...Most of Area Sees Significant Increase in Rainfall...
Greetings folks. As I write (4/14/02), looks like spring has definitely set in with pleasant- if not a bit humid - southeast and south winds from a Bermuda high setting up offshore southeast US. Perhaps this will give us some good shots at much needed rains and to get those drought levels lower across the entire region.

Not a lot of weather going on in March 2002, but the major events are highlighted in the headers and in your reports below. Seems there was a great recovery in rainfall for most areas and those with deficits weren't all that far from normal. Temps for the most part remained above normal. While rainfall deficits have been reduced since January 1st in our region, the long-term (September/October 2001 through the present) still show serious deficits. Those of you in northwest and northern Virginia are still no way near your long-term needs. Other extreme deficits continue over central North Carolina west of Raleigh and for much of central South Carolina. Check the drought monitor link below (and note the Web address has changed) for the specifics.

Floods Hit Southwest Virginia (excerpted from the Washington Post, 3/19/02)
 
Swollen rivers in southwest Virginia stranded scores of people and swept away livestock, oil tanks and cars in some of the worst flooding every recorded in that region.  Between 4 and 7 inches of rain fell across seven rural Virginia counties in about 36 hours, causing flash flooding.  Across the Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky borders region more than 500 people were evacuated from their homes and dozens more were cut off by washed-out roads.
 
Virginia Floods Caused by Logging?
http://www.cnn.com/2002/WEATHER/04/06/logging.floods.ap/index.html
 
Virginia's First Line of Spring Thunderstorms Topples Trees (3/27/02)
 
Thunderstorm wind gusts resulting in downed trees were reported on the 27th from Alberta, Brunswick, Chester, Chesterfield, Sandston, & Henrico in central Virginia on either side of the James River.
 
Severe Thunderstorms Form Over Eastern/Southeastern North Carolina & Northeast South Carolina (3/31/02)

On the 31st, just after 1 PM EST, many continuing reports of hail (up to 
1 ¾") were received by the Raleigh NWS office for the Fayetteville north to the Raleigh area and east to Goldsboro.  Flash flooding reported near I 40 eastward to Goldsboro.  Severe reports continued until sunset.

Susan Funk's, NWS AKQ
March 2002 Hydrological Report (when available)
http://205.156.54.206/er/akq/HYM/MarPre2002.txt

March in the Mid-Atlantic
Received an email from ACON DC/MD/DE's Kevin Shaw including this link to an article from the Intellicast Almanac.  As he noted, you might find this of interest: http://www.intellicast.com/Almanac/MidAtlantic/March/
 
El Niño Ready to Kick-in?

A developing El Niño could show its first impact on worldwide weather by mid-summer, but how extensive that impact will be remains uncertain.  Read more about this from NOAA at the following CNN link:
http://www.cnn.com/2002/TECH/science/04/13/el.nino/index.html

 
 
 


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
MARCH 2002


Don't Forget: Group Web Address Has Changed !!

ACON VA/NC/SC has moved to http://members.cox.net/wxr/acon.htm
Our archive for 1995-2000 is archived at GeoCities (Yahoo!) and is linked from the page above.  An additional link is provided for our archive 2001 - the present.
 
Cool Images from the Storm Prediction Center
 
You've just got to check out these highly unusual images provided by the SPC.  Everything from the thunderstorm that cold cocked the radar, to the hurricane shaped, tornado producing supercell over Dublin County, NC,  to detecting ship movement by their smokestack exhausts!!  Don't miss this at:
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/coolimg/

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.

Drought Monitor Update - NEW URL!

Check this Internet site for the latest National Weather Service update on drought conditions: [Please note that the URL address has changed!]
http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html

Drought Seasonal Outlook from Climate Prediction Center

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/
seasonal_drought.html

ACON VA/NC/SC Member Station Extremes - March 2002
State
Maximum Temperature
Minimum
Temperature
Warmest
Average
Temperature
Coldest
Average
Temperature
Maximum
Precipitation
Minimum
Precipitation
Virginia
86°
Mechanicsville

Blacksburg
52.9°
Portsmouth
42.1°
Centreville
5.72"
Newport News
3.33"
Harrisonburg
North Carolina
85°
Lumberton, Wilmington
12°
Brevard
56.6°
Wilmington
47.5°
Asheville
8.60"
Elizabeth City
3.13"
Greensboro
South Carolina
87°
Florence, Charleston
19°
Columbia
60.4°
Charleston
52.5°
Greenville-Spartanburg
5.11"
Greenville-Spartanburg
2.99"
North Myrtle Beach

(Please note the column denotations table below.)
TEMPERATURES / WIND / ELEMENTS


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 62.4  27.1  45.2  77.2  15 12.6  5   0  0 12 0 40 NW   21  1 0 0 0  0 2400
ANN 56.90 36.35 46.63 78    15 16    5   0  0 11 0 42 W    10  1 0 0 0  2 2400
BCB             42.7  75    15  8    5             45      21             2400
BRI 57.7  33.7  45.7  79    15 11    5   0  1 13 0             1 0 0 0  1 0515/1600
CEN 57.4  35.2  42.1  79    15 13    5   0  0 10 0 44 017 21  1 0 0 0  1 1200/2400
CHO 57.9  35.0  46.5  78    15 16    5   0  0 12 0 32 300  3  4 0 0 0  2 2400
                                                   32 320 21            
DAN 61.0  36.9  49.0  79 15,25 14    5   0  0 12 0                        2400
DCA 57.3  38.0  47.6  80    15 19    5   0  0  6 0 52 330 21  2 0 0 0  2 2400
IAD 56.5  34.1  45.3  78    15 11    5   0  0 12 0 45 320 21  2 0 0 0  4 2400
FCH 56.7  36.6  46.7  80    15 18    5   0  0  8 0 30      10  0 0 0 0  0 2400
HAM                                                                       2200
HRG 55.4  32.4  44.2  75.7  15 15.0  4   0  1 14 0 28 S    29  0 0 0 0  2 2400
HER 55.4  35.4  45.4  76.6  15 15.1  5   0  0 10 0 33      21  2 0 0 0 NR 2400 
HRN 55.3  35.0  45.2  77.6  15 12.1  5   0  1 11 0 41 NNW  21  1 0 0 0  1 2400 
LKU 58.4  33.0  45.7  79    15  9    5   0  0 14 0 29 NW   22  1 0 0 0  0 2400
LYH 58.4  34.4  46.4  79    15 15    1   0  1 14 0 40      10             2400 
LXI 57.8  28.6  45.3  79.2  15 10.2  8   0  0 18 0 36 N    21  0 0 0 0  4 2400
NEW 56.71 32.16 44.44 78    15  9    5   0  0 14 0 44 W    22  0 0 0 0  1 1700
NPN 62.6  41.1  51.9  84    16 18    5   0  0  6 0 34 SSE   2  3 0 0 0  1 2300 
NOR                                                                       2400
ORF 61.8  42.5  52.2  83    16 25 1,23   0  0  5 0 43 010  22  2 0 0 0  3 2400
POR 63.2  42.6  52.9  83    16 23    5   0  0  6 0 37 N    22  0 0 0 0  3 2400
MEC 67    37    52    86 15,16 16    5   0  0 10 0 17.9ESE 22  2 0 0 0  2 1800
                            30
RIC 60.5  37.7  49.1  81 15,16 14    5   0  0 11 0 39 360 21  2 0 0 0  3 2400  
ROA 60.1  36.1  48.1  81    15 20   22   0  0 10 0 46      21             2400
ROK 59.8  34.8  47.3  82    15 15    5   0  1 13 0 31 NW   10  0 0 0 1  1 2200 
AKQ 63.37 38.13 50.75 84    16 13    5   0  0 11 0                        2400  
WEE 58.9  36.9  47.8  80 15,16 12    5   0  0 11 0             2 0 0 0  2 0800/2000
WOO 56.0  35.0  45.5  78    16 14    5   0  0 10 0             0 0 0 1  7 0800
WSH 56.0  34.4  45.2  76.6  15 12.5  5   0  0 12 0 30 ESE  10  1 0 0 0  0 2400
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 59.7  35.3  47.5  75 15,16 14    0   0  1 14 0 43 340 22  4 0 1 0  2 2400
BRE                   76       12                                         1600
CLT 63.9  39.5  51.7  82    16 17    5   0  0  8 0 33 360 22  3 0 0 0  3 2400
ECG 63.7  43.1  53.4  84    16 21    5   0  0  6 0 39 010 22  4 0 0 0  4 2400
GSO 60.8  38.7  49.8  78    25 16    5   0  0  8 0 38 200 26  3 0 0 0  5 2400
LBT 68.5  43.1  55.8  85    16 20  1,5   0  0  7 0 36 300 31  4 0 0 0  4 2400 
RAL 65.0  39.1  52.1  80    26 14    5   0  0  9 0 51 SE   26  3 0 0 0  2 1900
RDU 64.3  40.8  52.5  83    16 18  1,5   0  0  7 0 45 230 26  3 0 0 0  5 2400
ROX 62.8  39.0  50.9  80.0  25 16.0  5   0  0  9 0 42 NW   22  2 0 0 0  1 2100 
ILM 68.0  45.3  56.6  85    16 23    1   0  0  5 0 39 190  2  5 0 0 0  2 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 69.8  44.3  57.0  84    16 19    1   0  0  6 0 31 270  3  3 0 0 0  2 2400
                                                   31 290  9
CHS 72.7  48.2  60.4  87    18 23    1   0  0  5 0 41 180  2             2400
CRE 65.9  45.8  55.9  76    20 22    1   0  0  6 0 36 230  0  0 0 0 0  5 2400 
FLO 70.3  44.1  57.2  87    16 21  1,5   0  0  6 0 35 190  9  3 0 0 0  7 2400
                                                   35 210 31
GSP 64.2  40.7  52.5  82    16 21    5   0  0  9 0 43 360 22  0 0 0 4  0 2400
OGB 71.3  45.2  58.3  85 17,26 21    1   0  0  5 0 38 260 31  4 0 0 0  7 2400
                            31
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 59.6  35.0  47.3  77    25 13    1   0  1 14 0                        2400 
DAV 47.9  27.0  37.5  69    15  1    5   0  3 17 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  3.37  0.62 20 0.79    20  9 0  5.00  0.0     1 0  0.0  2.5  30.543  1 29.583  3 2400
ANN  3.95  1.21  2 1.25   2-3 13 1  6.03  0.0          0.0  4.9  30.56   1 29.62   3 2400
BCB  4.28  0.85 17                  7.06               0.1  6.7                      2400
BRI  3.43  0.76  2 0.76     2  7 0  4.62  0.25 2       0.25 8.25 30.42     29.74     0515/1600
CEN  3.52  0.70  2 0.70     2 12 0  5.06  0.0          0.0  3.1  30.53 1,2 29.56   3 2400 
CHO  3.57  1.24  2 1.24     2 13 1  5.41  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.51   1 29.61   3 2400 
DAN  3.38  0.88 18            12 0        0.0          0.0       30.53   1 29.69   3 2400
DCA  3.37  0.77  2 0.77     2 13 0  5.16  0.0          0.0  3.2  30.57   1 29.61   3 2400
IAD  3.48  0.79  2 0.79     2 13 0  5.17  0.0          0.0  2.6  30.55   1 29.60   3 2400 
FCH  3.36  0.86  2 0.89   2-3 12 0  4.66  0.0          0.0  2.2                      2400  
HRG  3.33  0.70  2 0.70   2-3  9 0  4.75  0.25 22 1 0 0.25  8.7  30.47   1 29.52  6, 2400
                                                                                  13
HAM                                                        12.0                      2200
HER  3.76  0.84  2 0.84     2 16 0  5.68  0.0          0.0  2.6  30.56   2 29.46   3 2400
HRN  3.75  0.80  2 0.85   2-3 13 0  5.71  0.0          0.0  2.4  30.528  1 29.637  3 2400 
LKU  3.72  1.17  2            16 1  6.34  0.0          0.0  7.5  30.53     29.63     2400
LYH  3.89  1.40 18            13 0  7.26  0.0          0.0  1.6  30.53   1 29.69   3 2400
LXI  4.52  1.42 26 1.42    26 12 1  5.54  0.1  2  1 0  0.1  6.5  30.47   1 29.67   3 2400
NEW  3.81  0.74  3            11 0  4.65    T  2         T  7.8                      1700
NPN  5.72  1.63 31 1.63    31 11 1 12.37  0.0          0.0 10.3  30.63   1 29.74   3 2300
NOR                                 6.79<-(thru' February)->9.0                      2400
ORF  4.91  1.02 17 1.51 17-18 11 1 10.51  0.0          0.0  7.4  30.59   1 29.68   3 2400
POR  5.49  1.17 17 1.17 17-18 12 2 12.05  0.0          0.0  9.2  30.601  1 29.704  3 2400 
MEC  4.29  1.12 27 1.18 17-18 11 1  8.48  0.0          0.0  8.1  30.30   1 29.53   3 1800
RIC  4.48          1.31 17-18 13 1  8.88  0.0          0.0  8.7  30.58   1 29.68   3 2400 
ROA  4.00  1.29 18            13 0  6.48  0.0          0.0  4.1  30.52   1 29.67   3 2400
ROK  4.67  1.00  2 1.10 16-17 12 1  7.32  0.0          0.0  4.0  30.49   5 29.73   3 2400 
AKQ  5.14  1.28 31            11 1 11.51  0.0          0.0  9.0                      2400
WEE  4.30  0.88 26 0.88    26 13 0  9.46                    9.4  30.54   1 29.70  3, 1630
                                                                                   13
WOO  3.52          1.03 19-20 14 1  5.02  0.0          0.0  9.6  30.86  2, 30.20   3 0800
                                                                        11
WSH  4.42  1.44  2 1.44     2 11 1  6.01    T  1  1 0    T  2.8  30.58   1 29.67   3 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  4.36  0.82  2 0.85   2-3 13 0  9.30    T  3         T  1.6  30.48   1 29.76   3 2400
BRE  6.52                          12.71                                             2400
CLT  4.48  1.21  2 1.53   2-3 11 1 10.70  0.0          0.0  4.4  30.52   5 29.75  13 2400 
ECG  8.60  1.69 31 2.03 30-31 14 3 15.78  0.0          0.0  6.0  30.59   1 29.63  13 2400
GSO  3.13  0.70  2            12 0  8.65  0.0          0.0  8.2                      2400
LBT  3.87  1.81 31             9 1  8.97  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.56   1 29.71  13 2400 
RAL  3.83          0.70 30-31 12 0 11.34  0.0          0.0 12.0  30.42   5 29.83  13 1900
RDU  4.18          0.97 26-27 12 0 11.42  0.0          0.0 12.3                      2400
ROX  3.57  0.84  2 0.84     2 13 0  9.71  0.0          0.0 12.0  30.58   1 29.76   3 2100
ILM  5.62  1.50 13            12 2  9.42  0.0          0.0  1.8  30.55   1 29.68  13 2400
SOUTH CAROLINA
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STN  T     U       V      V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5       6       7        S 
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CAE  3.54  1.07  2             9 1  7.91  0.0          0.0  5.0  30.54   5 29.73  13 2400 
CHS  4.48                      8 2  9.09  0.0          0.0    T                      2400 
CRE  2.99  1.05  2            11 2  6.00  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.54   5 29.71  13 2400 
FLO  4.43  1.75 31            11 2  7.65  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.53   5 29.73  13 2400 
GSP  5.11  1.17 30 1.19 12-13 12 1 11.36  0.0          0.0  4.1  30.49   5 29.76  13 2400 
OGB  4.34  1.54  2            10 1  8.57  0.0          0.0  0.0                      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  5.88  2.01 17            13 1 11.08                                            2400 
DAV  6.05  2.10 20            17 1 12.08  4.3  4 11 3 11.8 78.0                      1900
Virginia:

Annandale - Lowell reports: "March was a little warmer than average but still remained drier than average. The mean temperature for the month was 46.6 which was a departure of +1.9F. The ground temperature because of the warm winter was the third highest for March since ground temperature records were started at this station in 1985. The total precipitation for March of 3.95" was the most in any month since August 2001 but was still below average for March. Over the past twenty-two years March has averaged the wettest month of the year at this station (4.44") thus this March had a deficit of -0.49". The 1.21" of rain on March 2nd was the largest amount of precipitation for a calendar day since September 24, 2001. The average daily barometric pressure for March was 30.15", which was the highest for March since 1990. The lowest barometric pressure for March was only 29.62" that was the highest minimum monthly March pressure ever recorded at this station in the last 22 years. The previous record was 29.61" in 1990. In short, we haven't had any strong storms." [ + - ]

Arlington - NWS WBC reports: ...Records... No records were set in Washington DC this month. March will go down as another month of warmer and drier than normal weather. In fact...it is the 8th consecutive month with below normal precipitation. You have go go all the way back to July 2001 for above normal precipitation. Even though it was drier than normal, it was not as dry as the winter months and we did receive some significant precipitation during the month. The average wind speed was 10.2 mph. The monthly average temp was 1.1 above normal while the total precip for the month was 0.23" below normal. [ + - ]

Ashburn - Gary reports: "Finally a break, however small, in our long-standing (+ -). Actually a (+ +) month. Temperature was 2 above norm, and rainfall was .20" above norm. Passage of a cold front on the 21st made for some interesting weather; temperature at the station dropped 18F within 41 minutes. On the 17th, both the high (42.3F) and the low (35.6F) were recorded before 6:00 a.m. Temperature spread for the month was 64.6F. Wind speed averaged 2.6 mph this month, a bit more than usual. Had several days of fairly strong, consistent wind, but other days that were nearly still." [ + + ]

Blacksburg - NWS Blacksburg reports the monthly mean temp was 1.3 above normal while rainfall was 0.45" above normal. [ + + ]

Bridgewater - "This is the first month in the last seven with precipitation above normal. We have had some very nice beneficial rains during the month. The top soil is in good shape, but we need a lot more rain to raise the water level in the ground. The monthly mean temperature was 2.6 above normal." - notes from Clayton [ + + ]

Centreville - "The banner headline this month is for the high and low barometer readings. The recorded high of 30.53" at 1:22am on March 2nd was followed some 13 hours later with the lowest pressure of the month of 29.56". After that quick jump in Excedrin stock you'd hardly know that March had moved in. Except for a 13 low on March 5th, March came in like a lamb, and except for a brief warm period on the 29th and 30th, went out like a lamb as well. A record high for the month of 79 on the 15th was enough to skew the average monthly high temperature up a half a degree. While that seemed to be noteworthy, the rest of the month lacked a lot of excitement in the temperature department. The overall monthly average temperature was 4.2 above the normal 41.7, while the average high was an even 4 to the plus side of 53.4. The nightly low average tracked along with the others at 4.4 above the 30.9 we usually plan on and didn't give me much to make a big deal over. The rain gauges have regained a certain amount of my respect after recording 3.52". That is a decent 96% of our 3.57" normal. While these numbers didn't help reduce the severe water deficits in Northern VA and Maryland, we didn't cause as much alarm as in past months either. Recently the most noticeable dry month was February with only 15% of normal precipitation. With monthly temperatures somewhat normal, and rainfall just about normal, the lion of March didn't achieve much of the characteristic pride they are "manely" known for. Let's hope that however tame March seemed to be, that it was the beginning of a trend toward more normal rainfall." - "roaring" notes from Paul [ + - ]

Charlottesville - The monthly rainfall total was 0.18" below normal. The average wind speed was 6.0 mph. [ M - ]

Dulles - The mean temp was 1.9 above normal. The monthly rainfall was 0.07" below normal. Average wind speed = 7.9 mph. - from NWS WBC [ + - ]

Falls Church - March 2002 was about average for rainfall... the first time in about 6 months. However there were no days where an inch or more rain fell. The temperature was slightly above average. There was no snowfall this month- not even a trace. [ +/- + ]

Harrisonburg - Terry reports: "Temperatures for March averaged 3.9 above normal. 0.25" of snow fell for the month bringing the season total to 8.75". Total precipitation for the month was 3.33" which was .54" above normal. This is the first month with above normal precipitation since August 2001. From September 1, 2001 to March 31 2002 we have only had 8.7" of precipitation this is 11.34" below normal for that time period." [ + + ]

Herndon Bob notes: "A spring month that acted like spring!!" Bob uses the normals at Dulles International Airport for his reference values. He also notes that IAD's highs average 1 degree higher than his while IAD's low temps average 1 lower than his. His March temps were about 2 than IAD's and his precipitation total was 2.1" higher than IAD's. He adds, "My Jan-Mar cumulative precip was 5.58" compared to the Dulles 3-month 'normal' of 9.37", or a 3.69" deficit. If my hasty arithmetic is right, my Oct-Mar total precip has been 9.66" compared to a 19.12 inch 'normal' or a 6-month deficit of 9.46", very close to 50%. [ + + ]

Herndon - "March temperatures continued the pattern. They averaged 1.8 above normal. Not a trace of snow fell. We had a thunderstorm and dense fog on the 26th. Rainfall was the closest to normal that we have seen in months." - report from Russ [ + -/+ ]

Lexington - Notes from Scott at WREL: " "In March, I heard Tattoo yelling: 'Boss..De Rain...De Rain!' Our first above average month of precipitation since July, 2001. For only the second time in the last six months a monthly total over one inch was recorded. 1.42" of rain fell on March 26; the last date of 1"+ rain was August 30, 2001. The monthly total was 0.91" above normal. March monthly mean temperature was normal. We recorded only 0.10" of snowfall (3/2/02); our season total is now 6.45". I guess it's safe to put away the dusty snow blower and try to get the lawn mower working!" [ M + ]

Lynchburg - Rainfall for the month was 0.06" above normal while the mean temp was 0.6 above normal. - from NWS Blacksburg [ + + ]

Norfolk - NWS AKQ reported the mean temp at ORF was 3.2 above normal. Rainfall was 0.83" above normal. Rainfall for the year was 0.84" below normal. The average wind speed was 10.6 mph. [ + + ]

Portsmouth - The mean temperature for this March was the 6th warmest in the database to July 1976. With regard to rainfall, the month was the 5th wettest. March station records: 5th - Minimum Temperature - 23 [previously 24 in 1978]; 12th - Daily precipitation - 0.31" [previously 0.20" in 2000]; 16th - Maximum Temperature TIED - 83 [previously set in 1990]; 28th - Daily precipitation - 0.85" [previously 0.53" in 2000]; 31st - Daily precipitation - 1.04" [previously 0.78" in 1983]. Interestingly, the winter's lowest temperature occurred on the 5th of March. For the month, temps were 2.9 above normal and rainfall was 1.2" (128%) above normal. The average wind speed was 5.7 mph from a dominant northerly direction. The last of the smoke from Carolina fires drifting north to the locale occurred on the 7th and 8th. Warmer temps at month's end contributed to an increase of thunderstorm activity as spring began. For the year, mean temps are running about 4 above normal while rainfall was 0.41" above normal (104%). [ + + ]

Richmond - NWS AKQ reported the mean temp at RIC was 1.4 above normal. Rainfall was 0.39" above normal. The average wind speed was 8.1 mph. [ + + ]

Mechanicsville - Glenn sends these notes: "Finally, some needed rain. T-storms on the 26th with downpours and sharp lightning."

Roanoke - Wendell checks-in with: "Rainfall was 0.75" above normal while temps were above normal. No snowfall for March and this is 2.6" below normal." [ + + ]

Roanoke - NWS Blacksburg reports that the monthly mean temp was 0.9 above normal. Rainfall was 0.16" above normal. [ + + ]

Woodstock - "Precipitation was slightly above average for the first time since August. Seventh highest of 17 years. Temperatures were near average, 9th of 17 years." - notes from Lauck [ +/- + ]

North Carolina:

Asheville - from NWS GSP: The monthly mean temp was 1.2 above normal and the rainfall was 0.23" below normal. The average wind speed was 7.6 mph. Average sky cover was 40% and the average relative humidity 66%. [ + - ]

Charlotte - NWS GSP reports the mean temp here was 1.1 below normal and precip was 0.09" above normal. The average wind speed was 6.5 mph. The average sky cover was 60% and the average relative humidity was 66%. [ - + ]

Elizabeth City - The Elizabeth City Coast Guard Station [ECG] reported an average wind speed of 10.3 mph. The mean temp was 1.6 above normal while rainfall was 3.94" above normal. - from NWS AKQ [ + + ]

Greensboro - NWS RAH notes a mean temp 0.7 above normal. Rainfall was 0.72" below normal. The average wind speed was 8.1 mph. The average relative humidity was 64%. Sky cover was listed as 60%. [ + - ]

Lumberton - The average wind speed was 6.8 mph. The average monthly temperature 3.4 above normal while rainfall 0.44" below normal - from NWS ILM [ + - ]

Raleigh - NWS RDU reported the monthly average temp was 1.8 above normal while rainfall was 0.15" below normal. New records: RDU tied the daily high temperature record on the 26th and tied the daily high minimum temperature on the 30th. The average wind speed was 7.3 mph. The average relative humidity was 68% and the average sky cover was 50%. [ + - ]

Raleigh - Bob notes: "This station recorded an all-time record wind gust of 51 mph at 7:21pm on the 26th during a thunderstorm. There were two severe thunderstorm warnings and one flash flood warning issued for Wake Co. during March. Otherwise the average daily temperature was 1.4 above normal while rainfall was 0.20" above normal." [ + + ]

Roxboro - Merriell reports: "Although there were subfeezing temperatures several nights along with daytime cool spells, March temperatures averaged warmer than normal. Rainfall was about a quarter-inch less than normal." [ +/- - ]

Wilmington - From NWS ILM: ...Above normal precipitation for March in the Port City... The average temperature for the month of march was 1.6 above normal for the month. The average high was 1.8 warmer than normal...and the average low temperature was 1.6 warmer than normal. Total rainfall for March was 1.40" above normal. The last time Wilmington received above normal amounts of rainfall for a monthly period was March 2001. Above normal amounts of sunshine were received in March. 63% of possible sunshine was received...normal is 49%. Cooling degree days totaled 26 units in March. This amount was 9 units above normal. The seasonal total is now 41 units...20 units above normal. Heating degree days totaled 279 units in March. This amount was 59 units below normal. The seasonal heating degree total is now at 1891 units...which is 453 units below normal. The average wind speed for march was 8.2 mph. The 2nd was the breeziest day with a day-long average of 14.7 mph. The highest 2-minute wind for March was 31 mph from the south...occurring on the 2nd. [ + + ]

South Carolina:

Columbia - NWS CAE reports that the mean temp here was 1.6 above normal. Rainfall was 1.05" below normal. The average wind speeds was 6.3 mph. [ + - ]

Florence - The mean temp here was 1.4 above normal while rainfall totals were 0.43" above normal. The average wind speed was 7.4 mph. A record low temp was tied on the 1st (21 - previously set in 1980). A record high temp was set on the 16th (87 surpassing the 1977 record of 85). - from NWS ILM [ + + ]

Greenville-Spartanburg - The monthly mean temperature was 0.9 above normal while rainfall was 0.20" below normal. The average wind speed was 6.9 mph. The average relative humidity was 65% while the average sky cover was 40%. - from NWS GSP [ + - ]

Charleston - NWS CHS reports the monthly mean temp was 2.7 above normal. Rainfall was 0.48" above normal. The average wind speed was 8.6 mph. [ + - ]

North Myrtle Beach - The mean temp was 2.2 above normal while rainfall was 0.80" below normal. The average wind speed was 7.6 mph. Records: Low temp set on the 1st (22 - previously 26 in 1993). Low temp set on the 4th (29 - previously 30 in 1949). Low temp set on the 5th (24 - previously 28 in 1999). High temp set on the 9th (72 - previously 71 in 1994). High temp tied on the 20th (76 - previously in 1954). Low temp set on the 23rd (28 - previously 30 in 1996). - from NWS ILM [ + - ]

Orangeburg - NWS CAE reports the average wind speed was 6.4 mph. The average sky cover was 30% while the average relative humidity was 67%.

Nearby Cities:

Tri Cities - The mean temp was 0.8 above normal while the monthly precip was 1.97" above normal. For the year, rainfall was 1/4" above normal. 541 heating degree days units were recorded while there were 0 cooling degree day units. - 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 2000-2001 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
DCA    Arlington, VA NWS WSH   Washington, VA  David Yowell runamok@runamok.com
BCB    Blacksburg, VA NWS 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  Airport ASOS  (Rappahannock County) AVL    Asheville, NC NWS 
IAD     Dulles International Airport  BRE    Brevard, NC 1SE Bob Keehn 1/1/90 Bob_Keehn@citcom.net
FCH    Falls Church, VA Erica Page - 3/7/94 Windie1970@aol.com CLT    Charlotte, NC NWS N
  CND  Concord, NC 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 Coast Guard Station
HRG    Harrisonburg, VA  Terry Slagle 5/2000 Altitude: 1306'  tslagle@adelphia.net GSO   Greensboro, NC NWS
HER    Herndon, VA R.M. Beall P- 10/76   T-  1/91 beall47@earthlink.net LBT    Lumberton, NC FAA Lumberton 34° 37'N 79°  04'W 
HRN   Herndon, VA 4SW Russ Topping -  1985 weatherman@cox.rr.com RAL    Raleigh, NC 7NNW  Bob Woodson -  6/1/93 kf4mmm@qsl.net
LXI     Lexington, VA  Scott M. Lancey, WREL Radio -  06/1996 weather@wrel.com RDU   Raleigh-Durham, NC NWS
LKU     Louisa, VA 1N Joseph Bowers 1944 - NWS ID  44-5050-02jmbiii@earthlink.net ROX    Roxboro, NC 2SE Merriell A. Jay 1/93
LOU     Louisa, VA 6S John Bullock (about 1970) INACTIVE 1/1/02 ILM     Wilmington, NC NWS 
LYH     Lynchburg, VA NWS   
NEW    Newmarket, VA 2W Joyce Winfree joywood@shentel.net CHS   Charleston, SC NWS,
NPN     Newport News, VA 7N Gary Leonard -  6/91 GaryMLeonard@aol.com CAE    Columbia, SC NWS 
NOR     Norfolk, VA 3NE Jim Fentress 6/1/77 FLO    Florence, SC
ORF     Norfolk, VA 5NE NWS 1871 GSP   Greenville-Spartanburg, SC NWS 
POR     Portsmouth, VA 3S Bill Trotter -  7/1/76  wxr@cox.net CRE    North Myrtle Beach, SC
MEC     Mechanicsville, VA Glen Martin 11/19/91 OGB   Orangeburg, SC NWS
RMD    Richmond, VA Roy Britt 8/22/83  roybritt@earthlink.net  
RIC     Richmond, VA NWS  TRI     Tri-cities/Bristol, TN 
ROA    Roanoke, VA DAV  Davis, WV Dave Lesher wvweather@mountain.net