...Overall: Much Warmer & Mostly Dry...
Most every station in the three state area reported above to well-above normal temps while rainfall was mostly below normal.  Summer thunderstorms helped several stations finish above normal in rainfall but everywhere the long-term deficits remained.  (back to September 2001).  Water restrictions were placed or continued in effect throughout the region.  Most coastal stations of Virginia and NC reported near normal to above normal rainfall.  In fact, Cape Hatteras (HSE) recorded over 9 inches during the month!  As might be expected in the summer time, coastal sites in all three states, reported average temps cooler than inland stations.

Citizen Weather Observer Program (CWOP) Info for ACON Members

I live in Brookeville, MD, and recently established an automated personal weather station (Peet Bros) and work at NWS HQ in Silver Spring in the Science Plans Branch.  I'm working with the NOAA Forecast System Lab in Boulder, CO, to gather weather mesonet observations in an ad hoc national data base to see if these uncalibrated data can be used with the calibrated NWS observations (ASOS) to improve analysis and short term forecasts.  For the individuals who want to help contribute to a national near real-time
mesonet, the Citizen Weather Observer Program is a way to participate.  CWOP people fall into two groups:  1) Ham Radio enthusiasts who use packet radio, Automatic Position Reporting System as a WX NETwork (APRSWXNET), to send their data to the central server, and 2) Internet broadband users who use TCP/IP to send their data to the central server.  The common values we have is an interest in weather watching, especially in very high temporal resolution and the sharing of these data.  Should the ACON membership wish to extend their weather observation contributions from a monthly to a daily forum, CWOP may be of interest to them.  Once a new participant registers and receives a user ID, they can start sending their data to CWOP.  User benefits of this program include central graphing and data basing of their information, java plots of CWOP with other mesonet data including ASOS, and representative checking and feedback to CWOP members.  Here are some links that offer additional information about this group:

1.  APRSWXNET CWOP Info and Registration Page on FINDU Server:
http://www.findu.com/citizenweather/
2.  CWOP Info Page at the National Hurricane Center (NHC):  Free APRSWXNET  Lite link on page used to send data
http://www.fiu.edu/orgs/w4ehw/CWOP-Main.html
3.  FSL MADIS MESONET Display Page:  Choose APRSWXNET Data to see CWOP observations http://www-frd.fsl.noaa.gov/mesonet/
4.  CWOP Quality Assurance Page:
http://wxqa.com/
5.  FINDU Server Graphical CWOP Plots:  My observations depicted
http://www.findu.com/cgi-bin/wxpage.cgi?call=CW0351&last=36
6.  Tanterra-Brookeville Weather:  My personal weather page
http://dhelms.mystarband.net/wx.html

Best Regards,

Dave Helms
CW0351
email:  dhelms@starband.net (h) david.helms@noaa.gov (w)

Here's more info received 7/28/02: A couple updates since I last contacted you: 1. Russ Chadwick's CWOP Quality Assurance page has moved to this location: http://wxqa.com/. 2. I have started a CWOP Info page to compliment Russ' page: http://dhelms.mystarband.net/cwop.html.

"The Weather Observer Worldwide"

Also, received this note more recently from Larry Huff:

I am endeavoring to make a list of web sites that are operated by NWS Coop observers.  I am developing such a list and posting them on my web site "The Weather Observer Worldwide" at
http://members.tripod.com/~OhioWx/theweatherobserverworldwid.html  Any help you could give would be much appreciated.

Larry Huff
Munroe Falls Weather Station
National Weather Service Coop Observer
Station Index #33-8062-3
http://www.ohioweather.net

 
 
 


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
JUNE 2002


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

-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.

Susan Funk's, NWS AKQ
June 2002 Hydrological Report
http://205.156.54.206/er/akq/HYM/JunPre2002.txt

Blue Light in the Sky? 

Jim, the Weather Guy in MD, sent this email today (7-27-02) & I thought you'd enjoy..."Hidi-ho good neighbors. I thought I would pass this along to you. Sounds kind of scary. Last night (7/26) at 1:50 am near Waldorf several dozen Charles County residents were shaken out of their beds. According to WTOP and other sources several witnesses described a large circular blue object racing silently across the sky. What woke up the residents was a F-16 and two F-19's chasing this object. Usually I would chalk this up to someone in the trailer park with an over active imagination if it were not for the fact that the Air National Guard actually CONFIRMED that they scrambled the 113th air squadron to investigate "an unknown object". The jets chased this object for several miles before losing it. An unnamed source at NORAD told the AP that the object was first spotted in central VA moving at a high rate of speed. Officially NORAD officials are saying that it will investigate but as for now there is nothing to substantiate the residents' claims. New weapon? UFO?  Ted Turner found the Green Lantern's plane? Stay tuned!" - Jim 

Unraveling the Area Forecast Discussion (AFD)

Here's a quick reference that allows you to better understand the technical jargon you find in the area forecast discussions.
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/dtx/afdterms.htm
 

Reminder

National Weather Service station data listed herein is preliminary and may be subject to change.  The data has not been certified and cannot be used in legal actions.  Only reports certified by the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC may be used for these purposes.

ACON VA/NC/SC Member Station Extremes - June 2002
State
Maximum Temperature
Minimum
Temperature
Warmest
Average
Temperature
Coldest
Average
Temperature
Maximum
Precipitation
Minimum
Precipitation
Virginia
101°
Mechanicsville
43°
Wakefield
79.0°
Mechanicsville
69.4°
Blacksburg
7.26"
Weems
0.72"
Lynchburg
North Carolina
100°
Raleigh (RDU)
44°
Raleigh (RAL)
78.1°
Fayetteville, Lumberton
70.8°
Asheville
9.03"
Cape Hatteras
1.24"
Charlotte
South Carolina
101°
Charleston
54°
Columbia, Florence, North Myrtle Beach
79.2°
Columbia
76.9°
North Myrtle Beach
5.89"
Charleston
0.52"
Greenville-Spartanburg

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 82.2  64.6  73.3  94.3  25 51.4  8   9  0  0 0 30 NW    6  9 0 0 0  0 2400
ANN 86.93 64.77 75.85 96 25,26 55    8  12  0  0 0 30 W     5  9 0 0 0  0 2400
BCB             69.4  90    24 46   18                                    2400
BRI 85.3  61.1  73.2  95    24 49   18   7  0  0 0          4  0 0 0 0  0 0515/1600
CEN 86.9  63.6  75.3  90    25 54    8  12  0  0 0 38 333  6  6 0 0 0  0 1200/2400
CHO 86.3  60.8  73.6  93 25,26 49 8,18  10  0  0 0 29 270 27 10 0 0 0  3 2400
DAN 87.8  62.2  75.0  96    25 48    9  13  0  0 0                        2400
DCA 85.8  66.4  76.1  95    12 57    9  10  0  0 0 48 230  6  6 1 0 0  1 2400
IAD 84.1  61.0  72.5  93    25 52    8   6  0  0 0 39 180  5 11 0 0 0  4 2400
FCH 85.8  66.0  75.9  95    12 57    9   9  0  0 0 30       5  8 0 0 0  0 2400
HAM 85.4  67.7  76.6  95    25 49    9             33 NW    6  5          2400
HRG 82.3  59.4  71.0  90.2  26 48.8 18   1  0  0 0 20 SSE   6  3 0 0 0  1 2400
HER 83.1  63.0  73.0  93.2  26 54.3  8   4  0  0 0 24       6  8 0 0 0 NR 2400
HRN 82.9  62.3  72.5  91.8  11 53.6  8   4  0  0 0 30 SW    5  7 1 0 0  0 2400 
LKU 87.4  60.7  73.9  95    24 46    8  11  0  0 0 24 ESE   6  5 0 0 0  0 2400
LYH 86.4  60.1  73.3  95 24,25 48    9   8  0  0 0 36      19             2400 
LXI 89.0  58.1  73.1  99.0  25 45.0 18  13  0  0 0 33 NW   25  3 0 0 0  5 2400
NEW 82.60 59.03 70.82 93    24 49   18   8  0  0 0 35 NE    6  4 0 0 0  2 1700
NPN 88.0  66.1  77.1  99    25 47    9  12  0  0 0 33 W     6  7 0 0 0  0 2300 
NOR 86.2  66.6  76.4  97    25 49    9  12  0  0 0             2 0 0 0  0 2400
ORF 85.5  68.1  76.8  97     6 52    9  11  0  0 0 39 270 27  7 1 0 0  1 2400
POR 86.4  68.1  77.3  96    25 52    9  10  0  0 0 25 N     7  6 0 0 0  0 2400
MEC 93    64    79   101    31 49    9  19  0  0 0 12.5 N  28  5 0 0 0  2 1800
RIC 88.5  63.5  76.0  98    24 50    9  13  0  0 0 44 320  6  3 0 0 0  2 2400  
ROA 86.0  62.0  74.0  98    24 50   18   4  0  0 0 45       6             2400
ROK 86.8  62.2  74.5  96    25 50   18   9  0  0 0 26 NW    6  7 0 0 0  0 2400
AKQ 89.50 62.67 76.08 98    24 43    9  15  0  0 0                        2400  
WEE 94.1  61.8  77.9  98 5,25, 50    8  16  0  0 0 35+ W       0 1 0 0  0 0800/2000
                            26
WOO 80.3  62.9  71.6  89    26 54  3,8   0  0  0 0             8 0 0 0  3 0800
WSH 84.7  61.5  73.1  94.7  11 51.1  8   6  0  0 0 13 E     6  9 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 81.9  59.6  70.8  89     4 49 9,16   0  0  0 0 43 330 27  9 0 0 0  6 2400
BRE                                                                       1600
CLT 87.6  64.8  76.2  93     2 53   16  11  0  0 0 33 310  6  4 0 0 0  0 2400
ECG 86.5  66.8  76.7  97     2 49    9  11  0  0 0 41 300 28  7 0 0 0  2 2400
FAY 89.6  66.6  78.1  99     2 53    9  16  0  0 0 29 310  6  2 0 0 0  4 2400
GSO 86.8  64.4  75.6  93 17,21 53    3  10  0  0 0 59 250  6  6 0 0 0  2 2400
                            29
HSE             76.4
LBT 89.2  67.1  78.1  99  2,13 52   10  14  0  0 0 28 250 28  5 0 0 0  3 2400
RAL 91.7  63.5  77.6  97  5,12 44   23  21  0  0 0 24     1,7, 5 0 0 0  0 1900
                         13,25                             28
RDU 91.2  64.7  77.9 100    13 47    9  18  0  0 0 37 230 27  5 0 0 0  2 2400
ROX 89.7  63.7  76.7  98    24 48    9  16  0  0 0 37 N     1  6 0 0 0  0 2100 
ILM 86.4  67.8  77.1  99     2 53   10   7  0  0 0 44 250 14  5 0 0 0  1 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 90.0  68.4  79.2  99    13 54     9 16  0  0 0 43 260 14  8 0 0 0  0 2400
CHS 87.9  69.4  78.7 101     2 57    10 11  0  0 0 37 090 30  4 0 0 0  0 2400
CRE 84.6  69.2  76.9  93    28 54    10  4  0  0 0 33 230 14  0 0 0 0  1 2400 
FLO 89.0  67.1  78.1  98  2,13 54    10 13  0  0 0 30 090 21  3 0 0 0  2 2400
GSP 88.6  65.4  77.0  95     2 55     9 10  0  0 0 40 210  5  7 0 0 0  0 2400
OGB 89.7  67.4  78.6 100     2 57  9,10 17  0  0 0 41 260 14  8 0 0 0  4 2400
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 86.2  60.9  73.6  93     4  50  16   8  0  0 0                        2400 
DAV 72.3  55.5  63.9  82    25  43   3   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  2.65  0.76 13 0.94 13-14 10 0 15.09  0.0          0.0  2.5  30.471 20 29.616  2 2400
ANN  2.64  0.57 18 0.83 18-19 11 0 14.50  0.0          0.0  4.9  30.51  21 29.62   2 2400
BCB  5.59  2.97 24                 17.39  0.0          0.0  6.9                      2400
BRI  2.10  0.82 27 0.85 27-28      14.95  0.0          0.0  9.25 30.47     29.83     0515/1600
CEN  3.26  0.90 18 1.49 18-19 11 0 14.80  0.0          0.0  3.1  30.50  21 29.61  14 2400 
CHO  2.65  0.86 18 1.37 18-19  9 0 14.04  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.45  21 29.59  14 2400 
DAN  2.87  0.95  1             7 0        0.0          0.0       30.43  21 29.61  14 2400
DCA  3.81  1.92 13 2.02 13-14  9 1 14.61  0.0          0.0  3.2  30.49  20 29.63  14 2400
IAD  3.61  1.02  5 1.04   5-6 11 1 16.98  0.0          0.0  2.6  30.48  21 29.63   2 2400 
FCH  3.65  1.82 13 1.89 13-14 10 1 13.16  0.0          0.0  2.2                      2400  
HAM  5.50  2.50 14 2.80 14-15             0.0          0.0       30.40  20 29.60  15 2400
HRG  1.19  0.50  4 0.50   4-5  9 0 15.51  0.0          0.0  8.7  30.51  21 29.72  14 2400
HER  3.71  0.78 13 0.78    13 11 0 18.49  0.0          0.0  2.6  30.52 20, 29.51   2 2400
                                                                        21
HRN  3.73  0.93 19 1.40 18-19 12 0 18.65  0.0          0.0  2.4  30.460 21 29.661 14 2400 
LKU  4.28  1.56 13 1.56    13  6 2 16.45  0.0          0.0  7.5  30.45     29.57     2400
LYH  0.72          0.24 27-28      13.97  0.0          0.0  1.6  30.46  21 29.62  14 2400
LXI  1.75  0.69 27 0.69    27  9 0 16.69  0.0          0.0  6.5  30.47  20 29.67  14 2400
NEW  2.77  0.90 13            12 1 17.73  0.0          0.0  8.0                      1700
NPN  2.34  1.01  6 1.06   6-7  9 1 21.78  0.0          0.0 10.3  30.38 19, 29.55  14 2300
                                                                        20
NOR  3.22  1.09  6 1.15   6-7  9 1 23.40  0.0          0.0  9.0                      2400
ORF  4.28          1.39   6-7  7 2 20.69  0.0          0.0  7.4  30.43  20 29.58  14 2400 
POR  2.92  1.28  6 1.34   6-7  8 0 22.80  0.0          0.0  9.2  30.420 20 29.579 15 2400 
MEC  2.11  0.67 28 0.94 28-29  8 0 17.79  0.0          0.0  8.1  30.24  20 29.42  14 1800
RIC  1.56  0.56  6             6 0 12.77  0.0          0.0  8.7  30.47  21 29.60  14 2400 
ROA  1.46  0.67  1                 12.65  0.0          0.0  4.1  30.46  21 29.65  14 2400
ROK  1.82  0.48  6 0.55 26-27  8 0 14.99  0.0          0.0  4.0  30.34  21 29.60  14 2400 
AKQ  1.58  0.56  6             8 0 18.90  0.0          0.0  9.0                      2400
WEE  7.26  2.47 15 2.47    15  7 5 23.01  0.0          0.0  9.4  30.34  8, 29.60  2, 1630
                                                                      20,21       15
WOO  3.93          1.55 13-14  9 1 19.58  0.0          0.0 10.0  31.02  21 30.30  15 0800
WSH  4.53  1.33 13 1.53 13-14  9 2 20.59  0.0          0.0  3.1  30.57  21 29.74  15 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 20.58  0.0          0.0  1.6  30.41  21 29.71  14 2400
BRE                                21.82  <-through May 2002                       2400
CLT  1.24  0.60 26             4 0 16.55  0.0          0.0  4.4  30.40  21 29.63  14 2400 
ECG  5.06  1.30 28 1.96 27-28  8 2 25.51  0.0          0.0  6.0  30.41  20 29.56  14 2400
FAY  1.49          1.01   6-7  9 0        0.0          0.0                           2400
GSO  3.73          1.49   6-7  7 2 15.89  0.0          0.0  8.2                      2400
HSE  9.03
LBT  2.62  1.35 14            14 0 16.82  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.34  21 29.60  14 2400
RAL  2.41          1.06 27-28 11 0 17.31  0.0          0.0 12.0  30.46  11 29.63  14 1900
RDU  2.75          1.06 26-27  5 1 16.43  0.0          0.0 12.3                      2400
ROX  1.38  0.71 26 0.71    26  7 0 16.39  0.0          0.0 12.0  30.52  21 29.72  14 2100
ILM  4.21  1.21 22 1.21    22 11 1 16.58  0.0          0.0  1.8  30.34  20 29.63  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  0.63  0.31 14            16 0 19.53  0.0          0.0  5.0  30.34  21 29.61  14 2400 
CHS  5.89  2.15 22            11 2 18.93  0.0          0.0    T                      2400 
CRE  2.98  1.22 22            10 1 11.85  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.33  20 29.64  14 2400 
FLO  2.15  0.68 27 0.87 26-27  9 0 14.86  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.34  21 29.60  14 2400 
GSP  0.52  0.27  4 0.39   4-5  6 0 16.46  0.0          0.0  4.1  30.37  21 29.65  14 2400 
OGB  1.38  0.58  6 0.58     6 11 0 13.85  0.0          0.0  0.0            29.78  29 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  1.99          0.66 13-14 10 0 16.42  0.0          0.0                           2400 
DAV  2.61  0.74  6            12 0 30.53  0.0          0.0 81.5                      1900

Virginia:

Annandale - Lowell reports: "June was a hot and dry month. The average mean temperature was 75.85 , a departure of + 2.44. It was the second warmest June in the last 22 years and the warmest since 1994. We had 12 days equal to or above 90 and 4 days equal to or above 95. Only 1994 had more 90 days in the last 22 years. Also only 1994 had a higher maximum temperature reading for June in the last 22 years than this month's 96 recorded on both the 26th and the 27th. June had few cool nights as the lowest minimum temperature for the month was only 55 and 56 is the 22-year record set in 1989. The daily average temperature range for June was 22.2 the highest since 1994. We had 11 days with measurable precipitation but were below average rainfall for the month as we were not in the track of several thunderstorms. It was the driest June here since 1999. For the year we're now -7.58" below average in precipitation and with last year's deficit of -7.84" we are behind a total of 15.42" in precipitation. The barometer reading of 30.51" on June 21st was the highest recorded in June since 1979. June Daily Records--- June had 6 daily HIGH maximum 22-year temperature records for the date. June 4, 5, 11, 25, 26, 27; June had 1 daily LOW maximum 22-year temperature record for the date: June 14; June had 3 daily HIGH minimum 22-year temperature records for the date: June 1, 5, 26; June had 0 daily LOW minimum 22-year temperature records for the date; June had 1 daily HIGH range 22-year temperature record for the date: June 9; June had 1 daily LOW range 22-year temperature records for the date: June 14; June had 0 daily HIGH 22-year precipitation records for the date." [ + - ]

Arlington - NWS WBC reports: ...Records... On the 12th, 95 tied the record high for the day set in 1986. June 2002 was a rather warm June on average. This was assisted by the fact that there were ten 90 or warmer days. That is the first time in eight years that June has had that many. Last year only had sixteen during the course of the entire summer. As a whole it was the warmest June since 1996. With most of the precipitation falling from scattered thunderstorms...rainfall once again varied widely around the area. Washington ended up wetter than normal with nearly 4" of rain. That is the most rain produced in a month since last July. More than half of the total this June fell in 24-hours during the 13th and 14th. [ + + ]

Ashburn - Gary reports: " In keeping with much of the past year, temperature was above normal (+2.3) and precipitation was considerably below normal (-1.27"). Despite a meaningful number of thunderstorms, many produced very little precipitation. June generally brings at least one daily rainfall of over 1", but that failed to happen this year. The most notable event of the month was the recording of a rainfall rate of 13.09"/hour on the 6th, where .15" of rain fell within one minute (followed by another .14" in the next one minute period, and a respectable .51" within eleven minutes. This sets a new station record by almost 3"/hour. Some very nice towering cumulus and some fine examples of cumulus castellanus appeared in June, along with much cumulonimbus, they just appeared to drop whatever precipitation they contained somewhere else. The 29th of June marked the one year anniversary of my weather station, and this is my 12th report to ACON. I have quite a ways to go to catch up to many of the members here!" [ + - ]

Blacksburg - NWS Blacksburg reports the monthly mean temp was 2.6 above normal while rainfall was 1.36" above normal. [ + + ]

Bridgewater - The average temperature for the month was 3.1 above normal while the rainfall was 1.3" below normal. Precipitation for the year is now 3.3" below normal. We have had sixteen thunderstorms so far this year, but none have been severe. Our gardens here haven't done too badly in spite of the dry weather. The rains have been spread out enough to keep the gardens going. However, if we don't get rain soon, plants will begin to suffer. - [ + - ]

Centreville - "With 315 cooling degree-days coming in at more than twice the 155 degree-day normal, I can see why the power company is laughing all the way to the bank. Twelve days had highs of 90 or above, and a record setting 98 entered the books for the 25th. Overall, average daily temperatures were 5.5 above the 69.8 normal. The highest low temperature was 74 on the 26th; 7 above normal for that time of the month. Fifty-four degrees was the lowest reading for June and happened on the 8th. Somehow the two didn't balance out, and the average nightly low of 63.6 came in at 6.7 above the 56.9 that history has presented for us to expect. During the seven days from June 13th thru 19th, 74% of our monthly rain fell with 2.41" on the dipstick. In the 24-hour period spanning June 18th and 19th, 1.49" contributed 62% of the accumulation for the week and a few drops shy of half of our total of 3.26" for the month. That is 91% of the typical 3.59", and leaves the coffee can 6.12" short for the year depending on whose coffee can you're using. Better days are ahead. - notes- with a twist - from Paul [ + - ]

Charlottesville - The monthly rainfall total was 1.09" below normal. The average wind speed was 4.0 mph. [ M - ]

Dulles - The mean temp was 1.6 above normal. The monthly rainfall was 0.46" below normal. Average wind speed, 5.1 mph. - from NWS WBC [ + - ]

Falls Church - "June '02 was warmer and wetter than normal. Thunderstorms from the evening of the 13th produced almost 2" of rain." - report from Erica [ + + ]

Hampton - Report from Dave: " A brief cool spell from the 7th-10th was the only comfortable weather for June. Typical warm and humid weather ruled although not oppressive. Rainfall was above normal and welcomed. A downpour on the evening of the 14th produced local flooding with 2.50" of rain."

Harrisonburg - Terry notes: " Temperatures for June averaged 2.4 above normal. Total precipitation for the month was 1.19" which was 1.57" below normal. Yearly precipitation totals 15.51" which is 1.16" below normal." [ + - ]

Herndon Bob notes: " As referenced to Dulles normals--my average max was 0.3 above and the average min was 4 above normal. My precip was 0.36" below "normal." Not a bad month, but one more inch would have been better." [ + + ]

Herndon - " The monthly temperature was 1.6 above average and rainfall was .34" below average. We had thunderstorms move through the area on the 5-6th, 18-19th, and the 26-28th. The storm on the 19th brought 3/8 inch hail for several minutes and a new daily record rainfall of .93" - notes from Russ [ + - ]

Lexington - Scott from WREL notes: Back to "normal" here in our part of the Shenandoah Valley (above normal temperatures, below normal precipitation). Mean temperature for June was +2 while rainfall was only 1.75" which is 1.98" below normal. Of our monthly rainfall total (1.75"), 1.21" fell in two days (6/19 and 6/27). The balance of the month did not feature a 24 hour rainfall in excess of .20", so we continue to dry out. June 30th marks the halfway point of the year. "On paper", our drought does not appear all that severe. January though June normal precipitation is 19.65"; our total is 16.69"... essentially 3" behind normal. A review of the previous 12 months shows a deficit of 8.15". Going back to January 1, 2001, our l8 month deficit is 14.91". We recorded a month high temperature of 99.0 on 6/25. This was the highest temperature recorded at our weather station since August, 1999 when the temperature reached 102! So, June 25th was the hottest day in nearly three years! This also was the second highest temperature recorded in June...the record is 100 set on June 30, 1959. Two minor thunderstorms rolled through in June. Most activity centered in the Piedmont and along the VA/NC border leaving this area relatively quiet in June. 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).

Lousia - Joe reports, "Even though the precipitation for June was above average, it was received days apart and in large amounts from thunderstorms. We are still way below average for the year (who isn't?)." - [ M + ]

Lynchburg - Rainfall for the month was 3.07" below normal while the mean temp was 2.2 above normal. - from NWS Blacksburg
[ + - ]

Newport News - Gary reports: "Much needed rain the first half of the period. 6 record lows for the month with a minimum of 37 on the 22nd. The marks the latest date - by 14 days - for a reading under 40 !! [ M M ]

Norfolk - NWS AKQ reported the mean temp at ORF was 2.3 above normal. Rainfall was 0.51" above normal. Rainfall for the year was 1.55" below normal. The average wind speed was 9.7 mph. [ + + ]

Portsmouth - The average temp for June was 1.8 above normal. Rainfall was 81% of the normal. Station records set in June: 5th - Maximum Temperature - 92 [previously 88 in 1986]; 5th - Maximum Minimum Temperature TIED - 72 [previously in 1989]; 6th - Maximum Temperature - 94 [previously 90 in 1977]; 6th - Maximum Minimum Temperature - 72 [previously 71 in 1981]; 6th - Daily Rainfall - 1.28" [previously 1.16" in 1995]; 9th - Minimum Temperature TIED - 52 [previously in 1997]; 13th - Maximum Temperature - 94 [previously 93 in 1981]; 13th - Maximum Minimum Temperature - 75 [previously 74 in 1987]; 14th - Daily Rainfall - 0.60" [previously 0.49" in 1997]; 25th - Maximum Minimum Temperature - 75 [previously 74 in 1994]. The average wind speed was 3.77 mph from a dominant southerly direction. Sky cover for the month was 36.63%. For the year, mean temps are running about 3 above normal while rainfall was 0.13" above normal (101%). The long-term deficit is 8.17" (since September 2001). [ + - ]

Richmond - NWS AKQ reported the mean temp at RIC was 2.5 in excess of the normal. Rainfall was 1.98" below normal. For the year, rainfall was 4.97" below normal. The average wind speed was 7.6 mph. [ + - ]

Mechanicsville - Glenn notes: "We need more rain! Looks like we may have to do a rain dance!"

New Market = "We are about 2 warmer than usual for the month. Rain is about 1" below normal." - notes from Joyce [ + - ]

Roanoke - Wendell reports: "Hot and dry sums up our weather for June. Temperature was 2.7 above normal. Rainfall was 1.32" below normal." [ + - ]

Roanoke - NWS Blacksburg reports that the monthly mean temp was 2.6 above normal. Rainfall was 2.22" below normal. [ + - ]

Woodstock - "Precipitation slightly above average; temps a little above average. Yearly precip now normal despite very dry January and February. Regularly spaced thunderstorms provided good agricultural rainfall, but did little to remedy the hydrologic shortfall." - notes from Lauck [ + + ]

North Carolina:

Asheville - from NWS GSP: The monthly mean temp was 1.6 above normal and the rainfall was 1.75" above normal. The average wind speed was 4.5 mph. Average sky cover was 30% and the average relative humidity 76%. [ + + ]

Brevard - Bob notes rainfall was some 3.15" more than the 10-year average of 3.63". However, the area is still 7.53" short of the average accumulation through May.

Charlotte - NWS GSP reports the mean temp here was 0.3 below normal and precip was 2.18" below normal. The average wind speed was 5.5 mph. The average sky cover was 60% and the average relative humidity was 68%. [ - - ]

Elizabeth City - The Elizabeth City Coast Guard Station [ECG] reported an average wind speed of 10.0 mph. The mean temp was 0.9 below normal while rainfall was 0.75" above normal while yearly rainfall was 2.28" above normal. - from NWS AKQ [ - + ]

Fayetteville - NWS RDU reports sky cover averaged 20%. The average relative humidity was 67%. The average wind speed was 7.4 mph.

Cape Hatteras - The average temperature in June 2002 was 76.4. This was 1.5 warmer than the 1895-2002 average, the 24th warmest June on record (1895-2002). 9.03" of precipitation fell in June. This was 4.71" more than the 1895-2002 average, the 5th wettest June on record (1895-2002). - from NCDC

Greensboro - NWS RDU notes a mean temp here of 2.0 above normal. Rainfall was 0.20" above normal. The average wind speed was 7.2 mph. The average relative humidity was 64%. Sky cover was listed as 50%. A daily record high minimum temp was set on the 5th. [ + + ]

Lumberton - The average wind speed was 6.6 mph. The average monthly temperature 2.5 above normal while rainfall 1.94" below normal - from NWS ILM [ + - ]

Raleigh - NWS RAH reported the monthly average temp was 3.2 above normal while rainfall was 0.67" below normal. June 2002 was the 4th warmest on record at RDU with records dating to 1944. Daily record high temps were set on the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 12th, and 13th. Daily record high minimum temps were tied on the the 5th and 13th. The average wind speed was 7.2 mph. The average relative humidity was 65% and the average sky cover was 40%. [ + - ]

Raleigh - Bob reports: " June was much warmer than normal while precipitation was below normal. There were 4 days in which the high temperature reached 97. The NWS official observation site recorded at least 6 record high temperatures. The continued dry conditions for the area have resulted in water restrictions for Wake County." [ + - ]

Roxboro - Merriell notes: "Brief showers and thunderstorms welcomed, but the area remains very dry - in extreme drought. Temperatures averaged 5.5 above normal and precipitation was 2.09" below normal." [ + - ]

Wilmington - From NWS ILM: Wilmington established a record high temperature on the 2nd with 99, previously 98 set in 1895. The record high temperature 98 was tied on the 13th, previously set in 1958. The average temp was 1/10th degree above normal while rainfall was 1.15" below normal. The average wind speed was 7.4 mph. [ + - ]

South Carolina:

Charleston - NWS CHS reports the monthly mean temp was 0.5 above normal. Rainfall was 0.03" below normal. The average wind speed was 7.8 mph. [ + - ]

Columbia - NWS CAE reports that the mean temp here was 0.7 above normal. Rainfall was a whopping 4.36" below normal. The average wind speed was 6.5 mph. Average sky cover was 50% while the average relative humidity was 65%. [ + - ]

Florence - The mean temp here was 0.4 above normal while rainfall totals were 2.12" below normal. The average wind speed was 6.9 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 0.3 above normal while rainfall was 0.68" below normal. The average wind speed was 8.3 mph. Records: High temp set on the 2nd with 92 (91 previously in 1998); low temp set on the 10th, 54 (55 previously in 1997). - 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 CND  Concord, NC Tom Myers Lat: 35° 37' N. Long: 80° 66' W or approx 8 miles SSW of Concord (Downtown)stormwatch@vnet.net
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