ACON - VA/NC/SC
The Atlantic Coast Observer Network:   Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina
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SUMMARY OF CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA 
MARCH 2005



...TEMPERATURES BELOW NORMAL...

...PRECIPITATION BELOW NORMAL
EXCEPT FOR WESTERN AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA,
CHARLOTTE & WESTERN SOUTH CAROLINA...

March 2005 was a rather quiet month although some severe weather noted for North Carolina.

Noticed winter held on in Dave Lesher's land (Davis, WV) with 60 inches of additional seasonal snow! Wow!! And his seasonal snowfall was pushed to 143"! And down in Wilmington (ILM) NC, a report of an 89 mph wind gust from the west on the 8th. Another wow!!

Several of you noted that this month was the first in several with monthly temperature averages below normal. Couldn't find one station with a listed departure at or above normal.

Condolences to Erica Page of Falls Church in Virginia who recently lost her father. Time passages...

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  • REPLAY: AVERAGE VERSUS MEAN? - Albert Arnold of Chesterfield County in Virginia (Winterpock) engaged me in a lively discussion of the terms "average" and "mean" as they relate to your monthly calculations. Indeed, statistically they are different. I have noticed that a couple of you have, in particular, maximum temperature "averages" considerably higher than surrounding weather sites, official and unofficial. Two conclusions came out of our email discussions. The first is that a few of you may actually be computing the "mean maximum temperature", which is indeed not the same as the "average maximum temperature". The second is that my forms updated last year and based on those of previous years actually ask for the "mean" maximum, minimum, and monthly temperatures which is not, as Albert discovered, what our ACON group actually wants to archive. Instead, we want the "average" maximum, minimum, monthly temperatures AND, most importantly, that's what most of you have been reporting 'lo these many years (1995 - we're ten years old online in October!) So, I thank Albert for deducing this problem with our forms and I thank him for being very observant! Will attach the updated forms for you or can simply interchange the terms mean and averages on the form where appropriate!


  • 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 - MARCH 2005
State
Maximum Temperature
Minimum
Temperature
Warmest
Average
Temperature
Coldest
Average
Temperature
Maximum
Precipitation
Minimum
Precipitation
Virginia
74°
Danville
11°
New Market
46.3°
Portsmouth
38.9°
New Market
4.89"
Herndon (HER)
2.18"
Woodstock
North Carolina
80°
Fayetteville
17°
Raleigh (RAL)
52.5°
Wilmington
45.3°
Asheville
5.27"
Charlotte
1.64"
Beaufort
South Carolina
85
Columbia
23°
Greenville-Spartanburg
55.8°
Charleston
50.3°
Greenville-Spartanburg
6.56"
Anderson
3.37"
Florence

(Please note the column denotations table below.)
TEMPERATURE / WINDS/ ELEMENTS

VIRGINIA
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     STN  A      B    C     C1    D    E  F     G   H  I  J K K1  L  M     N   N1   N2   O P Q R R1 R2  S    CWA
     -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
     ANN 50.74 32.23 41.48 -3.5  71     7 16    9   0  0 17 0 65% 45 W     8             2 1 0 0  1     2400 LWX
     BCB 50.2  29.1  39.7  -1.7  72    30 12    4   0  2 21 0   % 43 280 12   6.9       2 0 0 0  1   % 2400 RNK
     BRI 51    31    41    -2.3  65    29 15  3,4   0  0 17 0                                           2400 LWX
     CEN 50.9  32.3  41.6  -0.5  70     7 18    9   0  0 17 0     41 343  8             1 0 0 0  1     2400 LWX
     CHO 52.5  31.9  42.2  -4.7  70     7 17    4   0  0 18 0     35 310 12   5.0       2 0 0 0  3     2400 LWX
                                                                  35 280
     DAN 56.8  33.5  45.1  -2.8  74    30 19    4   0  0 20 0   % 43 270 12   6.5       2 0 0 0  2   % 2400 RNK
     DCA 51.2  34.9  43.0  -3.5  70     7 20    9   0  0 12 0   % 44 300  2   9.8       2 0 0 0  2   % 2400 LWX
                                                                  44 310   8       
     IAD 50.4  31.3  40.8  -2.6  69     7 17    9   0  0 18 0     46 320  8   7.6       2 0 0 0  2     2400 LWX
     FCH 49.3  33.1  41.2        67    30 18    9   0  0 15 0     57       8             1 1 0 0  0     2400 LWX
     HAM 52.0  36.0  44.0  -5.0  71  7,28 23    4   0  0 10 0 50% 47 NW    8   8.0  NW   2 0 0 1  2 60% 2400 AKQ
     HER 49.3  31.8  40.6  -2.8  67.6   7 17.1  9   0  0 16 0     30       8             2 1 0          2400 LWX
     HRN 48.9  31.6  40.1  -3.3  68.5   7 17.2  9   0  0 17 0 61% 44 W    28   3.8  WNW  1 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
     LYH 52.9  31.7  42.3  -3.7  73    29 16    4   0  0 18 0   % 35 260  8   2.1       2 0 0 0  4   % 2400 RNK
     NEW 51.06 26.80 38.93 -5.0  71    31 11    4   0  0 22 0 69% 35 WSW   2  15.84 SW   0 0 0 0  2     1800 LWX
     NPN 54.9  35.3  45.1        73     7 20    4   0  0 12 0     35 NW    8             2 0 0 3  1     2400 AKQ
     NOR 52.9  36.1  45.0  -3.4  72    28 22   22   0  0 10 0                            1 0 0 2  2     2400 AKQ
     ORF 53.6  37.1  45.3  -3.7  72  7,28 22    4   0  0  8 0   % 44 350  8   8.8       4 0 0 1  3   % 2400 AKQ
     FHC 54.5  37.91 46.2        71.6  28 24.2  4   0  0  7 0 68% 40 360  8   5.0  022 2 0 0 2  0 46% 2400 LWX
     POR 55.4  37.2  46.3  -3.7  72     7 23    4   0  0 11 0 69% 40 270  1   5.64 174 2 0 0 2  0 46% 2400 AKQ
     CTR 55.3  32.2  43.6  -4.1  73.2   7 15.7  4   0  0 19 0 70% 25 SW    8   1.0  E    1 0 0 2  5 50% 2400 AKQ
     MEC 54.94 33.45 46.23       72     7 19 4,19   0  0 13 0     21 S     8             1 0 0 0  0     1700 AKQ
     RIC 55.0  35.3  45.1  -2.6  72     7 21    4   0  0 12 0   % 49 340  8   7.8       1 0 0 3  2   % 2400 AKQ
     RGL 53.2  32.8  43.0  -5.0  71     7 18    4   0  0 16 0 61% 34 SSW   6   3.0  S    0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
     ROA 53.1  35.0  44.1  -3.1  71    30 23    4   0  0 12 0   % 48 270 12   8.6       1 0 0 0  1   % 2400 RNK
     AKQ 57    33    45.0        73    28 16    4   0  0 17 0                                           2400 AKQ
     WAL 49.0  33.6  41.3  -3.3  62     7 22  4,9   0  0 15 0     52 300  8   9.6       1 0 2 0  3     2400 AKQ
     WOO 48.2  32.2  40.2  -4.2  67    31 19    9   0  2 16 0                            0 0 0 2  7     2400 LWX
     WSH 50.0  31.4  40.7  -3.2  67.6   7 18.6  9   0  0 17 0 63% 22 N     8   1.5  NE   1 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
NORTH CAROLINA
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     STN  A      B    C     C1    D    E  F     G   H  I  J K K1  L  M     N   N1   N2   O P Q R R1 R2  S    CWA
     -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
     AVL 56.8  33.9  45.3  -1.0  74    30 20    4   0  0 15 0     48 300 12   7.8       6 0 0 0  3     2400 GSP
     MRH 58.6  42.0  50.3        73 29,31 24    4   0  0  5 0     46 310  8  12.1       5 0 0 0  0     2400 MHX
     CLT 61.3  36.7  49.0  -3.8  79 29,30 21    4   0  0 12 0     41 300  8   6.8       4 0 0 1  2     2400 GSP
     ECG 55.3  36.0  45.7  -6.1  70 23,28 21    9   0  0 11 0   % 60 330  8   9.5       3 0 0 0  0   % 2400 AKQ
     FAY 63.2  39.6  51.4        80    30 24  3,4   0  0  8 0   % 47 300  8   9.4       3 0 0 0  1   % 2400 RAH
     GSO 57.9  35.9  46.9  -2.2  76    30 24  3,4   0  0 12 0   % 44 280  8   8.7       6 0 0 2  3   % 2400 RAH
     HSE 55.4  41.7  48.5  -3.9  67    31 31    4   0  0  1 0     55 240  8  11.3       0 0 0 0  2     2400 MHX
     HKY 59.2  36.6  47.9  -2.1  77    29 24  2,4   0  0 13 0     40 310  8   7.2       3 0 0 0  0     2400 GSP
                                                                  40 310 11
     LBT 62.7  39.8  51.3  -1.1  79    30 22    3   0  0  8 0     46 270 11   8.7       1 0 0 0  3     2400 ILM
                                                                  33 320  10                           
     EWN 60.9  38.9  49.9  -3.3  77    31 22    4   0  0  8 0     58 260  8   8.8       4 0 0 0  6     2400 MHX
     RAL 59.5  34.1  47.0  -3.7  76 29,30 17    4   0  0 16 0     37       8   2.0       2 0 0 0  1     2400 RAH
     RDU 59.9  35.7  47.8  -2.9  76 29,30 22  3,4   0  0 14 0     38 220 28   7.5       4 1 0 0  3     2400 MHX
     ROX 57.4  35.2  46.3  -2.1  74    30 21    4   0  0 15 0 68% 42 N     8        VAR  2 0 0 1  1 50% 2200 RAH
     ILM 63.0  42.0  52.5  -2.3  79    29 25    4   0  0  5 0     89 270  8  10.1       2 0 0 0  2     2400 ILM
SOUTH CAROLINA
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     STN  A      B    C     C1    D    E  F      G  H  I  J K K1  L  M     N   N1   N2   O P Q R R1 R2  S    CWA
     -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
     AND 62.0  39.3  50.7  -2.2  79    30 26     4  0  0  8 0     45 270 11   9.0       7 0 0 0  0     2400 GSP
     CAE 65.8  41.4  53.6  -1.8  85    30 25     4  0  0  6 0     46 260  8   8.5       3 0 0 0  1     2400 CAE
     CRE 61.7  43.2  52.4  -1.3  78    29 26     3  0  0  5 0     43 220 28   9.1       3 0 0 0  2     2400 CHS
     CHS 67.5  44.2  55.8  -1.9  83    30 29   2,3  0  0  4 0     49 290  8   9.6       4 0 0 0  2     2400 CHS
     FLO 64.8  41.8  53.3  -2.5  83    30 26   3,9  0  0  5 0     58 260  8   9.5       2 0 0 0  2     2400 ILM
     GSP 61.7  38.9  50.3  -1.3  79    30 23     2  0  0 10 0     43 220 11   8.6       6 0 0 1  0     2400 GSP
     OGB 65.7  41.8  53.8        83    30 27     9  0  0  5 0     46 290  5   6.4       3 0 0 0  3     2400 CAE
                                                                  46 260  8
                                                                  46 230 11
NEARBY STATIONS
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     STN  A      B    C     C1    D    E  F      G  H  I  J K K1  L  M     N   N1   N2   O P Q R R1 R2  S    CWA
     -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
     TRI 56.7  32.7  44.7  -1.8  77    30  18   4  0  0 17 0     40 250  12   4.0       1 0 0 2  1     2400 MRX
     DAV 34.1  20.1  27.1        66    31   6   9, 0 15 27 0                             0 0 0 0  0     0700 PBZ
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(Please note the column denotations table below.)
PRECIPITATION / BAROMETRIC PRESSURE

VIRGINIA
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STN  T      T1     U  U1   V    V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3   4    5     6    6A   7    7A    8     S
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ANN  4.61  +1.75 1.75 28 1.85 27-28  8 2 10.42  2.2   8  3 1  2.2 21.1  30.28  22 29.16   8 29.90  2400
BCB  4.17  +0.34 1.74 28 1.74    28 15 1  9.12  2.6  12 11 3  6.9 22.9                             2400
BRI  2.79  -0.63 0.89 23             8 0  5.60  0.0      1 0  0.0 11.0                             0515/1600
CEN  4.14  +0.35 1.76 23 1.79 22-23  8 2  9.27  2.2   8  1 1  2.2 21.1  30.28  22 29.18   8        2400
CHO  3.74  -0.31 1.13 28 1.13    28 11 1  9.40                                                     2400
DAN  2.75  -1.50 0.82 28 0.82    28 13 0  6.39  0.4  16  3 0  0.5  4.3  30.25  22 29.09   8        2400
DCA  4.46  +0.86 1.85 23 1.85    23  8 2  9.40  0.8   8  3 0  0.8 12.4                             2400
IAD  3.93  +0.38 1.67 23 1.67    23  7 2  8.48  1.0   8  3 1  1.2 17.3                             2400
FCH  4.06        1.46 28 1.83 27-28  6 2  7.37  1.0   8  1 1  1.0 16.0                             2400
HAM  2.37  -1.43 0.89  8 0.89     8 15 0  7.07  1.0   8  4 1  1.0 14.0  30.30  22 29.03   8 29.90  2400
HER  4.89        2.12 28 2.33 27-28  9 2 10.03  1.0+  8  2 1 E1.5 19.4                             2400
HRN  4.73  +1.18 1.99 28             9 2  9.76  0.5   1  2 0  0.5 19.0  30.241 22 29.166  8 29.86  2400
LYH  3.51  -0.32 1.07 23 1.07    23 15 1  8.03  1.0  17  5 1  2.1  9.5  30.32  22 29.11   8        2400
NEW  2.51  -1.40 0.83 23            11 0  5.88       1  2       12.0  30.42  22 29.54   8        1700
NPN  2.86        1.13  8 1.13     8 14 1  8.99  0.5   8  4 0  0.5 18.5  30.44  15 29.96   8        2400
NOR  2.70  -1.54 0.71  8 0.71     8 11 0  8.46  0.7   8  6 0  0.7  7.8                             2400
ORF  2.25  -1.83 0.58 23 0.58    23 12 0  7.05  0.9   8  6 0  0.9  8.0  30.28  22 29.24  28        2400
FHC  2.87        0.79  8 0.79     8 13 0  8.56  0.7   8  4 0  0.7  8.0  30.261 22 29.008  8 30.873 2400
POR  2.68  -1.46 0.78 23 0.78    23 12 0  8.22  0.7   8  3 0  0.7  8.3  30.287 22 29.029  8 29.901 2400
CTR  3.62  -0.57 1.27 28 1.29 27-28 16 1  7.51  0.0      1 0       5.3  30.28  22 29.05   8 29.881 2400
MEC  3.88        1.67 28 1.67    28 11 1  9.08       5  2 0  1   3   29.94 15, 29.09  28        1700
                                                                             22,26        
RIC  3.99  -0.10 1.60 28 1.60    28 11 1  8.80  0.2   8  6 0  0.2  5.6  30.31  22 29.07   8        2400
RGL  4.26  +0.38 1.28 23 1.28    23 10 2  8.79  0.1   8  1 0  0.1  3.7  30.29  22 29.08   8 29.92  2400
ROA  3.72  -0.12 1.61 28 1.61    28 15 1  8.07  2.6  12  7 1  3.2 16.1  30.28  22 29.16   8        2400
AKQ  3.76        1.45  8            14 1  8.96  0.6   8  5 0  1.2  9.1                             2400
WAL  3.18  -0.80 1.08 23 1.08    23 12 1  9.38  0.8   8  6 0  0.8 11.6  30.27  22 28.96   8        2400
WOO  2.18  -0.96         0.55 23-24 13 0  5.34  3.3  11  7 2  5.4 16.1  30.32  22 29.34   8        0800
WSH  3.60  -1.36 1.31 28 1.62 27-28 12 1  7.94  1.0   8  7 1  1.0 15.1  30.26  27 29.17   8        2400
NORTH CAROLINA
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STN  T      T1     U  U1   V    V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3   4    5     6    6A   7    7A    8     S
---------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------
AVL  3.33  -1.26 1.02 27 1.49 27-28 13 1  7.90  0.2   1 6 0  0.3  6.5  30.21  15 29.19   8         2400
MRH  1.64        0.71 16 0.71    16 11 0  5.91               0.0    T  30.23  22 29.17   8         2400
CLT  5.27  +0.88 1.79 28 1.79    28 10 1  9.88    T  17 1 0    T    T  30.27  15 29.15   8         2400
ECG  3.10  -1.57 0.86 28 0.86    28 11 0  8.08    T  8, 2 0    T  3.3  30.28  22 28.99   8         2400
                                                     17
FAY  1.91        0.56  8 0.56     8 10 0  4.10  0.0          0.0                                   2400
GSO  3.18  -0.67 1.32 28 1.32    28 12 1  7.65  1.0  17 1 1  1.0  1.7                              2400
HSE  2.43  -2.52 0.67 16 0.67    16 10 0  8.66  0.0          0.0  0.0                              2400
HKY  3.75  -1.17 1.19 28 1.19    28 12 1  8.89  0.0          0.0  3.0  30.20  15 29.11   8         2400
LBT  1.92  -2.39 0.53 16 0.53    16  8 0  5.49  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.23  15 29.20   8         2400
EWN  3.80  -0.69 1.61 28 1.61    28 11 1  8.98  0.0          0.0  1.5  30.24  22 29.13   8         2400
RAL  3.84  -0.19         0.94     8 14 0  9.08    T   2 2 0    T  1.1  30.28  15 29.22  29         1900
RDU  3.54  -0.49 0.90  8 0.90     8 12 0  8.23  0.2  17 3 0  0.2  0.2                              2400
ROX  3.72  -0.11 1.24 28 1.24    28 10 1  9.78  2.4  17 3 1  2.5  5.7  30.26  22 29.12   8  29.69  2100
ILM  3.12  -1.10 1.08 28 1.08    28 12 1  6.70  0.0          0.0    T                              2400
SOUTH CAROLINA
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STN  T      T1     U  U1   V    V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5     6    6A   7    7A    8    S
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 
AND  6.56  +1.59 2.05 27 2.05    27 11 1 12.82  0.0      0 0 0.0  1.0  30.23  15 29.24   8        2400
CAE  4.87  +0.28 1.98 27 1.98    27  9 1 10.92  0.0      0 0 0.0    T  30.24  15 29.26   8        2400
CHS  4.31  +0.31 2.40 27 2.40    27  7 1  9.08  0.0          0.0    T  30.20   6 29.38   8        2400
CRE  3.54  -0.25 0.87 16 0.87    16 10 0  8.31  0.0          0.0    T  30.21  15 29.29   8        2400
FLO  3.37  -0.63 1.26 16 1.29    16  9 1  8.32  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.23  15 29.22   8        2400
GSP  5.79  +0.48 1.73 27 2.58 27-28 10 1 10.42  0.1  17  1 0 0.1  1.2  30.24  15 29.17   8        2400
OGB  4.82        2.14 27 2.14    27  9 2 10.69  0.0          0.0    T  30.23  15 29.32   8        2400
NEARBY STATIONS
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STN  T      T1     U  U1   V      V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5    6   6A   7   7A    8     S
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TRI  2.85  -1.06 0.59  8 0.59     8 15 0  8.53  0.3 1,8 7  0  0.6   1.6                           2400
DAV  8.18        1.52 29            19 1 17.94 14.3  2 15 10 60.1 143.7                           0700

Virginia:

Annandale - Lowell notes: " March was above average in precipitation and much below average in temperature. March's mean monthly temperature was -3.5 F cooler than the average and the coolest March since 1996 which was the twenty-five record. March was also the fourth coldest in the last twenty-five years. The March rainfall of 4.61 inches was a +0.28 inch departure and the wettest March since 2001 when the total was 4.69 inches. March was cloudier than average and the cloudiest since 1994. March had 17 days with the temperature at or below freezing which was the most ever recorded in the last 25 years except for 1996 which set the record of 19 days. The lowest temperature was 16F on the 9th which was three degrees below the average low minimum temperature for March. The 71F maximum temperature (the highest of 2005) on the 7th fell to the minimum of 16F the (lowest of the month) on the 9th which was spring back to winter in 40 hours and 50 minutes. The temperature change from the 71 F maximum of the 7th to the 22F minimum of the 8th at midnight was 49 F. Only three cold fronts in the last 25 years have topped this CHANGE in temperature. The 25 year record is a 52F drop from 62F Feb. 11, 1981 to a min. of 10F on the 12th. The other two were: 50F drop from 45 F Jan. 19, 1985 to a min. of -5 F on the 20th. The other, a 50F drop from 81 F Mar. 18, 1989 to a min. of 31 F on the 19th. The greatest 24 hour temperature range for March was 37 F on the 8th which was the highest temperature range in March since 1997. The first thunderstorm of 2005 on the 20th was accompanied by very small hail of around one-eight in diameter. The total snowfall for March was 2.2 inches the most since 1999. The lowest wind chill (new Scale) for March was +5 F on the 9th. The high wind gust of 45 mph from the west on the 8th at 1751 was the strongest in March since 1999. The 220 mile wind run on the 2nd was the highest wind run for any day since wind run records were started here in May of 2002. The barometer also fell to 29.16 inches on the 8th which was the lowest reading since 02-23-2003 when the pressure fell to 29.09 inches and the lowest in March since 1996. Daily records included (25-years of record) 2 HIGH range records: 28, 22; 2 LOW range records: 25, 27; 1 precipitation record: 23. " [ - + ] 

Bridgewater - " In spite of the heavy rains at the end of the month, precipitation was .63 inches below normal. The temperature was 2.3 degrees below normal. There was no measurable snow during the month. April 15 is my cutoff day for any more measurable snow this winter-spring season. The percentage for an April snow is very low. The baromteric pressure on the 28th was extremely low. This is the second time year so far this year that the barometer has been quite low. " - [ - - ] 

Centreville - " One hot day on March 7th that topped the scales at 70 followed two days later with a low reading of 18 stand out as a pair of noteworthy events for March 2005. Not that the cold reading was unusual, but the 70 occurred during the first ten days of the month when average daily temperatures in the 30's were still fresh in the minds of many. Overall the average maximum temperature remained cool throughout March with a high average of 50.9 being 2.5 lower than the published monthly average high. For the month, the average of averages of 41.6 came in just 0.5 cooler than where the statistics traditionally place it. Naturally nightly lows held true to form by being on the high side of normal once again. Compared to previous months however, the average low of 32.3 was just a slight 1.4 above the 30.9 normal. A little over half an inch of rain coupled with 2.2" of snow was all the precipitation we could muster between the first and the 19th of March, and then the next three days of drought breaking rain yielded a staggering 0.6"accumulation. It wasn't until the third week of the month when the skies finally opened-up and 1.79" fell between 23:30 on the 22nd and 16:00 on the 23rd. Add to this an accumulation of 1.26" on the 28th among several lesser amounts late in the month, and we came in with 4.14" total; 0.35", or 109% over the 3.79" normal. The generous precipitation of March helped reduce our annual deficit to less than an inch. " - [ - + ]

Falls Church - " March 2005 was a wet month....A very strong cold front on the 8th brought an inch of snow and a half inch of rain. A peak wind gust of 57 MPH around 6pm toppled a neighbor's tree and brought down power, phone and cable lines in my block. Live wires were strung across my driveway and I was without power for a day and phone service for a week. A storm on the 20th brought pea-sized hail that lasted a good 15-20 minutes..it covered the ground for a brief time. Heavy rain on the 28th gave me 1.46" of rainfall and there was a flash flood warning issued for my area until 7:45pm that evening. " - report from Erica   [ M + ]

Hampton - Dave reports: " A cold and cloudy March was to beginning to Spring here in Hampton. Monthly Departures were 5 degrees below normal. Precip was also below normal. A interesting day March the 8th- After morning highs near 60, front crossed around 11am and within 15 minutes temps plummeted to freezing and heavy snow with thunderstorms and wind gust over 45 mph occurred. " - [ - - ]

Herndon - Bob reports:" My average MAX temperature was 5.7 below the Dulles "normal" and the average MIN was "normal" " - [ - M ] 

Herndon - Russ reports:" March temperatures averaged below normal and precipitation was above normal. The monthly temperature was 3.3 degrees below normal and precipitation was 1.18" above average. We had a trace of snow on the 1st and rain changed to snow (0.5") on the 8th as temperatures plummeted 40 degrees. We had thunderstorms and flash flooding on the 28th, with 1.99" of rain and a wind gust to 44mph. After a winter snow total of 19", Spring is here. " - [ - + ] 

Portsmouth - " March 2005 station records: 8TH PRECIPITATION - DAILY SNOWFALL 0.7" [PREVIOUS 0.4" 1996] and on the 17TH TEMPERATURE - MINIMUM MAXIMUM 40 [PREVIOUS 45 2004] Precipitation was below normal for the month (65%) and temps (-3.7) were below normal. - [ - - ] 

Ruther Glen - Danny reports: " March was definitely a month of extremes, with a 53 degree disparity between monthly maximum (71) and minimum (18) temperatures within 4 days of one another at the beginning of the month. Heavy thunderstorms gave way to heavy snowfall on the 8th, which also brought the lowest barometer reading for this station (29.08") since Hurricane Isabel in September 2003. March came in at 5 degrees below normal and 6 degrees cooler than March 2004. Slightly above normal precipitation ended a streak of three straight months with below normal precipitation. " - [ - + ]

Woodstock - Bob Beall reports: " Though this was the 4th coldest March in my 20 years of record keeping, my last freeze occurred on the 15th, tied with 2003 as the earliest last freeze in my records. This was also the third consecutive below average precipitation month. " - [ - - ]

North Carolina:

Raleigh - " Finally had a month with below normal temperatures with the average daily temperature 3.7 below normal. There were 16 days where the min was 32 or lower which is the same total during January. No severe weather was observed at this station, however hail bigger than golf balls was observed in parts of Raleigh and Wake County on March 28th. " - report from Bob [ - - ] 

Raleigh - NWS Raleigh (RAH) reports: " Temperatures were generally colder than normal across North Carolina during March, 2005. This broke a string of 6 straight months of above normal temperatures at several locations across the state including Greensboro and Raleigh. The month began with a period of very cold temperatures, with many areas experiencing temperatures as much as 15 degrees below normal. By the last week of the month, temperatures had recovered to near or above normal. A fairly active storm track across the southern states during March brought frequent storms and precipitation. Highlights included a severe weather outbreak on March 8th, a winter storm during March 16th and 17th, and another bout of severe thunderstorms on March 28th. Precipitation totals for the month were near normal at most sites. Once again there was a precipitation minimum in the southeastern part of the state, with a precipitation maximum from Charlotte to Raleigh and over portions of the Mountains. The full March 2005 NC Weather Review is available at: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/climate/data/MonthlySummary.Mar.2005.doc. " - [ - +/- ]

Wilmington - " RECORD DAILY RAINFALL ON THE 28TH (1.08"). PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 1.06 IN 1996. " - report from NWS ILM

South Carolina:

North Myrtle Beach - " RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE (27) SET ON THE 4TH. PREVIOUS RECORD 29 SET IN 2002. " - report from NWS ILM

COLUMN DENOTATIONS:

A  maximum mean temperature T total precipitation (inches)
T1 departure from normal
B  minimum mean temperature U maximum calendar day precipitation (inches)
C  monthly mean temperature
C1 departure from normal
U1 date of maximum calendar day precipitation
D  maximum temperature V date(s) of maximum daily precipitation
E  date(s) of maximum temperature V1 maximum 24-hour precip. & date(s)
F  minimum temperature W number of days with precip. >= .01"
G  date(s) of minimum temperature  X number of days with precip. >= 1.0"
H  days with maximum temperature >=90 Y year-to-date precipitation (inches)
I  days with maximum temperature <=32 Z maximum calendar day snowfall (inches)
J  days with minimum temperature <=32  
K  days with minimum temperature <= 0 1 date of maximum calendar day snowfall (inches)
K1 average relative humidity 2 number of days with snowfall
L  peak wind gust (miles per hour)  3 number of days with snowfall >= 1.0"
M  direction of peak wind gust 4  total snowfall for month (inches)
N  date(s) of peak wind gust  5 total snowfall for 2004-2005 season (inches)
N1   average wind speed (miles per hour) 6 maximum barometric pressure (inches)
N2 dominant wind direction 6A date of maximum barometric pressure
O  number of days with thunder  7 minimum barometric pressure (inches)
P  number of days with hail 7A date of minimum barometric pressure
Q  number of days with glaze 8   average sea-level pressure
R  number of days with ice pellets  
R2 sky cover percentage NR not recorded
R1 number of days with dense fog [1/4 mile and less visibility] (i) incomplete data
S  local observation time for temps/precipitation (M) missing, if listed in data table
 ~ "about" E estimated
 +  additional indeterminate number of days CWA - NWS Office County Warning Area


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

  ROK   Roanoke, VA 6SW Wendell Prillaman  4/76 wlprillaman@cox.net
ANN    Annandale, VA 1 3/4 ENE - Lowell Koontz  8/31/79  wwkoontz@verizon.net AKQ    Wakefield, VA NWS Wakefield Municipal Airport 36-58-53N 077-00-04W 33M
DCA    Arlington, VA Washington, DC, Reagan Washington National Airport 38-50-54N 077-02-03W 18M WSH   Washington, VA  David Yowell runamok@runamok.com
BCB    Blacksburg, VA NWS Virginia Tech Airport 37-13N 080-25W WEE   Weems, VA 3WNW Francis J. Socey
BRI     Bridgewater, VA Clayton Towers Ctowers@rica.net WOO  Woodstock, VA 5NW Lauck Walton - 12/1/85 jwalton@shentel.net
CEN  Centreville, VA Paul Bassett 1985, 38 50.9788' N LAT. 77 25.6374' W LON. | Elevation 324' | m.psb@verizon.net RGL Ruther Glen, VA 380'45" N 7732'29" W Danny Jessee 2003 danny@dannyjessee.com
   WAL   Wallops Island, VA 37 56'26" N 75 27'47" W Wallops Flight Facility Airport
CHO   Charlottesville, VA  Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport ASOS  (Rappahannock County) 38-08-18N 078-27-21W 192M AVL    Asheville, NC  Asheville Regional Airport 35-25-55N 082-32-15W 670M
   MRH    Beaufort, NC  Michael J. Field Airport 34-44-01N 076-39-38W 3M
DAN  Danville, VA, Danville Regional Airport, 36-34-22N 079-20-10W 175M  BRE    Brevard, NC 1SE Bob Keehn 1/1/90 rkeehn@brinet.com
IAD   Dulles - Washington-Dulles International Airport  38-56-05N 077-26-51W 93M  CLT    Charlotte, NC NWS Charlotte/Douglas International Airpot 35-12-48N 080-56-55W 220M
FCH    Falls Church, VA Erica Page - 3/7/94 Windie1970@aol.com HKY  Hickory, NC 
HAM    Hampton, VA 5NE Dave Kessel 1989 davidkessel@cox.net ECG  Elizabeth City, NC,  Coast Guard Air Station 36-15-47N 076-10-58W 11M
CTR  Winterpock in Chesterfield County, VA Albert Arnold 06/03 FAY  Fayetteville, NC Fayetteville Regional Airport, 34-59-22N 078-52-48W 55M
HER    Herndon, VA R.M. Beall P- 10/76   T-  1/91 beall47@earthlink.net GSO   Greensboro, NC NWS Piedmont Triad International Airport 36-05-51N 079-56-37W 275M
   HSE    Cape Hatteras, NC  Mitchell Field 35-13-56N 075-27-21W 3M
HRN   Herndon, VA 4SW Russ Topping -  1985 weatherwatcher@cox.net LBT    Lumberton, NC  Lumberton Municipal Airport 34-36-26N 079-03-36W 37M
   EWN    New Bern, NC  Craven County Regional Airport 36-04-03N 077-02-50W 3M
LXI     Lexington, VA  Scott M. Lancey, WREL Radio -  06/96 weather@wrel.com RAL    Raleigh, NC 7NNW  Bob Woodson -  6/1/93 kf4mmm@qsl.net
LKU     Louisa, VA 1N Joseph Bowers 1944 - NWS ID  44-5050-02jmbiii@earthlink.net RDU   Raleigh-Durham, NC Raleigh-Durham International Airport 35-52-14N 078-47-11W 130M
LOU     Louisa, VA 6S John Bullock (about 1970) INACTIVE 1/1/02 - MEMBER DECEASED FALL 2004 ROX    Roxboro, NC 2SE Merriell A. Jay 1/93
LYH     Lynchburg, VA NWS Lynchburg Regional Airport 37-19-15N 079-12-24W 295M ILM     Wilmington, NC NWS New Hanover International Airport 34-16-06N 077-54-22W 9M
NEW    Newmarket, VA 2W Joyce Winfree joywood@shentel.net CHS   Charleston, SC NWS Charleston Air Force Base 32-53-56N 080-02-26W 13M
NPN     Newport News, VA 7N Gary Leonard -  6/91 GaryMLeonard@aol.com CAE    Columbia, SC NWS Columbia Metropolitan Airport 33-56-31N 081-07-05W 73M 
NOR     Norfolk, VA 3NE Jim Fentress 6/1/77 FLO    Florence, SC Florence Regional Airport 34-11-16N 079-43-51W 44M
ORF     Norfolk, VA 5NE 36-54-13N 076-11-31W 14M  1871 GSP   Greenville-Spartanburg, SC NWS Greenville-Spartanburg Airport 34-53-02N 082-13-15W 286M 
POR     Portsmouth, VA 36.81° North 76.33° West 3S Bill Trotter -  7/1/76 wxr@cox.net CRE    North Myrtle Beach, SC Grand Strand Airport 33-48-42N 078-43-26W 10M
MEC     Mechanicsville, VA Glen Martin 11/19/91 OGB   Orangeburg, SC  Orangeburg Municipal Airport 33-27-50N 080-51-13W 59M
FHC    Norfolk, VA  Fred Heutte Center 36° 54'N 76° 16'W 01/01/03 fhcgarden@cox.net AND   Anderson, SC 
RIC     Richmond, VA Richmond International Airport 37-30-40N 077-19-24W 50M TRI     Tri-cities, TN  (Bristol / Johnson / Kingsport), Tri-City Regional Airport 36-28-47N 082-23-56W 474M 
ROA    Roanoke, VA Roanoke Regional Airport 37-19-01N 079-58-27W 362M DAV  Davis, WV Dave Lesher wvweather@mountain.net