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SUMMARY OF CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA 


JULY 2008


... TEMPERATURES COOL OFF A BIT ...
... RAINFALL: THOSE WHO HAD THUNDERSTORMS REALIZE ABOVE NORMAL PRECIP
THOSE WHO DON'T SEE BELOW NORMAL TOTALS ...

A look at your and NWS station data show that temperatures across the Lower Mid-Atlantic and SE US cooled off a bit from averages realized in June. Still, taking the average of all stations, we were pretty close to normal heat for July. June was simply an extremely warm month. Temps across the northern half of Virginia were more above normal than areas to the south in our three state region. In North Carolina, only Roxboro reported a temperature average more than 1░ above normal. Many stations noted slightly above normal or below normal departures. In South Carolina, most stations were at or slightly below normal temperature averages with the exception of Greenville-Spartanburg.

Rainfall monthly amounts included some rather impressive totals for Newport News and Portsmouth (in VA) and for Fayetteville and Wilmington (in NC) as training thunderstorm outbreaks pushed measurements to rather high totals. Such thunderstorm activity is quite common in the summer months. Northern Virginia experienced such in June 2008.

An updated look at the drought monitor (see link below) reveals continued concerns for exceptional drought conditions for extreme northeast Georgia, extreme northwest South Carolina, and into extreme southwestern North Carolina. Other areas in our region continued with abnormally dry and moderate drought conditions.



  • NATIONAL CLIMATE SERVICE UPDATE    For a short time at our server, you may access the NOAA's Climate Services Roundtables Intergovernmental Session Summary, dated June 28, 2008, with a click here.


  • ANNANDALE STATION & WEBSITE ENDS 28-YEAR RUN; GLEN ALLEN STATION TO COMMENCE SOON    From Lowell Koontz comes some exciting news. He writes: "After 28 years this is the last report from the Annandale Weather Center. The Annandale website weather data will NO LONGER BE UPDATED. This is the result of a move to the Richmond, Virginia area as my son lives there. If all goes as planned the site will become active again by this fall as a Glen Allen, Virginia station. The new site will be called Glen Allen - Springfield Park Weather. Also I think I will be able to keep the same email address as I will be using Verizon DSL in Glen Allen, VA." [Editor's note: I certainly wish Lowell the best and look forward to his new weather station. Having visited his weather central in Annandale, it will be most curious to see how he sets up the Glen Allen site! As he'll be changing from one NWS area of responsibility to another (KLWX to KAKQ), Wakefield has a new tremendous cooperative weather observer in Lowell. I'm sure they've already heard he's coming and can expect his skill, accuracy, and tenacity in weather observation to be a tremendous asset, just as he has marveled so many of us these past 28 years!]


  • DROUGHT MONITOR    http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html    More information on drought can be found at NOAA's Drought Information Center http://www.drought.noaa.gov/
  • REMINDER All National Weather Service station data listed herein is preliminary and may be subject to change.  The data has not been certified and cannot be used in legal actions.  Only reports certified by the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC can be used for these purposes.

  • ACON VA/NC/SC Member Station Extremes - JULY 2008
    State
    Maximum Temperature
    Minimum
    Temperature
    Warmest
    Average
    Temperature
    Coldest
    Average
    Temperature
    Maximum
    Precipitation
    Minimum
    Precipitation
    Virginia
    99°
    Danville, Wakefield
    46°
    Blacksburg
    80.7°
    Arlington, Norfolk (FHC)
    70.6°
    Blacksburg
    8.65"
    Portsmouth
    1.07"
    Lynchburg
    North Carolina
    98°
    Beaufort, Fayetteville
    Lumberton, Roxboro
    48°
    Asheville
    80.4°
    Cape Hatteras, Wilmington
    72.9°
    Asheville
    12.43"
    Wilmington
    1.86"
    Greensboro
    South Carolina
    102░
    Greenville-Spartanburg
    56°
    Anderson
    81.1°
    Columbia, Charleston
    Orangeburg
    78.8°
    North Myrtle Beach
    8.64"
    North Myrtle Beach
    3.19"
    Greenville-Spartanburg


    ( 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
         ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         BCB 82.6  58.6  70.6   -0.5  89   22  46    2   0  0  0 0 72% 39 250░   6   2.5       8 0 0 0  4     2400 AKQ
         BRI 84.5  64.4  75     +1.2  92 20,22 53    2   4  0  0 0 54%                                        0510 LWX
         CEN 86.3  67.2  76.8   +1.7  93   20  59    1   7  0  0 0 68% 45 353░  27   1.2  338░ 7 0 0 0  1     2400 LWX
         CHT 86.5  66.2  76.3   +0.6  94.5 20  59    1   9  0  0 0 73% 37 135░   4   0.4  180░ 6 0 0 0  1     2400 LWX
         CHO 86.8  63.9  75.4         95 20,30 55  2,25 10  0  0 0     39 090░   8   3.5       5 0 0 0  2     2400 LWX
         DAN 90.2  65.6  77.9   -0.9  99 21,22 52    2  17  0  0 0 68% 37 250░   9   4.8       3 0 0 0  0     2400 RNK
         DCA 89.5  72.0  80.7   +1.5  96   21  65    1  14  0  0 0 61% 51 310░  22   7.0       8 0 0 0  1     2400 LWX
         IAD 87.6  66.0  76.8   +1.1  95   20  58 1,25  11  0  0 0 68% 40 280░  22   4.8       7 0 0 0  1     2400 LWX
         FCH 86.8  67.3  77.1         98   10  56   19  10  0  0 0    100        4            11 0 0 0  2     2400 LWX
         FRV 96.2  66.7  76.2         95   20  58 1,25  11  0  0 0                            13 1 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         HDV 87.3  66.4  76.9    0.0  95   20  58    1   9  0  0 0 68%                         5 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         LDY 87.3  68.3  77.8   +0.3  95   25  62    3  11  0  0 0 60%                         7 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         LYH 87.8  63.5  75.6   +0.5  96   30  50    2  10  0  0 0 68% 41 230░   9   4.2       6 0 0 0  0     2400 RNK
         NEW 85.93 61.80 73.86        94   20  52    2   8  0  0 0 62% 30 360░   1  14.67 180░ 7              1700 LWX
         NPN 89.4  68.9  79.1         97 4,22  62   26  15  0  0 0     42 270░  23            10 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         NOR 88.3  69.6  78.9   -0.2  96   22  64 2,16, 13  0  0 0                             7 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
                                                    26
         ORF 87.1  70.9  79.0   -0.1  96    4  66   26  10  0  0 0 72% 43 240░  29   7.1      12 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         FHC 88.99 72.41 80.7   +1.6  96.6  4  68.8 26  14  0  0 0 75% 57 225░  23   2.5  203░                2400 AKQ
         POR 89.5  69.5  79.5   -0.3  97 4,22  65 3,26  16  0  0 0 77% 38 180░   8   2.9  122░ 7 0 0 0  1     2400 AKQ
         CTR 88.2  65.8  75.8   -2.1  98.5 22  56.9  2  13  0  0 0 78% 14 203░   8   0.1  164  5 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
                                                                       14 113░  22
         MEC 89.58 67.42 78.58        98   22  61    2  12  0  0 0                             8 0 0 0  0     1700 AKQ
         RIC 89.7  68.4  79.0   +1.1  98   22  63  1,2  16  0  0 0 67% 58 210░   4   5.6       7 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         ROA 86.9  65.2  76.1   -0.1  96   21  55    2   9  0  0 0 63% 46 280░   9   5.1       8 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         AKQ 90.2  66.3  78.3         99   22  57   17  16  0  0 0                                            2400 AKQ
         WAL 86.1  68.1  77.1   +0.5  95   21  63   17   5  0  0 0     40 310░  22   7.2       1 0 0 0  2     2400 AKQ
         WOO 81.5  65.5  73.5   -1.2  88 19,20 57  1,2   0  0  0 0                               0 0 0  8     2400 LWX
                                           21 
         WSH 87.4  64.0  75.7   +0.05 95.0 20  57.4 25  12  0  0 0 69% 23 158░  23   0.7  360░ 9 0 0 0  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 84.7  61.0  72.9  -0.1  93    21 48     2  0  0  0 0 70% 32 330░  1    4.5      2 0 0 0  2     2400 GSP
         MRH 84.8  73.9  79.4        89    21 65   2,3  0  0  0 0     49 200░  6    9.7     12 0 0 0  0     2400 MHX
         CLT 89.4  67.6  78.5  -1.8  97    22 56     2 16  0  0 0 67% 39 170░ 22    6.0     11 0 0 0  0     2400 GSP
                                                                      39 360░ 31
         ECG 87.5  68.2  77.8  -2.0  95    22 60    13  9  0  0 0 73% 52 170░ 23    7.3     16 0 0 0  3     2400 AKQ
         FAY 90.5  70.2  80.3        98    22 59     2 15  0  0 0 68% 43 310░  8    6.8     13 0 0 0  2     2400 RAH
         GSO 88.3  68.3  78.3  +0.4  97    21 57     2 11  0  0 0 62% 32 250░  8    6.3      8 0 0 0  0     2400 RAH
         HSE 85.5  75.3  80.4  +1.2  90 18,21 71    24  2  0  0 0     40 310░ 21    8.6      0 0 0 0  2     2400 MHX
         HKY 87.5  66.3  76.9  -0.8  96    21 55     2 10  0  0 0     40 250░  9    3.6     11 0 0 0  8     2400 GSP
         LBT 90.3  69.7  80.0  +0.8  98    22 57     2 16  0  0 0     63 240░ 30    5.1     14 0 0 0  4     2400 ILM
         EWN 89.0  69.8  79.4  -0.9  97    22 58     2 11  0  0 0     37 170░  6    5.9      0 0 0 0  3     2400 MHX
                                                                      37 360░ 22
         RDU 89.5  68.4  79.0  +0.2  97 21,22 56     2 15  0  0 0 69% 47 240░ 22    5.3      9 0 0 0  1     2400 RAH
         RAL 89.3  67.5  78.4  -0.4  96 4,21, 61     2 14  0  0 0     28      22            6+ 0 0 0  0     2400 RAH
                                           22
         ROX 89.3  63.9  77.9  +1.4  98    22 56     2 14  0  0 0 66% 45 270░ 22        180░ 8 0 0 0  0     2400 RAH
         ILM 89.1  71.7  80.4  -0.7  97    21 63   2,3 12  0  0 0 73% 41 110░ 10    6.7     10 0 0 0  2     2400 ILM
    SOUTH CAROLINA
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
       
         STN  A      B    C     C1    D    E  F      G  H  I  J K K1  L  M     N   N1   N2   O P Q R R1 R2  S    CWA
         -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         AND 90.7  68.6  79.7   0.0  98    21 56     1 20  0  0 0     37 260░  8   5.1      12 0 0 0  2     2400 GSP
         CAE 91.3  70.8  81.1  -0.9  99    21 61     2 22  0  0 0 66% 41 310░  9   6.0      11 0 0 0  1     2400 CAE
                                                                      41 290░ 23
         CRE 85.8  71.8  78.8  -0.6  96    21 64     2  2  0  0 0     43 160░ 10   7.9      11 0 0 0  1     2400 ILM
         CHS 90.3  72.0  81.1  -0.6  97    21 66     2 16  0  0 0     43 280░  5   7.1      12 0 0 0  1     2400 CHS
         FLO 90.6  70.2  80.4  -0.8  98 21,22 60     2 18  0  0 0     37 360░ 31   6.1      10 0 0 0  3     2400 ILM
         GSP 91.9  69.1  80.5  +1.7 102    21 58     2 21  0  0 0 60% 56 250░  8   5.7      12 1 0 0  2     2400 GSP
         OGB 91.8  70.4  81.1        99    21 63     2 27  0  0 0     38 290░ 10   5.5      11 0 0 0  1     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 85.7  62.0  73.8  -0.4  93    21  50    2  8  0  0 0     44 270░  9   2.4      10 0 0 0  6     2400 MRX
         DAV 73.7  55.2  64.5        82    19  49  1,2  0  0  0 0                                           0700 PBZ

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

    VIRGINIA
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
       
         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V    V1   W X   Y      Z  1   2 3    4    5     6   6A   7    7A    8    S
         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         BCB  4.88  -0.71 0.84 23 0.84    23 12 0 21.88  0.0           0.0  8.7                             2400
         BRI  3.40  +0.63 0.73 23 1.08 23-24 10 0 21.60  0.0           0.0  6.3  30.20  17 29.80  31        2400
         CEN  5.10  +1.53 1.13 27 1.37    27 14 2 33.61  0.0           0.0  6.7  30.22  16 29.70  31 29.96  2400
         CHT  3.20  -0.37 0.99 13 1.24 13-14 11 0 29.76  0.0           0.0  7.9  30.229 16 29.694 31 29.99  2400
         CHO  2.94        1.78  5 1.78     5 11 1 18.70  0.0           0.0                 29.66  31        2400
         DAN  4.00  -0.44 1.30 23 1.65 22-23 11 1 20.25  0.0           0.0  3.8  30.23  16 29.71  31        2400
         DCA  3.60  -1.06 1.09 23 1.11 13-14 11 1 32.35  0.0           0.0  4.9            29.66  31        2400
         IAD  2.18  -1.39 1.06 13 1.20 13-14 12 1 28.40  0.0           0.0  6.5            29.66  31        2400
         FCH  3.70        1.57  4 1.95   3-4 11 1 24.94  0.0           0.0  2.6                             2400
         FRV  5.66        2.02               10 2 25.76  0.0           0.0  7.4  30.25  16 29.72  31        2400
         HDV  2.76  -0.85 0.91 13            13 0 30.57  0.0           0.0  8.3  30.14  16 29.60  31        2400
         LDY  2.44  -1.51 0.97 13 1.18 13-14  9 0 22.87  0.0           0.0  1.5  30.21  16 29.67  31 29.88  2400
         LYH  1.07  -3.32 0.19 19 0.24   7-8 11 0 17.09  0.0           0.0  2.1  30.21  16 29.69  31        2400
         NEW  5.82  +2.26 2.20  4                        0.0           0.0  6.6  30.48  16,30.10 1,14       1700
                                                                                        17                 
         NPN  7.29        2.34 20 2.34    20 12 3 28.03  0.0           0.0  2.3  30.16  17 29.65  31        2400
         NOR  6.53  +1.29 1.37 23 2.01 23-24 11 1 26.59  0.0           0.0  0.3                             2400
         ORF  5.19  +0.02 1.30 23 1.78 23-24 12 1 24.10  0.0           0.0  0.2  30.16  16 29.65  31        2400
         FHC  7.04  +1.87 1.70 23 2.14 23-24 13 1 24.80  0.0           0.0  0.2  30.15  16 29.64  31 29.973 2400
         POR  8.65  +3.21 2.58 23 3.00 23-24 14 3 26.90  0.0           0.0  0.4  30.15  16 29.62  31 29.968 2400
         CTR  4.19  -0.27 1.19  6 1.62   6-7 13 1 26.34  0.0           0.0  0.8  30.16  16 29.66  13 29.967 0400
         MEC  3.53        1.47  7 1.59   6-7 11 1 25.07  0.0           0.0  2.5  30.03   7 29.31  31        1700
         RIC  4.05  -0.62 0.99 23 0.99    23 10 0 28.98  0.0           0.0  0.8  30.19  25 29.67  31        2400
         ROA  3.67  -0.33 1.73 22 2.02 22-23 12 1 20.42  0.0           0.0  4.9  30.23  16 29.71  31        2400
         AKQ  3.84        1.24  5            12 2 26.62  0.0           0.0                                  2400
         WAL  2.90  -0.66 1.55 24 1.78 23-24 11 1 24.25  0.0           0.0  3.9  29.96  29 29.65  31        2400
         WOO  4.60  +0.43         1.57 13-14 14 2 20.93  0.0           0.0  7.7  30.42  16 30.01  31        0800
                                                                                           
         WSH  4.63  +0.46 0.93 23 1.78 22-23 17 2 30.38  0.0           0.0  8.2  30.29   6 29.78  31        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  4.02  +0.15 1.35  6 1.35     6 12 1 19.90   0.0          0.0  3.8  30.21  17 29.74  31         2400
         MRH  6.79        2.06  6 2.23   5-6 16 3 26.86   0.0          0.0  0.0            29.67  31         2400
         CLT  3.57  -0.22 1.01  8 1.01     8 10 1 21.39   0.0          0.0  1.4            29.71  31         2400
         ECG  3.94  -1.01 1.20 14 1.31 23-24 11 1 15.63   0.0          0.0    T  30.19  25 29.67  31         2400
         FAY 11.47        2.99  8 2.99     8 15 3 40.12   0.0          0.0                 29.70  31         2400
         GSO  1.86  -2.58 0.41  5 0.47   5-6 12 0 19.40   0.0          0.0  4.0            29.70  31         2400
         HSE  5.11  +0.16 1.00 16 1.00    16 13 1 30.07   0.0          0.0  0.0            29.67  31         2400
         HKY  6.21  +2.04 1.01 23 1.39   8-9 13 1 16.67   0.0          0.0  3.0  30.21  17 29.74  31         2400
         LBT  5.38  -0.23 1.13 23 1.13    23 13 1 21.22                          30.15   7 29.66  31         2400
         EWN  4.99  -1.83 1.82  6 2.09   5-6 13 1 22.00   0.0          0.0  0.0            29.67  31         2400
         RDU  5.96  +1.67 0.97  9 1.41   5-6 12 0 27.03   0.0          0.0  0.5            29.70  31         1900
         RAL  4.32  +0.03                       0 25.50   0.0          0.0  0.5  30.17  17 29.75  31         2400
         ROX  4.84  +0.25 1.43  5 1.43     5  9 2 21.85   0.0          0.0  5.3  30.23  16 29.72  31  30.03  2200
         ILM 12.43  +4.81 3.43 19 3.45 19-20 18 5 29.16   0.0          0.0    T  30.17   7 29.69  31         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  4.41  +0.78 3.29  8  3.30   8-9  9 1 20.19  0.0          0.0  1.5  30.21  17 29.74  31         2400
         CAE  3.52  -2.02 1.07  6  1.29   5-6 10 1 21.50  0.0          0.0  0.3  30.15  16 29.72  31         2400
         CRE  8.64  +3.45 1.88 10  3.22  9-10 15 3 28.52                         30.18   7 29.71  31         2400
         CHS  4.97  -1.16 1.15  5  1.31 10-11 13 1 21.93  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.16   8 29.74  31         2400
         FLO  7.11  +1.83 2.38  6  2.38     6 13 3 24.00                         30.15   7 29.67  31         2400
         GSP  3.19  -1.46 0.60 13  0.76  9-10 11 0 19.77  0.0          0.0  3.1            29.71  31         2400
         OGB  3.24        1.05 23  1.05    23 16 1 22.42                    0.0  30.16   8 29.76  31         2400
    NEARBY STATIONS
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
       
         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V      V1  W X   Y      Z  1  2  3   4     5     6   6A   7    7A 8      S
         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         TRI  4.69  +0.48 1.32 22 1.37  9-10 13 2 22.21   0.0            0.0   4.0 30.22 16 29.74  31        2400
         DAV  5.01        1.48  5            16 1 49.21   0.0            0.0 155.2                           0700    

    Virginia:

    Arlington - From NWS WBC come these notes: " JULY 2008 AT WASHINGTON REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT WAS CLOSE TO NORMAL IN TERMS OF MONTHLY PRECIPITATION...WITH SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES. THE NUMBER OF 90 DEGF DAYS...14...WAS ALSO CLOSE TO THE NORMAL OF 14.5. THERE WERE TWO RECORDS TIED FOR HIGHEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURE FOR THE DATA WITH BOTH SET AT THE END OF THE MONTH. ON THE 30TH THE MIN OF 78 DEGF TIED THE RECORD HIGH-MIN LAST SET IN 2002...AND ON THE 31ST THE MIN OF 78 DEGF TIED THE HIGH MIN RECORD FOR THE DATE SET IN 2006. " [ + - ] 

    Bridgewater - " The temperature for the month was about a degree above normal. The precipitation was .63 inches below normal. The precipitation for the year is Now 21.58 inches which is close to normal. At the time of this writing, it is beginning to get dry here in the Valley. There were no big weather events in our area in July. " - [ + - ] - notes from Clayton

    Centreville - Paul sends these notes: The Independence Day festivities of July 4th got off to a striking start when a breath of cool fresh air arrived amid a somewhat diminished but notable display of thunder and lightning. By the time the fireworks display on the National Mall approached, the sky had cleared and another great display was enjoyed by all. The monthly average░temperature worked out to be 76.8░, slightly warmer than the typical 75.1°. Actually the +1.7░ deviation was the second smallest next to May with all other months this year running four degrees or over to the plus side. . The maximum temperature for July of 93° occurred on the 20th during a five day stretch of 90░+ days. Thunderstorms, beginning on the 20th and lasting off-and-on for another five day stretch, brought temperatures down to a manageable level for the remainder of the month. The average maximum temperature for July worked out to be 86.3░; that being 0.6░ cooler than the published max average of 86.9░. Night time temperatures behaved relatively well in July too. Fifty-nine degrees was entered in our log books as the lowest temperature for July; the only reading in the fifties all month. A deviation of +4.0░ was recorded over the established average monthly low of 63.2░ at 67.2░. May was the only other month this year with a lower deviation. Most other months had warmer readings of six degrees or better. Until mid-month, precipitation was on the shy side with only 0.27" in the bucket until the evening of the 13th. From then thru the morning of the 14th and again briefly that evening, much needed rain accumulated to 1.37"; the greatest 24 hour amount for the month. From then until the end of the month rain fell on a fairly regular basis finally yielding 5.10" for a monthly total. This was 1.53" over the 3.57" monthly average and for the year we are registering 33.61"; an 8.49" surplus. Happy sailing maties! " - [ + + ] -

    Chantilly - Russ Topping reports: " No records were broken in July. The average temperature was 0.6░ above normal. Total precipitation for the month was 3.20", which was 0.37" below average. Thunderstorms rumbled through on the 4th, 13th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 27th. Dense fog was observed on the 13th. *Please note, anemometer is currently partially obstructed from the southeast " - [ + - ]

    Dulles - from NWS Sterling (KLWX) come these notes: " JULY 2008 AT WASHINGTON DULLES AIRPORT HAD SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES. THE NUMBER OF 90 DEGF DAYS...11...WAS ALSO CLOSE TO THE NORMAL OF 12. HOWEVER...IT WAS A DRY MONTH AT DULLES. AVERAGE JULY 2008 MONTHLY PRECIPITATION OF 2.19 INCHES RANKS IT 9TH DRIEST ON RECORD...OVER THE 46 YEAR PERIOD OF RECORD SINCE 1963. THERE WERE NO TWO RECORDS TIED OR BROKEN DURING THE MONTH. " - [ + - ]

    Falls Church - from Windie in Falls Church: " July's high temperatures were 0.3 degrees cooler than June's as temperatures moderated for most of the month. Overall they still finished slightly above normal. Precipitation finished well below normal once again. " - [ - - ]

    Front Royal - from Mike Perritt: " The month of July 2008 will be remembered as warmer then normal with above normal precipitation. The monthly total of 5.66 was found in two distinct events which provided 70% of that total. The first of these events was on the 13th and 14th as a cold front approached the area. Heavy showers and thunderstorms prevailed from the afternoon of the 13th to morning of the 14th. The majority of the 2.12" of rainfall that fell here was received after midnight on the 14th, with only .10" falling before that. Severe storms affected the station about 1am on the 23rd. Winds to 60mph and numerous downed trees were reported along with the expected power outages, which lasted 13hrs at this station. The precipation total for that event was 1.92". Severe weather again affected the station on the 26th. Winds gusts to 50mph and 3/4" hail fell on the afternoon 26th. That was the 1st time hail fell at this station since records began in 2006. The hottest period of the month was the 18th-22nd with the 20th being the daytime high winner with 95. Lastly 13 days were reported as having a thunderstorm at or in the vicinity of the station. " - [ + + ]

    Herndon - Randy sends this report: " July was right at normal for temperature, and below normal for precipitation. July was another turbulent month precipitation wise with thunderstorms occurring on 5 days. The thunderstorms were again spotty over the area on many of the days with some locations again receiving heavy rain, while others close by receiving little or none. I measured 2.76 inches of rain, with almost half of that occurring on the 13th and 14th. The rest of the rain occurred in light amounts on 11 other days during the month. The precip ended up being 0.85 inches below normal for my location. For the year, we have had 30.14 inches which is now about 4 inches above normal. As for the temperatures, we had a fairly even month with the high temps only ranging from 80 to 95 with nine days at or above 90 and the lows ranging from 58 to 73. This resulted in the average high 1 degree above normal and the low was 1 degree below normal. " - [ -/+ - ]

    Ladysmith - Danny reports: " July's high temperatures were 0.3 degrees cooler than June's as temperatures moderated for most of the month. Overall they still finished slightly above normal. Precipitation finished well below normal once again. " - [ + - ]

    Portsmouth - " JULY 2008 WAS FIFTH WETTEST JULY IN THE DATABASE TO 1976. THE TOP 5 WETTEST JULY'S INCLUDE: (1) 13.32" 1999 (2) 11.80" 1996 (3) 8.75" 1991 (4) 8.71" 1982 (5) 8.65" 2008. Rainfall was well above normal with 8.65"; 159% of the normal or +3.21". July was cooler than normal and, surprisingly, cooler overall than June. July's average temp was 0.3░ BELOW normal (a 0.6░ decrease from June). FROPA: 1st, 10th, 14th,24th ~ STATION RECORDS: 4th - TEMPERATURE TIED Maximum 97░ [previous 1997]; 8th - WIND GUST 38 mph [previous 28 1996]; 9th - TEMPERATURE Minimum Maximum 80░ [previous 82░ 1979]; 9th - WIND GUST 35mph [previous 31 1997]; 16th - TEMPERATURE TIED Minimum 66░ [previous 1981]; 23rd - RAINFALL 2.58" [previous 0.69" 1992]; 23rd - WIND GUST 33mph [prev 26mph 1998]. Rainfall for the year-to-date is 26.90" which is 0.84" BELOW normal (97% of normal). " - [ - + ] 

    North Carolina:

    Greensboro - NWS Raleigh (RAH) reports: " See the report from RAH under Raleigh (RDU) below. The July 2008 North Carolina Weather Review is located here: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/ncsummaries/MonthlySummary.Jul.2008.doc [when available]. " - [ + - ]

    Raleigh - Bob reports: " Both the average daily temperature and precipitation were near normal. Precipitation for year is -.0.32 below normal . Even though the peak of the severe weather season has normally passed, this area was under a severe thunderstorm watch at least five different occasions. Many thunderstorm warnings were issued by the NWS RAH for its CWA. " - [ - + ]

    Raleigh - NWS Raleigh (RAH) reports: " Records for July: 30TH...LOW OF 75 BROKE THE RECORD WARMEST LOW OF 74 PREVIOUSLY SET IN 1997. The July 2008 North Carolina Weather Review is located here: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/ncsummaries/MonthlySummary.Jul.2008.doc [when available]. " - [ + + ]

    Nearby Cities:

    Tri-Cities - NWS Morristown, TN (MRX) reports: " Tri-Cities received 4.69 inches of rain in July, which was 0.48 inches above normal. It ranked in the middle one-third of the 71 years of observations taken at Tri-Cities in July. Measurable rain occurred on 13 days, but only four of those days received more than one-quarter of an inch. The heaviest rain fell on the 22nd, when 1.32 inches was reported. The wettest July was back in 1949, when 9.73 inches was recorded. The monthly-averaged temperature at Tri-Cities was 73.8 degrees, which was 0.4 degrees below normal. It ranked as the 16th coolest July on record at Tri-Cities. A daily record low temperature was tied on the 1st when the low temperature dipped to 51 degrees, tying the previous record set back in 1988. In addition, a daily record low temperature was broken on the 3rd when the low temperature fell to 55 degrees, breaking the old record of 56 degrees set back in 1990. The coldest July at Tri-Cities was back in 1967, when the average temperature was 69.8 degrees. " - [ - + ]



    COLUMN DENOTATIONS:

    A  maximum mean temperature T total precipitation (inches)
    T1 departure from normal
    B  minimum mean temperature U maximum calendar day precipitation (inches)
    C  monthly mean temperature
    C1 departure from normal
    U1 date of maximum calendar day precipitation
    D  maximum temperature V date(s) of maximum daily precipitation
    E  date(s) of maximum temperature V1 maximum 24-hour precip. & date(s)
    F  minimum temperature W number of days with precip. >= .01"
    G  date(s) of minimum temperature  X number of days with precip. >= 1.0"
    H  days with maximum temperature >=90 Y year-to-date precipitation (inches)
    I  days with maximum temperature <=32 Z maximum calendar day snowfall (inches)
    J  days with minimum temperature <=32 VRB Variable
    K  days with minimum temperature <= 0 1 date of maximum calendar day snowfall (inches)
    K1 average relative humidity 2 number of days with snowfall
    L  peak wind gust (miles per hour)  3 number of days with snowfall >= 1.0"
    M  direction of peak wind gust 4  total snowfall for month (inches)
    N  date(s) of peak wind gust  5 total snowfall for 2007-2008 season (inches)
    N1   average wind speed (miles per hour) 6 maximum barometric pressure (inches)
    N2 dominant wind direction 6A date of maximum barometric pressure
    O  number of days with thunder  7 minimum barometric pressure (inches)
    P  number of days with hail 7A date of minimum barometric pressure
    Q  number of days with glaze 8   average sea-level pressure
    R  number of days with ice pellets STN  Station
    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   
    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
       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  CLT    Charlotte, NC NWS Charlotte/Douglas International Airpot 35-12-48N 080-56-55W 220M
    IAD   Dulles - Washington-Dulles International Airport  38-56-05N 077-26-51W 93M  SSB    Sunset Beach, NC   33.9░ N 78.5░ W  Tom Myers
    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
      GSO   Greensboro, NC NWS Piedmont Triad International Airport 36-05-51N 079-56-37W 275M
    CHT   Chantilly, VA Russ Topping -  12/2006  russ.topping@gmail.com - new location December 2006 HSE    Cape Hatteras, NC  Mitchell Field 35-13-56N 075-27-21W 3M
    HDV    Herndon, VA  Randoplh W. Ashby, 3.3 SM South, Lat: 38.922127, Lon: -77.38015, Elev: 390'. Randolph_Ashby@Raytheon.com LBT    Lumberton, NC  Lumberton Municipal Airport 34-36-26N 079-03-36W 37M
       EWN    New Bern, NC  Craven County Regional Airport 36-04-03N 077-02-50W 3M
    FRV     Front Royal, VA  Michael Perritt -  04/08 snowyat9@yahoo.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