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SUMMARY OF CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA 


MARCH 2007


... A WARMER & DRIER THAN NORMAL MARCH 2007 ...

An early and persistent upper ridge that developed from the Gulf of Mexico into the south central and southeastern United States was responsible for the warmth. As a result, we did not see the typical periodic showers of March. We did, however, see the typical transition-to-spring swings in temperatures.

The mountains and northern areas of Virginia did experience a late winter event with 2-3" of snow the first week of the month.

Severe weather rolled through Southwestern Virginia and Northern-into-Northeastern North Carolina on the 28th with over 11 severe thunderstorm warnings, over 30 reports of severe weather coming into National Weather Service offices, and reports of flash flooding. An extensive report of the event can be found at http://www4.ncsu.edu/~nwsfo/storage/cases/20070328/. Excellent work by the folks at NWS forecast office Raleigh at NC State!

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  • WEATHER INSTRUMENTS FOR AUCTION AT EBAY!    We were reminded recently in an email from ACON MD/DE/DC member Kevin Shaw that you can visit the Ebay website and conduct a search for weather instruments. At times there are some super buys and if you're into auctioning, might be worth your time. Indeed, Kevin's web friend Larry noted a recent auction of a Belfort Instruments Microbarograph for an amazing $310 (and just calibrated!). In the 1970s he purchased one for about $325; in recent years, Larry noted Belfort has been selling this instrument for over over $4700. So, this might be a good place for you to look for new and vintage weather instruments!


  • 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 2007
    State
    Maximum Temperature
    Minimum
    Temperature
    Warmest
    Average
    Temperature
    Coldest
    Average
    Temperature
    Maximum
    Precipitation
    Minimum
    Precipitation
    Virginia
    88°
    Chesterfield, Wakefield
    10.5°
    Chantilly
    53.2°
    Roanoke
    46.1 °
    New Market
    Wallops Island
    6.64"
    Blacksburg
    1.57"
    Charlottesville
    North Carolina
    87°
    Raleigh (RDU)
    21°
    Raleigh (RAL)
    57.3°
    Wilmington
    52.0°
    Asheville
    4.40"
    Charlotte
    0.75"
    Elizabeth City
    South Carolina
    89
    Charleston, Florence,
    Orangeburg
    25°
    Anderson
    60.8°
    Charleston
    56.8°
    North Myrtle Beach
    3.70"
    Greenville-Spartanburg
    0.79"
    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 58.45 36.06 47.26  +2.3  82 14,27 14   8    0  0 13 0 59% 43 W      5             1 0 0 1  0     2400 LWX
         BCB 61.5  34.1  47.8   +6.4  81   28  19  19    0  1 18 0 62% 40 260   3   6.0       1 1 0 0  2     2400 RNK
         BRI 59.8  38.3  49.1   +6.3  80   23  22  19    0  0 11 0 47%                         0 0 0 0  0     0510 LWX
         CEN 58.2  36.3  47.4   +5.3  81   14  13   8    0  7 24 0     50 313  22   4.1  NNW  0 0 4 4  1     2400 LWX
         CHT 56.9  34.9  46.2   +2.8  81.0 14 10.5  8    0  2 15 0 63% 23 S     19   1.0  SSE  0 0 0 1  1     2400 LWX
         CHO 61.6  36.7  49.2   +2.3  84   27  20  19    0  0 13 0     43 280   5   6.5       0 0 0 0  1     2400 LWX
         DAN 66.4  39.3  52.9   +5.0  85   27  21  19    0  0 10 0 58% 40 250   3   7.5       2 0 0 0  0     2400 RNK
         DCA 58.0  37.4  47.7   +1.2  83   27  20 6,8    0  1 10 0 57% 44 330   6  10.2       0 0 0 1  1     2400 LWX
         IAD 58.1  34.6  46.3   +2.9  83   27  11   8    0  6 15 0 57% 43 300   5   8.7       0 1 0 1  2     2400 LWX
         FCH 58.1  34.4  46.3         83   27  19   6    0  1 16 0     47        5             0 0 0 1  0     2400 LWX
         HER                                                                                   0 0 0 1        2400 LWX
         HDV 58.3  35.5  46.9   +1.7  83   27  13   8    0  1 14 0                             0 0 0 1        2400 LWX
         LDY 61.9  37.4  49.7   +1.7  84   27  20   8    0  0 13 0 44% 28       19   3.0       0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         LYH 63.5  37.2  50.3   +4.3  84   27  22  19    0  0 11 0 55% 40 260   3   7.0       2 0 0 0  0     2400 RNK
         NEW 60.51 32.32 46.1   +2    78   23  14   8    0  0 14 0     43 W      5  23.0  SW   1 0 0 0  3     1700 LWX
         NPN 62.8  39.3  51.0         87   27  24  19    0  0 10 0     35 SW     2             0 0 1 1  0     2400 AKQ
         NOR 62.0  29.9  51.0   +2.5  86   27  25   7    0  0  7 0                             0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         ORF 61.2  41.4  51.3   +2.3  86   27  28 7,19   0  0  6 0 61% 41 190   2  10.5       0 0 0 0  1     2400 AKQ
         FHC 62.14 42.06 52.10  +3.1  85.3 27  28.2 7    0  0  5 0 62% 41 SSW   2   5.0  203 0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         POR 63.9  40.7  52.3   +2.2  87   27  25   7    0  0  7 0 63% 38 180   2   5.8  296 0 0 0 0  0 34% 2400 AKQ
         CTR 66.1  39.5  52.8   +5.1  88.0 27 22.9 19    0  0 11 0 55% 27 SW     3   1.5  135 0 0 0 0  0 30% 2400 AKQ
         MEC                                                                                                  1700 AKQ
         RIC 64.3  39.1  51.7   +4.0  86   12  24  19    0  0  9 0 54% 44 230   3   9.2       0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         ROA 64.8  41.5  53.2   +6.0  83   27  24  19    0  0  8 0 49% 53 310   5   7.7       2 0 0 0  1     2400 AKQ
         AKQ 65    36    50.5         88   27  21  19    0  0 11 0                                            2400 AKQ
         WAL 55.6  36.6  46.1   +1.5  82   27  19   8    0  0  9 0     49 190   2  11.3       0 0 0 0  1     2400 AKQ
         WOO 57.0  36.1  46.5   +1.9  78   28  16   8    0  2 12 0                             0 0 0 0  2     2400 LWX
         WSH 58.6  36.0  47.3  +3.49  80.7 14 16.8  8    0  0 12 0 57% 37 ENE    5   2.0  N    0 0 4 4  1     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 65.0  39.0  52.0  +5.7  81    25 23    19  0  0  9 0 60% 39 340 17    6.4      2 0 0 0  2     2400 GSP
         MRH 64.3  44.3  54.3        77    28 28    19  0  0  3 0     59 240  2    9.5      2 0 0 0  3     2400 MHX
         CLT 69.5  44.0  56.8  +4.0  86    25 26  5,17  0  0  5 0 55% 40 180  1    6.7      0 0 0 0  0     2400 GSP
         ECG 64.8  40.0  52.4  +0.6  85    27 25    19  0  0  9 0 61% 47 200  2   10.3      0 0 0 0  1     2400 AKQ
         FAY 70.6  43.7  57.1        86    28 27  5,19  0  0  5 0 58% 41 200  2    8.6      0 0 0 0  0     2400 RAH
         GSO 67.6  43.7  55.7  +6.6  85 27,28 26     5  0  0  7 0 54% 37 160  1    8.7      0 0 0 0  0     2400 RAH
         HSE 62.3  46.3  54.3  +1.9  75    28 34  6,19  0  0  0 0     56 210  2   10.1      0 0 0 0  0     2400 MHX
         HKY 67.6  43.5  55.6  +5.6  85    25 26    19  0  0  5 0     38 240  3    6.1      0 0 0 0  0     2400 GSP
         LBT 70.6  43.7  57.2  +4.8  85 25,28 25    18  0  0  4 0     51 190  2    6.9      0 0 0 0  5     2400 ILM
         EWN 68.6  41.6  55.1  +1.9  85    24 25    19  0  0  4 0     51 200  2    7.1      3 0 0 0  3     2400 MHX
         RAL 69.2  40.6  54.9  +4.2  86 24,27 21    19  0  0  9 0     34       2             2 0 0 0  2     2400 RAH
         RDU 69.5  42.2  55.9  +5.2  87    27 26  5,19  0  0  5 0 56% 58 140  2    6.8      1 0 0 0  0     2400 RAH
         ROX 67.5  41.0  54.3  +5.9  86    28 25     9  0  0  9 0 60% 39 S     1             2 0 0 0  0 36% 2400 RAH
         ILM 69.8  44.7  57.3  +2.3  86    28 29    19  0  0  3 0 61% 53 210  2    8.6      1 0 0 0  4 21% 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 70.3  44.2  57.2  +4.3  88    25 25     5  0  0  3 0     38 260  3   6.4       1 0 0 0  2     2400 GSP
         CAE 72.3  45.8  59.1  +3.7  88    25 26     5  0  0  3 0 59% 46 210  2   5.9       1 0 0 0  1     2400 CAE
         CRE 67.5  46.0  56.8  +3.1  84    25 28     5  0  0  3 0     38 210  2   8.2       2 0 0 0  2     2400 ILM
         CHS 73.6  48.1  60.8  +3.1  89    25 31     5  0  0  1 0     45 190  2   7.9       1 0 0 0  3     2400 CHS
         FLO 72.3  45.4  58.8  +3.0  89    25 26     5  0  0  3 0     44 180  2   7.4       1 0 0 0  4     2400 ILM
         GSP 70.3  45.8  58.1  +6.5  87    25 26     5  0  0  3 0 52% 38 230  3   7.6       0 0 0 0  0     2400 GSP
         OGB 73.1  46.0  59.5        89    25 29     5  0  0  2 0     36 240  2   5.9       1 0 0 0  5     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 65.7  39.3  52.5  +6.0  83    25  22 5,19  0  0  9 0     47 230  3   5.4       0 0 0 0  4     2400 MRX
         DAV 46.9  28.2  37.6        71    27   5    7  0  8 18 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  3.33        1.89 16 2.26 15-16  8 1  8.52  2.7  7   3 1  3.2 14.4  30.71  21 29.29   2 30.16  2400
         BCB  6.64  +2.81 2.93 28 2.93    28 11 2 11.32  0.2  4   5 0  0.2  5.8                             2400
         BRI  3.48  +0.53 1.75 16 1.75    16  6 2  6.70           2 2  4.0 12.0  30.30   6 29.51  14        2400
         CEN  2.21  -1.58 1.12 17 1.42 16-17  9 1  8.12  1.5  7   3 2  2.6 17.8  30.69  21 29.35   2 30.14  2400
         CHT  3.03  -0.52 1.63 16 1.63    16 16 7  7.93  1.9  7   2 2  3.1 14.9  30.674 21 29.348  2 30.13  2400
         CHO  1.57  -2.48 0.78 16 0.78    16  5 0  5.38                          30.66  21 29.30   2        2400
         DAN  3.39  -0.86 1.17 16 1.17    16  7 1  9.81  0.0      0 0  0.0  0.8  30.61  21 29.30   2        2400
         DCA  3.19  -0.41 1.79 16 1.79    16  8 1  7.87  1.8  7   3 1  1.9  9.1  30.72  21 29.30   2        2400
         IAD  2.93  -0.62 1.56 16 1.56    16  8 1  7.58  1.9  7   3 2  3.1 14.5  30.70  21 29.30   2        2400
         FCH  4.41        2.15 16 2.15    16  6 2  8.80  1.5  7   2 1  1  11.0                             2400
         HDV  3.02  -0.82 1.76 16             7 1  8.30  1.9  7   3 2  2.9 14.4                             2400
         HER  3.10  -0.45 1.80 16 2.18 15-16  8 1  8.45 ~1.5  7   2 2  2.5 15.0                             2400
         LDY  3.39  -0.49 1.97 16 2.70 15-16  4 1  7.48  0.0           0.0  2.3  30.67  21 29.28   2 30.14  2400
         LYH  3.95  +0.12 1.83 16 1.83    16  7 1  9.28  0.0      0 0  0.0  3.2  30.65  21 29.34   2        2400
         NEW  2.59        1.70 16                  7.29  3.0           3.0       30.70  29 29.78   2        1700
         NPN  2.20        1.64 16 1.64    16  3 1  3.91  0.0      0 0  0.0    T  30.60  21 29.38   2        2400
         NOR  2.03  -2.02 1.55 16 1.55    16  3 1  7.09    T      1 0    T    T                             2400
         ORF  1.84  -2.24 1.44 16 1.44    16  3 1  6.64  0.0           0.0    T  30.50  25 30.02  27        2400
         FHC  2.60  -1.48 1.78 16             3 1  6.17  0.0           0.0    T  30.647 21 29.396  2 30.162 2400
         POR  2.02  -1.93 1.67 16 1.67    16  5 1  7.21  0.0           0.0  0.2  30.65  21 29.41   2 30.168 2400
         CTR  2.74  -0.55 1.76 16 1.76    16  8 1  9.37  0.0           0.0  0.8  30.67  21 29.32   2 30.165 2400
         MEC                    [through February] 6.54  .25  1   1 0  .25  0.5  30.12   5 29.38  14        1700
         RIC  2.66  -1.43 1.61 14 1.61    14  6 1  8.18  0.0           0.0  0.3  30.49  29 30.10  31        2400
         ROA  3.32  -0.52 1.27 16 1.27    16  7 1  7.95    T  4   1 0    T  3.1  30.64  21 29.36   2        2400
         AKQ  2.22                                 6.07  0.0           0.0  0.1                             2400
         WAL  1.73  -2.25 1.10 16 1.10    16  6 1  6.52  0.3  7   1 0  0.3  1.6  30.63  21 29.47   2        2400
         WOO  2.41  -0.57         0.82 15-16 10 0  7.34  5.0 17   4 2  6.1 29.4  30.71  21 29.56   2        0800
         WSH  3.11  -1.42 1.65 16 1.65    16  7 1  9.31  1.8 16   4 2  2.7 17.6  30.68  21 29.37   2        2400
    NORTH CAROLINA
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
       
         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V    V1   W X   Y      Z   1 2 3   4    5     6    6A   7    7A    8     S
         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         AVL  4.29  -0.30 2.38  1 2.38     1  8 2  9.09     T   4 1 0    T  1.9  30.51  21 29.39   2         2400
         MRH  1.10        0.62  2 0.62     2  3 0  7.86   0.0          0.0  0.0  30.56  21 29.54   2         2400
         CLT  4.40  +0.01 2.17  1 2.17     1  4 2  6.15   1.0   1 1 1  1.0  1.0  30.45   6 29.57  14         2400
         ECG  0.75  -3.92 0.37  2 0.37     2  4 0  5.02   0.0          0.0  1.0  30.63  21 29.47   2         2400
         FAY  2.01        1.25 16 1.25    16  4 1  6.65                     0.0                              2400
         GSO  3.31  -0.54 1.53 16             5 1  8.50   0.0          0.0  0.8                              2400
         HSE  1.99  -2.96 1.33 16 1.33    16  5 1  9.29   0.0          0.0  0.0  30.57  21 29.54   2         2400
         HKY  2.83  -2.09 1.40  1 1.40     1  8 1  8.94   0.0          0.0    T            29.36   2         2400
         LBT  0.92  -3.39 0.46  2 0.46     2  4 0  3.74                          30.54  21 30.06  28         2400
         EWN  3.11  -1.38 2.15  2 2.15     2  5 1  9.07   0.0          0.0  0.0  30.59  21 29.50   2         2400
         RDU  3.52  -0.51 2.14 16 2.14    16  5 1  8.38   0.0          0.0  1.6                              2400
         RAL  3.98  -0.05         2.51 15-16  5 2  8.65   0.0          0.0  1.4  30.46  19 29.43   2         1900
         ROX                    [through February] 5.21                                                      2200
         ILM  1.56  -2.66 0.99 16 0.99    16  5 0  8.05   0.0          0.0  0.0  30.53  21 29.61  16         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  3.14  -1.83 2.53  1 2.53     1  4 1 10.82  0.0          0.0    T            29.36   2         2400
         CAE  3.45  -1.14 1.68  1 1.68     1  4 2  9.13  0.0          0.0  0.2  30.49  21 29.40   2         2400
         CRE  1.11  -2.68 0.53 16 0.53    16  4 0  6.84                         30.51  21 29.60  16         2400
         CHS  0.79  -3.21 0.29 16 0.29    16  4 0  7.09  0.0          0.0    T  30.49  21 29.58  24         2400
         FLO  2.23  -1.77 0.99  2 0.99     2  3 0  4.73                         30.46  21 30.05  28         2400
         GSP  3.70  -1.61 2.83  1 2.83     1  5 1 10.79  0.0          0.0  1.5            29.36   2         2400
         OGB  1.81        0.89  1 0.89     1  4 0  8.78                         30.49  21 29.50   2         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  2.27  -1.64 0.95 16 0.95    16 10 0  4.89   1.7 17  9  1   2.0   3.5 30.46  8 29.52  14        2400
         DAV  5.70        0.76  2            17 0 19.71   8.0 18 11  7  33.8 165.9                           0700    

    Virginia:

    Annandale - Lowell notes: " March was much warmer and drier than average with 72% of the month's precipitation occurring on the 15th and 16th. The 2.26 inches of precipitation that occurred in this 24 hour period was the second greatest on record for March since 24 hour precipitation records were started in 1997. The March total precipitation was 3.33 inches and was the 11th driest March on record in the last 27 years with a departure of - 0.86 inches. The average March mean temperature was 47.3 a departure of only + 2.3 but was the 5th highest in the past 27 years. The highest temperature was 82 on the 14th and 27th and the lowest temperature was 14 on the 8th. This was the lowest March temperature on record since 1996 when 11 was recorded. March has had only four lower minimum temperatures in the last 27 years. The average daily temperature range of 22.4F for March was the 2nd highest on record. Only the record of 23.6 set in 1986 was higher. The highest daily temperature range during March was 41 that occurred on the 15th which tied the 27-year record for the month set in 1981 and 1994. The total snowfall for March was 3.2 inches and was + 0.5 inches more than the 27-year average for March and was the most snow in March since 1999. Only seven years in the past 27 years have had more snow in March. The minimum relative humidity on the 2nd of 13 percent was the lowest recorded in March since March 18th and 19th of 1990 when 12 percent was recorded which is the 27-year record for March. The maximum barometric pressure this month was 30.71 inches on the 21st which was the highest pressure recorded in March since 1996 when the record for March was set at 30.91 inches. The maximum wind gust was 43 mph from the west on the 5th at 1312. Only seven March months in the past 27 years have had stronger winds and the record is 53 mph in 1997. The predominant March weather feature was high pressures with 17 days and with low pressures only 4 days; the average number of low pressures in March is 10.5 days. There were 12 daily March Records Tied or Broken- (27-Years of records): HIGH maximum temperature: 22; LOW maximum temperature: 6, 17; HIGH minimum temperature: 23; LOW minimum temperature : 6; HIGH range temperature: 10, 15, 22; LOW range temperature: 17; 2 HIGH precipitation: 15, 16; HIGH snowfall: 7. " [ + - ] 

    Arlington from NWS in Sterling - " MARCH TURNED OUT TO BE A ROLLER COASTER RIDE AT REAGAN NATIONAL. TEMPERATURES TOPPED OVER 70 DEGREES SEVEN TIMES DURING THE MONTH...HELPING TO MAKE MARCH THE 32ND WARMEST ON RECORD. HOWEVER...ON THE FLIP SIDE THERE WERE SOME VERY COLD AND SNOWY TIMES AS WELL. FOR EXAMPLE... 1.8 INCHES OF SNOW FELL ON THE 7TH AND THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY A BITTERLY COLD MORNING ON THE 8TH. " [ + - ] 

    Bridgewater - " THE PRECIPITATION WAS .53 INCHES ABOVE AVERAGE WHILE THE TEMPERATURE WAS 6.3 DEGREES ABOVE AVERAGE. SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH WAS 4 INCHES. SNOWFALL FOR THE WINTER HAS AMOUNTED TO AROUND 10 INCHES. wE USUALLY GET 22-24 INCHES. THERE WAS A TREMENDOUS DROP IN TEMPERATURE ON THE 15TH AND 16TH. tHE DROP WAS AROUND 40 WITH CLOUDY SKIES. I DON'T BELIEVE I'VE SEEN THIS HAPPEN BEFORE ESPECIALLY WITH CLOUDY SKIES. THE HIGH ON THE 15TH WAS 74 DEGREES, AND THE NEXT IT WAS SNOWING AROUND 11:30 AM. UNBELIEVABLE! " - [ + + ] - notes from Clayton

    Centreville - " As it has been in years past, March takes us out of winter and helps us welcome spring. Most March's are like that, and except for the unexpected extremes, March 2007 tried at first to live up to this reputation. Instead though, it made a weak attempt at the lion bit then settled for a ho-hum final two weeks with very little to report in the excitement department. Not much in the form of liquid or frozen precipitation fell and with a return to warmer than usual temperatures from February's cold snap, our winter continued to remain uncommonly warm. The average monthly temperature of 47.4 came in at 5.3 over normal. Uncharacteristically, the high and low monthly temperatures averaged within two degrees of this overall monthly average. A high of 81 on the 14th and a low of 13 on the 8th didn't do much to away the averages one way or the other. In fact, both of the extremes averaged also worked out to 47.4. Yep, not a whole lot of excitement here... Precipitation for March was about as interesting as a dish rag. In liquid form we received 58% of our 3.79" normal, or 2.21" with 64% falling in a single 24 hour period; 1.42" on March 16th and 17th. We were able to wring out 2.6" of snow for March; 0.9" short of the 3.5" average for March and about 75% of our seasonal 23.7". April showers, let's get with it... " - [ + - ] - report from Paul

    Falls Church - " THIS MONTH BROUGHT AVERAGE TEMPERATURES BUT ABOVE AVERAGE RAINFALL. THE NOR'EASTER ON THE 16TH BROUGHT OVER 2 INCHES OF RAIN AND .25 INCHES OF SNOWFALL. MARCH DID LIVE UP TO ITS REPUTATION FOR BEING A WINDY MONTH. MY PEAK GUST OF 47 MPH OCCURRED ON THE 5TH. MY FIRST 80 DEGREE DAY ALSO OCCURRED THIS MONTH ..IT REACHED 81 ON THE 14TH. " - [ +/- + ] - additional notes from Windie

    Chantilly - Russ Topping sends these notes: " In March, winter and spring once again battled it out for dominance in our area and, of course, spring eventually won. Temperatures rebounded and averaged 2.8 degrees above normal. Monthly precipitation was 0.52" below normal. Snowfall was 0.3" below normal and we ended the season below normal at 14.9". Snow fell on the 7th (1.9") and 16th (1.2"). Sleet mixed in with the snow on the 16th. We had freezing fog on the 8th, which made it an interesting morning on the roads. The 1.63" liquid equivalent of precipitation, which fell on the 16th, set a new daily record for this station. *Please note, anemometer is currently partially obstructed " - [ + - ]

    Herndon - Randy sends these notes: " FOLLOWING A VERY COLD FEBRUARY, MARCH ENDED UP 1.7 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL WITH THE FIRST TWO-THIRDS OF THE MONTH BEING COLD, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THREE DAYS FROM THE 13TH THROUGH THE 15TH. THE LAST 10 DAYS WARMED UP NICELY AND WE WELCOMED IN SPRING WITH LOTS OF FLOWERS AND TREES SHOWING FORTH THEIR SPRING COLORS. PRECIPITATION, AGAIN CAME IN A VARIETY OF FORMS, AND FELL OFF AND ON MOST OF THE MONTH WITH THE HEAVIEST FALLING ON THE 16TH WITH 1.0" OF SNOW AND SLEET (1.76" WATER EQUIV) AND ON THE 7TH WE PICKED UP OUR HEAVIEST SNOW OF THE MONTH WITH 1.9 INCHES (0.14" WATER EQUIV) FALLING. WE ENDED UP WITH JUST THE 2.9 INCHES OF SNOW WITH BROUGHT OUR YEARLY AND SNOW SEASON TOTAL TO 14.4 INCHES OF SNOW; THIS IS ABOUT 8 INCHES BELOW NORMAL FOR THE SEASON. THE MONTH FINISHED WITH 3.02 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION WHICH WAS 0.82 AN INCH BELOW NORMAL FOR PRECIP. SO WE CONTINUE TO RUN BELOW AVERAGE FOR PRECIPITATION FOR THE YEAR WITH 8.3 INCHES FOR THE YEAR SO FAR WHICH IS 1.68 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. " - [ + - ]

    Ladysmith - Danny reports: " March was fairly uneventful, save for 2.7" of rain on the 14th and 15th of the month and 3 very warm days with highs above 80. No snow for the month leaves the season snowfall total at a paltry 2.3" " - [ + - ]

    Portsmouth - " Temps averaged 2.2 below normal and rainfall for the month (2.02") was only 51% (-1.03") of the normal for March. Measurable precip only fell on 5 days. Precipitation measured below normal for the 3rd consecutive month. Cold frontal passages occured on the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 11th, 15th, 16th, 20th, 24th, 28th. Warm frontal passages were noted on the 7th, 22nd, 26th. Frosts of varying degreees were noted on the 9th, 19th, 30th. STATION RECORDS: 2nd - WIND GUST - 38 MPH [previous 37 MPH 1997]; 16th - RAIN - 1.66" [previous 0.52" 1982]; 19th - TEMP - MIN TIED 26 [previous 1993]; 20th - TEMP - MAX MIN 52 [previous 48 1992]; 23rd - TEMP - MAX 83 [previous 79 1978]; 23rd - TEMP - MAX MIN 59 [previous 52 1990]; 27th - TEMP - MAX 87 [previous 86 1991; 27th - TEMP - MAX MIN 62 [previous 59 1998]; 30th - TEMP - MIN 34 [previous 37 1982]. " [ + - ] 

    North Carolina:

    Greensboro - NWS Raleigh (RAH) reports: " The third warmest March on record at Greensboro. The March 2007 North Carolina Weather Review is located here: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/ncsummaries/MonthlySummary.Mar.2007.doc. ...CLIMATE RECORDS FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH... 23RD...HIGH OF 81 BROKE OLD RECORD OF 79 DEGREES SET IN 2006. 24TH...LOW OF 59 BROKE OLD RECORD OF WARMEST LOW OF 58 DEGREES SET IN 1975. 27TH...HIGH OF 85 BROKE OLD RECORD OF 84 DEGREES SET IN 1950. ...LOW OF 60 TIED OLD RECORD FOR WARMEST LOW SET IN 1949. 28TH...HIGH OF 85 BROKE OLD RECORD OF 82 DEGREES SET IN 1985. ...LOW OF 60 BROKE OLD RECORD FOR WARMEST LOW OF 59 DEGREES SET IN 1989. MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 55.7 DEGREES... " - [ + - ]

    Raleigh - Bob sends these notes: " MARCH TEMPERATURES WERE ON THE MILD SIDE WITH THE AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURE 4.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE TEMPERATURE REACHED 86 DEGREES TWICE DURING THE MONTH WHICH IS A RECORD FOR THIS LOCATION (SINCE 1993) FOR MARCH. PRECIPITATION WAS NEAR NORMAL WITH 3.98" OR ONLY 0.05" BELOW NORMAL. NO SEVERE WEATHER WAS OBSERVED DURING MARCH. THUNDER WAS OBSERVED TWICE DURING THE MONTH (MARCH 27TH, 28TH). " - [ + -/+ ]

    Raleigh - NWS Raleigh (RAH) reports: " ...CLIMATE RECORDS FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH... 16TH...DAILY PRECIP. OF 2.14 IN. BROKE OLD RECORD OF 1.79 IN. SET IN 1956. 23RD...HIGH OF 83 BROKE OLD RECORD OF 81 DEGREES SET IN 1991. 24TH...HIGH OF 86 BROKE OLD RECORD OF 81 DEGREES SET IN 1978. 27TH...HIGH OF 87 BROKE OLD RECORD OF 86 DEGREES SET IN 1949. 28TH...HIGH OF 86 BROKE OLD RECORD OF 84 DEGREES SET IN 1945. MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 55.9 DEGREES...THIRD WARMEST MARCH ON RECORD AT RDU...SINCE 1944.

    The March 2007 North Carolina Weather Review is located here: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/ncsummaries/MonthlySummary.Mar.2007.doc. " - [ + - ]

    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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      ROK   Roanoke, VA 6SW Wendell Prillaman  4/76 wlprillaman@cox.net
    ANN    Annandale, VA 1 3/4 ENE - Lowell Koontz  8/31/79  wwkoontz@verizon.net AKQ    Wakefield, VA NWS Wakefield Municipal Airport 36-58-53N 077-00-04W 33M
    DCA    Arlington, VA Washington, DC, Reagan Washington National Airport 38-50-54N 077-02-03W 18M WSH   Washington, VA  David Yowell runamok@runamok.com
    BCB    Blacksburg, VA NWS Virginia Tech Airport 37-13N 080-25W   
    BRI     Bridgewater, VA Clayton Towers Ctowers@rica.net WOO  Woodstock, VA 5NW Lauck Walton - 12/1/85 jwalton@shentel.net
    CEN  Centreville, VA Paul Bassett 1985, 38 50.9788' N LAT. 77 25.6374' W LON. | Elevation 324' | m.psb@verizon.net LDY Ladysmith, VA Danny Jessee 2003 danny@dannyjessee.com
       WAL   Wallops Island, VA 37 56'26" N 75 27'47" W Wallops Flight Facility Airport
    CHO   Charlottesville, VA  Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport ASOS  (Rappahannock County) 38-08-18N 078-27-21W 192M AVL    Asheville, NC  Asheville Regional Airport 35-25-55N 082-32-15W 670M
      MRH    Beaufort, NC  Michael J. Field Airport 34-44-01N 076-39-38W 3M
    DAN  Danville, VA, Danville Regional Airport, 36-34-22N 079-20-10W 175M    
    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
    CHT   Chantilly, VA Russ Topping -  12/2006  russ.topping@gmail.com - new location December 2006 HSE    Cape Hatteras, NC  Mitchell Field 35-13-56N 075-27-21W 3M
    HDV    Herndon, VA  Randoplh W. Ashby, 3.3 SM South, Lat: 38.922127, Lon: -77.38015, Elev: 390'. Randolph_Ashby@Raytheon.com LBT    Lumberton, NC  Lumberton Municipal Airport 34-36-26N 079-03-36W 37M
       EWN    New Bern, NC  Craven County Regional Airport 36-04-03N 077-02-50W 3M
    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