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SUMMARY OF CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA 
JULY 2005


...TEMPERATURES AND RAINFALL ABOVE NORMAL MOST AREAS...
...TROPICAL STORM CINDY'S REMNANTS DOUSE WESTERN AREAS...

Hot, humid, and hazy! Not a whole lot more to say beyond the headlines. Temperatures all areas remained above normal as high pressure ridge dominated the three-state area. Abundant moisture many areas from mainly afternoon and evening thunderstorms with an enhancement in totals for areas under the gun of the remnants from Tropical Storm Cindy as it meandered at a fair pace from Georgia through North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware on to offshore New Jersey. See a close-up of the track with a click to the image below. Finally, the year's first threat of 95 to 100 plus temperatures and heat indices of 110-120 came on the 25th through the 27th of the month as warm air built in from the west accompanying a high pressure ridge covering the eastern third of the nation.


Track of Tropical Storm Cindy
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  • NOAA COASTAL SERVICES CENTER UPGRADES POPULAR HURRICANE MAPPING TOOL    Kevin Shaw from ACON - DC/MD sends along this interesting resource. He adds, " The NOAA Coastal Services Center recently launched a revised version of their Historical Hurricane Tracks tool, an interactive mapping application allowing the public to search and display more than 150 years of historical tropical cyclone data. Among other things new for 2005, a "Query Expediter" tool has been added to allow Web developers to build customized Uniform Resource Locator (URL) strings that can be embedded into Web sites. This allows for one-click access and display of one or more historical hurricane tracks by allowing users to bypass the existing query structure offered by the application." Visit the site at http://hurricane.csc.noaa.gov/hurricanes/.
  • 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 - JULY 2005
State
Maximum Temperature
Minimum
Temperature
Warmest
Average
Temperature
Coldest
Average
Temperature
Maximum
Precipitation
Minimum
Precipitation
Virginia
104°
Newport News
55°
Blacksburg
82.4°
Newport News
73.1°
Blacksburg
9.32"
Chesapeake (HVA)
2.63"
Wallops Island
North Carolina
103°
Lumberton
57°
Asheville
82.8°
Fayetteville
74.5°
Asheville
10.26"
Asheville
3.05"
Charlotte
South Carolina
101
Columbia
North Myrtle Beach
Florence
63°
Greenville-Spartanburg
83.5°
Charleston
79.6°
Anderson
Greenville-Spartanburg
11.86"
Columbia
1.45"
North Myrtle Beach

( For an explanation of column headers in the following tables,
please note the column denotations table below. )


TEMPERATURE / WINDS/ ELEMENTS

VIRGINIA
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     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 88.35 70.29 79.32 +1.6  98    27 64  9,24 15  0  0 0 73% 28 WNW  27            10 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
                                                                  28 NNE  14
     BCB 82.3  63.8  73.1  +2.0  90    26 55    9   1  0  0 0 70% 31 300 27   3.0      11 0 0 0  1 60% 2400 RNK
     BRI 84.9  68.3  76.6  +2.3  95    25 62   7,8, 3  0  0 0 49%                        4 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
                                              9,10
     CEN 87.1  69.9  78.4  +3.3  97    27 62   24   9  0  0 0     34 326 27   1.7       9 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
     CHO 87.4  68.3  77.8  +0.9  96 25,27 61   10  12  0  0 0     35 350 19   1.9      13 0 0 0  5     2400 LWX
     HVA 89.2  71.1  80.2  +1.2  99    27 65  4,25 14  0  0 0 82% 34 319 27   1.9  20015 0 0 0  2     2400 AKQ
     DAN 88.2  69.4  78.8   0.0  98 26,27 62    9  14  0  0 0 76% 39 250 13   4.4      14 0 0 0  3 20% 2400 RNK
     DCA 88.3  72.6  80.5  +1.3  97 26,27 66  8,24 13  0  0 0 69% 45 150 23   6.8      10 0 0 0  2 70% 2400 LWX
                                                                  45 330 27
     IAD 86.9  68.8  77.9  +2.2  96    27 61   24   9  0  0 0     54 300 27   4.5       9 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
     FCH 88.6  71.9  79.9        97 26,27 64  4,8  16  0  0 0                            9 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
     HAM 87    66    79.5       102    27 66    4  17  0  0 0     30       8            16 0 0 0  1     2400 AKQ
     HER 85.6  68.7  77.2  +1.5  94.3  27 61   24   6  0  0 0     23      27             6 0 0 0        2400 LWX
     HRN 85.7  68.3  76.8  +1.1  95.9  27 59.9 24   4  0  0 0 78% 30 NNW  8,27 1.6  N    6 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
     LYH 86.1  67.2  76.6  +1.5  96    25 58    9   7  0  0 0 77% 25 310 25   2.8       8 0 0 0  3 30% 2400 RNK
     NEW 86.74 61.19 75.97 +1.5  97    26 57   10  12  0  0 0 68% 23 SW    1        S    3 0 0 0  3     1800 LWX
     NPN 91.9  72.9  82.4       104    27 66    4  21  0  0 0     28 NW    8            14 0 0 0  1     2400 AKQ
     NOR 88.7  72.8  80.8  +1.7 100    27 66    4  14  0  0 0                            4 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
     ORF 88.1  74.1  81.1  +2.0 101    27 68    4  12  0  0 0 79% 30 230  8   6.8      10 0 0 0  0 40% 2400 AKQ
     FHC 90.09 74.51 82.30      102.5  27 68.3  4  16  0  0 0 80% 28 203 27   2.9  202 2 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
     POR 87.6  73.1  80.4  +0.5 100    27 68    4  11  0  0 0 84% 26 270 29   2.25 13210 0 0 0  0 43% 2400 AKQ
     CTR 89.1  70.0  79.6   0.0  98.5  27 61.5 24   5  0  0 0 83% 16 ESE  13   0.0  ESE  5 0 0 0  0 50% 2400 AKQ
     MEC 90.77 71.67 81.45      100    27 63   24  15  0  0 0    8.7 SE    8            10 0 0 0  0     1700 AKQ
     RIC 90.8  72.5  81.7  +3.8 100    27 66 9,24  20  0  0 0 73% 35 210  7   5.4      13 0 0 0  4 70% 2400 AKQ
     RGL 90.1  69.7  79.9  +2.4 100    27 63   24  18  0  0 0 74% 22 W    27   0.0  SSE 11 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
     ROA 86.0  69.5  77.8  +1.6  97    25 63   24   9  0  0 0 71% 54 300 25   5.4       9 0 0 0  1 40% 2400 RNK
     AKQ 91    71    81.0        103   27 61    4  22  0  0 0                                           2400 AKQ
     WAL 85.5  71.9  78.7  +2.1  94    27 63    4   8  0  0 0     39 340 27   7.5       3 0 0 0  1     2400 AKQ
     WOO 82.7  67.9  75.3  +0.8  91    26 62    8   3  0  0 0                           10 0 0 0  7     2400 LWX
     WSH 86.7  67.2  76.9  +1.4  96.2  27 60.0 24   7  0  0 0 71% 12 S     8   0.3  E   11 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
NORTH CAROLINA
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     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 83.2  65.8  74.5  +1.5  93    26 57    9   3  0  0 0     29 160 11   4.4       6 0 0 0 10     2400 GSP
     MRH 86.5  75.8  81.1        93    28 70 10,25  4  0  0 0     36 290 13   8.4      17 0 0 0  2     2400 MHX
     CLT 89.0  70.1  79.5  -0.8 100 26,27 64    8  14  0  0 0     37 140  7   4.5      12 0 0 0  0     2400 GSP
     ECG 87.6  71.9  79.8   0.0  95    27 66   25  13  0  0 0 79% 59 290 27   7.1      18 0 0 0  3 20% 2400 AKQ
     FAY 91.9  73.8  82.8       102    27 69    9  24  0  0 0 72% 38 320 18   6.1      10 0 0 0  2 20% 2400 RAH
     GSO 88.1  71.5  79.8  +1.9  98 26,27 65    9  13  0  0 0 78% 43 280  7   5.5      12 0 0 0  1 30% 2400 RAH
                                                                  43 230 13 
     HSE 85.8  75.2  80.5  +1.3  90 12,27 71 13,25  2  0  0 0     38 190 29   7.5       0 0 0 0  4     2400 MHX
     HKY 86.7  69.6  78.2  +0.5  96    26 64  8,9   9  0  0 0     39 210 28   3.8      16 0 0 0  7     2400 GSP
     LBT 92.3  73.2  82.7  +3.5 103    27 68    9  24  0  0 0     37 290 13   5.2       1 0 0 0  2     2400 ILM
     EWN 90.3  73.0  81.6  +1.9  99    27 86   25  20  0  0 0     29 250 12   5.5      17 0 0 0  2     2400 MHX
     RAL 91.6  70.7  81.2  +2.4 101 26,27 64    9  23  0  0 0     21      29   0.5  WSW  8 0 0 0  0     2400 RAH
     RDU 92.9  71.6  82.4  +3.4 102    27 67    9  25  0  0 0 71% 46 230 28   5.7      14 1 0 0  1 70% 2400 MHX
     ROX 90.2  70.6  80.4  +4.0 101    27 64   24  19  0  0 0 77% 30 N    21        N   10 0 0 0  1 54% 2200 RAH
     ILM 90.1  74.5  82.3  +1.2  98    27 69   25  21  0  0 0     36 010 29   6.2      14 0 0 0  1     2400 ILM    
SOUTH CAROLINA
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     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 87.8  71.3  79.6  -0.1  97    26 66     8 12  0  0 0     46 140 11   5.1      16 0 0 0  7     2400 GSP
     CAE 91.3  73.0  82.2  +0.2 101    27 68     8 24  0  0 0     60 020 28   5.0      16 1 0 0  1     2400 CAE
     CRE 89.1  76.2  82.6  +3.2 101    27 70    25 11  0  0 0     31 210 14   7.3      11 0 0 0  0     2400 CHS
     CHS 92.0  75.0  83.5  +1.8 100    27 71     1 26  0  0 0     35 040   3   6.8      15 0 0 0  0     2400 CHS
     FLO 91.0  73.5  82.2  +1.1 101 26,27 70     9 19  0  0 0     38 220 13   5.8      18 0 0 0  3     2400 ILM
     GSP 88.0  71.2  79.6  +0.8  98 26,27 63     8 12  0  0 0     33 310  1   5.7      13 0 0 0  4     2400 GSP
     OGB 91.9  73.8  82.8        99    27 70     8 23  0  0 0     41 290 14   4.7      23 0 0 0  1     2400 CAE    
NEARBY STATIONS
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     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 85.0  66.5  75.8  +1.6  92 25,26  60   9  3  0  0 0     45 300   19  2.9      12 0 0 0 11     2400 MRX
     DAV 75.7  59.5  67.6        83    27  53 9,10 0  0  0 0                            11 0 0 0  2     0700 PBZ
                                                11    

(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  6.20        2.50  8 2.94   7-8 13 1 29.35  0.0           0.0 21.1  30.23 30, 29.69   1 30.00  2400
                                                                               31
BCB  5.52  +1.35 1.78  7 1.78     7 18 1 23.09  0.0           0.0 23.1                             2400
BRI  5.06  +0.94 2.36  8 2.44     8 11 1 18.39  0.0           0.0 11.0  30.24  31 29.83   2        0515/1600
CEN  4.88  +1.31 1.87  8 2.47   7-8 11 1 26.99  0.0           0.0 21.1  30.25  31 29.70   1        2400
CHO  4.43  -0.51 1.32 13 1.69   7-8 14 2 21.64  0.0           0.0       30.22  31 29.69   1        2400
HVA  9.32  +4.12 3.74 13 3.74    13 15 3 35.00  0.0           0.0  9.0  30.24  30 29.71 1,2 30.02  2400
DAN  5.82  +1.38 3.12  7 3.12     7 13 1 19.66  0.0           0.0  4.3  30.20  30 29.71   1        2400
DCA  6.06  +2.40 2.14  8 2.14     8 12 2 27.27  0.0           0.0 12.4  30.23  31 29.75  27        2400
IAD  7.89  +4.32 1.96  8 3.54   7-8 14 4 27.49  0.0           0.0 17.3  30.24  31 29.68   1        2400
FCH  7.69        2.47  8 3.04   7-8 10 2 21.58  0.0           0.0 16.0                             2400
HAM  3.74        1.33 31 1.53 30-31 11 1 21.46  0.0           0.0 14.0  30.20  30 29.70   2        2400
HER  8.10  +4.53 2.35  8 3.76   7-8  9 3 30.12  0.0           0.0 19.4                             2400
HRN  5.38  +1.81 2.06  8            11 2 27.27  0.0           0.0 19.0  30.208 31 29.669  1 29.98  2400
LYH  4.31  -0.08 1.57  7 1.59   7-8 16 1 20.04  0.0           0.0  6.1  30.22  31 29.74   1        2400
NEW  6.34  +3.00 3.38  8            11 2 19.15  0.0           0.0 23   30.42  30 30.00   1        1700
NPN  3.87        1.25 31 1.45 30-31 13 1 23.74  0.0           0.0 18.5  30.14  30 29.64   1        2400
NOR  5.11  -0.28 1.79 14            10 2 29.19  0.0           0.0  7.8                             2400
ORF  3.67  -1.50 1.19 13 1.19    13  9 1 21.98  0.0           0.0  8.0  30.19  30 29.69   1        2400
FHC  4.71        1.33 31            12 1 28.21  0.0           0.0  8.0  30.179 30 29.685  1 29.985 2400
POR  6.34  +0.96 2.38 15 2.40 14-15 13 3 26.94  0.0           0.0  8.3  30.189 31 29.716  1 30.004 2400
CTR  4.53  +0.07 1.52  7 2.08   7-8 11 2 17.94  0.0           0.0  5.3  30.19  30 29.68   1 29.983 2400
MEC  7.36        3.60  8 3.60     8 11 1 19.47  0.0           0.0 10.4  29.97 30, 29.53   1        1700
                                                                               31        
RIC  9.28  +4.61 1.67  7 3.08   7-8 13 5 25.54  0.0           0.0  5.6  30.22  31 29.79  27        2400
RGL  5.08  +1.13 1.24 13 2.06   7-8 12 2 21.70  0.0           0.0  3.7  30.21  30 29.70   1 30.010 2400
ROA  4.96  +0.96 1.94  7 1.94     7 15 2 22.89  0.0           0.0 16.1  30.23  31 29.75   1        2400
AKQ  7.29        1.82 31            13 2 24.15  0.0           0.0  9.1                             2400
WAL  2.63  -0.93 0.90  8 1.15   7-8  8 0 23.56  0.0           0.0  9.0  30.20  30 28.70   2        2400
WOO  7.62  +3.43         3.66 16-17 16 1 21.03  0.0           0.0 16.1  30.39  31 30.02   1        0800
WSH  5.70  +1.43 3.43  8 3.51   8-9 15 1 22.17  0.0           0.0 15.1  30.28  31 29.77   1        2400    
NORTH CAROLINA
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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
---------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------
AVL 10.26  +6.39 2.49  7 2.54   6-7 18 2 32.76  0.0          0.0  6.6  30.19  30 29.82   1         2400
MRH  8.05        2.23 13 2.24 13-14 14 2 31.25  0.0          0.0    T                              2400
CLT  3.05  -0.74 1.02 30 1.21 28-29  8 1 26.58  0.0          0.0    T  30.20  30 29.74   1         2400
ECG  8.23  +3.28 2.10 30 2.85 30-31 13 4 29.95  0.0          0.0  3.3  30.19  30 29.72   1         2400
FAY  7.32        1.76 13 2.98 28-29 16 3 17.07  0.0          0.0                                   2400
GSO  5.34  +0.90 1.50 28 2.19 28-29 14 2 19.17  0.0          0.0  1.7                              2400
HSE  9.11  +4.16 3.20 21 3.20    21 12 3 33.62  0.0          0.0  0.0                              2400
HKY  8.52  +4.35 3.96  7 3.96     7 19 1 28.21  0.0          0.0  3.0  30.16  30 29.75   1         2400
LBT  4.47  -1.14 1.90 29 2.26 28-29 12 2 15.79  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.18  30 29.75   1         2400
EWN  6.72  +0.24 1.47 18 1.98 12-13 17 3 31.29  0.0          0.0  1.5                              2400
RAL  7.04  +2.75 1.60  7 1.60   6-7  7 1 22.66  0.0          0.0  1.1  30.18 30, 29.76   1         1900
                                                                              31    
RDU  7.64  +3.35 2.08 28 2.23 28-29 13 3 22.57  0.0          0.0  0.2                              2400
ROX  8.24  +3.65 2.47  7 2.47     7  9 4 25.39  0.0          0.0  5.7  30.25  30 29.78   1  30.02  2100
ILM  6.14  -1.48 1.59 29 1.67 13-14 15 3 31.09  0.0          0.0    T                              2400    
SOUTH CAROLINA
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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
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AND  9.25  +5.62 3.31  8 3.31   7-8 18 3 34.77  0.0          0.0  1.0  30.17  30 29.77   1        2400
CAE 11.86  +6.32 2.52 19 2.56 30-31 19 3 33.20  0.0          0.0    T  30.16  17 29.73   1        2400
CRE  1.45  -3.74 0.42 31 0.42    31  8 0 32.73  0.0          0.0    T  30.19  30 29.77   2        2400
CHS  3.22  -2.91 0.82  9 0.82     9 12 0 23.88  0.0          0.0    T                             2400
FLO  5.76  +0.48 1.72 29 2.46 29-30 16 1 27.41  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.16  30 29.75   1        2400
GSP  8.85  +4.20 4.68  7 4.68   6-7 14 2 36.59  0.0          0.0  1.2  30.18  30 29.77   1        2400
OGB  5.79        1.00  3 1.21 29-30 12 1 26.58  0.0          0.0    T  30.18  17 29.76   1        2400    
NEARBY STATIONS
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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
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TRI  5.80  +1.59 1.18  7 1.30 21-22 16 2 26.96  0.0           0.0   4.0                           2400
DAV  6.62        1.98  8            20 2 37.35  0.0           0.0 162.1                           0700    

Virginia:

Annandale - Lowell sends this summary: " July was both hot and wet but was wetter than hot. It was the seventh hottest July in the last 25 years and the warmest since 2002 and was the fourth wettest July here in the last 25 years. Most months that are hot are often dry but this July being the exception with the added moisture and high dew points made the heat more uncomfortable. The lowest daily maximum temperature for the month was only 78 F. which was the highest recorded in July since 1995 when the 25 year record was set at 82 F; the average is only 72.5 F. The lowest daily mean temperature for July was 73.5 F on the 8th which was the highest ever recorded here in July in the last 25 years; the previous record was 71.5F in July 1994. The average mean temperature was 79.32, a departure of +1.6 F. We had 15 days equal to or above 90 F and 2 days equal to or above 95 F. Only 1980, 1988, 1995, 1999 have had a higher maximum temperature reading for July in the last 25 years than this July's 98 F recorded on the 27th. We had 13 days with measurable precipitation that was the sixth greatest number of days with measurable rain in July. The 25-year maximum record is 17 that occurred in July of 1994. There were 10 days with thunder which tied the July record for the most days with thunder since these records were started in 1995. The rainfall for July was 6.20 inches which was a surplus for July of 1.99 inches. The 2.50 inches of rain from Cindy on the 8th was the most rain in a calendar day since Feb. 22, 2003 when 2.78 inches occurred. It was also the most rain in a July calendar day since July 4, 1981 when 3.25 inches occurred. The 2.94 inches on the 7th and 8th was also the most in a 24 hour period since Feb. 21-22, 2003 when 3.07 inches occurred and the most in a 24 hour period in July since July 4, 1981. It was also the cloudiest July on my records but the wet July of 2003 was nearly as cloudy and was the previous record. July DAILY Records Tied or Broken- (25) Years of records) - 4 HIGH maximum temperature records: 1, 12, 26, 27; 3 HIGH minimum temperature records: 19, 20, 26; 1 HIGH temperature: 25; 1 HIGH precipitation: 8. " [ + + ] 

Arlington - Report from NWS LWX: " TEMPERATURES IN JULY WERE ABOVE NORMAL. THE AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS EXACTLY NORMAL...HOWEVER...THE AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE WAS OVER 3 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THERE WERE 13 DAYS ABOVE 90 DEGREES. THE HIGHEST WAS 97 DEGREES ON JULY 26TH AND 27TH. NO TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE TIED OR BROKEN IN JULY. THE ALL TIME RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 106 DEGREES WAS SET ON JULY 20, 1930. PRECIPITATION WAS WELL ABOVE NORMAL IN JULY. JUST OVER 6 INCHES OF RAIN FELL. JUST OVER 2 INCHES FELL ON JULY 8TH FROM THE REMNANTS OF TROPICAL STORM CINDY AND OVER AN INCH FELL ON JULY 15TH FROM HEAVY THUNDERSTORMS. NO RECORDS FOR PRECIPITATION WERE TIED OR BROKEN IN JULY. " [ + + ] 

Bridgewater - " The temperature was 2.3 degrees above normal, and the rainfall was about an inch above normal. Precipitation for the year is 3.98 inches below normal. There were 3 days with temperatures 90 degrees or above. However, there were eleven days with temperatures in the high nineties. In Bridgewater, we didn't receive as many thunderstorms as places nearby. " - [ + + ] - report from Clayton

Centreville - " As for July in Washington (or at least nearby), how many ways can you spell yuck? August is a possibility, but let's save that for another time. The hottest temperature for July was a 97 reading on the 27th. A total of nine days managed to push the mercury to 90 or above, but for the month, the average high was only 0.2 above the statistical 86.9. It is interesting to note that the average high and the average low of 69.6 for July occurred at mid-month within a day of each other. A brief respite from night time temperatures at or approaching 70 came on the 24th when a low for the month of 62 was recorded. When averaging the averages, a result of 3.3 to the hot side is what we got. That only tells us that the night temperatures lingered at the warmer end of the thermometer from where we should be; 6.4 above the 63.2 average to be more exact. A trend for warmer than usual nights that resumed in June after a moderating period in the spring, has apparently returned with significantly higher than usual readings from those predicted. With a fair amount of help from tropical storm Cindy, July started with a respectable amount of rain when 3.43" fell in the first eight days giving us 70% of our monthly accumulation. Over the next three weeks we were registering rainfall every three or four days. For the month we accumulated 4.88", or 137% of our 3.57" normal. A surplus of 1.21" for the month, and 1.87" for the year are welcome amounts in anyone's garden. " - [ + + ]

Chesapeake - The thunderstorm activity was very isolated in nature in my area and as a result I have noticed that the rainfall totals have differed much. For example, one night (early in the morning of the 13th) isolated t-storms formed over only southern Chesapeake and dumped nearly 4 inches of rain in a couple hours time. That's 4 inches of rain that no one else in Hampton Roads (SE VA) got. I noticed that it was a remarkable month in that many storms formed and most of them seemed to hit my area a lot more often that neighboring areas. I just thought I would mention this because my monthly rainfall total was nearly double what it usually is. (Editor's note: More proof that the southern half of Chesapeake often receives more thunderstorms and significantly more lightning strikes than other areas of SE VA and nearby NE NC. The question remains, "why?") - [ + + ]

Falls Church - " July 2005 was a rather humid month with above average rainfall. A good portion of my rainfall fell on the 8th when Tropical Storm Cindy came through. My total that day was over 2 inches and caused flooding in my basement. I also had a wind gust of 30 MPH that day. " - [ + + ] - report from Erica

Hampton - David sends this report:" HOT AND HUMID WX WITH THE FIRST 100 DEGREE DAY MAX IN TEN YEARS- IN FACT 17 DAYS HAD MAX TEMPS 90 OR HIGHER. ISOLATED TO SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCED 16 VARIATIONS IN PRECIP WITH MONTHLY TOTALS BELOW NORMAL. " - [ + - ] 

Herndon - Russ sends these notes: " A hot, humid month. Above normal averages continue, with July temperatures 1.1 degrees above normal. Precipitation was 1.81" above average, which made up for much of the June deficit. We had thunderstorms pass nearby on the 1st, 5th, 15th, and 16th and two move through our area on the 25th and 27th. We had record daily rainfall of 1.35" on the 5th, and 2.06" on the 8th. " - [ + + ] 

Herndon - Bob reports:" My average MAX temperature was 1.8 degrees BELOW the Dulles "normal" and the average MIN was 4.7 degrees ABOVE "normal". The real-time recorder on the groundwater well at the USGS in Reston showed a net water-level decline of only one foot during the month, sustained by the substantial rains of the 5th to 8th. " - [ + + ] 

Norfolk - ...18TH WARMEST JULY ON RECORD AT NORFOLK... TEMPERATURE: WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 81.1 F...2005 RANKS AS THE 18TH WARMEST JULY ON RECORD AT NORFOLK. MOST OF THE WARMTH WAS A RESULT OF WARMER THAN NORMAL MINIMUM TEMPERATURES. THE AVERAGE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 74.1 F RANKS AS THE 5TH WARMEST ON RECORD...WHILE THE AVERAGE HIGH OF 88.1 F WAS ONLY SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL. A HIGH OF 101 F OCCURRED ON THE 27TH...THE 1ST TIME 100 OR HIGHER HAS BEEN RECORDED AT NORFOLK SINCE 1995. PRECIPITATION: IN CONTRAST TO RICHMOND...NORFOLK WAS DRIER THAN NORMAL FOR THE MONTH...HAVING RECEIVED A TOTAL OF 3.67 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION. NORMAL JULY PRECIPITATION AT NORFOLK IS 5.17 INCHES. - [ + - ] - from Brown and Maloit at NWS Wakefield  

Portsmouth - " The monthly temp average was ABOVE normal while rainfall was 118% of the norm or +0.96" The average temperature at this site was the 13th warmest in the database to 1976. Meanwhile, rainfall placed the month as the 11th wettest. July 2005 station records: 13TH - PRECIPITATION - DAILY - 1.18" [PREVIOUSLY 0.78" 1989]; 15TH - PRECIPITATION - DAILY - 2.38" [PREVIOUSLY 0.69" 1996]; 26TH - TEMPERATURE - TIE MAXIMUM MINIMUM 77 [PREVIOUSLY 1987]; 27TH - TEMPERATURE - MAXIMUM 100 [PREVIOUSLY 98 1995]; 28TH - TEMPERATURE - MAXIMUM MINIMUM 77 [PREVIOUSLY 1997]; 29TH - WIND - MAXIMUM GUST 26 MPH [PREVIOUSLY 25 MPH 1991]; 31ST - TEMPERATURE - TIE MINIMUM MAXIMUM 77 [PREVIOUSLY 1984]. While the remanants of tropical storm activity remained to our west and north early in the month, we nevertheless enjoyed substantial rainfall from thunderstorm activity. - [ + + ] 

Richmond - ...3RD WARMEST JULY ON RECORD AT RICHMOND... TEMPERATURE: WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 81.7 F...2005 RANKS AS THE 3RD WARMEST JULY ON RECORD AT RICHMOND. THE AVERAGE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 72.5 RANKS AS THE WARMEST ON RECORD. 20 DAYS RECORDED A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 90 F OR HIGHER (NORMAL IS 15...AND MOST IS 26 DAYS IN 1993). DESPITE REACHING A HIGH OF 100 F ON THE 27TH...NO RECORD HIGHS WERE SET DURING THE MONTH. PRECIPITATION: A TOTAL OF 9.28 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL DURING THE MONTH...MAKING 2005 THE 11TH WETTEST JULY ON RECORD AT RICHMOND...AND THE WETTEST SINCE 1975. THIS IS NEARLY TWICE THE NORMAL AMOUNT OF 4.67 INCHES. MOST OF THE RAINFALL WAS A RESULT OF LOCALLY HEAVY DOWNPOURS FROM SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS. MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION WAS RECORDED ON 13 DAYS...JUST SLIGHTLY ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 11 DAYS...AND LESS THAN BOTH JULY 2004 (19 DAYS) AND 2003 (18 DAYS). THE WETTEST JULY ON RECORD WAS 1945...WITH 18.87 INCHES AND 22 DAYS OF MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION. THE DRIEST JULY OCCURRED IN 1983 WITH ONLY 0.51 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION. - [ + + ] - from Brown and Maloit at NWS Wakefield  

Mechanicsville - " Thunderstorms from the remnants of tropical depression Cindy moved through the area on the 7th and 8th with strong t-storms and downpours. " - notes from Glenn

Ruther Glen - Danny notes: " July brought well above normal temperatures and precipitation, two things that the area had seriously been lacking over the previous several months. 11 days with thunder are the most days with thunder ever recorded in a month at this location (back to 8/03). July 27th's 100 degree high temperature is also the highest temperature ever recorded at this location (back to 8/03). Yards throughout the region were thankful for over 5 inches of total rain for the month. " - [ + + ]

North Carolina:

Raleigh - " July conditions included the hottest temperatures of the year along with above normal precipitation. The high temperature on the 26th and 27th exceeded the century mark for the first time since August 1, 1999. The average daily temperature was approximately 2.4 degrees above normal. In addition, the weather was very humid with a number of days that the dewpoint was at least 77 degrees. " - [ + + ] - notes from Bob Woodson

Raleigh - NWS Raleigh (RAH) reports: " The significant weather highlights during July, 2005, include the heavy rain associated with the remnants of Hurricane Cindy that fell over the Mountains early in the month and the persistent hot weather that occurred east of the Mountains all month long, with only a scattering of cooling and wetting thunderstorms. The remnants of Hurricane Cindy http://www4.ncsu.edu/~nwsfo/storage/cases/20050707/ brought heavy rain and cooler temperatures to the Mountains early in the month. Much of this rainfall during the first week of July was related to the remnants of Cindy as they tracked from the Gulf Coast northeast along the Appalachian Mountains. Wet conditions persisted throughout the month over the Mountains and western Piedmont even after Cindy moved away. Thunderstorms were almost a daily occurrence at many Mountain, Foothill, and western Piedmont locations. It was a far different story for areas over the northeast Piedmont and northern Coastal Plain. A hot and dry weather pattern prevailed in these areas for most of July. Scattered storms brought some local cooling and wetting affects to select locations. Often there were consecutive dry days between these beneficial summer storms. The heat was likely the biggest weather highlight in July as many areas tallied between 20 and 25 days in which high temperatures reached into the 90s. The very hot weather reached a climax around July 27 and 28 when many areas east of the Mountains reached or exceeded 100 degrees. The full July 2005 NC Weather Review is available at: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/climate/data/MonthlySummary.Jul.2005.doc. " - [ + + ]

South Carolina:

Florence: - " RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE (101) SET ON THE 26TH. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 99 SET IN 1949. RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE (101) SET ON THE 27TH. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 100 SET IN 1949. " - [ + + ] - report from NWS RDU

North Myrtle Beach: - " RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE (101) SET ON THE 27TH. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 100 SET IN 1949. RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE (99) SET ON THE 28TH. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 98 SET IN 1949. " - [ + - ] - report from NWS RDU

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  
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 2004-2005 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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STATION / LOCATION (MILES & DIRECTION FROM MAIN POST OFFICE)/OBSERVER / YEAR RECORDS BEGAN / EMAIL ADDRESS:

  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 RGL Ruther Glen, VA 380'45" N 7732'29" W Danny Jessee 2003 danny@dannyjessee.com
   WAL   Wallops Island, VA 37 56'26" N 75 27'47" W Wallops Flight Facility Airport
CHO   Charlottesville, VA  Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport ASOS  (Rappahannock County) 38-08-18N 078-27-21W 192M AVL    Asheville, NC  Asheville Regional Airport 35-25-55N 082-32-15W 670M
HVA   Chesapeake, VA  Hickory, James Earehart, 5/1/2005, kearehart@cox.net 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
   MNC    Mebane, NC  Sean McManus 2005 - micman2b@pipeline.com
   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, WREL Radio -  06/96 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 - 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