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SUMMARY OF CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA 
MARCH 2006


In Memoriam
Francis J. Socey


ACON VA/NC/SC Charter Member ~ Weems, Virginia

It is with deep regret that I inform you of the recent word we received from Margaret Socey about the passing on March 19, 2006 of her father and longtime ACON VA/NC/SC member, Francis J. Socey. For those of you who have been with us here in monthly newsletter, then Internet form since 1995, we certainly have seen a legend pass from our group. Francis was 92 years young and a vibrant member of our group, who offered a long history of weather research and perspectives (begun in October 1925 in Altoona, Pennsylvania). Francis provided resources to his community including his forecasts and weather summaries for his hometown newspaper. Thankfully, his many contributions to the study of weather will outlive him.

For more about Francis' decades of service, visit http://members.cox.net/pwrs/acon/socey.txt




MARCH 2006

...ABNORMALLY DRY WEATHER...
...MOST STATIONS REPORT ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES...

Some very dry conditions prevailed in March with several spots seeing the dry weather persist for two consecutive months. Temperatures, as would be expected with drier than normal conditions, were above normal for most of Virginia. However, a mixed bag of temperature departures was noted in the Carolinas. A handful of stations throughout Virginia and North Carolina noted what appeared to be the last of seasonal snowfall.
  • WATCHING WEATHER    Kevin Shaw of ACON MD/DE/DC sends along this resource for you to check out. It's called Watching Weather and has a guide to home weather stations. A newsletter to which you can subscribe is another feature. And, you can pose questions for response at the website. Check it out here: http://www.home-weather-stations-guide.com/


  • GLOBAL WARMING NOT FEATURED IN NEW HURRICANE STUDY    - Here's a reprint of Virginia State Climatologist Patrick Michaels' article [ http://www.tcsdaily.com/article.aspx?id=031606F ] regarding global warming from Science magazine. [ Many of you have also seen the media's coverage of Dr. Michaels' views. ]


  • GROUND BROKEN FOR NEW NOAA CENTER FOR WEATHER & CLIMATE PREDICTION    The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has broken ground for the new Center for Weather and Climate Prediction. Opus East, L.L.C., of Rockville, Maryland, will design, construct and own the building and lease it to the GSA. More here.


  • UPCOMING NWS STERLING SKYWARN CLASSES    NWS Sterling, Virginia (LWX) has posted their SKYWARN classes, dates and times, for 2006 at their website, to which a link is provided below. It is recommended that those who have taken the classes take them again as refreshing the memory and learning about changes and new information is vital to the success of the program.


  • DROUGHT MONITOR    http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html
  • 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 2006
    State
    Maximum Temperature
    Minimum
    Temperature
    Warmest
    Average
    Temperature
    Coldest
    Average
    Temperature
    Maximum
    Precipitation
    Minimum
    Precipitation
    Virginia
    87°
    Mechanicsville
    17°
    New Market
    50.5°
    43.2°
    Blacksburg
    0.76"
    Lynchburg
    0.05"
    Arlington
    North Carolina
    83°
    Charlotte
    Fayetteville
    Raleigh (RDU)
    23°
    Asheville
    Elizabeth City
    Raleigh (RDU)
    53.9°
    Fayetteville
    47.5°
    Asheville
    1.87"
    Beaufort
    0.55"
    Lumberton
    South Carolina
    85
    Columbia
    Orangeburg
    21°
    Anderson
    Florence
    57.1°
    Charleston
    52.4°
    North Myrtle Beach
    2.29"
    Orangeburg
    0.44"
    Charleston

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


    TEMPERATURE / WINDS/ ELEMENTS

    VIRGINIA
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
    
         STN  A      B    C     C1    D    E  F     G   H  I  J K K1  L  M     N   N1   N2   O P Q R R1 R2  S    CWA
         -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         ANN 57.84 36.19 47.02 +2.0  86    13 26   19   0  0 12 0 54% 43 WNW  15             0 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         BCB 55.6  31.3  43.5  +2.1  78    13 19   23   0  0 17 0 64% 43 310  2   6.9       1 0 0 0  3     2400 RNK
         BRI 57.5  35.0  46.2  +2.4  77 12,31 22    5   0  0 13 0 41%                        0 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         CCV                                                                                                2400 BCB
         CEN 56.9  36.3  48.0  +5.9  84    13 25    8   0  0 12 0     40 327 15   4.3  W    0 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         CHO 59.6  35.5  47.5  +0.6  83    13 23    8   0  0 16 0     43 320  2   6.0       0 0 1 0  1     2400 LWX
         DAN 62.2  36.7  49.5  +1.6  83    12 24  4,23  0  0 10 0 54% 40 270 15   7.9       1 0 0 1  2     2400 RNK
         DCA 57.4  38.3  47.9  +1.4  85    13 28  4,19  0  0 10 0 50% 45 290 15  10.8       0 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         IAD 57.3  34.4  45.8  +2.4  85    13 23    8   0  0 14 0 51% 41 200 10   8.8       0 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
                                                                      41 300 15
         FCH 56.0  37.0  46.5        85    13 25    4   0  0 11 0     42      15             0 0 0 0  1     2400 LWX
         HAM                                                                                                2400 AKQ
         HER 55.6  35.1  45.4  +2.0  82.4  13 24.6 19   0  0 13 0     30      15             0 0 0 0        2400 LWX
         LDY 62    34    48    -0.4  85    13 21    8   0  0 16 0 43%                        0 0 1 0  0     2400 AKQ
         LYH 59.8  33.6  46.7  +0.7  83    12 21    4   0  0 14 0 53% 41 300 15   5.6       0 0 0 0  0     2400 RNK
         NEW 57.64 30.16 43.90 -1.0  82    13 17   19   0  0 20 0 60% 40 NW   15             1 0 0 0  0     1800 LWX
         NPN 60.4  37.8  49.1        84 12,13 25    8   0  0  8 0     36 NW   15             0 0 0 0  2     2400 AKQ
         NOR 58.8  39.1  48.9  +0.6  84 12,13 27    8   0  0  4 0                            0 0 0 0  1     2400 AKQ
         ORF 58.6  40.8  49.7  +0.7  81 12,13 27    8   0  0  3 0 58% 45 240 10   8.6       0 0 0 0  1     2400 AKQ
         FHC 59.28 41.52 50.40       82.6  12 31.5  8   0  0  1 0 59% 44 230 10   5.0  203  0 0 0 0  1     2400 AKQ
         POR 60.8  40.2  50.5  +0.1  83.8  13 26.9  9   0  0  3 0 61% 37 023  2   5.7  310 0 0 0 0  1 36% 2400 AKQ
         CTR 62.6  35.4  49.0  +1.8  85.1  13 21.4 19   0  0 14 0 53% 27 SW   13   1.4  N    0 0 0 0  0 40% 2400 AKQ
         MEC 62.6  36.00 49.3        87 12,13 23   19   0  0 12 0     15 S     3             0 0 0 1  0     1700 AKQ
         RIC 61.9  37.6  49.8  +2.1  86    12 24   19   0  0 10 0 50% 41 290 15   9.5       0 1 0 0  1     2400 AKQ
         ROA 59.7  37.5  48.6  +1.4  83    12 27    4   0  0 10 0 49% 51 280 15   8.3       1 0 0 0  0     2400 RNK
         AKQ 62    33    47.5        84    13 20    8   0  0 19 0                                           2400 AKQ
         WAL 55.0  35.4  45.2  +0.6  80    13 24   20   0  0 14 0     41 320 15   9.7       0 0 0 0  3     2400 AKQ
         WOO 54.5  36.5  45.5  +0.1  81    14 24    4   0  1 12 0                            0 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         WSH 56.3  35.4  45.8  +2.13 81.9  13 23.0 23   0  0 11 0 51% 31 NNE  14   2.2  N    0 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
    NORTH CAROLINA
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
        
         STN  A      B    C     C1    D    E  F     G   H  I  J K K1  L  M     N   N1   N2   O P Q R R1 R2  S    CWA
         -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         AVL 59.2  35.7  47.5  +1.2  78    12 23   27   0  0 10 0 57% 44 180  9   8.6       0 0 0 1  2 40% 2400 GSP
                                                                      44 330 15       
         MRH 60.9  43.3  52.1        72 11,12 30    8   0  0  1 0     38 220  2  10.0       0 0 0 0  1     2400 MHX
         CLT 63.6  39.8  51.7  -1.1  83    12 26 4,27   0  0  7 0 56% 35 320 14   7.0       0 0 0 1  1 60% 2400 GSP
         ECG 60.1  37.1  48.6  -3.2  81 12,13 23    8   0  0 10 0 62% 41 340 15  10.1       0 0 0 0  4     2400 AKQ
         FAY 65.8  41.9  53.9        83 12,13 28    8   0  0  3 0 55% 37 230 10   8.6       1 0 0 0  1     2400 RAH
         GSO 62.3  40.3  51.3  +2.2  82    12 27    5   0  0  6 0 54% 44 280 15   8.3       1 0 0 1  2     2400 RAH
         HSE 56.7  43.9  50.3  -2.1  71    11 31    3   0  0  3 0     36 240  2   9.3       0 0 0 0  1     2400 MHX
                                                                      36 290 15                            
         HKY 62.3  39.9  51.1  +1.1  82    12 27   23   0  0  7 0     33 210 13   6.9       1 0 0 0  1     2400 GSP
         LBT 64.6  39.3  51.9  -0.5  82    13 26    5   0  0  9 0     35 300 15   7.3       0 0 0 0  0     2400 ILM
         EWN 63.5  39.8  51.7  -1.5  81    11 24    8   0  0  6 0     36 220  9   7.7       1 0 0 0  4     2400 MHX
         RAL 63.9  37.6  50.8  +0.1  82    12 23    8   0  0 11 0     29      10             1 0 0 1  1     2400 RAH
         RDU 63.4  39.5  51.4  +0.7  83    12 25    4   0  0  9 0 55% 40 280 15   7.4       0 0 0 1  1     2400 RAH
         ROX 62.6  38.9  50.8  +2.4  82    11 26   23   0  0  9 0 58% 39 NW   15        N    0 0 0 1  0 41% 2400 RAH
         ILM 65.1  41.7  53.4  -1.6  81 11,12 28  5,8   0  0  6 0     43 220 10   8.0       0 0 0 0  2     2400 ILM
    
    SOUTH CAROLINA
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
       
         STN  A      B    C     C1    D    E  F      G  H  I  J K K1  L  M     N   N1   N2   O P Q R R1 R2  S    CWA
         -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         AND 64.5  41.1  52.8  -0.1  82    12 27  4,26  0  0  5 0     40 310 14   7.0       0 0 0 0  1     2400 GSP
                                                                      41 300 14
         CAE 66.9  42.4  54.6  -0.8  85 12,13 28  5,27  0  0  5 0 57% 32 250  2   7.0       0 0 0 0  0     2400 CAE
                                                                      32 220 14
         CRE 62.6  42.2  52.4  -1.3  78     2 29     8  0  0  4 0     33 260  2   7.2       0 0 0 0  3     2400 CHS
         CHS 69.1  45.2  57.1  -0.6  83    11 33  8,26  0  0  0 0     40 360  7   9.1       1 0 0 0  1     2400 CHS
         FLO 66.1  41.8  54.0        83 12,13 27     4  0  0  4 0     36 250  2   7.9       2 0 0 0  3     2400 ILM
         GSP 64.4  41.5  52.9  +1.3  82    12 28  4,25  0  0  6 0 54% 35 200 13   7.8       0 0 0 0  3 30% 2400 GSP
         OGB 67.6  43.5  55.6        85    12 32    27  0  0  1 0     36 240  2   6.9       1 0 0 0  1     2400 CAE    
    NEARBY STATIONS
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
       
         STN  A      B    C     C1    D    E  F      G   H  I  J K K1  L  M     N   N1   N2  O P Q R R1 R2  S    CWA
         ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         TRI 58.6  33.6  46.1  -0.4  78    11  19     5 0  0 15 0     38 270    2  5.2      3 0 0 2  4     2400 MRX
         DAV 40.4  23.2  31.8        69    14  12     4 0 11 25 0                                           0700 PBZ    

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

    VIRGINIA
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V    V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3   4    5     6    6A   7    7A    8     S
         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         ANN  0.06        0.03 28 0.03    28  3 0  5.89  0.2  21  2 0  0.2 21.5  30.37  30 29.41   2 30.03  2400
         BCB  0.69  -3.14 0.20  6 0.20     6  7 0  4.59  1.0   6  9 1  1.3 20.4                             2400
         BRI  0.54  -2.78 0.21  4 0.21     4  6 0  3.75   T       3    0.5 15.0  30.29  31 29.61  14        1615/1600
         CCV                                                                                                2400
         CEN  0.10  -3.69 0.05 28 0.05    28  3 0  4.81  0.4  21  1 0  0.4 20.2  30.50  19 29.45   2 29.98  2400
         CHO  0.22  -3.83 0.07  6 0.07     6  5 0  4.61                                                     2400
         DAN  0.56  -3.69 0.27 20 0.27    20  5 0  4.36   T    1  1 0    T  1.6  30.38  30 29.51   2        2400
         DCA  0.05  -3.55 0.03  2 0.03     2  1 0  5.76   T   22  3 0    T 13.6                             2400
         IAD  0.07  -3.48 0.03 28 0.03    28  2 0  4.85   T   21  2 0    T 14.1                             2400
         FCH  0.16        0.13  2 0.13     2  3 0  5.63  0.2  22  1 0  0.2 13.9                             2400
         HAM               through February 2006 ->3.22  0.2  20  1 0  0.2                                  2400
         HER  0.06  -3.49 0.04 14 0.04    14  3 0  5.31  0.1  21  1 0  0.1 20.0                             2400
         LDY  0.14  -3.74 0.14 21             1 0  9.02   T   21  1 0    T 10.5  30.41  30 29.41   2 30.07  2400
         LYH  0.76  -3.07 0.40 25 0.40    25  5 0  5.98   T 6,21, 3 0  8.1 12.9  30.39  30 29.49   2        2400
                                                              25
         NEW  0.44  -2.50 0.16 14             6 0  5.03   T 21,22 4 0    T 16.75 30.50  27 29.74   7        1700
                                                            24,26
         NPN  0.41        0.21 21 0.26 21-22  5 0  4.21  0.1  22  1 0  0.1  0.8  30.32  30 29.35   2        2400
         NOR  0.55  -3.57 0.30 21             5 0  4.17           1 0    T  1.3                             2400
         ORF  0.52  -3.56 0.26 21 0.26    21  5 0  3.85   T 21,22 5 0    T  0.8  30.39  30 29.41   2        2400
         FHC  0.58        0.29 21 0.33 21-22  5 0  4.99   T   22  1 0    T  1.0  30.382 30 29.419  2 30.042 2400
         POR  0.46  -3.68 0.18 4, 0.19 11-12  8 0  3.33  0.5  20  5 0  0.5  1.0  30.53  19 29.38   4 30.049 2400
                               11            
         CTR  0.30  -3.99 0.14 22 0.14    22  4 0  4.39  1.4  22  4 0  1.4  6.5  30.36  30 29.40   4 30.024 2400
         MEC  0.16        0.09 21 0.16 21-22  2 0  5.11  1.5  22  2 1  1.5  7.7  30.14   6 29.53 12,13      1700
                                                                                                    
         RIC  0.20  -3.89 0.10 21 0.10    21  4 0  4.56  0.5  21  2 0  0.9  8.5  30.40  30 29.42   2        2400
         ROA  0.35  -3.49 0.15 24 0.15    24  5 0  5.47   T  6,22 2 0    T 10.0  30.39  30 29.51   2        2400
         AKQ  0.30        0.12 21             6 0  4.37  0.2  22  2 0  0.2  1.4                             2400
         WAL  0.28  -3.70 0.17 25 0.17    25  4 0  3.75   T   21  1 0    T  3.7  30.38  30 29.38   2        2400
         WOO  0.22  -2.80         0.05        7 0  4.24  0.5  22  3 0  0.5 17.4  30.48   5 29.74   2        0800
         WSH  0.34  -4.53 0.11 14 0.14 13-14  7 0  5.51   T       4 0    T 22.3  30.38  30 29.43   2        2400
                               28      
    NORTH CAROLINA
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V    V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3   4    5     6    6A   7    7A    8     S
         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         AVL  0.91  -3.68 0.47 20 0.47    20  9 0  7.04   T 23,24 9 0   T  1.4                              2400
                                                            25,26
         MRH  1.87        1.15 24             6 1  7.51  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.39  30 29.59   2         2400
         CLT  1.32  -3.07 0.78 20 0.78    20  8 0  5.72  0.0          0.0    T                              2400
         ECG  1.26  -3.41 0.63 21 0.63    21  5 0  4.64   T 21,22 2 0   T  0.5  30.40  30 29.45   2         2400
         FAY  0.87        0.41 20             4 0  5.00  0.0          0.0  0.0                              2400
         GSO  0.95  -2.90 0.41 11 0.45    11  7 0  3.92   T   20  1 0 1.3  1.3                              2400
         HSE  1.63  -3.32 0.92 21 0.92    21  5 0  8.11  0.0          0.0  0.5  30.38  30 29.54   2         2400
         HKY  1.67  -3.25 0.90 20 0.90    20  7 0  6.10  0.0          0.0    T                              2400
         LBT  0.55  -3.76 0.34 21             4 0  3.48  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.38  30 29.63   2         2400
         EWN  2.27  -2.22 0.90                5 0  6.27  0.0          0.0    T  30.40  30 29.55   2         2400
         RDU  1.25  -2.78 0.51 21             5 0  4.97   T   20  1 0   T    T                              1900
         RAL  1.34  -2.69         0.96 20-21 10 0  5.55  0.0          0.0    T  30.38  30 29.53   2         2400
         ROX  1.13  -2.70 0.40 20 0.40    20  6 0  5.22  0.0      0 0 0.0  2.1  30.46  30 29.56   2  30.09  2200
                                                              20
         ILM  1.28  -2.94 0.54 24             6 0  6.51  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.39  30 29.67  21         2400
    SOUTH CAROLINA
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V    V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5     6    6A   7    7A    8     S
         ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
         AND  1.72  -3.25 1.29 20 1.29    20  7 1  7.87  0.0          0.0    T                              2400
         CAE  0.89  -3.70 0.87 21             1 0  7.01  0.0          0.0    T  30.39  27 29.73  14         2400
         CRE  1.65  -2.14 0.97 21             5 0  7.36  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.38  30 29.66   2         2400
         CHS  0.44  -3.56 0.17 23             5 0  6.67  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.38  27 29.66  21         2400
         FLO  0.47  -3.53 0.20  6             5 0  5.51  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.38  27 29.66   2         2400
         GSP  1.34  -3.97 1.06 20 1.06    20  6 1  6.34  0.0          0.0    T                              2400
         OGB  2.29        2.14 21             3 1  8.26  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.39  27 29.75  21         2400    
    NEARBY STATIONS
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V      V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5    6   6A   7   7A    8     S
         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         TRI  2.89  -1.05 0.64 13            11 0  8.77  0.8 25  4  0  0.8   9.2  30.41  27 30.02  28       2400
         DAV  3.34        0.62 13            17 0 13.00  4.1 22 17  8 21.3 159.2                            0700    

    Virginia:

    Annandale - Lowell reports: " March was the driest March on record in the past 26-years with only 1.3 % of the average monthly precipitation and 2.2F above the average mean monthly temperature. The average March mean temperature was 47.0F which was the 6th highest in the past 26 years. The March rainfall had a -4.28 inch departure with only 3 days having measurable precipitation tying the 1981 record. March was not only the driest March but also tied the record of the driest month in the last 26 years with October 2000. No measurable precipitation occurred in Annandale for 18 days from March 3rd through March 20th. This is now the longest period without measurable precipitation since 2001 when the 26-year record was set of 34 days from Oct. 17th - Nov. 19th. The highest temperature was 86F on the 13th that was the highest temperature recorded in March since 1998 when the 26-year record of 90F was set. The daily mean temperature for the 13th was 69.0 F and was the highest daily mean for March since March 28, 1991 when 72F was recorded. The average daily temperature range of 21.7F for March was the 3rd highest on record. Only the 22.4F in 1988 and the record of 23.6F set in 1986 were higher. The least daily temperature range during March was 10F that occurred on the 21st which is now the 26-year record. The total snowfall for March was 0.2 inches and was -2.6 inches less than the 26-year average which is 2.8 inches. The maximum wind gust of 43 mph from the WNW on the 15th at 1020 was the 8th strongest wi4nd gust recorded for March in the past 26 years. 4 daily records were tied or broken. (26-Years of records): 2 daily HIGH maximum temperature: 10, 13; 1 daily HIGH minimum temperature: 10; 1 daily HIGH temperature: 31. [ + - ] 

    Arlington - Report from Guyer at NWS LWX: " MARCH 2006 IS NOW THE RECORD DRIEST MARCH WITH ONLY 0.05 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION. THIS SMASHES THE OLD RECORD OF 0.57 INCHES SET BACK IN 1910. 0.03 INCHES OF THE 0.05 FELL IN JUST A FEW HOURS ON MARCH 2ND. THERE WAS PLENTY OF TEASING GOING ON AS WELL...WITH 9 OTHER DAYS REPORTING JUST A TRACE. NOT ONLY WAS IT DRY...BUT IT WAS ALSO A LITTLE WARM. THE OVERALL AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 1.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 85 DEGREES ON MARCH 13TH WAS 7 DEGREES ABOVE THE AVERAGE OF HIGHEST MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES...AND THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE OF 28 DEGREES WAS 5 DEGREES ABOVE. THERE WERE ALSO A FEW WINDY DAYS THIS MARCH. WIND GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH ON THE 15TH COUPLED WITH LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES PROMPTED RED FLAG WARNINGS ACROSS MUCH OF THE REGION. " [ + - ] 

    Bridgewater - " We had some snow, but little to show for it. The snow melted as it came down. The temperature was 2.4 above normal while precipitation was 2.78" below normal. " - [ + - ] - report from Clayton

    Centreville - " Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night, and so on; well, this March certainly made it easy on these couriers and my event recorder chart paper. With just 0.10" of precipitation for the month, and nearly half of that was from a light snow event, we hardly had enough moisture to clean out the bottom of the rain gauge. Our snowstorm of March 21st yielding 0.4" was mostly seen on unpaved areas, and thankfully no one was injured. One sprinkle on the 2nd coupled with 0.04" from melted snow, and a gully washer on the 28th giving us 0.05" in the bucket, was about as much as we could handle. At 48, our temperatures averaged almost six degrees above our 42.1 normal. A low of 25 for the month on the eighth was followed five days later on the 13th by a monthly high of 84. From then on we tended to stay on the warm side of normal. Our daytime average high of 56.9 was just 3.5 above our 53.4 average. The low daily temperatures were fairly well-behaved this month with a difference of a moderate 5.4 between the typical average low of 30.9 and our recorded low of 36.3 which I'm sure helped to allow for the swift completion of everyone's appointed rounds. " - [ + - ] - summary from Paul

    Dulles - " MARCH 2006 IS NOW THE RECORD DRIEST MARCH WITH ONLY 0.05 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION. THIS SMASHES THE OLD RECORD OF 0.57 INCHES SET BACK IN 1910. 0.03 INCHES OF THE 0.05 FELL IN JUST A FEW HOURS ON MARCH 2ND. THERE WAS PLENTY OF TEASING GOING ON AS WELL...WITH 9 OTHER DAYS REPORTING JUST A TRACE. NOT ONLY WAS IT DRY...BUT IT WAS ALSO A LITTLE WARM. THE OVERALL AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 1.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 85 DEGREES ON MARCH 13TH WAS 7 DEGREES ABOVE THE AVERAGE OF HIGHEST MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES...AND THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE OF 28 DEGREES WAS 5 DEGREES ABOVE. THERE WERE ALSO A FEW WINDY DAYS THIS MARCH. WIND GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH ON THE 15TH COUPLED WITH LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES PROMPTED RED FLAG WARNINGS ACROSS MUCH OF THE REGION. " - [ + - ] - report from NWS LWX

    Falls Church - " March 2006 was my driest on record since I've been keeping them (March 1994). While it may have been a very dry month it lived up to its reputation of being a very windy month. My peak gust of 42 mph occurred on March 15. March 2006 was a roller coaster in terms of temperatures. I did see my first 80 degree day on the 12th. " - [ M - ] - report from NWS LWX

    Herndon - Bob notes:" My average MAX temperature was 0.6 degrees ABOVE the Dulles "normal" and the average MIN was 3.3 degrees ABOVE "normal". Snowfall was 0.3 inches BELOW the Dulles average. The groundwater observation well at Reston showed a net decline of about 1.5 feet for the month. Needless to say the miniscule rainfall was a new 30-year record low for this site. " - [ + - ] 

    Ladysmith - Danny sends these notes: " March brought the first hint of spring (and summer)-like temperatures; but the lack of precipitation was definitely the headline of the month. Despite temperatures reaching 80 or above four times throughout the month, temperatures still finished below normal thanks in large part to a stretch of below normal temperatures from the 17th through the 28th. The season finishes with 10.5" of snowfall. " - [ - - ]

    Norfolk - " At the Fred Heutte Center, one of the driest March's on record, if not the driest. As database only began for this station in 2003, difficult to say it was the driest for Norfolk. A trace of snow in the month continuing the well-below snowfall departure for the 2005-2006 winter season. The temperature average was near normal. " [ -/+ - ] 

    Portsmouth - " In March, the temperature average was near normal (+0.4) Rainfall for the month was well below normal, by some 3.68". In fact, March 2006 was the DRIEST MARCH ON RECORD WITH DATABASE TO 1976! The 0.46" surpasses the previous least amount of 0.89" in 1986. This is the 2nd consecutive month (February and March 2006) with driest months ever (for February and March months only) in the database to 1976. A trace of snow fell with the yearly total of 1.0", well below normal. STATION RECORDS: 10th - Temperature Maximum 77 [previous 76 1986]; 10th - Temperature Maximum Minimum 61 [previous 57 2000]; 13th - Temperature Maximum Minimum 64 [previous 63 1990] For the year, the temperature average for the year was 47.4 or 3.0 above normal. Rainfall at the end of March was 7.28" BELOW normal (34%) " [ + - ] 

    Woodstock - " This was the second driest month recorded in my 21 years of records. Only October 2000 with .09 inches was drier. " [ + - ] 

    North Carolina:

    Raleigh - NWS Raleigh (RAH) reports: " The Raleigh-Durham Airport location recorded their2nd driest March since records have been kept in 1944. The dryness at many locations ranked March 2006 as one of the top 5 driest March's on record. There was only one widespread significant rainfall event during the entire month of March. Otherwise, the month was dominated by several fast moving, moisture starved weather systems. The total monthly precipitation generally averaged around an inch across much of the state (20 to 35 percent of normal). With the lack of significant precipitation, not only in March but also in the first three months to begin 2006, soil moisture levels and stream flow slipped to well below normal. Local reservoir levels remained nearly steady but began a slow decline by month's end. The full MARCH 2006 Weather Review is available at: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/ncsummaries/MonthlySummary.Mar.2006.doc. " - [ + - ]

    Elsewhere:

    Tri-Cities: - " The monthly average temperature at Tri-Cities was 46.1 degrees, which was 0.4 degrees below normal. It tied with 1957 as the 30th coolest March on record at Tri-Cities. A daily record high temperature was broken on the 11th when the afternoon high reached 78 degrees, breaking the old record of 76 degrees set in 1990. The coolest March at Tri-Cities was back in 1960, when the average temperature was only 33.5 degrees. Tri-Cities received 2.86 inches of precipitation in March, which was 1.05 inches below normal. It tied with 1972 as the 20th driest March on record at Tri-Cities. Measurable rainfall fell on 13 days, but only four of those days had more than one-quarter of an inch of rain. The heaviest rain fell on the 13th, when 0.64 inches was reported. The driest March at Tri-Cities was back in 1985, when 1.31 inches was recorded. " - [- - ] - report from NWS MRX, Morristown, TN

    COLUMN DENOTATIONS:

    A  maximum mean temperature T total precipitation (inches)
    T1 departure from normal
    B  minimum mean temperature U maximum calendar day precipitation (inches)
    C  monthly mean temperature
    C1 departure from normal
    U1 date of maximum calendar day precipitation
    D  maximum temperature V date(s) of maximum daily precipitation
    E  date(s) of maximum temperature V1 maximum 24-hour precip. & date(s)
    F  minimum temperature W number of days with precip. >= .01"
    G  date(s) of minimum temperature  X number of days with precip. >= 1.0"
    H  days with maximum temperature >=90 Y year-to-date precipitation (inches)
    I  days with maximum temperature <=32 Z maximum calendar day snowfall (inches)
    J  days with minimum temperature <=32 VRB Variable
    K  days with minimum temperature <= 0 1 date of maximum calendar day snowfall (inches)
    K1 average relative humidity 2 number of days with snowfall
    L  peak wind gust (miles per hour)  3 number of days with snowfall >= 1.0"
    M  direction of peak wind gust 4  total snowfall for month (inches)
    N  date(s) of peak wind gust  5 total snowfall for 2005-2006 season (inches)
    N1   average wind speed (miles per hour) 6 maximum barometric pressure (inches)
    N2 dominant wind direction 6A date of maximum barometric pressure
    O  number of days with thunder  7 minimum barometric pressure (inches)
    P  number of days with hail 7A date of minimum barometric pressure
    Q  number of days with glaze 8   average sea-level pressure
    R  number of days with ice pellets STN  Station
    R2 sky cover percentage NR not recorded
    R1 number of days with dense fog [1/4 mile and less visibility] (i) incomplete data
    S  local observation time for temps/precipitation (M) missing, if listed in data table
     ~ "about" E estimated
     +  additional indeterminate number of days CWA - NWS Office County Warning Area


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    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 - deceased 3/19/06
    BRI     Bridgewater, VA Clayton Towers Ctowers@rica.net WOO  Woodstock, VA 5NW Lauck Walton - 12/1/85 jwalton@shentel.net
    CEN  Centreville, VA Paul Bassett 1985, 38 50.9788' N LAT. 77 25.6374' W LON. | Elevation 324' | m.psb@verizon.net LDY Ladysmith, VA Danny Jessee 2003 danny@dannyjessee.com
    CCV   Campbell County, VA - 37 24' N 79 04' W - Roger Penny September 2005 bulletnva@yahoo.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 david82@verizon.net ECG  Elizabeth City, NC,  Coast Guard Air Station 36-15-47N 076-10-58W 11M
    CTR  Winterpock in Chesterfield County, VA Albert Arnold 06/03 FAY  Fayetteville, NC Fayetteville Regional Airport, 34-59-22N 078-52-48W 55M
    HER    Herndon, VA R.M. Beall P- 10/76   T-  1/91 beall47@earthlink.net GSO   Greensboro, NC NWS Piedmont Triad International Airport 36-05-51N 079-56-37W 275M
    HRN   Herndon, VA 4SW Russ Topping -  1985-2006  russ.topping@gmail.com - ceased operation March 2006 HSE    Cape Hatteras, NC  Mitchell Field 35-13-56N 075-27-21W 3M
       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, -  06/96 weather@midatlanticwx.com RAL    Raleigh, NC 7NNW  Bob Woodson -  6/1/93 kf4mmm@qsl.net
    LKU     Louisa, VA 1N Joseph Bowers 1944 - NWS ID  44-5050-02jmbiii@earthlink.net RDU   Raleigh-Durham, NC Raleigh-Durham International Airport 35-52-14N 078-47-11W 130M
    LOU     Louisa, VA 6S John Bullock (about 1970) INACTIVE 1/1/02 - MEMBER DECEASED FALL 2004 ROX    Roxboro, NC 2SE Merriell A. Jay 1/93
    LYH     Lynchburg, VA NWS Lynchburg Regional Airport 37-19-15N 079-12-24W 295M ILM     Wilmington, NC NWS New Hanover International Airport 34-16-06N 077-54-22W 9M
    NEW    Newmarket, VA 2W Joyce Winfree joywood@shentel.net CHS   Charleston, SC NWS Charleston Air Force Base 32-53-56N 080-02-26W 13M
    NPN     Newport News, VA 7N Gary Leonard -  6/91 GaryMLeonard@aol.com CAE    Columbia, SC NWS Columbia Metropolitan Airport 33-56-31N 081-07-05W 73M 
    NOR     Norfolk, VA 3NE Jim Fentress 6/1/77 FLO    Florence, SC Florence Regional Airport 34-11-16N 079-43-51W 44M
    ORF     Norfolk, VA 5NE 36-54-13N 076-11-31W 14M  1871 GSP   Greenville-Spartanburg, SC NWS Greenville-Spartanburg Airport 34-53-02N 082-13-15W 286M 
    POR     Portsmouth, VA 36.81° North 76.33° West 3S Bill Trotter -  7/1/76 wxr@cox.net CRE    North Myrtle Beach, SC Grand Strand Airport 33-48-42N 078-43-26W 10M
    MEC     Mechanicsville, VA Glen Martin 11/19/91 OGB   Orangeburg, SC  Orangeburg Municipal Airport 33-27-50N 080-51-13W 59M
    FHC    Norfolk, VA  Fred Heutte Center 36° 54'N 76° 16'W 01/01/03 fhcgarden@cox.net AND   Anderson, SC 
    RIC     Richmond, VA Richmond International Airport 37-30-40N 077-19-24W 50M TRI     Tri-cities, TN  (Bristol / Johnson / Kingsport), Tri-City Regional Airport 36-28-47N 082-23-56W 474M 
    ROA    Roanoke, VA Roanoke Regional Airport 37-19-01N 079-58-27W 362M DAV  Davis, WV Dave Lesher canaanwx@canaantv.tv