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SUMMARY OF CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA 
JANUARY 2006


...IS THIS WINTER? JANUARY 2006 TEMPERATURES WELL-ABOVE NORMAL
RAINFALL BELOW NORMAL MOST AREAS...

The "snow-honkers'" voices were stilled this January as a persistent low pressure vortex over central Canada continued to circulate very cold arctic air across Canada and keeping most of the United States free of cold air. As a result, a mild Pacific zonal flow set-up across the lower 48 for seemingly the entire month! A look at your average temperature departures show just how warm the month was with some areas experiencing their warmest January temperature averages in quite some time! Usually with increased warmth, we would have higher rainfall totals than normal; but most of you actually had less precip than in a normal January.

  • BAY-EFFECT SNOWSHOWERS    Member Lowell Koontz (ANN) recently sent me links to satellite pics which depicted "streamers" of snow showers- one quite recent event - which moved S across the Bay into Southeast Virginia. These streamers are similar to, but far less intense than those, which develop in the snow band areas of the Great Lakes. In the 30 years of records here in Portsmouth, we note them from time-to-time in winter, but we'll not see them every winter. The heaviest such SHSN left one-half inch that fell in 30 minutes. Thanks for the nice pics Lowell, which are found with a click to Pic 1 and to Pic 2.


  • UPCOMING NWS STERLING SKYWARN CLASSES    Kevin Shaw of ACON DC/MD/DE informs us that NWS Sterling, Virginia (LWX) has posted their SKYWARN classes, dates and times, for 2006 at their website, to which a link is provided below. It is recommended that those who have taken the classes take them again as refreshing the memory and learning about changes and new information is vital to the success of the program.
  • GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN HAS 200+ MPH WINDS [01/25/06]    http://www.grandfather.com/about/archive/jan25_winds.php - This article will be rehighlighted again in our January 2006 summary, but is ready for your amazement now!




  • WEATHERWISE MAGAZINE    - As many of you know, Weatherwise Magazine has been around for quite some time. The magazine's articles and stunning photos are excellent resources for the weather enthusiast. Likely, some of you may have even submitted a photo for their annual contest. At the magazine's website, http://www.weatherwise.org/, one online feature is the Weather Queries section, which may be of interest to you.
  • DROUGHT MONITOR    http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html
  • REMINDER All National Weather Service station data listed herein is preliminary and may be subject to change.  The data has not been certified and cannot be used in legal actions.  Only reports certified by the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC can be used for these purposes.

  • ACON VA/NC/SC Member Station Extremes - JANUARY 2006
    State
    Maximum Temperature
    Minimum
    Temperature
    Warmest
    Average
    Temperature
    Coldest
    Average
    Temperature
    Maximum
    Precipitation
    Minimum
    Precipitation
    Virginia
    70°
    Wakefield
    10°
    Campbell County
    47.9°
    Portsmouth
    39.8°
    Blacksburg
    New Market
    4.21"
    Ladysmith
    1.96"
    Bridgewater
    North Carolina
    74°
    New Bern
    19°
    Raleigh (RAL)
    51.9°
    Wilmington
    43.2°
    Asheville
    4.27"
    Cape Hatteras
    1.87"
    Lumberton
    South Carolina
    78
    Orangeburg
    23°
    Anderson
    54.1°
    Charleston
    47.5°
    Anderson
    3.94"
    Anderson
    2.20"
    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
         -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         ANN 51.45 33.52 42.48 +8.6  66    30 21    7   0  0 16 0 79% 45 WNW  15             4 0 0 0  2     2400 LWX
         BCB 51.2  28.5  39.8  +8.9  63    12 15   27   0  0 23 0 50% 51 320 14   6.6       2 0 2 0  1 57% 2400 RNK
         BRI 51.1  32.0  41.6 +10.6  63 13,20 19   27   0  0 14 0 53%                        0 0 0 0  1     2400 LWX
                                           21
         CCV 58                +4.9  58    12 10   27   0  0 25 0 45% 53 290 25   3.0  260 0 0 0 0  2 30% 2400 BCB
         CEN                                                                                                2400 LWX
         CHO 52.5  32.8  42.7  +7.2  67  9,21 20   27   0  0 13 0 62% 40 360 14   6.0       1 0 0 0  4 40% 2400 LWX
                                                                      40 340 15
         DAN 56.3  34.0  45.2  +8.6  68     9 18   27   0  0 13 0 40% 48 220 29   7.5       2 0 0 1  5 65% 2400 RNK
         DCA 51.2  34.9  43.0  +8.1  65    21 25    7   0  0 11 0 67% 54 320 14  10.1       3 0 0 0  3 70% 2400 LWX
                                                                      54 330 15
         IAD 51.5  32.1  41.8 +10.1  65    30 21    7   0  0 18 0 66% 51 250 14   8.5       1 0 0 0  3 60% 2400 LWX
         FCH 52.0  35.8  43.9        65    13 26   26   0  0  7 0     55     14,24           3 0 0 0  3     2400 LWX
         HAM 54.1  40.7  47.4  +8.4  68    18 29    7   0  0  4 0 75% 48 W    18  13.0  SSW  3 0 0 0  6 50% 2400 AKQ
         HER 49.9  33.2  41.6  +9.9  62    30 21.4  7   0  0 15 0     38     15,16           2 0 0 0  4     2400 LWX
         HRN 50.3  33.0  41.5  +9.8  63.3  30 18.4  7   0  0 15 0 66% 43 NW   14   4.3  S    2 0 0 0  4     2400 LWX
         LDY 54    33    44    +7.6  68     9 18   27   0  0 13 0 60%                        1 0 0 0  6     2400 AKQ
         LYH 53.1  31.5  42.3  +7.8  66     9 16    7   0  0 16 0 65% 44 300 18   5.9       0 0 0 1  9 40% 2400 RNK
         NEW 50.80 28.84 39.82 +8.0  65  9,13 13   27   0  0 21 0 73% 38 SW   18  18.77 SW   0 0 0 0  3     1800 LWX
                                                                      38 W    26
         NPN 55.9  36.6  46.2        68    18 21    7   0  0 11 0     40 W    18             3 0 0 0  1     2400 AKQ
         NOR 55.7  37.7  46.7  +7.0  69    18 28    7   0  0  7 0                            1 0 0 0  6     2400 AKQ
         ORF 56.0  38.7  47.4  +7.3  69 11,18 28   28   0  0  6 0 70% 51 250 18   9.4       1 0 0 0  7 40% 2400 AKQ
         FHC 55.88 39.72 47.80       68.4  18 30.3  7   0  0  4 0 73% 47 196 18   5.0  203  3 0 0 0  3     2400 AKQ
         POR 56.9  39.0  47.9  +7.9  69.3  12 26.6  7   0  0  7 0 73% 57 180 18   5.6  263 3 0 0 0  3 49% 2400 AKQ
         CTR                                                                                                2400 AKQ
         MEC 54.16 35.55 46.23       66 9,13, 19    7   0  0  9 0     19 S    15             3 0 0 0  4     1700 AKQ
                                           30          
         RIC 55.4  34.7  45.0  +8.6  69     9 20    7   0  0 12 0 65% 47 260 18   8.7       3 0 0 0  6 60% 2400 AKQ
         ROA 52.8  34.3  43.5  +7.7  66     9 22   27   0  0 10 0 61% 52 250 18   7.7       2 0 2 3  3 50% 2400 RNK
         AKQ 56    34    45.0        70    18 18    7   0  0 15 0                                           2400 AKQ
         WAL 51.8  35.5  43.7  +7.7  65     9 25    7   0  0 10 0     48 290 25  10.1       0 0 0 0  4     2400 AKQ
         WOO 49.9  34.4  42.1  +6.7  68    10 23   27   0  0 14 0                            0 0 3 2  6     2400 LWX
         WSH 48.2  31.9  40.1  +6.6  66.4  21 21.4  7   0  0 14 0 68% 35 ENE  14   1.8  N    1 0 0 1  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 54.4  32.0  43.2  +7.4  68     9 20   27   0  0 19 0 65% 51 320 14   8.9       0 0 0 0  5 40% 2400 GSP
         MRH 59.5  42.7  51.1        71    11 26   28   0  0  3 0     47 200  3  10.0       5 0 0 0 11     2400 MHX
         CLT 58.0  36.0  47.0  +5.3  70    10 22 26,27  0  0 10 0 67% 44 160 17   6.4       3 0 0 0  8 60% 2400 GSP
         ECG 56.9  37.5  47.2  +4.8  71    11 25    7   0  0 10 0 73% 48 010 14  10.3       0 0 0 0  7 40% 2400 AKQ
         FAY 61.3  39.0  50.2        72 11,12 25   28   0  0  7 0 67% 46 250 18   8.4       0 0 0 0  4   % 2400 RAH
         GSO 56.4  36.6  46.5  +8.8  68    17 23 7,27   0  0 10 0 66% 48 240 13   8.0       2 0 0 0  7   % 2400 RAH
         HSE 57.3  44.0  50.7  +4.6  67    18 27   28   0  0  2 0     49 210 18  10.3       0 0 0 0  2     2400 MHX
         HKY 56.6  35.0  45.8  +6.8  68     9 24   27   0  0 12 0     41 200 13   5.9       1 0 0 0  8     2400 GSP
         LBT 60.9  38.8  49.8  +7.7  71 13,21 24   28   0  0  8 0     46 300 31   6.4       0 0 0 0  4     2400 ILM
         EWN 62.0  38.8  50.4  +6.2  74    12 23   28   0  0  6 0     44 190 18   7.8       4 0 0 0  7     2400 MHX
         RAL 58.9  35.6  47.3  +7.6  70    17 19   27   0  0 10 0     36      15             2 0 0 0  1     2400 RAH
         RDU 58.1  37.5  47.8  +8.1  69 11,13 21   27   0  0  9 0 67% 46 180 17   7.2       2 0 0 0  8 MM% 2400 RAH
                                                                      46 230 18
         ROX 57.2  36.7  47.2 +10.9  68     9 21   27   0  0  9 0 70% 45 N    14        N    1 0 0 1  5 49% 2400 RAH
         ILM 63.2  40.6  51.9  +5.8  73 12,23 26   27   0  0  5 0   % 45 190 17   7.8       4 0 0 0  7   % 2400 ILM
                                                                      45 180 18
    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 58.7  36.4  47.5  +5.8  68  9,10 23  7,26  0  0 10 0     41 230 13   6.8       2 0 0 0  9     2400 GSP
                                                                      41 300 14
         CAE 62.5  39.0  50.8  +6.2  72 17,21 25 26,27  0  0  8 0     46 230 17   6.7       3 0 0 0  4     2400 CAE
         CRE 59.5  41.0  50.3  +3.5  67    21 26    28  0  0  5 0     37 250 18   6.5       5 0 0 0  5     2400 CHS
         CHS 65.5  42.7  54.1  +6.2  77    12 27    26  0  0  7 0     44 230  2   8.1       3 0 0 0  8     2400 CHS
                                                                      44 190 17
                                                                      44 290 18
         FLO 62.4  39.1  50.7  +5.7  74    21 25 26,28  0  0  7 0     41 260 18   7.7       4 0 0 0  6     2400 ILM
         GSP 58.9  38.0  48.5  +7.7  70     9 25  7,27  0  0  8 0 62% 43 170 13   7.8       3 0 0 0  7 40% 2400 GSP
         OGB 64.8  42.2  53.5        78 11,12 28    26  0  0  6 0     38 270 13   6.6       5 0 0 0  6     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 53.7  32.2  43.0  +8.8  66    10  20    27 0  0 17 0     44 240   18  5.0      2 0 0 0  2     2400 MRX
         DAV 40.3  34.3  32.3        57    14   8 15,16 0  8 24 0                                           0700 PBZ    

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

    VIRGINIA
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         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V    V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3   4    5     6    6A   7    7A    8     S
         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         ANN  3.02        0.82 23 1.02 22-23 11 0  3.02  0.0           0.0  8.2  30.69  22 29.29  14 30.00  2400
         BCB  2.76  -0.61 0.63 17 0.63    17 10 0  2.76    T 5,6  7 0    T  8.1                             2400
                                                        14,18,25,26,31
         BRI  1.96  -0.26 0.53 11 0.53    11  6 0  1.96  0.0           0.0  6.7  30.54  27 29.31  14        1615/1600
         CCV  2.50  +0.35 0.63 17 0.63    17 10 0  2.50  0.0           0.0  6.5  30.35  30 29.71  17 30.04  2400
         CEN                                                                7.8                             2400
         CHO  2.60  -1.11 0.59 18 0.65 17-18 12 0  2.60                                                     2400
         DAN  2.29  -1.74 0.85  2 0.87   2-3 12 0  2.29  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.66  27 29.35  14        2400
         DCA  3.25  +0.04 0.79 23 0.98 22-23 10 0  3.25   T 14,25 3 0    T  4.8                             2400
                                                              26
         IAD  2.40  -0.65 0.56 18 0.67 22-23 12 0  2.40   T 14,25 3 0    T  6.0                             2400
                                                              26
         FCH  3.50       0.68 1,2 1.21   2-3  9 0  3.50   T    14 1 0    T  5.75                            2400
         HAM  2.65  -0.65 0.57 14 0.71   2-3  9 0  2.65  1.0  14- 1 1  1.0  1.0  30.52  22 29.34  14 29.99  2400
                                                              15
         HER  2.59  -0.46 0.58 23 0.72 22-23 12 0  2.59   T   14  2 0    T  6.9                             2400
         HRN  2.41  -0.64 0.53 23 0.71 22-23 12 0  2.41  0.0           0.0  6.0  30.641 22 29.277 14 29.98  2400
         LDY  4.21  +0.78 1.01 18,1.70 22-23  7 2  4.21   T       1 0    T  4.5  30.71  22 29.29  14 30.05  2400
                               23 
         LYH  3.15  -0.39 0.79 23 0.79    23 11 0  3.15  0.0           0.0  4.8  30.66  27 29.33  14        2400
         NEW  2.40   0.00 0.83 18                  2.40  0.0           0.0  7.5                             1700
         NPN  2.73        0.58 18 0.63   2-3 11 0  2.73  0.5  14  1 0  0.5  0.5  30.59  22 29.18  14        2400
         NOR  2.85  -1.22 0.62 31            10 0  2.85  0.7  15  2 0  1.2  1.2                             2400
         ORF  2.68  -1.25 0.69 31 0.81   2-3 10 0  2.68  0.5  14  2 0  0.7  0.7  30.65  22 29.23  14        2400
         FHC  3.64        0.84 18 1.15   2-3  9 0  3.64  0.5  14  2 0  0.5  0.5  30.644 22 29.241 14 30.032 2400
         POR  2.69  -1.16 0.52  3 0.91   2-3 10 0  2.69  0.5  14  2 0  0.5  0.5  30.65  22 29.24  14 30.035 2400
                                             
         CTR                                                                3.0                             2400
         MEC  3.44        0.80 14 0.92   2-3  8 0  3.44    T  25  1 0  3.75 3.75 30.36  22 29.21  14        1700
                                                                                                    
         RIC  2.89  -0.66 0.83  2 0.86   2-3  9 0  2.89    T  14  1 0    T  4.4  30.69  22 29.28  14        2400
         ROA  3.56  +0.33 1.68 13 1.68    13 10 1  3.56    T 7,18 4 0    T  4.1  30.68  27 29.40  14        2400
                                                             25,26  
         AKQ  2.85        0.51  2            13 0  2.85    T  14  1 0    T  0.5                             2400
         WAL  2.73  -0.48 0.96  2 1.19   2-3 12 0  2.73  0.3  14  2 0  0.3  3.4  30.66  22 29.15  14        2400
         WOO  2.78  +0.01         .071 17-18 14 0  2.78  0.0      3 0  0.0  9.7  30.76  31 29.47  14        0800
         WSH  3.13  -0.86 0.76 18 1.00 17-18 12 0  3.13   T 14,25 2 0    T  8.1  30.68  22 29.32  14        2400
    NORTH CAROLINA
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V    V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3   4    5     6    6A   7    7A    8     S
         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         AVL  3.58  -0.48 1.30 17 1.31 16-17 12 1  3.58    T 6,14 3 0   T    T                              2400
                                                              31
         MRH  3.30        0.88 23 1.04 23-24 13 0  3.30  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.63  27 29.35  14         2400
         CLT  3.23  -0.77 0.83 13 0.83    13 13 0  3.23  0.0          0.0    T  30.63  27 29.35  14         2400
         ECG  2.27  -2.31 0.60  2 0.87   2-3 12 0  2.27   T 11,22 2 0   T    T  30.64  27 29.26  14         2400
         FAY  2.45        0.49  2 0.50 23-24 13 0  2.45  0.0          0.0  0.0                              2400
         GSO  2.38  -1.16 0.70  2 0.71   2-3 10 0  2.38  0.0          0.0    T                              2400
         HSE  4.27  -1.57 1.00 14 1.46 13-14 13 1  4.27  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.62  27 29.30  14         2400
         HKY  3.32  -0.91 0.99  2 1.00   2-3 11 0  3.32  0.0          0.0    T                              2400
         LBT  1.87  -2.42 0.50 21 0.55 21-22 10 0  1.87  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.67  27 29.45  14         2400
         EWN  2.46  -2.31 0.42 31 0.57   2-3 12 0  2.46  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.65  27 29.35  14         2400
         RDU  2.07  -1.95 0.45 18 0.45    18 11 0  2.07    T   6  3 0   T    T                              1900
         RAL  2.43  -1.59         0.48 17-18 12 0  2.43  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.71  27 29.59  31         2400
         ROX  2.70  -0.94 0.58 18 0.58    18 12 0  2.70  0.1   6  3 0 0.1  0.1  30.68  27 29.38  14  30.03  2200
         ILM  1.88  -2.64 0.92  2 0.92     2 11 0  1.88  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.65  27 29.42  14         2400
    SOUTH CAROLINA
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V    V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5     6    6A   7    7A    8     S
         ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
         AND  3.94  -0.64 0.82  2 0.84   1-2 12 0  3.94  0.0          0.0    T                              2400
         CAE  2.79  -1.87 0.74  2 0.99   1-2 12 0  2.79  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.67  27 29.54  13         2400
         CRE  2.77  -0.89 1.13  2 1.13     2 13 1  2.77  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.65  27 29.48  14         2400
         CHS  2.93  -1.15 1.33  2 1.64   1-2 10 1  2.93  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.65  27 29.56  13         2400
         FLO  2.20  -1.89 0.86  2 0.92   1-2 15 0  2.20  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.65  27 29.48  14         2400
         GSP  3.81  -0.60 1.09  2 1.09     2 11 1  3.81  0.0          0.0  0.0                              2400
         OGB  3.24        0.98  2 1.16   1-2 12 0  3.24  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.67  27 29.53  13         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  3.90  +0.38 1.71 17 1.76 17-18 12 1  3.90  0.3 18  6  0  0.5   0.7  30.09  31 29.75  30       2400
         DAV  6.36        0.97  3            22 0  6.36  9.9 26 14  6 30.8  94.3                            0700    

    Virginia:

    Annandale - Lowell reports: " January was the warmest January on record with a mean temperature of 42.48 and a +8.6 departure for the month. The previous warmest January was 1990 with a mean temperature of 41.87, which also followed the coldest December on record at this station. The precipitation was just a little less than average with a -0.34 inch departure. The highest temperature was 66 on the 30th and the lowest temperature was only 21 on the 7th; compare that to the low of 7 last year. The warm January also had 4 days with thunder; the previous record was only 2 days. (Records since 1995) The lowest daily mean temperature for January was 29.5, which was the highest ever recorded in January except for January 1990, which was 31.0. The daily temperature range of 33 on the 18th and the 28th was the highest maximum daily temperature range in January since 1996. Only 1986 had a higher average daily temperature range for the month of 18.7. The January rainfall total was 3.02 inches from 11 days with precipitation. The total snowfall for January was 0.0 inches, which was the least ever recorded here in the last 26 years; the previous record was 1983 with a trace of snow. In 1983 we had just enough snow and sleet on the 22nd to be observed on the cold frozen bare ground but not enough to measure. This year we had only two days with flurries on the 14th and the 25th but in both occasions the snowflakes melted as they fell. On January 23rd 2005 the lowest wind chill was -9.7 at 0701. The lowest wind chill this month was only +9.3 on the 15th at 0700. The maximum wind run was 183.5 miles on the 25th that was the highest wind run since 4-3-2005 when it was 188.5 miles. The high wind gust of 45 mph from the WNW on the 15th at 0401 was the strongest wind gust recorded in January since 2000. The maximum barometer reading of 30.69 inches was on the 22nd and the lowest barometer reading for the month was only 29.29 on the 14th which was the lowest monthly minimum barometer reading for January since 2003. January was a little above average in cloud coverage but not as cloudy as last January. DAILY Records Tied or Broken (26-Years of records): 3 HIGH maximum temperature: 9, 20, 21; 3 HIGH minimum temperature: 9, 20, 21; 2 HIGH range temperature: 18, 28; 1 LOW range temperature: 3. [ + - ] 

    Arlington - Report from NWS LWX: " JANUARY 2006 CONTINUED WHERE THE END OF DECEMBER LEFT OFF...WARM. OUT OF ALL THIRTY ONE DAYS... ONLY TWO WERE SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL... THE REST OF THE MONTH RANGED FROM NEAR NORMAL TO WELL ABOVE NORMAL. IN THE END... JANUARY AVERAGED OUT TO BE MORE THAN EIGHT DEGREES WARMER THAN NORMAL... WHICH TIES IT WITH 1998 FOR THE SEVENTH WARMEST JANUARY SINCE RECORDS BEGAN IN THE LATE 1800S. THE WARMEST JANUARY ON RECORD IN WASHINGTON WAS THE EXTREMELY WARM JANUARY OF 1950 WHICH WAS NEARLY FIVE DEGREES WARMER THAN THIS JANUARY WAS. SOME TELLING FACTS FOR THE MONTH... * THERE WERE NINE DAYS WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE LOW TO MID 60S. * HALF THE MONTH HAD HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE 50S OR 60S. * ONLY EIGHT NIGHTS DIPPED BELOW FREEZING. SO FAR FOR THIS WINTER SEASON... THE FIRST THREE WEEKS OF DECEMBER HAVE BEEN THE ONLY TIME THAT HAS BEEN TRULY WINTERY. THE LAST WEEK OF DECEMBER... AND THIS JANUARY... HAVE HAD ONLY FLEETING COLD SNAPS THAT LAST FOR A DAY OR TWO BEFORE RETURNING TO THE MILD CONDITIONS THAT HAVE BEEN THE NORM. THE WARMTH PRETTY MUCH PRECLUDED SNOWFALL THIS JANUARY. THERE WERE ONLY THREE DAYS WITH A FEW FLAKES OF SNOW... THE 14TH 25TH AND 26TH. ALL WERE TRACE EVENTS... WHICH MEANS NO MEASURABLE ACCUMULATION. OUR SEASONAL SNOWFALL REMAINS WHERE IT WAS IN MIDDLE DECEMBER... JUST UNDER FIVE INCHES /4.8/. THE AVERAGE SNOWFALL THIS FAR IN THE SEASON IS ABOUT EIGHT AND A HALF INCHES /8.4/. THERE WAS A TYPICAL AMOUNT OF PRECIPITATION HOWEVER. THREE AND A QUARTER INCHES OF RAIN FELL THROUGH THE MONTH... WHICH IS VERY NEAR THE AVERAGE FOR THE MONTH. THE BIGGEST RAIN EVENT WAS DURING THE 22ND AND 23RD WHEN NEARLY AN INCH OF RAIN FELL ON WASHINGTON. " [ + + ] 

    Bridgewater - " There was no snowfall during the month. So far this winter, we have had 14.5 inches of snow. We usually get 22 inches. The temperature was much above normal while the precipitation was a little below normal. It was a very dull month! [Editor's note: We want to wish one of our octogenarian members, Clayton Towers, a speedy recovery after a stay in the hospital followed by a serious run-in with the flu-bug! Glad Clayton's getting better and back on track with his reports! Stay well Clayton as we're counting on another 87 years of reports!] - [ + - ] - report from Clayton

    Campbell County - " Campbell County had an close to average month for precipitation with temperatures almost 5 degrees above normal. " - [ + + ] - notes from Roger

    Centreville - " " - [ M M ] - summary from Paul

    Dulles - " JANUARY 2006 WAS THE WARMEST ON RECORD AT DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. RECORDS DATE BACK TO 1963. For an additional summary of January 2006 Washington area weather, read the notes for Arlington above. " - [ + - ] - report from NWS LWX

    Falls Church - " A warmer than average month with no measurable snowfall. Rainfall was above average. The weather this month was more March like rather than January. A very windy month...My peak gust of 55 MPH was reached on 2 days this month. a few other days had a peak gust of 40 MPH or higher.... my windiest January since I have been keeping records (1994). " - [ + + ] - report from Erica

    Hampton - This report from Dave:" January 2006 was the second warmest on record with temps 8.4 above normal. Only 4 days had lows below freezing. Noteworthy weather events: Strong thunderstorms produced wind gust to 39 mph early on Saturday January 14; Snow accumulation of 1 inch occurred on the night of the 14th/ early morning 15th; Strong winds on the 18th produced a max gust to 48 mph; January had 3 thunderstorm days for the month. " - [ + + ] 

    Herndon - Bob notes:" My average MAX temperature was 8.5 degrees above the Dulles "normal" and the average MIN was 11.3 degrees ABOVE "normal". Snowfall was 8 inches BELOW the Dulles average. The groundwater observation well at Reston showed a net rise of about 1.6 feet for the month. " - [ + - ] 

    Herndon - Russ reports: " January 2006 was my warmest January on record, averaging 9.8 degrees above normal. It was tough on snow lovers. I didn't record a single trace of snow. Overall, precipitation was 0.64" below normal. Record high temps were recorded on the 9th (63.1), 20th (63.3), and 21st (61.2). We had an incredible 10 days above or within a degree of 60 degrees. With the higher costs to heat homes, it was welcome! Rare January thunderstorms rumbled thru on the 2nd and 14th. Dense fog rolled in on the 5th, 11th, 12th and 30th. Overall, a very unusual January! " - [ + - ] 

    Ladysmith - Danny sends these notes: " January was an incredibly warm month with temperatures nearly 8 degrees above average and only 13 nights with temperatures at or below freezing! After 4.5" of snow and temperatures 4 degrees below normal in December, January provided a stark contrast. Definitely one for the record books. " - [ + + ]

    Newport News - Gary Leonard sends this data in summary of 2005: The mean temperature for 2005 was 60.1 Temperatures ranged from a low of 13 on the 13th of January to a high of 104 on the 27th of July. For the year, 43.46" of rain fell and 3.8" of snow fell (12 days). Temps reached 90 on 55 days of the year while temperatures of 32 and below occurred on 60 days of the year. 33 days had a thunderstorm, "

    Portsmouth - " The new year brought a most unusual January as the average temperature was 7.9 WELL-ABOVE normal. The warmth was attributed to a perpetually stationary low pressure vortex over central Canada that kept the cold air- that normally sinks into the US- circulating counterclockwise over our neighbor to the north. Thus, to the south a zonal flow continued for the entire month bringing milder, moderating Pacific air across the States. This month was the 2nd warmest January (47.9) in the database to 1976. The warmest January occurred in 1990 with an average temp of 48.4. Rainfall here was over one inch below normal (-1.16"). STATION RECORDS: 9th: max temp tied 67 [previously 2003]; 11th: max temp tied 68 [previously 2000]; 12th: max min temp 53 [previously 48 1995]; 18th: wind gust 57mph [previously 40 1990]; 21st: max min temp tied 48 [previously 1990]. In spite of the warmth, we did squeeze out one-half inch of snow on the 14th as an upper low swinging behind a departing coastal system quickly changed rain to snow in late evening. " [ + - ] 

    North Carolina:

    Greensboro - " THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE PIEDMONT TRIAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WAS 46.5 DEGREES, WHICH WAS THE FOURTH WARMEST JANUARY ON RECORD. - [ + - ] - notes from NWS RAH.

    Raleigh - " January weather was more like March with mild temperatures and windy. The average daily high was 47.3 degrees which is 7.6 degrees above normal. Precipitation was 1.59 inches below normal. There was no severe weather in the area, however a tornado watch was issued on the 13th. With the very mild temperatures no winter weather was observed during the month. - [ + - ] - notes from Bob.

    Raleigh - NWS Raleigh (RAH) reports: " THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT THE RALEIGH-DURHAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WAS 47.8 DEGREES...WHICH IS THE FIFTH WARMEST ON RECORD FOR JANUARY. The full JANUARY 2006 Weather Review will be available at: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/ncsummaries/MonthlySummary.Jan.2006.doc when completed. " - [ + - ]

    Elsewhere:

    Tri-Cities: - " A DAILY MAXIMUM RAINFALL RECORD OF 1.71 INCHES WAS SET ON THE 17TH. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 0.62 OF AN INCH, RECORDED IN 1994. Tri-Cities received 3.90 inches of precipitation in January, which was 0.38 inches above normal. It ranked as the 24th wettest January on record at Tri-Cities. Measurable rainfall fell on 15 days, and four of those days had more than one-quarter of an inch of rain. The heaviest rain for the month fell on the 17th when 1.71 inches was reported, which also broke the old daily precipitation record of 0.62 inches set back in 1994. The wettest January at Tri-Cities was back in 1957, when 9.18 inches was recorded. The monthly average temperature at Tri-Cities was 43.0 degrees, which was 8.8 degrees above normal. It ranked as the 4th warmest January on record at Tri-Cities. One record high temperature was tied on the 10th, when the afternoon high reached 66 degrees, equaling the record set back in 1957. The warmest January at Tri-Cities was back in 1950, when the average temperature was 50.1 degrees. " - [ + + ] - report from NWS MRX, Morristown, TN

    COLUMN DENOTATIONS:

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


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      ROK   Roanoke, VA 6SW Wendell Prillaman  4/76 wlprillaman@cox.net
    ANN    Annandale, VA 1 3/4 ENE - Lowell Koontz  8/31/79  wwkoontz@verizon.net AKQ    Wakefield, VA NWS Wakefield Municipal Airport 36-58-53N 077-00-04W 33M
    DCA    Arlington, VA Washington, DC, Reagan Washington National Airport 38-50-54N 077-02-03W 18M WSH   Washington, VA  David Yowell runamok@runamok.com
    BCB    Blacksburg, VA NWS Virginia Tech Airport 37-13N 080-25W WEE   Weems, VA 3WNW Francis J. Socey
    BRI     Bridgewater, VA Clayton Towers Ctowers@rica.net WOO  Woodstock, VA 5NW Lauck Walton - 12/1/85 jwalton@shentel.net
    CEN  Centreville, VA Paul Bassett 1985, 38 50.9788' N LAT. 77 25.6374' W LON. | Elevation 324' | m.psb@verizon.net LDY Ladysmith, VA Danny Jessee 2003 danny@dannyjessee.com
    CCV   Campbell County, VA - 37 24' N 79 04' W - Roger Penny September 2005 bulletnva@yahoo.com WAL   Wallops Island, VA 37 56'26" N 75 27'47" W Wallops Flight Facility Airport
    CHO   Charlottesville, VA  Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport ASOS  (Rappahannock County) 38-08-18N 078-27-21W 192M AVL    Asheville, NC  Asheville Regional Airport 35-25-55N 082-32-15W 670M
      MRH    Beaufort, NC  Michael J. Field Airport 34-44-01N 076-39-38W 3M
    DAN  Danville, VA, Danville Regional Airport, 36-34-22N 079-20-10W 175M  BRE    Brevard, NC 1SE Bob Keehn 1/1/90 rkeehn@brinet.com
    IAD   Dulles - Washington-Dulles International Airport  38-56-05N 077-26-51W 93M  CLT    Charlotte, NC NWS Charlotte/Douglas International Airpot 35-12-48N 080-56-55W 220M
    FCH    Falls Church, VA Erica Page - 3/7/94 Windie1970@aol.com HKY  Hickory, NC 
    HAM    Hampton, VA 5NE Dave Kessel 1989 david82@verizon.net ECG  Elizabeth City, NC,  Coast Guard Air Station 36-15-47N 076-10-58W 11M
    CTR  Winterpock in Chesterfield County, VA Albert Arnold 06/03 FAY  Fayetteville, NC Fayetteville Regional Airport, 34-59-22N 078-52-48W 55M
    HER    Herndon, VA R.M. Beall P- 10/76   T-  1/91 beall47@earthlink.net GSO   Greensboro, NC NWS Piedmont Triad International Airport 36-05-51N 079-56-37W 275M
    HRN   Herndon, VA 4SW Russ Topping -  1985 weatherwatcher@cox.net HSE    Cape Hatteras, NC  Mitchell Field 35-13-56N 075-27-21W 3M
       LBT    Lumberton, NC  Lumberton Municipal Airport 34-36-26N 079-03-36W 37M
       EWN    New Bern, NC  Craven County Regional Airport 36-04-03N 077-02-50W 3M
    LXI     Lexington, VA  Scott M. Lancey, -  06/96 weather@midatlanticwx.com RAL    Raleigh, NC 7NNW  Bob Woodson -  6/1/93 kf4mmm@qsl.net
    LKU     Louisa, VA 1N Joseph Bowers 1944 - NWS ID  44-5050-02jmbiii@earthlink.net RDU   Raleigh-Durham, NC Raleigh-Durham International Airport 35-52-14N 078-47-11W 130M
    LOU     Louisa, VA 6S John Bullock (about 1970) INACTIVE 1/1/02 - MEMBER DECEASED FALL 2004 ROX    Roxboro, NC 2SE Merriell A. Jay 1/93
    LYH     Lynchburg, VA NWS Lynchburg Regional Airport 37-19-15N 079-12-24W 295M ILM     Wilmington, NC NWS New Hanover International Airport 34-16-06N 077-54-22W 9M
    NEW    Newmarket, VA 2W Joyce Winfree joywood@shentel.net CHS   Charleston, SC NWS Charleston Air Force Base 32-53-56N 080-02-26W 13M
    NPN     Newport News, VA 7N Gary Leonard -  6/91 GaryMLeonard@aol.com CAE    Columbia, SC NWS Columbia Metropolitan Airport 33-56-31N 081-07-05W 73M 
    NOR     Norfolk, VA 3NE Jim Fentress 6/1/77 FLO    Florence, SC Florence Regional Airport 34-11-16N 079-43-51W 44M
    ORF     Norfolk, VA 5NE 36-54-13N 076-11-31W 14M  1871 GSP   Greenville-Spartanburg, SC NWS Greenville-Spartanburg Airport 34-53-02N 082-13-15W 286M 
    POR     Portsmouth, VA 36.81° North 76.33° West 3S Bill Trotter -  7/1/76 wxr@cox.net CRE    North Myrtle Beach, SC Grand Strand Airport 33-48-42N 078-43-26W 10M
    MEC     Mechanicsville, VA Glen Martin 11/19/91 OGB   Orangeburg, SC  Orangeburg Municipal Airport 33-27-50N 080-51-13W 59M
    FHC    Norfolk, VA  Fred Heutte Center 36° 54'N 76° 16'W 01/01/03 fhcgarden@cox.net AND   Anderson, SC 
    RIC     Richmond, VA Richmond International Airport 37-30-40N 077-19-24W 50M TRI     Tri-cities, TN  (Bristol / Johnson / Kingsport), Tri-City Regional Airport 36-28-47N 082-23-56W 474M 
    ROA    Roanoke, VA Roanoke Regional Airport 37-19-01N 079-58-27W 362M DAV  Davis, WV Dave Lesher canaanwx@canaantv.tv