island, VA 37 56'26" N 75 27'47" W Wallops Flight Facility Airport
    CEN  Centreville, VA Paul Bassett 1985, 38 50.9788' N LAT. 77 25.6374' W LON. | Elevation 324' | m.psb@verizon.net AVL    Asheville, NC  Asheville Regional Airport 35-25-55N 082-32-15W 670M
    CHO   Charlottesville, VA  Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport ASOS  (Rappahannock County) 38-08-18N 078-27-21W 192M 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 Airport 35-12-48N 080-56-55W 220M
    IAD   Dulles - Washington-Dulles International Airport  38-56-05N 077-26-51W 93M   
    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, 
    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
    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
      MON    Moncure, NC  Chatham County - Mac McIlwain mac.mcilwain@embarqmail.com
      RAL    Raleigh, NC 7NNW  Bob Woodson -  6/1/93 kf4mmm@qsl.net
    LKU     Louisa, VA 1N Joseph Bowers 1944 - NWS ID  44-5050-02 STATION CLOSED RDU   Raleigh-Durham, NC Raleigh-Durham International Airport 35-52-14N 078-47-11W 130M
    LOU     Louisa, VA 6S John Bullock (about 1970) STATION CLOSED ROX    Roxboro, NC 2SE Merriell A. Jay 1/93
         WHI   North Whiteville, NC Christopher Crawley 12/10 34.413744N / 078.751908W
    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 STATION CLOSED 5/31/10 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