...Drought Deepens...
...Above Normal Temperatures /Below Normal Rainfall...
Very little change noted by virtually everyone.  Continued hot and dry with few exceptions.  Several noted above normal precipitation with the benefactors being slow moving, localized thunderstorms.

High pressure ridge aloft quite noticeable with Bermuda high often setting up off the SE US coast.  The result is the weather we've been experiencing this July and for the first half of August.  Only major rainfalls resulting from scattered summer thunderstorm activity and noted in several station reports below.

The drought, as a consequence, deepened and became more widespread.  Check the Drought Monitor links below for the very latest reports.

Drought Monitor Update

Check this Internet site for the latest National Weather Service update on drought conditions: 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

The Southeast Regional  Climate Center Quiz of the Day
http://water.dnr.state.sc.us/cgi-bin/sercc/wx-quiz.cgi
 
 

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
The Atlantic Coast Observer Network: 
Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina
http://members.cox.net/wxr/acon.htm

SUMMARY OF CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA
JULY 2002


Susan Funk's, NWS AKQ
July 2002 Hydrological Report (when available)
http://205.156.54.206/er/akq/HYM/JulPre2002.txt

-from Bill Sammler of NWS AKQ: The Spotter's Page

The Spring/Summer 2002 version of The Spotter's Page can be obtained online at the following link: http://weather.noaa.gov/akq/spgsum02.pdf
The file is 780K in size, and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader v5.0.

ACON VA/NC/SC Member Station Extremes - July 2002
State
Maximum Temperature
Minimum
Temperature
Warmest
Average
Temperature
Coldest
Average
Temperature
Maximum
Precipitation
Minimum
Precipitation
Virginia
103°
Mechanicsville
45°
New Market
82.0°
Mechanicsville
72.7°
Blacksburg
8.77"
Lexington
1.63"
Richmond
North Carolina
101°
Fayetteville, Lumberton
59°
Elizabeth City,
Raleigh (RAL), Roxboro
82.6°
Fayetteville
74.6°
Asheville
7.80"
Wilmington
1.20"
Charlotte
South Carolina
102°
Columbia,Orangeburg
63°
Florence
83.9°
Columbia
80.5°
Greenville-Spartanburg
6.55"
Charleston
2.05"
Orangeburg
VIRGINIA
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STN  A      B    C    D      E F     G    H I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 S
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AHB 88.0  67.8  78.4  98.5   4 50.1 12  18  0  0 0 21 NW    5  4 0 0 0  0 2400
ANN 89.39 70.42 79.90 98  4,23 59   12  20  0  0 0 30 318  9  3 0 0 0  0 2400
BCB             72.7  89   3,5 55    7                                    2400
BRI 87.5  66.4  77.0  97     3 50   12  17  0  0 0             5 0 0 0  0 0515/1600
CEN 89.9  69.9  79.9  98     4 54   12  20  0  0 0 31 346  9  1 0 0 0  0 1200/2400
CHO 87.2  66.3  76.7  96     4 49   12  15  0  0 0 35 330  9  6 0 0 0  2 2400
DAN 90.6  67.5  79.1  97     5 58    7  21  0  0 0                        2400
DCA 89.7  72.1  80.9  99     4 60   12  19  0  0 0 39 310  9  2 1 0 0  0 2400
IAD 87.8  66.7  77.2  97     4 47   12  15  0  0 0 33 290  9  2 0 0 0  2 2400
FCH 89.5  71.9  80.7  99     4 58   12  19  0  0 0             2 0 0 0  0 2400
HAM 88.9  71.6  80.3  99    30 56   12  17  0  0 0 30 SW 11,19 4          2400
HRG 85.0  64.8  74.9  92.5   4 47.6 12   9  0  0 0 18 W    29  2 0 0 0  0 2400
HER 86.5  67.7  77.1  94.5   4 53.1 12   9  0  0 0 20      23  1 0 0 0 NR 2400
HRN 86.1  68.1  77.3  95.0   4 50.0 12  10  0  0 0 25 NW   30  4 0 0 0  0 2400 
LKU 89.2  65.4  77.3  98     4 46   12  20  0  0 0 31 S     9  5 0 0 0  0 2400
LYH 87.5  65.8  76.7  97     5 50   12  17  0  0 0 30      27             2400 
LXI 87.8  64.5  74.7  95.3   2 51.6 12  14  0  0 0 33 NW    9  5 0 0 0  5 2400
NEW 88.00 65.16 76.58 97     4 45   12  16  0  0 0 24 NW   11  3 0 0 0  0 1700
NPN 91.1  71.4  81.3 100     4 54   12  21  0  0 0 27 SW   23  8 0 0 0  0 2300 
NOR 89.5  70.9  80.2  98    29 56   12  17  0  0 0             2 0 0 0  0 2400
ORF 88.7  72.8  80.8  97     9 60   12  17  0  0 0 35 270 19  5 0 0 0  1 2400
POR 90.0  72.2  81.0  98 29,30 58   12  18  0  0 0 21 NNE  11  3 0 0 0  0 2400
                                                   21 W    30
MEC 95    69    82   103  4,29 50   12  23  0  0 0 13.6 W   9  4 0 0 0  0 1800
RIC 91.4  69.0  80.2 100  4,29 52   12  23  0  0 0 40 310  9  3 0 0 0  2 2400  
ROA 87.7  68.3  78.0  96   4,5 59   12      0  0 0 30      30             2400
ROK 88.4  67.2  77.8  97     5 58 7,12  17  0  0 0 20 SW   29  5 0 0 0  0 2400
AKQ 92.07 67.83 79.95 102    4 49   12  21  0  0 0                        2400  
WEE 90.5  71.4  80.9 102     4 58   12  22  0  0 0             3 0 0 0  0 0800/2000
                            26
WOO 82.5  68.1  75.3  93     5 55   12   5  0  0 0             6 0 0 0  2 0800
WSH 86.4  66.4  76.4  95.3   4 52.6 12  14  0  0 0 11 ESE  30  3 0 0 0  0 2400
                                                   13 SE   27
NORTH CAROLINA
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STN  A      B    C    D      E F    G     H I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 S
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AVL 84.9  64.3  74.6  90  5,30 60   12   2  0  0 0 25 340 10  7 0 0 0  6 2400
CLT 91.8  69.4  80.6  99 29,30 63    8  25  0  0 0 29 110 22  8 0 0 0  0 2400
ECG 88.7  70.9  79.8  96    30 59    1  13  0  0 0 37 360 10 10 0 0 0  5 2400
FAY 93.4  71.8  82.6 101  5,19 63    8  26  0  0 0 46 270 10  7 0 0 0  0 2400
GSO 88.4  69.3  78.8  95 10,11 61   22  18  0  0 0 40 110  3 14 0 0 0  1 2400
HSE             80.2
LBT 91.6  71.1  81.4 101    19 61    8  21  0  0 0 37 240 10 14 0 0 0  2 2400
RAL 91.2  68.0  79.6  99     5 59    7  21  0  0 0 22      10  8 1 0 0  0 1900
RDU 91.2  69.9  80.5 100     5 63    7  19  0  0 0 33 270 10 12 0 0 0  1 2400
ROX 91.7  68.7  80.2 100     5 59   12  23  0  0 0 34 N    27  9 0 0 0  0 2100 
ILM 90.2  72.8  81.5  98    30 63    8  16  0  0 0 39 270 26 12 0 0 0  0 2400
SOUTH CAROLINA
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STN  A      B    C    D      E F    G     H I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 S
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CAE 94.8  72.9  83.9 102    19 65     8 27  0  0 0 63 030 29 11 0 0 0  1 2400
CHS 91.8  73.6  82.7 100    19 69   3,8 21  0  0 0 54 270 31             2400
CRE 88.4  73.5  81.0  97    30 65     8 11  0  0 0 37 360 31  1 0 0 0  1 2400 
FLO 92.5  71.7  82.1 101     5 63     8 24  0  0 0 35 270 26  9 0 0 0  1 2400
GSP 90.7  70.3  80.5  97     5 64    12 23  0  0 0 40 080 11 10 0 0 0  2 2400
OGB 94.3  71.4  82.8 102    19 64     8 27  0  0 0 33 360  6 11 0 0 0  3 2400
                                                   33 330 22
NEARBY STATIONS
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STN  A      B    C    D      E F    G    H  I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 S
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TRI 87.2  65.9  76.6  92     5  60   7   9  0  0 0                        2400 
DAV 74    60    67    82     2  48   7   0  0  0 0                        1900

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

VIRGINIA
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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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AHB  2.22  1.50 14 1.52 13-14  8 1 17.35  0.0          0.0  2.5  30.230  8 29.784 19 2400
ANN  2.31  1.37 14 1.37    14  6 1 16.81  0.0          0.0  4.9  30.26   8 29.72     2400
BCB  2.38  0.49  3                 19.77  0.0          0.0  6.9                      2400
BRI  5.10  1.22 23 1.26 25-26 11 1 20.05  0.0          0.0  9.25 30.31     29.97     0515/1600
CEN  2.46  1.34 14 1.35 14-15  7 1 17.26  0.0          0.0  3.1  30.27   8 29.81  19 2400 
CHO  4.43  1.40 23 1.41 23-24 13 1 18.47  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.23   8 29.80  18 2400 
DAN  1.94  0.61 23            12 0        0.0          0.0       30.26   8 29.61  19 2400
DCA  2.20  1.36 14             6 1 16.81  0.0          0.0  3.2  30.20  25 29.80  19 2400
IAD  2.65  1.56 14 1.57 13-14  9 1 19.63  0.0          0.0  2.6  30.24   8 29.81  19 2400 
FCH  2.57  1.27 14 1.27    14  6 1 15.73  0.0          0.0  2.2                      2400  
HAM  2.78  1.05 15 1.05    15  4 1        0.0          0.0       30.20     29.80     2400
HRG  2.83  0.57 14 1.04 13-14  9 0 18.34  0.0          0.0  8.7  30.31   8 29.92  19 2400
HER  3.29  1.65 14 1.65    14  9 1 21.78  0.0          0.0  2.6  30.21   8 29.77  19 2400
HRN  2.66  1.64 14 1.65 13-14  9 1 21.31  0.0          0.0  2.4  30.241  8 29.825 19 2400 
LKU  6.18  3.63 22 3.71 22-23  9 1 22.63  0.0          0.0  7.5  30.22     29.79     2400
LYH  4.65  1.83 26            17 0 18.62  0.0          0.0  1.6  30.26   8 29.85  19 2400
LXI  8.77  2.77  4 2.82   4-5 12 4 25.43  0.0          0.0  6.5  30.29   8 29.88  18 2400
NEW  1.90  1.00 14             8 1 19.66  0.0          0.0  8.0                      1700
NPN  2.41  0.50 14 0.90 25-26 11 0 24.19  0.0          0.0 10.3  30.38 20, 29.55  14 2300
                                                                        21
NOR  4.84  1.61 14 1.61    14 10 2 28.24  0.0          0.0  9.0                      2400
ORF  3.59  1.61 24 1.72 23-24  9 1 24.28  0.0          0.0  7.4  30.27   8 29.77  19 2400 
POR  2.63  1.50 14 1.50    14  7 1 25.45  0.0          0.0  9.2  30.282  8 29.828 19 2400 
MEC  2.54  1.03 26 1.09 26-27  8 1 20.33  0.0          0.0  8.1  29.94 1,7 29.65  19 1800
                                                                      8,25
RIC  1.63  0.67 14             7 0 17.89  0.0          0.0  8.7  30.27   8 29.80  19 2400 
ROA  3.09  1.08 26                 15.74  0.0          0.0  4.1  30.26   8 29.86  19 2400
ROK  2.89  0.89 26 1.26 25-26 11 0 17.88  0.0          0.0  4.0  30.20  24 29.78  19 2400 
AKQ  6.16  3.72 14            12 1 25.06  0.0          0.0  9.0                      2400
WEE  2.67  0.83 25 0.83    25  7 0 25.68  0.0          0.0  9.4  30.17  2, 29.86 11, 1630
                                                                       7-9     17,18,29
WOO  4.18          1.36 13-14 11 1 23.76  0.0          0.0 10.0  30.86   8 30.58  19 0800
WSH  3.14  1.72 14 1.72    14  9 1 23.73  0.0          0.0  3.1  30.34   8 29.95  19 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  6.13  3.27 27 4.33 26-27  4 2 27.95  0.0          0.0  1.6  30.28   8 29.90  14 2400
CLT  1.20  0.40 13 0.58 13-14  9 0 17.75  0.0          0.0  4.4  30.27   8 29.85  19 2400 
ECG  5.90  1.58 10 1.70 10-11 13 2 31.41  0.0          0.0  6.0  30.29   8 29.80  19 2400
FAY  2.44          1.50 25-26  8 1        0.0          0.0                           2400
GSO  3.10          0.67 26-27 12 0 18.99  0.0          0.0  8.2                      2400
HSE  3.38
LBT  5.95  2.91 25 3.44 24-25 10 1 22.77  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.27   8 29.81  19 2400
RAL  4.00          1.40 19-20 11 0 21.31  0.0          0.0 12.0  30.29   8 29.86  19 1900
RDU  4.76          2.11 10-11 10 2 21.19  0.0          0.0 12.3                      2400
ROX  5.04  3.01 20 3.01    20 10 1 21.43  0.0          0.0 12.0  30.35   8 29.88   5 2100
ILM  7.80  1.97 15 2.14 14-15 15 1 24.38  0.0          0.0  1.8  30.27   8 29.84  14 2400
SOUTH 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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CAE  3.37  1.26 29             4 2 22.90  0.0          0.0  5.0  30.26   8 29.85  31 2400 
CHS  6.55                     13 3 25.48  0.0          0.0    T                      2400 
CRE  4.98  1.11 14/23         15 2 16.96  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.26   8 29.86  31 2400 
FLO  3.98  1.21 22 1.38 10-11 11 2 18.84  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.27   8 29.81  19 2400 
GSP  4.41          2.42 10-11 10 7 20.87  0.0          0.0  4.1                      2400 
OGB  2.05  0.83 31            10 0 15.90  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.26   8 29.85  14 2400
NEARBY STATIONS
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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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TRI  4.76          2.21   2-3 11 1 21.18  0.0          0.0                           2400 
DAV  8.46  2.47 10            14 0 38.99  0.0          0.0 81.5                      1900

Virginia:

Annandale - Lowell reports: "July 2002 was hot and dry. The average mean temperature was 79.9, a departure of +2.25. It was the third hottest July in the last 22 years and the warmest since 1999. We had 20 days equal to or above 90 and 8 days equal to or above 95 F. Only 1999 had more (twenty-two days) ninety degree days in the last 22 years. Only 1980, 1988, 1995, 1999 have had a higher maximum temperature reading for July in the last 22 years than this month's 98 recorded on both the 4th and the 23rd. We had six days with measurable precipitation; the 22-year minimum record is six that occurred in only July of 1983 and 1987. The rainfall deficit for July was -1.90" below average. It was the driest July here since 1999 and only five Julys in the last 22 years have been drier than this July. Since last year at this time only two of the last 12 months have had above average rainfall and one of the two was only +0.08 above the average. For the year we're now -9.48" below average in precipitation and with last year's deficit of -7.84" we are behind a total of 17.32" most of which has occurred in the last ten months. July DAILY Records Broken (22-years of records): July had 6 daily HIGH maximum 22-year temperature record/s for the date: July 1, 2, 3, 4, 22, 23; July had 1 daily LOW maximum 22-year temperature record/s for the date: July 14. July had 6 daily HIGH minimum 22-year temperature record/s for the date: July 3, 4, 18, 29, 30, 31. July had 1 daily LOW minimum 22-year temperature record for the date: July 12; July had 1 daily HIGH range 22-year temperature record for the date: July 17; July had 1 daily LOW range 22-year temperature record for the date: July 14; July had 0 daily HIGH 22-year precipitation record/s for the date. " [ + - ]

Arlington - NWS WBC reports: " July 2002 followed June's lead of being rather hot. This was assisted by the fact that there were eighteen 90 or warmer days...which is a bit more than the average 14. This was our first hotter than normal July since the nearly record breaking July of 1999 three years ago. That July was even 2 warmer than this July. There have not been any 100 or hotter days so far this season...but July 4th made it to 99 with high humidity. That produced a very sultry day and evening for the Independence Day celebrations across the area. Rain fell on only 6 days this month producing just over 2" of rain. Since that is about an 1.5" below normal...that will add to the deficit of rainfall that has been piling up since the fall of 2000. 17 of the last 22 months have had below normal rainfall in Washington." Rainfall for the month was 1.46" below normal while average temps were 1.6 above normal. The average wind speed was 8,2 mph. [ + - ]

Ashburn - Gary reports: " Back to the (+ -) pattern again. 2.8 above normal temps, rainfall a full 1.50" short of normal. Highest temperature since this station began on 6/28/01 was recorded on the 4th, with a steamy 98.5 recorded, and a heat index of 107. Barometric pressure was less variable than usual, with a spread of only 0.446" of mercury between the high and low pressure for the month. Many hot/humid/hazy days this month, seemingly more than usual for July. The minimal pressure gradient resulted in low winds for the month, averaging only 1.1 mph and a high gust of 21 mph recorded on a couple of occasions through the month. The wind run for July 2001 was 862 miles and for July of 2002 fell slightly lower, at 841.98 miles. Interestingly, on the 26th, the spread between the high and low temperatures was less than 8, and both the high and low temperatures for the day occurred before 8:10 AM. A few good rain days, with good, soaking precipitation, but still 1.50" below normal. Fewer thunderstorms than usual by far. In keeping with our holiday weather theme (starting with the coldest temp of the year, 12 occurring on New Year's Day), the hottest temperature of the year thus far, 98.5 occurred on the 4th of July." [ + - ]

Blacksburg - NWS Blacksburg reports the monthly mean temp was 1.6 above normal while rainfall was 1.79" below normal. [ + - ]

Bridgewater - "The average temperature was 2.7 above normal and the precipitation was about an inch above normal. The precipitation for the year is now 2.32" below normal. There was very little movement in the barometer during the month. Bridgewater was lucky. We received more rainfall than a number of areas nearby." - notes reported by Clayton [ + + ]

Centreville - " Including July 29th, the 3rd and 4th were the hottest of the month with a mean daily temperature for those three days averaging 86.5. Each of those days has a logical explanation for being so hot though. The holidays during the 3rd and 4th with all those B-B-Q's ablaze, and the 29th when I decided to take a day off for mental health. Come to think about it, I seem to need more and more of whatever it was I was just talking about. For the month, the average daily high of 79.9 was 5.4 above the 75.5 we should expect. The fourth of July was the hottest with 98 and nineteen other days had temperatures of 90 or better setting three records for the month. Although the hottest days of summer occur during the last half of July, we came in just 2.6 above the average daily high of 87.3. So what caused the average temperature for the month to be nearly five and a half degrees higher you ask? Well I'll tell you; it was those nightly lows. We had 69.9 for an average monthly low and that was 8.2 above the 61.7 normal. On July 14th we had a slow soaker for the best part of the day giving us 1.34" of rain and one more tip of the bucket on the 15th to yield 55% of our wetness for the month. The 26th and 27th gave us 0.98" more for the logbook meaning that we amassed a staggering 0.13" among the remaining 27 days. Overall, we were 33.33% below our average 3.75", not quite enough for a record. According to my Climatological Data for July, the fact that it has never snowed during the month is very reassuring." - notes (with the usual appealing twist!) from Paul [ + - ]

Charlottesville - The monthly rainfall total was 0.33" below normal. The average wind speed was 3.3 mph. [ M - ]

Dulles - The mean temp was 1.5 above normal. The monthly rainfall was 0.92" below normal. Average wind speed, 5.6 mph. - from NWS WBC [ + - ]

Falls Church - " July 2002 was slightly warmer than normal and about average in rainfall. On July 7th the ash cloud passed over from the wildfires in Quebec. " - report from Erica [ + +/- ]

Hampton - Report from Dave: " Hot and very dry conditions persists in July. With the exception of isolated thunderstorms, only 45% of normal rainfall for the month. Going back over the last 3 years, if you exempt the September 1999 Dennis/Floyd combo, precip is about 20-25" below normal on the Peninsula." - [ + - ]

Harrisonburg - Terry notes: " Temperatures for July averaged 2.1 above normal. Total precipitation for the month was 2.83" which was .62" below normal. Yearly precipitation totals 18.34" which is 1.78" below normal. " [ + - ]

Herndon Bob notes: " As referenced to Dulles normals, my average max was 1 above and the average min was 4 above normal. My precip was 0.28" below "normal." Not a bad month, but one more inch would have been better. The year so far is 2.67" below "expectations." [ + - ]

Herndon - " The monthly temperature was 0.8 above average and rainfall was 1.19" below average. The low of 50 on the 12th set a new record. At nearby Dulles International Airport, they recorded their lowest July temperature ever on record, 47, on the 12th. We had thunderstorms move through the area on the 9th, 19th, 23rd and the 27th. Smoke from the Quebec forest fires blew into our area and created a thick haze on the 7th and took a while to blow out. " - notes from Russ [ + - ]

Lexington - Scott from WREL notes: " A month of amazing contrasts here! On paper, July temperatures were "normal". Lexington's mean monthly is 74.9; our mean for the month was 74.7. We experienced 14 days of 90+ high temperatures although the average for July is only 5! In fact, our June mean high was greater than July's despite fewer days of 90+ temps. July 11-14 the Shenandoah Valley was "socked in" with low clouds and our highs were <80 so our "on paper" data is misleading because it has been a very hot July. Precipitation is equally misleading. WREL's total was an impressive 8.77". Monthly mean is 3.78" so we certainly blew that figure "out of the water". Two slow moving storms (7/2 and 7/4) trained over the area and produced excessive rains, prompting flash flood warnings. It should be noted these storms missed many reporting gauges in the region so our totals are *not* representative of the area. After checking IFLOWS data, much of the area received only 2.25-3.50" of rain in July. Statistically, we are 1" above normal for 2002 precipitation. Most of the area remains approximately 6" below normal. Of note, our dew point exceeded 60 from July 13 through July 31, 2002. I have been unable to find a previous period when dew points remained this high for a similar period of time. Recent additions here at the WREL WeatherCenter include the installation of WeatherFLASH! This is real-time weather from our station in Lexington, VA. The page normally updates every 6 seconds; however, updates increase to 3 seconds in severe weather (if we ever get any!!!). The address is: http://www.wrel.com/wxflash/index.htm . We are now reporting to Citizens Weather Observer Program (CWOP) via APRS. This is a great service; most probably know NWS receives the data stream from APRS. You'll find observer reports at either of these addresses: http://www-frd.fsl.noaa.gov/mesonet/ or http://www.digitaldune.net/~ahubwest/javAPRS/wx.html (select USA in Map option box)." [ +/- + ]

Louisa - Joe, who just finished a stunning road trip from Louisa to San Diego, reports "Even tho' Louisa got over six inches of rain in July [Editor's note: What a lucky dog!], it's still not enough. Lake Anna is down by almost 4 feet. Another 2 foot drop and the power station will have to start shutting down." - [ + + ]

Lynchburg - Rainfall for the month was 0.25" below normal while the mean temp was 1.5 above normal. - from NWS Blacksburg
[ + - ]

Newport News - Gary reports: " Hot, hot, hot. 6 days with record highs tied or exceeded. 3 days with record lows. (11th, 12th, 13th) bottoming out with a reading of 54 on the 12th." [ + M ]

Norfolk - NWS AKQ reported the mean temp at ORF was 1.7 above normal. Rainfall was 1.58" below normal. Rainfall for the year was 3.13" below normal, an increase of 100% since June. The average wind speed was 8.1 mph. [ + - ]

Portsmouth - The average temp for July was 1.1 above normal. Rainfall was 51% of the normal. Station records set in July: 3rd - Maximum Temperature TIED 95 [previously 1983]; 4th - Maximum Temperature TIED 97 [previously in 1997]; 11th - Minimum Maximum Temperature 77 [previously 80 in 1996]; 12th - Minimum Temperature 58 [previously 63 in 1997]; 28th - Maximum Temperature TIED 97 [previously in 1995]; 29th - Maximum Minimum Temperature 80 [previously 77 in 1993]; 30th - Maximum Temperature TIED 98 [previously 98 in 1988]; 30th - Maximum Minimum Temperature 79 [previously 76 in 1999]. The average wind speed was 3.03 mph from a dominant southerly direction. Sky cover for the month was 31.93%. For the year, mean temps are running about 2.5 above normal while rainfall was 2.41" below normal (91%). The long-term deficit is 10.71" (since September 2001). For the first time this year, rainfall fell well-below normal and the long-term deficits necessitated issuance of water usage restrictions. [ + - ]

Richmond - NWS AKQ reported the mean temp at RIC was 2.3 above normal. Rainfall was 3.04" below normal. For the year, rainfall was 8.08" below normal. The average wind speed was 6.8 mph. [ + - ]

Mechanicsville - Glenn notes: " T-storm on the 26th with sharp lightning and downpours."

New Market = " We are about 2 warmer than usual for the month. Rain is about 2.50" below normal. We had 16 days with temperature of 90 or above. Just too hot and we are so dry. - notes from Joyce [ + - ]

Roanoke - Wendell reports: "A very dry and hot July. Even though rainfall was 0.67" below average most of the 2.89" fell on just 5 days. The remainder of the month was very dry. Temperatures were 1.8 above normal. We had 90 or above on 17 days. " [ + - ]

Roanoke - NWS Blacksburg reports that the monthly mean temp was 1.8 above normal. Rainfall was 0.91" below normal. [ + - ]

Woodstock - "It seemed awfully hot and humid, but July was about as average as you can get. Temps were exactly at my 17 year average, and just a few hundredths of an inch above average precip. The year to date precip is also very near the 1950-1970 averages, though my records reflect that the last 17 years have been wetter. Regularly spaced rains here have made for excellent growing conditions. There is still a ground water deficit from the dry fall and winter." - notes from Lauck [ +/- + ]

North Carolina:

Asheville - from NWS GSP: The monthly mean temp was 1.6 above normal and the rainfall was 1.88" below normal. The average wind speed was 4.2 mph. Average sky cover was 30% and the average relative humidity 76%. [ + - ]

Charlotte - NWS GSP reports the mean temp here was 0.3 below normal and precip was 2.59" below normal. The average wind speed was 5.0 mph. [ - - ]

Elizabeth City - The Elizabeth City Coast Guard Station [ECG] reported an average wind speed of 7.3 mph. The mean temp was normal while rainfall was 0.31" above normal. - from NWS AKQ [ +/- + ]

Fayetteville - NWS RDU reports sky cover averaged 20%. The average wind speed was 6.7 mph.

Cape Hatteras - The average temperature was 80.2. This was 1.4 warmer than the 1895-2002 average, the 16th warmest July on record (1895-2002). 3.38" of precipitation fell. This was 2.04" less than the 1895-2002 average, the 33rd driest July on record (1895-2002). - from NCDC [ + - ]

Greensboro - NWS RDU notes a mean temp here of 0.9 above normal. Rainfall was 1.19" below normal. The average wind speed was 5.7 mph. The average relative humidity was 69%. Sky cover was listed as 50%. [ + - ]

Lumberton - The average wind speed was 5.6 mph. The average monthly temperature 2.2 above normal while rainfall 0.34" above normal - from NWS ILM [ + + ]

Raleigh - NWS RAH reported the monthly average temp was 1.7 above normal while rainfall was 0.47" above normal. Daily high minimum records were tied on the 29th and the 30th. Average sky cover was 50% while relative humidity levels averaged 71%. [ + - ]

Raleigh - Bob reports: " Another month with above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation. The annual rainfall deficit is now 4.11"; however since September 2001, the rainfall deficit is 10.09". There was no severe weather at this location, however on the evening of July 5th, there were at least 16 warnings issued for eastern and central North Carolina. The most significant wind damage occurred in the town of Selma, NC. " [ +/- - ]

Roxboro - Merriell notes: "Above normal rainfall from showers and thunderstorms were welcomed, but extreme to exceptional drought continues. July was hot with above normal average temperatures." [ + + ]

Wilmington - From NWS ILM: The average temp was 4/10th degree above normal while rainfall was 0.18" above normal. The average wind speed was 6.8 mph. [ + + ]

South Carolina:

Charleston - NWS CHS reports the monthly mean temp was 1.0 above normal. Rainfall was 0.42" above normal. The average wind speed was 7.5 mph. [ + + ]

Columbia - NWS CAE reports that the mean temp here was 1.9 above normal. Rainfall was a 2.17" below normal. The average wind speed was 6.0 mph. Average sky cover was 50% while the average relative humidity was 64%. [ + - ]

Florence - The mean temp here was 0.9 above normal while rainfall totals were 1.30" below normal. The average wind speed was 6.2 mph. - from NWS ILM [ + - ]

Greenville-Spartanburg - The monthly mean temperature was 2.3 above normal while rainfall was 3.40" below normal. The average wind speed was 6.1 mph. The average relative humidity was 66% while the average sky cover was 20%. - from NWS GSP [ + - ]

North Myrtle Beach - The mean temp was 1.5 above normal while rainfall was 0.21" below normal. The average wind speed was 8.4 mph. A record high temp TIED on the 30th with 97 (previously in 1952). - from NWS ILM [ + - ]

Orangeburg - NWS CAE reports the average wind speed was 5.8 mph. The average sky cover was 30% while the average relative humidity was 70%.

Nearby Cities:

Tri-Cities - The mean temp was 2.9 above normal while the monthly precip was 1.90" below normal. For the year, rainfall was 5.85" below normal. - from NWS MRX [ + - ]
 
 


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COLUMN DENOTATIONS:

A  maximum mean temperature T total precipitation (inches)
B  minimum mean temperature U maximum calendar day precipitation (inches)
C  monthly mean temperature 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 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 pbassett@sitestar.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.rr.com 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
RMD    Richmond, VA Roy Britt 8/22/83  roybritt@earthlink.net  
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