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

... Arctic Air Takes Over Latter Half of Month ...
... 83.3" of Snow This Month at Davis ! ...



The late December warmth remained through the 9th of the month as temps rose to the 60s for many with some lower 70s over the southern areas. Temps began to drop thereafter with bone-chilling cold- sometimes record cold - for much of the balance of the month. All areas ended the month with temps well-below normal as high pressure settled in from central and eastern Canada on a digging upper trough over the eastern US. Little moisture, as would be expected, accompanied the cold from the north although several Alberta clippers brought light snows to the upper portions of the region. The subtropical jet was dry and little moisture ejected from the south towards our area. Lower North Carolina and South Carolina had precipitation totals well-below normal. Indeed, the majority of our stations reported precip deficiencies, but not as high as those over the southern portions. Many of our observers noted an unusually high number of days with a trace or more of snow and almost every station reported light snowfalls during the latter half of the month. However, Dave Lesher in our extreme northwest did report a 12.9" snowfall on the 20th and has recorded a whopping 83"+ so far this winter.

  • Webcam from Russ Topping in Oak Hill, VA  Russ sent in his webcam URL (as we requested). He adds, "It points toward the northwest sky and Dulles International Airport (IAD) which is about 1/2 mile away. The image is currently updated every 10 minutes." Here's the link: http://members.cox.net/weatherwatcher/skycam/skycam1.jpg

  • Bob Woodson of Raleigh (RAH) sent this URL for the NORTH CAROLINA APRSWXNET/CWOP STATIONS. The group is comprised of amateur radio operators and private citizens with data submitted via digital packet radio and/or via the Internet. Upon further investigation, the Cooperative Weather Observer Program (unverified stations) publishes the same for Virginia and for South Carolina, and we presume for as many states as have members who wish to contribute. Interested in joining this group? If so, visit http://wxqa.com and learn about the CWOP.
  • Drought Monitor Update:  http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/

  • Drought Seasonal Outlook from Climate Prediction Center: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/seasonal_drought.html
  • Reminder National Weather Service station data listed herein is preliminary and may be subject to change.  The data has not been certified and cannot be used in legal actions.  Only reports certified by the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC may be used for these purposes.

ACON VA/NC/SC Member Station Extremes - January 2003
State
Maximum Temperature
Minimum
Temperature
Warmest
Average
Temperature
Coldest
Average
Temperature
Maximum
Precipitation
Minimum
Precipitation
Virginia
68°
Hampton

New Market
36.9°
Norfolk (FHC)
28.4°
Herndon (HRN),
Washington (WSH)
3.83"
Herndon (HRN)
1.14"
Harrisonburg
North Carolina
74°
Brevard

Asheville
43.0°
Cape Hatteras
33.6°
Asheville
1.12"
Elizabeth City
0.65"
Fayetteville
South Carolina
73°
Florence
Charleston
12°
Greenville-Spartanburg
44.7°
Charleston
39.8°
Greenville-Spartanburg
1.91"
Greenville-Spartanburg
0.70"
Florence

VIRGINIA
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STN  A      B    C      C1    D      E F     G    H I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 S
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AHB 48.1  15.4  29.0  -2.5  61.2   9  4.7 18   0  9 28 0 38 NW   24  1 0 0 1  1 2400
ANN 35.81 22.48 29.15 -5.13 60     9  7   18   0 13 27 0 33 W    23  1 0 1 2  2 2400
BCB 36.2  20.5  28.3  -2.5  58     9  1 18,23  0 10 26 0 43 310 23  0 0 0 1  1 2400
BRI 39.1  22.8  30.9  -1.6  64     9  6   18   0  5 24 0 36 W    20  0 0 0 0  0 0515/1600
CEN 36.6  22.4  29.5        62     9  5   18   0 12 27 0 46 020 24  0 0 0 1  1 2400          
CHO 38.9  23.2  31.0  -4.5  65     9  5   18   0  7 26 0 41 300 20  1 0 0 0  5 2400
DCA 37.3  24.8  31.1  -3.8  62     9 11   18   0  7 24 0 38 330  7  2 0 0 1  1 2400
                                                         38 300 23 
IAD 35.7  21.0  28.4  -3.3  60     9  3   18   0 12 28 0 40 350 24  1 0 2 2  2 2400
FCH 37.0  23.4  30.2        61     9 10 18,24  0  7 25 0 40      24  0 0 1 1  0 2400
HAM 40.0  27.2  33.6        68     9 11   28             44 N    28             2400
HRG 37.5  21.8  30.1  -1.0  61.6   9  5   18   0  9 26 0 24 N    10  0 0 0 1  2 2400
HER 34.9  22.1  28.5  -5.9  57.6   9  6.1 18   0 13 28 0 28      24  1 0        2400
HRN 34.6  22.6  28.3  -3.4  59.8   9  5.8 18   0 14 27 0 38 NW   24  0 0 1 1  1 2400 
LKU 40.1  19.6  29.8        67     9  2   18   0  4 26 0 30 SW   20  0 0 0 0  0 2400
LYH 40.7  23.6  32.1  -2.4  65     9  2   18   0  5 24 0 33 260 20  0 0 0 2  4 2400
NEW 38.29 20.68 29.58       63     9  0   18   0  8 32 1 48 W    20  1 0 0 0  4 1700
NPN 41.4  26.9  34.1        65   1,9 12 18,19  0  6 23 0 34 SE    1  1 0 0 0  2 2300 
NOR 42.6  28.4  35.5  -4.0  66     9 15 23,24  0  4 22 0             0 0 0 1  0 2400
                                           28
ORF 43.2  29.3  36.2  -3.9  67       18 23,24  0  3 20 0 33 280 20  0 0 0 1  1 2400
FHC 43.0  30.71 36.85       67     9 15    24  0  4 17 0 32 NW   20  0 0 0 2  0 2400
POR 43.5  29.5  36.5  -3.5  67     9 15 23,24  0  2 20 0 33 245 20  0 0 0 2  0 2400
MEC 43.54 24.41 35.42       71     9  5   18   0  2 13 0             0 0 1 1  3 1800
                                  31
RIC 41.5  25.9  33.7  -2.7  67     9  8   18   0  5 24 0 36 250  1  0 0 1 1  2 2400
ROA 40.8  25.3  33.1  -2.7  64     9  8   18   0  5 26 0 45 270 20  0 0 0 2  3 2400
ROK 41.5  25.3  33.4  -0.5  66     9  7   18   0  5 22 0 37 W    20  0 0 0 0  0 2400
AKQ 43.5  23.8  33.7        67   1,9  6   18   0  3 24 0                        2400
WEE 37.8  21.9  33.3        61     1  4   18   0  6 25 0             4 0 0 0  2 0800/2000
WOO 37.9  21.5  29.7        64     1  6   18   0  9 26 0             0 0 0    4 0800
WSH 35.4  21.4  28.4        59.5   5  5.9 18   0 10 26 0 25 NE   23  0 0 2 3  1 2400
NORTH CAROLINA
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STN  A      B    C      C1    D      E F    G     H I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 S
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AVL 44.0  23.3  33.6  -2.2  67     9  5   24   0  4 25 0 53 330 23  0 0 0 0  2 2400
BRE                         74       12
CLT 47.3  27.3  37.3  -4.4  69     9  8   24   0  0 20 0 31 300   6  0 0 0 0  3 2400
ECG 45.0  28.8  36.9  -5.5  67     9 12   24   0  2 21 0 36 280 20  0 0 0 0  4 2400
                                                         36 360  27
FAY 48.6  29.4  39.0        69     9 13   24   0  1 20 0 30 280 25  0 0 2 0  3 2400
GSO 45.3  27.4  36.4  -1.3  70    30  7    4   0  2 24 0 32 280 23  1 0 0 0  3 2400
HSE             43.0  -3.3     
LBT 49.8  29.1  39.5  -2.6  70     9 13   24   0  0 19 0 36 330 23  0 0 0 0  1 2400
RAL 46.8  26.0  36.4  -3.3  71     9 11   23   0  1 23 0 29    7,23  0 0 0 2  0 1900
RDU 46.3  27.1  36.7  -3.0  71     9 10   24   0  2 22 0 31 340  6  0 0 0 0  3 2400
ROX 44.3  26.0  35.2        69     9  7   24   0  2 24 0 36 N  7,23  1 0 2 0  4 2200
ILM 51.8  30.5  41.2  -4.9  70     9 15   25   0  1 21 0 33 320  6  0 0 0 0  2 2400
SOUTH CAROLINA
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STN  A      B    C      C1    D      E F    G     H I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 S
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CAE 52.7  31.6  42.1  -2.5  71     9 13    24  0  0 17 0 36 270  9  0 0 0 0  1 2400
CHS 55.7  33.7  44.7  -3.2  73     9 17    24  0  0 15 0 36 320  6             2400
CRE 51.0  31.9  41.5  -2.3  69     9 15    25  0  0 20 0 32 230 16  0 0 0 0  0 2400
FLO 51.2  30.7  40.9  -4.1  73     9 13    24  0  0 19 0 35 350 21  0 0 0 0  0 2400
                                                         35 350 23
GSP 49.3  30.4  39.8  -1.0  69     9 12    24  0  0 20 0 33 230 19  0 0 0 1  2 2400
OGB 53.4  31.6  42.5        72     9 14    24  0  0 19 0 32 250 21  0 0 0 0  0 2400
NEARBY STATIONS
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STN  A      B    C      C1    D      E F    G    H  I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 S
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TRI 38.5  22.6  30.6  -3.6  64     1   4  18   0  8 28 0                        2400 
DAV 22.9  10.9  16.9        44     1  -7  23   0 26 30 8             0 0 3 1  5 1900

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

VIRGINIA
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STN  T      T1     U       V      V1   W X   Y      Z  1  2 3    4    5      6       7        S 
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AHB  3.10  -0.35 2.05  1 2.12   1-2  8 1  3.10  4.3  5 11 2  5.0 11.0  30.510 27 29.164  9 2400
ANN  3.06  -0.35 1.69  1 1.71   1-2 12 1  3.06  4.2  5  9 3  7.5 14.0  30.48  27 29.16   9 2400
BCB  1.19  -2.18 0.28  1 0.28     1 10 0  1.19  4.0 16 19 4  8.2 17.5                      2400
BRI  1.86  -0.74 1.15  1 1.27   1-2  9 1  1.86  1.7  5  6 1  2.7  2.7  30.30     29.29     0515/1600
CEN  3.47        2.17  1 2.17     1 12 1  3.47  4.1  5  8 2  7.1 13.9  30.51  27 29.12   9 2400
CHO  2.53  -1.18 1.53  1 1.53     1 10 1  2.53                         30.48  27 29.22   9 2400 
DCA  2.41  -0.80 1.52  1 1.52     1  9 1  2.41  3.0  5 12 1  4.5 10.6  30.50  27 29.17   9 2400
IAD  2.69  -0.36 1.73  1 1.73     1  9 1  2.69  3.7  5 10 1  5.1 13.3  30.50  27 29.17   9 2400 
FCH  2.06        1.57  1 1.62     1  4 1  2.06  3.4  5  5 1  4.8 10.3                      2400  
HAM  3.00        0.70 30 1.70 29-30 10 1  3.00  5.0 16-   5  8.0  8.0                      2400
                                                    17
HRG  1.14  -1.10 0.67  1 0.67     1  5 0  1.14  1.5  4  6 1  1.5  8.5  30.41  27 29.31   9 2400
HER  3.15        1.94  1 1.94     1 12 1  3.15  4.0  5  7 2  6.0 14.2  30.50  27 29.03   9 2400
HRN  3.83  -0.78 2.67  1 2.67     1 11 1  3.83  3.5  5  9 2  5.5 14.0  30.450 27 29.197  9 2400
LKU  2.64        1.41  1 1.41     1 11 1  2.64  1.0 14  2 2  8.0 14.0  30.45     29.20     2400
LYH  1.53  -2.01 0.67  1 0.67     1  8 0  1.53               9.3 15.2  30.49  27 29.34   9 2400
LXI                                  (through December 2002-->>>) 6.75                     2400
NEW  1.83        1.14  1             7 2  1.83  1.0 5,15  2  2.5  9.5                      1700
NPN  3.24        0.94 30 1.44 29-30 12 0  3.24  4.5 16    1  6.75 6.75 30.48  27 29.27   9 2300
NOR  2.88  -1.36 1.14 30            10 1  2.88  2.0 16  3 4  5.1  5.1                      2400
ORF  2.34  -1.59 0.95 30 1.02 30-31 10 0  2.34  2.0 16 10 2  5.1  5.1  30.49  27 29.30   9 2400 
FHC  2.80        1.32 30 1.58 30-31       2.80  2.5 16  9 2  6.0  6.0  30.47  27 29.37   9 2400
POR  2.70  -1.31 1.27 30 1.34 30-31 10 0  2.70  2.0 16, 9 2  5.2  5.2  30.493 27 29.373  9 2400
                                                    23
MEC  2.07        0.96  1 1.10   1-2 10 0  2.07  4.1 18  4 2  5.9  9.9  30.28  27 29.26   9 1800
RIC  2.18  -1.37 1.01  1 1.04  31-1  8 1  2.18  4.0 16 10 2  5.9 10.9  30.52  27 29.29   9 2400 
ROA  1.45  -1.78 0.62  1 0.64  31-1  7 0  1.45               3.0  8.6  30.51  27 29.35   9 2400
ROK  1.95  -0.93 0.86  1 0.86     1  8 0  1.95  2.0 16  1 4  6.0 12.6  30.50  27 29.45   9 2400
AKQ  2.85        1.10 30            10 1  2.85  2.6 16  9 2  5.0  6.3                      2400
WEE  1.80        0.48  1 0.48     1  1 1  1.80  5.0 16  1 1  5.0  5.0  30.45  28 29.36  8, 1630
                                                                                        31
WOO  2.07                0.77   1-2 10 0  2.07  2.4 17    0  7.2 17.2  31.00  27 30.11   9 0800
WSH  2.81        1.82  1 1.82     1 10 1  2.81  3.0  5 14 4  8.4 14.2  30.42  27 29.21   9 2400
                                                      
NORTH CAROLINA
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STN  T     U       V      V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5       6       7        S 
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AVL  1.19  -2.87 0.30 16 0.40  31-1  8 0  1.19  3.2 16  8 2  4.2  8.2  30.51  24 29.52   9 2400
BRE  4.39
CLT  1.96  -2.04 0.85 30 0.90 29-30  8 0  1.96  8.5 23  3 2  9.5  9.5  30.50  27 29.55   9 2400
ECG  2.84  -1.74 1.02 30 1.12 30-31  9 1  2.84  4.0 23  6 1  4.0  4.0  30.50  27 29.36   9 2400
FAY  0.65                0.49        7 0  0.65                                             2400
GSO  2.35  -1.19 1.00 19 1.00    19  7 0  2.35               5.3 10.0                      2400
HSE  2.56  -2.50                                                                           2400
LBT  0.94  -3.35 0.35 30 0.51  31-1  6 0  0.94               0.0       30.51  27 29.57   9 2400
RAL  2.50                0.93 29-30  8 0  2.50               5.0  7.2  30.53  28 29.52   9 1900
RDU  1.82  -2.20         0.72 29-30  7 0  1.82          3 2  3.5  5.8                      2400
ROX  2.28        0.85 30 0.85    30  8 0  2.28  4.5 23  1 2  5.7  5.8  30.54  27 29.52   9 2200
ILM  1.69  -2.83 0.83  1 0.83     1  9 0  1.69  3.0  3  1 1  3.0  3.0  30.50  27 29.57   9 2400
SOUTH CAROLINA
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STN  T      T1     U       V      V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5       6       7        S 
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CAE  1.43  -3.23         0.98 29-30  9 0  1.43  3.4          3.4  3.4                   27 2400 
CHS  1.04  -3.04         1.12  31-1  4 0  1.04    T            T    T                      2400
CRE  0.93  -2.73 0.66  1 0.66     1  8 0  0.93                         30.50  27 29.61   9 2400
FLO  0.70  -3.39 0.28 21 0.21    21  5 0  0.70                         30.50  27 29.58   9 2400 
GSP  1.91  -2.50 0.79 30 1.03 29-30  8 0  1.91  3.0 23  4 2  4.5  4.5  30.48  27 29.56   9 2400 
OGB  1.08        0.42 30 0.42    30  8 0  1.08                         30.51  24 29.65   9 2400
NEARBY STATIONS
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STN  T      T1     U       V      V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5       6       7        S 
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TRI  2.47  -1.05 1.01 29 1.12 29-30 13 1  2.47                                              2400 
DAV  5.56        0.87 20 0.87    20 25 0  5.56 12.9 20 27 21 83.3 140.9                     1900

Virginia:

Annandale - Lowell reports:" January was the coldest January since 1994 and was a little below average in precipitation. The lowest temperature was 7 on the 18th that was the lowest minimum temperature to occur since 1-19-1997 when 6 was recorded. January's mean monthly temperature averaged - 5.1 colder than the average January but no new record lows were set for the date. January had 27 days with the temperature at or below freezing that is the most since 1996 which also had 27 days. The daily temperature range of 13.3 was the lowest since 1980 that was 13.1. The maximum daily temperature range was 24 on the 13th that was the lowest daily temperature range since 22 occurred in 1980. The January rainfall had a -0.35" departure although there were 12 days with precipitation the most since 1998. The new-year started out with a bang as we observed lightning and thunder heard about 1620. The 1.69" of rain was the second greatest daily rainfall amount for any day of the month. The record is 2.25" on January 11, 1991. I never remember having heard thunder on New Year's Day before. The total snowfall for January was 7.5" and was two inches less than the 23-year average which is 9.5". There were eleven days with snow or flurries and 8 days with measurable snow but all were minor except the 4.2" snow on the 5th. The 8 days with measurable snow is the most since the record of 9 days was set in 1985. The January average mean temperature was 29.15 with a departure of -5.1 and was 12 colder than last January that was +7.0 above the mean and had the greatest positive temperature departure for any month in 2002. January 23rd was an unusually cold disagreeable day. The maximum temperature was 19, a new 22 year LOW maximum temperature record for the date; the old record was 31 in 2000. The maximum was 12 lower than the record for the date a very rare event. This was not just a record for the date as it was the coldest for any day since January 18, 1997 or the coldest day in six years. Today had the lowest wind chill (new Scale) for the winter of -5.6 at 2021. Today also had the lowest dew point for the winter of negative 10.8 at 1247 and snow squalls brought 0.2" of snow between 2135 and 2340. The wind run was 208 that was t he highest wind run of the winter and the heating degree days were 50 also a daily record for the winter so far. The maximum gust of 33 mph from the west on the 23rd at 2021 was the strongest wind gust recorded this month. The minimum barometer reading of 29.16 inches on the 9th was the lowest recorded since 3-19-1996 when 29.09 inches was recorded. Note there were very few daily records set! January DAILY Records Tied or Broken- (23-Years of records): January had 2 daily LOW maximum 23-year temps. record/s for the date, 23,27; January had 3 daily LOW range 23-year temps. record/s for the date, 29, 30, 31; January had 1 daily HIGH 23-year precip. record/s for the date, 1." You can view Lowell's Annandale Year 2002 summary at our website. Simply click here. - [ - - ]

Arlington - NWS WBC reports:" ...RECORDS... ON THE 1ST...1.52" OF RAIN FELL. THIS BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 1.40" WHICH WAS SET IN 1948. ...SUMMARY... THE YEAR STARTED WITH A BANG AS AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE MOVED NORTHEAST OVER THE REGION ON NEW YEAR'S DAY. THE LOW HAD PLENTY OF MOISTURE FROM THE ATLANTIC AND GULF OF MEXICO...AND THAT MOISTURE OVERRIDING RELATIVELY WARM AIR OVER THE AREA PRODUCED A RECORD RAINFALL FOR THE DAY. THERE WERE EVEN SOME EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS DUE TO A STRONG LOW COMBINED WITH WARM TEMPERATURES. OTHER THAN A THREE DAY WARM SPELL FROM THE 8TH TO THE 10TH...THE FIRST WAS THE ONLY OTHER DAY THAT ROSE ABOVE 50 DEGREES ALL MONTH. THE 8TH THROUGH THE 10TH WAS THE ONLY MULTI-DAY WARM SPELL OF THE MONTH. THOSE THREE DAYS AVERAGED ALMOST 11 ABOVE AVERAGE. THE NINTH WAS THE WARMEST DAY OF THE MONTH...AND OF THE WINTER SO FAR. IT REACHED 62 DURING THE AFTERNOON. AS FOR SNOW...THE 5TH PRODUCED OUR BIGGEST EVENT OF THE MONTH. THAT WAS DRIVEN BY A MUCH STRONGER THAN NORMAL ALBERTA CLIPPER ROLLING OUT OF THE NORTHWEST. THE CLIPPER BROUGHT THREE INCHES OF SNOW DURING THE DAY OF THE 5TH. OTHERWISE...JANUARY WAS DOMINATED BY COLD AND DRY NORTHWEST FLOW IN THE ATMOSPHERE. SEVEN DAYS OF THE MONTH DID NOT MAKE IT ABOVE FREEZING. OUR COLDEST DAY WAS A BLUSTERY COLD DAY ON THE 23RD. AFTER SOME SNOW FLURRIES IN THE EARLY MORNING...COLD NORTHWEST WINDS OF 15 TO 30 MILES AN HOUR KEPT TEMPERATURES IN THE TEENS MOST OF THE DAY AND WIND CHILLS BELOW ZERO. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE MADE IT ONLY TO 22. MANY DAYS WERE BLUSTERY AND COLD WITH SNOW FLURRIES FROM TIME TO TIME. PRECIPITATION AS A WHOLE WAS BELOW NORMAL FOR THE MONTH BY NEARLY AN INCH. SNOWFALL WAS ALSO A BIT BELOW AVERAGE FOR THE MONTH. ALTHOUGH NOT ONE OF THE COLDEST EVER...IT WAS COLDER THAN AVERAGE. MAKING IT FEEL MUCH COLDER WAS THE FACT THAT IT WAS MUCH COLDER THAN ANY RECENT JANUARY. IN FACT...IT WAS OUR COLDEST JANUARY SINCE THE BRUTAL JANUARY OF 1994 NINE YEARS AGO. SINCE THAT FRIGID MONTH... EVERY JANUARY EXCEPT ONE HAS EITHER BEEN WARMER OR MUCH WARMER THAN NORMAL. SO A RELATIVELY COLD MONTH FELT EVEN COLDER." Rainfall for the month was 0.80" below normal while average temps were 3.8 below normal. The average wind speed was 10.5 mph. [ - - ]

Ashburn - Gary Oldham checks in: " January set a couple of records at my station. The low barometric pressure for the month (29.164") is a record low. January also had a record number of heating degree days - 1059.1 using the integration method, or 1120.7 using the high/low method. January was also the second month in a row with no cooling degree days. We also saw a record low dew point of -12. The 4.7 low on the 18th was only 0.02 above the all time record low set in December 2002. Temperatures were a full 2.5 below normal, and precipitation was only .35" below normal. Humidity averaged 34.3% and the average dew point was 15. The 2.05" of rain received on New Year's Day (along with rare January thunder!) was the highest single day rainfall since September 24th, 2001, when 3.06" of rain fell. Precipitation for the rest of the month didn't quite live up to the promise of the 1st, but was well spaced throughout the month. The 11 days of at least trace snowfall was certainly the most since I have been recording this data. " [ - - ]

Blacksburg - NWS Blacksburg reports the monthly mean temp was 2.5 below normal while rainfall was 1.18" below normal. [ - - ]

Bridgewater - " The average temperature was 1.6 below normal, and the precipitation was .74" below normal.The snowfall was much below normal. The first three days gave us 1.61" of precipitation. For the last twenty-eight days, only .25" fell. We could use a lot more precipitation, either rain or snow. No big snows occurred during the month. There were seven days in which snow fell, with an average for this period of .4" per snow. I call these snows mini-snows. January was a very windy month. In some areas, wind caused some damage. Weather-wise, January was quite boring! I enjoy the active winter weather. Maybe things will get going in February." - notes from Clayton [ - - ]

Centreville - " Yes Virginia, there really is a winter! Some of the best news to help keep a smile on Frosty's face was the 5 recorded as our lowest temperature for the month of January on the 18th. That was nearly 17 below our 22 historical average monthly low, and I'm sure that it played a major role in setting our recorded average daily temperature of 29.5 a full two degrees below normal. 62 for a high for the month on the ninth was just one of among eight days that had recorded highs of 40 or more in January. A mid-winter steam bath such as that did little to bring our recorded average daily high of 36.6 more in line with the 41.8 that we normally set our battery powered mukluks for. On the other hand, our nighttime temperatures averaged 3.3 above the 19.1 normal, so the night shift gets the trophy once again. Almost half of out nightly lows were at or below the 22.4 recorded average low, but it was the temperatures of the remaining nights that skewed the average toward the warm side again. Melted snow and routine rain events counted for 3.47" of watery stuff for the month putting us on the plus side to start the new year by 0.22" over our 3.25" normal. From rain alone, 2.94" fell, and a sobering 2.17" accumulated on January 1st contributing 63% to our final monthly value. A snowstorm of moderate portions developed on January 5th and managed to settle 4.1" on the snowboards. Seven dwarf snow events throughout the month brought us another 3" and increased our snowfall total for the winter season to 13.9"; almost two inches above normal for this time of the year. Finally, a more "normal" winter than in recent years past!!! " - notes from Paul [ - + ]

Charlottesville - The monthly average temperature was 4.5 below normal while rainfall was 1.18" below normal. The average wind speed was 5.7 mph. [ - - ]

Dulles - The mean temp was 3.3 below normal. The monthly rainfall was 0.36" below normal. Average wind speed, 7.9 mph. - from NWS WBC [ - - ]

Falls Church - " January 2003 was a colder than average month with slightly below rain and snowfall. A strong cold front that came through on the 24th brought a wind gust of 40mph and temperatures plummeted. " - notes from Erica [ - - ]

Hampton - Report from Dave: " ONE OF THE COLDER JANUARYS SINCE 1996 AND 1994 AND THE COLDEST EXTENDED PERIOD SINCE 1977. SEVERAL SNOW EVENTS THAT PRODUCED ONLY 1 INCH, HOWEVER A SYSTEM DID PRODUCE A 5 INCH EVENT ON 16-17. A 1 INCH FALL ON THE 15 CAUSED SEVERE TRAFFIC PROBLEMS WITH ICE COVERED ROADS. " - [ - M ]

Harrisonburg - Terry sends these remarks: "Temperatures for January averaged 1.0 degrees below normal. Total precipitation for the month was 1.14" which was 1.10" below normal. " [ - - ]

Herndon Bob notes: " My precip was close to "normal;" Average max temp was 6.6 below the Dulles "normal"; the average min was 5.2 below. Dulles is about 4 miles WSW. " [ - +/- ]

Herndon - " The monthly temperature was 3.4 below average, rainfall was 0.78" above average, snowfall was 2.6" below average. We had measurable snow on the 5th (3.5"), 6th (.2"), 16th (1.4"), 21st (.25"), 23rd (.1"), and 26th (.1"). Sleet fell on the 29th, for a short period. Freezing rain fell on the 31st and fog later added to the hazardous conditions. " - report from Russ [ - + ]

Lynchburg - Rainfall for the month was 2.01" below normal while the mean temp was 2.4 below normal. - from NWS Blacksburg
[ - - ]

Newport News - Gary reports: "8 days with at least a trace of snowfall- storm on the 16th and 17th left a total of 5"- an overall cold month... brrrrrr."

Norfolk - NWS AKQ reported the mean temp at ORF was 3.9 below normal. Rainfall was 1.59" below normal. The average wind speed was 9.4 mph. Sky cover was 50%. [ - - ]

Norfolk - The Fred Heutte Center, in Historic Ghent, noted a mean barometer reading of 30.033". The mean relative humidity was 58%. The average wind speed was 5.0 mph from a dominant NW direction.

Portsmouth - In January, we experienced some of the coldest weather known for the month in quite some time. The month was tied for the 5th coldest on record with database to July 1976. Temps averaged below normal (-3.5) and rainfall (including snow melt) was 1.31" below normal. Quite a few station records set this month including: 1st - TEMPERATURE - MAXIMUM MINIMUM 55 [PREVIOUSLY 53 IN 1979]; 2nd - TEMPARATURE - MAXIMUM 67 [PREVIOUSLY 66 IN 1998]; 2nd - TEMPERATURE - MAXIMUM MINIMUM 50 [PREVIOUSLY 48 IN 1998]; 23rd - TEMPERATURE - MINIMUM 15 [PREVIOUSLY 16 IN 1985]; 23rd - SNOWFALL - 2.0" [PREVIOUSLY 0.6" IN 2000]; 24th - TEMPERATURE - MINIMUM 15 [PREVIOUSLY 17 IN 1987]; 25th - TEMPERATURE - MINIMUM 19 [PREVIOUSLY 21 IN 1982]; 29th - PRECIPITATION - TIED 0.22" [PREVIOUSLY IN 1990]; 30th - PRECIPITATION - 1.27" [PREVIOUSLY 1.19" IN 2000]. We saw an unusually high number of days with snow of some sort (9) and noted freezing temps on 20 days with two days of temps in the teens, a rarity so close to the ocean and considering they were accompanied by snow, albeit light. Just as in December, we saw yet another quite low barometric reading with 29.373" on the 9th. Sky cover for the month was 43%. The average wind speed was 4.7 mph from a dominant 250 direction. [ - - ]

Richmond - NWS AKQ reported the mean temp at RIC was 2.7 below normal. Rainfall was 1.37" below normal. The average sky cover was 60% while the average relative humidity was 68%. The average wind speed was 8.4 mph. [ - - ]

Mechanicsville - Glenn notes: " Periods of snow and sleet on the 17th and the 21st. "

New Market = " 2002 in Review: The annual rainfall was 38.38" which was 3" above normal while the annual mean temp was 55.3. January to December snowfall totaled 15". The temp ranged from 5 below zero to 99 on the 2, 3, and 23 of August. " - notes from Joyce

Roanoke - Wendell notes: " Slightly colder amd drier than normal. Rainfall was 0.93" below normal. Snowfall was 1/10th inch below normal. Average temps were 0.5 below normal. - [ - - ]

Roanoke - NWS Blacksburg reports that the monthly mean temp was 2.7 below normal. Rainfall was 1.78" below normal. [ - - ]

Woodstock - " January was the second coldest in 17 years and the third coldest month I have recorded in that period. Quite a change from the mild winters we have been having recently. The month was a little below average for preccpitation (10th of 17), and almost all of it fell on the first, second and third as rain. However periodic light snows on the frozen ground locked up most of the water. " - notes from Lauck [ - - ]

North Carolina:

Asheville - from NWS GSP: The monthly mean temp was 2.2 below normal and the rainfall was 2.87" below normal. The average wind speed was 9.2 mph. Average relative humidity 67% while the average sky cover was 40%. [ - - ]

Brevard - ACON Member-Emeritus Bob Keehn revisits us with the following: "Dry conditions prevailed in January with the month being the 2nd driest I have recorded. (4.39"). The driest in my records was 3.77" in 2000."

Charlotte - NWS GSP reports the mean temp here was 4.4 below normal and precip was 2.04" below normal. The average wind speed was 6.4 mph. Of particular interest was the snow to water ratio on the 23rd. Only 0.18" water equivalent was measured from the 8.5" of snow! Keep in mind, blowing snow was also reported. (Editor's note: But from where did it come!!??) The average sky cover and relative humidity were 59% and 50% respectively. [ - - ]

Elizabeth City - The Elizabeth City Coast Guard Station [ECG] reported an average wind speed of 9.8 mph. The mean temp was 5.5 below normal while rainfall was 1.74" below normal. The average relative humidity was 74% while the average sky cover was 50%. - from NWS AKQ [ - - ]

Fayetteville - NWS RDU reports the average wind speed was 7.9 mph and the average relative humidity was 61% while the average sky cover was 30%.

Cape Hatteras - The average temperature was 43.0. This was -3.3 cooler than the 1895-2003 average, the 25th coolest January on record (1895-2003). 2.56" of precipitation fell in January . This was -2.50" less than the 1895-2003 average, the 16th driest such month on record (1895-2003). - from NCDC [ - - ]

Greensboro - NWS RDU notes a mean temp here of 1.3 below normal. Rainfall was 1.19" below normal. The average wind speed was 8.1 mph. The average relative humidity was 58%. The average sky cover was 50%. - [ - - ]

Lumberton - The average wind speed was 7.6 mph. The average monthly temperature 2.6 below normal while rainfall was a huge 3.35" below normal - from NWS ILM [ - - ]

Raleigh - NWS RAH reported the monthly average temp was 3.0 below normal while rainfall was 2.20" below normal. The average relative humidity was 61% while the average sky cover was 40%. - [ - - ]

Raleigh - Bob reports: " January temperatures were 3.3 below normal; in fact this was the coldest January since 1994. There were two snowfall events during the month, including 1.5" on the 17th and 3.7" on January 23rd. Neither storm caused a major impact, as did the ice storm in December. " - [ - M ]

Roxboro - Merriell writes: " January was generally wintry with chilly winds and widely mixed precipitation. Temperatures averaged 1 less than normal. Precipitation was more than two inches below normal. " - [ - - ]

Wilmington - From NWS ILM: The average temp was 4.9 below normal while rainfall was a 2.83" below normal. The average wind speed was 7.8 mph. Record low temperatures were set on the 23rd, 24th, and 25th. On the 23rd, the 17 reading surpassed the 18 reading in 1985. On the 24th, the 16 surpassed the 1963 record of 17. And on the 25th, the previous record in 1963 of 17 was broken by the 15 reading. [ - - ]

South Carolina:

Charleston - NWS CHS reports the monthly mean temp was 3.2 below normal. Rainfall was 3.04" below normal. The average wind speed was 8.8 mph. - [ - - ]

Columbia - NWS CAE reports that the mean temp here was 2.5 below normal. Rainfall was a 3.23" below normal. The average wind speed was 7.6 mph. Average relative humidity was 58% while the average sky cover was 40%. [ - - ]

Florence - The mean temp here was 4.1 below normal while rainfall totals were 3.39" below normal. The average wind speed was 8.0 mph. Records set this month include a record low temperature tied on the 18th with 17, previously recorded in 1959. On the 24th a new record low was set with 13, surpassing the old record of 16 set in 1963. On the 25th, the record low of 16 first set in 1963 was tied. - from NWS ILM [ - - ]

Greenville-Spartanburg - The monthly mean temperature was 1.0 below normal while rainfall was 2.50" below normal. The average wind speed was 8.0 mph. The average relative humidity was 62% and the average sky cover was 30%. - from NWS GSP [ - - ]

North Myrtle Beach - The mean temp was 2.3 below normal while rainfall was 2.73" below normal. The average wind speed was 7.0 mph. Record low temperatures were set as follows: 23rd - 19 [old record 24 1991]; 24th - 16 [old record 26 1991]; 25th - 15 [old record 26 1995]; 28th - 19 [old record 20 2000]. - from NWS ILM [ - - ]

Orangeburg - NWS CAE reports the average wind speed was 7.5 mph.

Nearby Cities:

Tri-Cities - The average monthly temperature at Tri-Cities was 30.6, which was 3.6 below normal. It tied with 1963 as the 10th coldest January on record at Tri-Cities, but no daily records were broken. The coldest January at Tri-Cities was back in 1977, when the average temperature was only 22.1 Tri-Cities received 2.47" of precipitation during January, which was 1.05 inches below normal. It was the 20th driest January on record at Tri-Cities. Measurable precipitation fell on 13 days of the month. The heaviest precipitation was on the 29th, when 1.01 inches was recorded. The driest January at Tri-Cities was back in 1940, when only 1.06 inches fell. - from NWS MRX [ - - ]

COLUMN DENOTATIONS:

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


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

AHB   Ashburn, VA  - Gary Oldham  7/01 281' AMSL  n6skk@arrl.net ROK   Roanoke, VA 6SW Wendell Prillaman  4/76 wlprillaman@cox.net
ANN    Annandale, VA 1 3/4 ENE - Lowell Koontz  12/90  wwkoontz@bellatlantic.net AKQ    Wakefield, VA NWS Wakefield Municipal Airport 36-58-53N 077-00-04W 33M
DCA    Arlington, VA Washington, DC, Reagan Washington National Airport 38-50-54N 077-02-03W 18M WSH   Washington, VA  David Yowell runamok@runamok.com
BCB    Blacksburg, VA NWS Virginia Tech Airport 37-13N 080-25W WEE   Weems, VA 3WNW Francis J. Socey
BRI     Bridgewater, VA Clayton Towers Ctowers@rica.net WOO  Woodstock, VA 5NW Lauck Walton - 12/1/85 jwalton@shentel.net
CEN   Centreville, VA Paul Bassett 1985 m.psb@verizon.net  
CHO   Charlottesville, VA  Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport ASOS  (Rappahannock County) 38-08-18N 078-27-21W 192M AVL    Asheville, NC  Asheville Regional Airport 35-25-55N 082-32-15W 670M
DAN  Danville, VA, Danville Regional Airport, 36-34-22N 079-20-10W 175M  BRE    Brevard, NC 1SE Bob Keehn 1/1/90 Bob_Keehn@citcom.net
IAD   Dulles - Washington-Dulles International Airport  38-56-05N 077-26-51W 93M  CLT    Charlotte, NC NWS Charlotte/Douglas International Airpot 35-12-48N 080-56-55W 220M
FCH    Falls Church, VA Erica Page - 3/7/94 Windie1970@aol.com  
HAM    Hampton, VA 5NE Dave Kessel 1989 davidckessel@cox.net ECG  Elizabeth City, NC,  Coast Guard Air Station 36-15-47N 076-10-58W 11M
HRG    Harrisonburg, VA  Terry Slagle 5/2000 Altitude: 1306'  tslagle@adelphia.net FAY  Fayetteville, NC Fayetteville Regional Airport, 34-59-22N 078-52-48W 55M
HER    Herndon, VA R.M. Beall P- 10/76   T-  1/91 beall47@earthlink.net GSO   Greensboro, NC NWS Piedmont Triad International Airport 36-05-51N 079-56-37W 275M
HRN   Herndon, VA 4SW Russ Topping -  1985 weatherman@cox.net LBT    Lumberton, NC  Lumberton Municipal Airport 34-36-26N 079-03-36W 37M
LXI     Lexington, VA  Scott M. Lancey, WREL Radio -  06/1996 weather@wrel.com RAL    Raleigh, NC 7NNW  Bob Woodson -  6/1/93 kf4mmm@qsl.net
LKU     Louisa, VA 1N Joseph Bowers 1944 - NWS ID  44-5050-02jmbiii@earthlink.net RDU   Raleigh-Durham, NC Raleigh-Durham International Airport 35-52-14N 078-47-11W 130M
LOU     Louisa, VA 6S John Bullock (about 1970) INACTIVE 1/1/02 ROX    Roxboro, NC 2SE Merriell A. Jay 1/93
LYH     Lynchburg, VA NWS Lynchburg Regional Airport 37-19-15N 079-12-24W 295M ILM     Wilmington, NC NWS New Hanover International Airport 34-16-06N 077-54-22W 9M
NEW    Newmarket, VA 2W Joyce Winfree joywood@shentel.net CHS   Charleston, SC NWS Charleston Air Force Base 32-53-56N 080-02-26W 13M
NPN     Newport News, VA 7N Gary Leonard -  6/91 GaryMLeonard@aol.com CAE    Columbia, SC NWS Columbia Metropolitan Airport 33-56-31N 081-07-05W 73M 
NOR     Norfolk, VA 3NE Jim Fentress 6/1/77 FLO    Florence, SC Florence Regional Airport 34-11-16N 079-43-51W 44M
ORF     Norfolk, VA 5NE 36-54-13N 076-11-31W 14M  1871 GSP   Greenville-Spartanburg, SC NWS Greenville-Spartanburg Airport 34-53-02N 082-13-15W 286M 
POR     Portsmouth, VA 36.81° North 76.33° West 3S Bill Trotter -  7/1/76 wxr@cox.net CRE    North Myrtle Beach, SC Grand Strand Airport 33-48-42N 078-43-26W 10M
MEC     Mechanicsville, VA Glen Martin 11/19/91 OGB   Orangeburg, SC  Orangeburg Municipal Airport 33-27-50N 080-51-13W 59M
FHC  Norfolk, VA  Fred Heutte Center 36 54'N 76 16'W 01/01/03  
RIC     Richmond, VA Richmond International Airport 37-30-40N 077-19-24W 50M TRI     Tri-cities, TN  (Bristol / Johnson / Kingsport), Tri-City Regional Airport 36-28-47N 082-23-56W 474M 
ROA    Roanoke, VA Roanoke Regional Airport 37-19-01N 079-58-27W 362M DAV  Davis, WV Dave Lesher wvweather@mountain.net