...A Very Warm & Dry November 2001...

Weatherwise, the month was quite unlike other Novembers.  By now, the fall has usually slipped into a colder weather pattern, particularly in the latter half.  Not this year!!  Fall continued on with some stations never reaching the freezing mark, normally attained in late October even into our southern reaches.  The persistent dry weather pattern continued, although this time of year is usually dry in the transition from summer to winter.  Above all, the unusual warmth was the headliner with our reporting stations averaging a whopping 5° above normal.   A look at the departures shows the warmest spots ran from the north-central to south-central sections of the three state area.  Stations with less excess in departure were noted in and near the mountains and along coastal areas.  Stations which reported new and near record warmth are highlighted in red in the station narratives.  A few of you also noted the absence of "dynamic" weather patterns where significant changes occur between systems as they pass through the area.  That too shall pass and there will be coming times when you'll be looking for a break from the constant notations you will make [although some of us thrive on that!].

Fantastic Internet Links !!

Aurora Borealis We can always count on Kevin Shaw of ACON - MD/DE/DC for some great links.  If you didn't observe- as I did not - the fantastic aurora borealis November 5-6, 2001, then take a look at these pics archived from all over the US and the world!!
 
 

Winter OutlookJump to this site for NWS' Official Outlook posted 11/15/01.
[ http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories/s813.htm ]

Mt. Washington Observatory - Visited the our friends at Mt. Washington Observatory recently? [ http://www.mountwashington.org/ ]  While you're there, see the view from the summit: http://192.156.97.47/cam/northeast/index.html

Climate Normals Updated - Here they are!!  The 1971-2000 climate normals have been updated this month!!  Visit http://ggweather.com/normals/index.htm
- from Golden Gate Weather Services

Elizabeth City
We see the monthly summary for Elizabeth City is now available online from the NWS Wakefield web site. [ http://tgsv5.nws.noaa.gov/er/akq/ ] Let's hope the data is posted regularly in the future.  Elizabeth City is located in Northeast North Carolina.  [Click the link to the left for location from MapQuest.]

NWS Data Reminder
All data from online NWS sites and archives are preliminary data only.  The official data is disseminated from the NCDC in Asheville, NC.  We would like to have the official data, but data verification and prohibitive costs would only slow our reports.

 


ACON - VA/NC/SC
The Atlantic Coast Observer Network: 
Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina

SUMMARY OF CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA
NOVEMBER  2001


Happy Holidays Folks -
May Your New Year Be Great!!
[No, this isn't Buffalo, December 25th, 2001!]

Susan Funk's, NWS AKQ
NOVEMBER 2001 Hydrological Report -Narrative Summary 

[Editor's note: Patrick Maloit is no longer generating this NWS AKQ report; the responsibility has now be assumed by Susan Funk.]

"November was one of the driest Novembers on record for most places in central and eastern Virginia...northeast North Carolina...and the the lower Maryland Eastern Shore. Most of the precipitation occurred around the 24th of November. Some precipitation fell at a few places around the 3rd of November. The rest of the month was marked by dry 
periods. November 2001 precipitation totals ranged from a trace of precipitation at Salisbury State Police...Maryland (Wicomico)...to 1.59" at Murfreesboro...North Carolina (Hertford)."  Accompanying data can be found with a click to:  http://205.156.54.206/er/akq/HYM/NovPre2001.txt
 


For ACON VA/NC/SC Recent Weather News, Search CNN
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ACON VA/NC/SC Member Station Extremes - November 2001
State
Maximum Temperature
Minimum
Temperature
Warmest
Average
Temperature
Coldest
Average
Temperature
Maximum
Precipitation
Minimum
Precipitation
Virginia
83°
Newport News
17°
Newmarket
56.6°
Richmond RMD
47.7°
Blacksburg
1.77"
Washington, VA
0.08"
Norfolk ORF
North Carolina
83°
Elizabeth City, 
Raleigh RDU
20°
Brevard
60.5°
Wilmington
50.0°
Brevard
2.10"
Brevard
0.20"
Elizabeth City
South Carolina
84°
Orangeburg
27°
Columbia
63.6°
Charleston
56.7°
Greenville-Spartanburg
1.98"
Greenville-Spartanburg
0.21"
Orangeburg

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

VIRGINIA


STN  A      B    C    D      E F     G    H I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 S
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
AHB 66.6  36.4  50.9  78.3   2 23.0 13   0  0 11 0 26 NW    9  1 0 0 0  5 2400
ANN 62.63 42.60 52.62 76     2 29   21   0  0  4 0 31 W     9  1 0 0 0  3 2400
BCB             47.7  74     2 20 12,14            31      10             2400
BRI 66.0  34.3  50.2  79     2 19 12,13  0  0    0             0 0 0 0  3 0515/1600
CEN 63.1  40.5  51.8  78     2 24   13   0  0 10 0 33 020 20  4 0 0 0  3 1200/2400
CHO 65.1  39.0  52.0  78     2 24   13   0  0  9 0 33 190 30  2 0 0 0  5 2400 
DCA 65.0  44.6  54.8  79     2 33 12,21  0  0  0 0 39 330  9  0 0 0 0  5 2400 
IAD 64.3  37.2  50.7  80     2 22   13   0  0 13 0 31 340  9             2400
                                                   31 310 20
FCH 62.5  41.7  52.1  79     2 30   21   0  0  3 0             1 0 0 0  0 2400
HAM 66.1  47.4  56.8  80     3 36   13             38 N     5           7 2200
HRG 64.1  35.8  49.9  76.2   2 22.7 12   0  0 13 0 24 S    30  0 0 0 0  4 2400
HER 61.9  40.5  51.2  76.6   2 27.5 21   0  0  4 0 26      20  1 0 0 0  4 2400 
HRN 62.9  40.4  51.8  77.4   2 25.5 13   0  0  6 0 32 S    30  1 0 0 0  5 2400 
LKU 65.9  33.0  49.5  79     2 19   21   0  0 16 0 26 SW   30  0 0 0 0  2 2400
LYH             50.6  77     2 22   22             37      30             2400 
LXI 65.2  32.1  48.5  79.3   2 18.5 10   0  0 20 0 27 NNW   9  0 0 0 0  8 2400
NEW 64.97 33.97 49.47 80     2 17   21   0  0 16 0 34 SW   25  0 0 0 0  4 1700
NPN 68.3  43.7  56.0  83     3 29 12,13  0  0  4 0             0 0 0 0  5 2300 
NOR 66.3  45.3  55.8  80     3 33 13,22  0  0  0 0             0 0 0 0  5 2400
ORF 65.6  46.4  56.0  81     2 31   22   0  0  1 0 33 020  9  0 0 0 0  6 2400
POR 65.6  47.0  56.3  79     3 34   22   0  0  0 0 29 N     5  0 0 0 0  5 2400
MEC 66    43    55    78     2 26   13   0  0  5 0 7.8NNW  23  0 0 0 0  3 1800 
RIC 67.0  42.1  54.6  80     2 26   22   0  0  6 0 38 210 30  0 0 0 0  7 2400  
RMD 67.7  45.4  56.6  80   2,3 30   22   0  0  2 0             0 0 0 0  0 2300
ROA             53.3  79     2 28 14,22            33      11             2400 
ROK 66.4  36.6  51.5  80     2 24 14,22  0  0 11 0 28 NW   30  0 0 0 0  1 2200 
AKQ 68.83 39.33 54.08 81   2,3 24   21   0  0  9 0                        2400  
WEE 66.8  40.2  53.5  80     2 28 12,13, 0  0  5 0                        0800/2000
                                  21,22,23                                    
WOO 65.3  44.0  54.6  77     3 30   21   0  0  3 0             0 0 0 0  5 0800
WSH 62.2  42.5  52.4  75.1   2 28.2 21   0  0  3 0 18 ENE   5  0 0 0 0  1 2400
                                                   18 ESE   9
NORTH CAROLINA
 
STN  A      B    C    D      E F    G     H I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 S
------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 
AVL 66.7  36.6  51.7  74     2 23   22   0  0 11 0 32 180 29  1 0 0 0  4 2400 
BRE 67.3  32.7  50.0  75       20        0  0    0 23          0 0 0 0  0 1600
                          23,24
CLT 69.9  42.8  56.4  82     3 26   22   0  0  3 0 28 170 24  0 0 0 0  3 2400
ECG 68.3  41.9  55.1  83     3 28 10,22  0  0  5 0 33 010  9  1       11 2400
GSO 67.5  42.1  54.8  79     3 28   22   0  0  4 0 28 210 30  0 0 0 0  3 2400
LBT 72.6  44.3  58.4  82     2 27   22   0  0  4 0 31 040  5  0 0 0 0  5 2400 
RAL 70.8  39.6  55.2  81     2 25   13   0  0  9 0 23      30  0 0 0 0  2 1900
RDU 70.1  41.5  55.8  83     2 26   22   0  0  7 0 24 040  5  0 0 0 0  3 2400
ROX 69.1  43.6  56.4  81.0   3 24.0 23   0  0  4 0 47 SE   24  0 0 0 0  3 2100 
ILM 73.0  48.1  60.5  81  3,27 30   22   0  0  1 0 29 020  5  0 0 0 0  5 2400
                            25
SOUTH CAROLINA

STN  A      B    C    D      E F    G    H  I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 S
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CAE 73.4  44.4  58.9  82  3,25 27   22                                    2400
CHS 75.6  51.5  63.6  82     3 35    7   0  0  0 0 29 030 15             2400
CRE 72.4  49.4  60.9  79   2,3 30   22   0  0  2 0 25 030 15  0 0 0 0  5 2400 
FLO 73.7  46.5  60.1  82   2,3 29   22   0  0  2 0 26 060 15  0 0 0 0  5 2400
GSP 69.2  44.2  56.7  80     3 30   22             25 200 30  0 0 0 0  4 2400 
OGB 75.0  48.7  61.9  84     3 32   22                                    2400
NEARBY LOCATIONS

STN  A      B    C    D      E F    G    H  I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 S
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TRI 67.0  33.4  50.2  78     2 23 21,22  0  0 17 0                        2400 
CHW 53.1  34.3  43.7  62.1  30 18.5 21   0  0 11 0             0 0 0 0  3 1900

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

VIRGINIA

 
STN  T     U       V      V1   W X   Y      Z  1  2 3    4    5      6       7        S 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
AHB  0.84  0.52 25 0.76 24-25  4 0 38.48  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.601 13 29.797 20 2400
ANN  0.95  0.55 25 0.55    25  4 0 34.63  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.59  13 29.80  20 2400
BCB  0.41  0.26 25                                     0.0    T                      2400
BRI  0.47  0.39 25 0.42 24-25  3 0 26.11  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.42     29.92     0515/1600 
CEN  0.83  0.57 25 0.74 24-25  6 0 37.73  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.60  13 29.82  20 2400 
CHO  0.79  0.41 25 0.48 24-25  4 0        0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400 
DCA  0.55  0.38 25             5 0 29.46  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400
IAD  0.82  0.54 25             6 0 34.15  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400 
FCH  0.56  0.35 25 0.47 24-25  6 0 32.78  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400  
HRG  0.45  0.35 25 0.38 24-25  3 0 23.07  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.54  13 29.88  20 2400
HAM  0.17  0.17 24 0.17    24  1 0        0.0          0.0  0.0  30.60  13 29.90  19 2200
HER  0.87  0.60 25 0.60    25  6 0 39.42  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.62  13 29.75  20 2400
HRN  1.03  0.73 25 0.78 24-25  7 0 37.13  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.572 13 29.846 20 2400 
LKU  0.32  0.20 24 0.25    24  2 0 27.95  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.60     29.84     2400
LYH  0.30          0.25 24-25                                                        2400
LXI  0.40  0.16 25 0.16    25  3 0 30.82  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.56  13 29.88  20 2400
NEW  0.24  0.13 25             4 0 31.05  0.0          0.0  0.0                      1700
NPN  0.28  0.26 24 0.27 24-25  3 0 30.30  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.59  13 29.90  20 2300
NOR  0.16  0.09 24 0.09    24  2 0 32.19  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400
ORF  0.08  0.06 24 0.06    24  2 0 31.53  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.57  13 29.86  20 2400
POR  0.30  0.17  3 0.17     3  2 0 30.03  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.586 13 29.961 11 2400 
MEC  0.21  0.16 24 0.20 24-25  2 0 36.91  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.30  12 29.78  10 1800
RIC  0.17  0.15 24 0.15    24  3 0 29.85  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.62  13 29.86  20 2400 
RMD  0.17  0.17 24             1 0 32.67  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2300 
ROA  0.61          0.46 24-25                          0.0    T                      2400
ROK  1.10  0.67 25 1.03 24-25  3 0 31.10  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.61  13 30.00  30 2400 
AKQ  0.65  0.61 24             3 0 32.83  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400 
WEE  0.11  0.10 24             2 0        0.0          0.0  0.0  30.58  13 29.85  19 1630
WOO  1.00  0.95 25 0.95 25-26  4 0 30.69  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.84  13 30.38  30 0800
WSH  1.77  0.81 25 1.17 24-25  5 0 32.71  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.62  13 29.91  20 2400
NORTH CAROLINA
 
STN  T     U       V      V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5       6       7        S 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
AVL  1.42  0.71 23 0.85 23-24  5 0 32.15  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.56  13 29.91  30 2400 
BRE  2.10                          42.18  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.55 13, 30.12  30 1600
                                                                        14
CLT  0.83  0.50 23 0.77 23-24  4 0 25.05  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.53  13 29.91  20 2400 
ECG  0.20  0.15 24 0.17 23-24  5 0                                                   2400
GSO  0.34          0.23 23-24  5 0                                                   2400
LBT  0.36  0.18 23 0.18    23  4 0 34.06  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.54  13 29.93  20 2400 
RAL  0.52          0.42 23-24  4 0 35.02  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.56  13 29.90  20 1900
RDU  0.50  0.37 24             3 0        0.0          0.0  0.0
ROX  0.27  0.25 24 0.25    24  2 0 30.98  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.63  13 29.95  20 2100 
ILM  0.95  0.54 24 0.77 23-24  7 0 39.67  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.51  13 29.88  20 2400
SOUTH CAROLINA

STN  T     U       V      V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5       6       7        S 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
CAE  0.69                          26.80  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400 
CHS  0.53                          38.28  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400 
CRE  1.61  1.04 24 1.35 23-24  5 1 37.27  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.49  13 29.88  20 2400 
FLO  0.40  0.24 24 0.24    24  3 0 30.41  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.49  13 29.88  20 2400 
GSP  1.98  1.66 23 1.81 23-24  6 1 38.15  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.53  13 29.91  20 2400 
OGB  0.21                          27.65  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400
NEARBY LOCATIONS
 
STN  T     U       V      V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5       6       7        S 
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TRI  0.50  0.28 23 0.29 23-24  5 0 38.34  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400 
CHW  0.93  0.42 25             6 0        0.2 20  1 0  0.2  2.6                      1900
Virginia:

Annandale - Lowell sends these quite detailed notes for November. While I know - and Lowell agrees - that we can't publish these complete notes every month, they do make for interesting reading because there are interesting tidbits throughout that the reader gleens. Temperature Records The highest average maximum temperature ever recorded for this November was 62.3; the old record was 61.5 in 1985. The highest temperature for this November was 76F. In the last 21 yrs. only two years have been higher 1984 and 1998. The lowest maximum temperature for November was 49, which is 3 above the old record of 46 in 1983 and 1998. The highest minimum temperature for month was 62, which tied the old record, set on November 21, 1991 but this year it was the last day of the month. November had an average daily temperature range of 20 which was the third highest in the last 21 years. The average mean temperature for November was 52.6 and was the highest since 1985. Sky conditions This was the clearest November on record in the last 21 years. Precipitation Only one year 1981 was drier than this November in the last 21 years. This November had 4 days of measurable precipitation, which is the least since 1981, which had only 3 days and holds the record for November. The 34-day period from Oct. 16th to November 20th without measurable precipitation surpassed the old 21-year record of 22 days set just last fall. Barometer November had a high minimum barometric reading of 29.80" the highest minimum barometer for November since 1978 when the minimum barometric reading was 29.85". Records for the Date November 6, 2001 Very Dry Weather Today is the 21st day without measurable precipitation at this station. Only three times in the last 21-years have we had a period as long or longer. The last measurable precipitation was 0.24" on October 16th. November 8, 2001 Record Dry Weather Today is the 23rd day without measurable precipitation at this station. This is the longest period of time we have ever gone without measurable precipitation in the last 21-years of records. Reagan National Airport and Dulles had 0.01" on November 3, 2001. Therefore Reagan National Airport and Dulles have no precipitation record at this time. November 9, 2001 Record Dry & Windy Weather Wind gust to 31 mph at 0305 and low relative humidity and high fire danger. The 24-day record period without measurable rain continues. The previous 21-year record was 22 days before this period of drought. November 10, 2001 Record Temperature Range The temperature range today was 29F, a new 21-year maximum temperature range record for the date; the old record was 28F in 1987. November 13, 2001 Cold and Record Dry Weather The 28-day record period without measurable rain continues. The minimum of 30F last night was the coldest night since 3-28-2001. The temperature range today was 29F, and equaled the 21-year maximum temperature range record for the date; the old record was set in 1994. November 16, 2001 Warm and Record Dry Weather The maximum temperature today was 73F, a new 21-year high maximum temperature record for the date; the old record was 68F in 1991. November 20, 2001 Record Temperature Range The temperature range today was 26F, a new 21-year maximum temperature range record for the date; the old record was 25F in 1989. November 25, 2001 Record Warm Nov. Night The minimum temperature today was 59F, a new 21-year high minimum temperature record for the date; the old record was 53F in 1999. November 28, 2001 Warm Foggy Nov. Night The minimum temperature today was 54F, and equaled the 21-year high minimum temperature record for the date; the old record was set in 1990. November 29, 2001 Warm Foggy Damp November Night The minimum temperature today was 58F, a new 21-year high minimum temperature record for the date; the old record was 49F in 1997. The 21 year high minimum temperature record was broken by + 9F. November 30, 2001 Record Warm November Night The minimum temperature today was 62F, a new 21-year high minimum temperature record for the date; the old record was 53F in 1991. The 21 year high minimum temperature record was broken by + 9F again. [ + - ]

Arlington - NWS WBC's Dewey Walston reported the mean temp here was 5 above normal. Rainfall was 2.57" below normal. ...Records...Monthly average temperature record broken. It was the warmest November on record in Washington DC since temperature records began in 1872. The average temperature for the month was 54.8 which broke the old record of 54.4 set in 1975 and 1979. Daily high temperature record tied for the 16th. The high temperature reached 76. The record was 76 set in 1928. ...Summary...November 2001 was an extremely warm and dry month. It was the warmest November on record in Washington since records began in 1872. The temperature has not yet reached freezing at Washington Reagan National Airport this season. The total precipitation of 0.55" tied for the 4th driest November on record.

Warmest Novembers on record      Driest Novembers on record
     54.8 degrees in 2001                      0.29 inches in 1981
     54.4 degrees in 1979                      0.37 inches in 1965
     54.4 degrees in 1975                      0.53 inches in 1917
     54.3 degrees in 1985                      0.55 inches in 2001
     54.0 degrees in 1931                      0.55 inches in 1922

The average wind speed was 8 mph. The total precipitation for the autumn (September, October, and November) totalled only 2.65". This makes autumn 2001 the third driest autumn on record. [ + - ]

Ashburn - These notes from Gary: While we had eleven days below freezing, overall temperatures for the month were 5.5 above normal. While we saw cold weather, it was an extremely mild month overall. There was a 55.3 differential between the high and low temperatures for the month. November was, of course, a very dry month, with only 0.84" of rain, or -2.46", or 25% of normal. 90% of the monthly rainfall, or a paltry .76", fell during the "storm" occurring on the 24th and 25th. Wind was very inconsistent, with my station recording its highest average daily wind speed and lowest daily average wind speed since records began 7/1/2001. While we saw cold weather, it was an extremely mild month overall. At this rate, Christmas is going to feel like I'm back home in Southern California. Interestingly, as I write this on 3 December, the first two days of December are running 17.7 above normal. I realize that will change, but it is pretty dramatic nonetheless. [Editor's note: As you can see, Gary's Christmas was not Southern California-like!] [ + - ]

Blacksburg - NWS Blacksburg reports a tie of a record high on the 27th and a new record high on the 28th. The mean temp was 5.2 in excess of the norm while rainfall was 2.42" below normal. The month was the driest November on record. The old record was 0.49" in 1982. [ + - ]

Bridgewater - The precipitation for the month was 2.48" below normal. Moisture for the year is now around 9.7" below normal. The North River that flows by Bridgewater is about as low as I have ever seen it. The ponds around here are very low. There were only 2 days during the month when the barometer dipped below 30". Certainly the lack of rain was caused by the lack of well-developed low pressure systems. The temperature was 5.6 above normal. - notes from Clayton [ + - ]

Centreville - Another month older and deeper in debt seems to be the refrain from people who have been counting raindrops lately. November yielded only 28% of the 2.99" normal precipitation with 0.83" bringing us down to just 3/4" to the good for the year. Six ice cubes of rain isn't much to begin with but when you look back just 90 days, we came in to this period at 5.51" to the plus side. For the quarter ending November 30th only 51% of the 9.26" expected rain fell adding only 4.72" to the total. For Centreville, this represents a deficit of 4.54", and we are the lucky ones, being short by about half of that of our neighbors. We shouldn't put our temperature information on the back burner quite yet because there is a lot of interest in that department too. We had some real close competition for breaking high temperature records twice this month, once on the 7th with 78 and again on the 19th with 71, both happened to be shy of the mark by only one degree. Our average daily temperature for November came in at 6.3, or 13% above the 45.5 normal. The average daily high was 6.3 above normal as well, while the average daily low in typical fashion pushed readings a whole 6.4 above the expected 34.2 and helped cause our heating degree days to be just two-thirds of normal. I'll be happy to see that bill. [ + - ]

On a lighter note, Paul shares his frustration - as this editor has recently - with keeping those sensors working properly: "An interesting tid-bit about the absence of rain causing me a bunch of grief. Except for having to shimmy back up the pole with a level between my teeth and check on the proper alignment of the rain gauge, all seems to be going well with the Texas Weather Instruments equipment. That wasn't entirely so earlier last month though. While fiddling with redressing the new wires and playing with the new software, I noticed that the lightning detector was offering quite a few strikes with no apparent reason. TWI and I were both fit to be tied because a week earlier they sent a new chip for me to replace in lightning circuit which, at least temporarily, fixed the exact same problem. The only thing left was the other end of the circuit which happens to be ground. Yup, after several gallons of water from the hose around the copper ground rod, the damn thing is working fine which means it really isn't working which is good. So like plants, happy ground rods (among others) like a good drink now and then too."

Charlottesville - The monthly rainfall total was 2.87" below normal. Average wind speed was 4.3 mph. [ + - ]

Dulles - The mean temp was 5.3 above normal. The monthly rainfall was 2.48" below normal. Average wind speed = 6.0 mph. - from NWS WBC [ + - ]

Falls Church - November 2001 was a very warm and dry month... more like spring than late fall. I had no days with -.5" or more of rain. - report from Erica [ + - ]

Hampton - Dave reports: "A warm and dry November with this month averaging 6 above normal and precipatation 2.73" below mormal. It was the driest November since records began at my station in Hampton (1977) and the driest at Langley Field (AFB) LFI since 1936. The month was the fifth warmest of any month and the second warmest November since 1985. Records were broken on the 29th and 30th with highs of 74 and 76. Fyi- winter season around here typically runs from early Jan - late Feb - so plenty of time for stormy and wintry precip to occur." [ + - ]

Harrisonburg - Terry reports: The average temperature for the month averaged 6 above normal. The 0.45" of rain for the month was 2.53" below normal and the lowest monthly total so far this year. Year to date we are 10.93" below normal on rain. The rain on 11/24 broke a 40 day run of days with no signifcant rain. [ + - ]

Herndon Bob writes: "Another dry month - If the 6 tenths on the 25th had missed the station, the record 0.27" of Nov. 1981 would have been equalled. The substantial rains of May-Aug have tided us over - so far." [ + - ]

Herndon - November rainfall was 2.27 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 6.4 above normal. No daily records were recorded, but this November was one of our driest and warmest on record. After endless sunny, cloudless days we got socked in by dense fog and clouds for the last week with some mild thunderstorms rumbling across the area on the 30th. - report from Russ [ + - ]

Lexington - Yet another bone dry month. Measurable precipitation was recorded on only two days for the entire month. This is approximately 3.5" below monthly normal. November's mean temperature was 3.4 above average. - notes from Scott [ + - ]

Louisa - Not much to say reports Joe. Dry. The little bit of rain we got sure didn't put a dent in the deficit. [ + - ]

Lynchburg - Rainfall for the month was 2.84" below normal while the mean temp was 2.0 above normal. - from NWS Blacksburg [ + - ]

New Market - We broke 4 records during the month, 2 high and 2 lows. This has been the warmest November since 1961, when my records started. All we could do is sit and watch the rain go around us, either to the west or to the east. We are 2.50" below normal for month in rain." - notes from Joyce [ + - ]

Newport News - Gary noted a mild and very dry month. [ + - ]

Norfolk - NWS AKQ reported the mean temp at ORF was 3.5 above normal. Rainfall was 2.77" below normal. Rainfall for the year was 9.88" below normal. The average wind speed was 8.0 mph. [ + - ]

Portsmouth - The monthly mean temp here was 3.5 above normal and rainfall was 2.84" below normal (10% of normal) Rainfall for the year was a whopping 14.44" below normal (68%). A rather high number of days with dense fog noted: 5. The average wind speed was 2.5 mph from a dominant northerly diretion. November 2001 was the driest November on record [database to 1976] . The month was the 3rd warmest November on record. On the 24th, the daily max min temp record was set with 58 (previously 57 in 1979). On the 25th, the daily max min temp record was tied with 59 (previously set in 1999). On the 30th, a daily max min temp was set with 62 (previously 54 set in 1997). On the same day (30th), a daily max temperature record was tied with 77 (previously set in 1991). [ + - ]

Richmond - NWS AKQ reported the mean temp at RIC was 5 above normal. Rainfall was 3.00" below normal. Rainfall for the year was 10.04" below normal. The average wind speed was 6.3 mph. [ + - ]

Mechanicsville - Periods of dense fog on the 1st, 26th, and 27th. Very little rain for the month. - from Glenn

Roanoke - Wendell notes: Warm and dry... 4.1 above normal temps while rainfall was 3.07" below normal. [ + - ]

Roanoke - NWS Blacksburg reports that the monthly mean temp was 5.8 above normal. Rainfall was 2.58" below normal. [ + - ]

Weems - Francis, back after a short sebatical, reports that November was a weird month and quite warm. [ + - ]

Woodstock - "Lauck reports the warmest November in 16 years of records, and the second driest. October-November was also the driest two calendar month period in 16 years. Between October 17 and November 25 we had only .01", on October 28. Even so, my two creeks were still running a little, unlike during some high temperature summer droughts."

North Carolina:

Asheville -from NWS GSP: The monthly mean temp was 4.2 above normal and the rainfall was 2.17" below normal. The average wind speed was 5.8 mph and the average relative humidity was 66%. [ + - ]

Brevard - "This report is based upon 15 days of observation, except for rainfall for which observations are complete. Therefore, I am limiting my comments to precipitation, 2.1" compared with a ten year average of 4.80". Cumulative rainfall through November 2001 is 42.28" inches, only 67% of the ten year average of 62.68". At least what rain we received helped put out the several fires in the National Forests in North Carolina." - from Bob

Elizabeth City - The Elizabeth City Coast Guard Station [ECG] reported an average wind speed of 7.6 mph.

Greensboro - NWS RAH notes a mean temp some 5.3 above normal. Rainfall was a whopping 2.63" below normal. The average wind speed was 5.8 mph. The mean relative humidity was 66%. A record high of 74 was tied on the 27th (1990, 1985). New record highs of 77 and 75 were set on the 28th and 29th. The low temp of 63 on the 25th tied the daily reocrd for highest minimum temp (2001). The monthly precip total of 0.34" set a record for the driest November ever. The previous record was 0.35" set in 1981. This also marked the 8th driest month ever on record. Records here date to 1928. [ + - ]

Lumberton - The average wind speed was 4.9 mph. - from NWS ILM

Raleigh - NWS RDU reported the following records: a record high of 76 was tied on the 7th and 26th. New record highs of 81 and 77 were set on the 28th and 29th. Low temps of 61 on the 25th and 30th tied the daily record for highest minimum temperatue. The mean temp of 55.8 marked the 5th warmest November since records began in 1887. The monthly precip total of 0.50" tied for the 4th driest November since records began in 1887. The mean temp was 4.6 above normal and the rainfall total was 2.48" below normal. The mean wind speed was 3.5 mph and the relative humidity averaged 68%. [ + - ]

Raleigh - Bob asks, "What happened to fall? November was the warmest on record (since 1993) and the dryest. The average daily temperature was 4.0 above normal while precipitation was 2.37" below normal. Since September, precipitation has been 4.79" below normal. Looking foward when we have some dynamic weather." [ + - ]

Roxboro - Merriell writes: November was much warmer than normal. At times it seemed more like spring than mid-autumn. The month was also much drier than normal. This and many areas are in a mild drought. [ + - ]

Wilmington - From NWS ILM: Above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation in the Port City...The average temperature for the month 3.5 above normal for the month. Wilmington tied a record high temperature on the 26th. Total rainfall 2.16" below normal. This has brought the yearly rainfall deficit to 13.96". The last month Wilmington recieved above normal amounts of rainfall for a monthly period was March 2001. A normal amount of sunshine was received with 63% of possible sunshine. The average wind speed for november was 6.7 mph. [ + - ]

South Carolina:

Columbia - NWS CAE reports that the mean temp here was 4.3 above normal. Rainfall was 2.21" below normal, producing the 10th driest November since records begain in 1915. Yearly rainfall was a huge 19.52" below normal. The average relative humidity was 64%. [ + - ] Florence - The mean temp here for November was 4.6 above normal while rainfall totals were 2.12" below normal. A record high temp was set on the 29th with 80, surpassing the previous record of 79 set in 1998. The average wind speed ws 6.2 mph. - from NWS ILM [ + - ]

Greenville-Spartanburg - The monthly mean temperature was 5.1 above normal while rainfall was 1.67" below normal. The average wind speed was 4.6 mph and the average relative humidity was 65%. - from NWS GSP [ + - ]

Charleston - NWS CHS reports the monthly mean temp was 5.1 above normal. Rainfall was 1.96" below normal. The average wind speed was 7.2 mph. [ + - ]

North Myrtle Beach - The mean temp was 6.4 above normal while rainfall was 1.29" below normal. The average wind speed was 6.3 mph. A record high temp was set on the 27th with 79, beating the pld record of 73 set in 1998. On the 30th, the old record of 73 set in 1998 was surpassed when the temp rose to 76. - from NWS ILM Orangeburg - NWS CAE reports the average relative humidity here was 65%.

Nearby Cities:

Tri-cities - The mean temp was 3.2 above normal while the monthly precip was 2.44" below normal. The yearly rainfall-to-date is 1.01" in excess of the norm. - from NWS MRX [ + - ]

COLUMN DENOTATIONS:
A  maximum mean temperature T total precipitation (inches)
B  minimum mean temperature U maximum calendar day precipitation (inches)
C  monthly mean temperature U1 date of maximum calendar day precipitation
D  maximum temperature V date(s) of maximum daily precipitation
E  date(s) of maximum temperature V1 maximum 24-hour precip. & date(s)
F  minimum temperature W number of days with precip. >= .01"
G  date(s) of minimum temperature  X number of days with precip. >= 1.0"
H  days with maximum temperature >=90 Y year-to-date precipitation (inches)
I  days with maximum temperature <=32 Z maximum calendar day snowfall (inches)
J  days with minimum temperature <=32 1 date of maximum calendar day snowfall (inches)
K  days with minimum temperature <= 0 2 number of days with snowfall
L  peak wind gust (miles per hour)  3 number of days with snowfall >= 1.0"
M  direction of peak wind gust 4  total snowfall for month (inches)
N  date(s) of peak wind gust  5 total snowfall for 2000-2001 season (inches)
O  number of days with thunder  6 maximum barometric pressure (inches)
P  number of days with hail 6A date of maximum barometric pressure 
Q  number of days with glaze 7 minimum barometric pressure (inches)
R  number of days with ice pellets 7A date of minimum barometric pressure
R1 number of days with dense fog [1/4 mile and less visibility] (i) incomplete data
S  local observation time for temps/precipitation (M) Missing, if listed in data table
 ~ "about" E estimated
 +  additional indeterminate number of days NR not recorded

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

AHB    Ashburn, VA  - Gary Oldhaam  7/01 281' AMSL  Gary.Oldham@DynCorp.com ROK   Roanoke, VA 6SW Wendell Prillaman  4/76 wandlprillaman@home.com
ANN    Annandale, VA 1 3/4 ENE - Lowell Koontz  12/90  wwkoontz@bellatlantic.net AKQ    Wakefield, VA NWS Webmaster:  Scott.Schumann@noaa.gov or Neil.Stuart@noaa.gov 
DCA    Arlington, VA NWS Webmaster (Sterling):  james.decarufel@noaa.gov WSH   Washington, VA  David Yowell runamok@runamok.com 
BCB    Blacksburg, VA NWS Webmaster:  William.Perry@noaa.gov WEE   Weems, VA 3WNW Francis J. Socey
BRI     Bridgewater, VA Clayton Towers Ctowers@rica.net WOO  Woodstock, VA 5NW Lauck Walton - 12/1/85 jwalton@shentel.net
CEN   Centreville, VA Paul Bassett 1985 pbassett@sitestar.net
CHO   Charlottesville, VA  Airport ASOS  (Rappahannock County)
Webmaster (Sterling): james.decarufel@noaa.gov
AVL    Asheville, NC NWS NWS GSP:  bryan.mcavoy@noaa.gov
IAD     Dulles International Airport  Webmaster (Sterling): james.decarufel@noaa.gov BRE    Brevard, NC 1SE Bob Keehn 1/1/90 Bob_Keehn@citcom.net
FCH    Falls Church, VA Erica Page - 3/7/94 Windie1970@aol.com CLT    Charlotte, NC NWS NWS GSP:  bryan.mcavoy@noaa.gov
FRB    Fredericksburg, VA 7SW Ken McKneely mckneelys@email.msn.com CND  Concord, NC Lat: 35° 37' N. Long: 80° 66' W or approx 8 miles SSW of Concord (Downtown) stormwatch@vnet.net
HAM    Hampton, VA 5NE Dave Kessel 1989 dckessel@home.com ECG  Elizabeth City Coast Guard Station - Webmasters (Wakefield): Scott.Schumann@noaa.gov or Neil.Stuart@noaa.gov
HRG    Harrisonburg, VA  Terry Slagle 5/2000 Altitude: 1306'  tslagle@adelphia.net GSO   Greensboro, NC NWS Webmaster (Raleigh/RAH): Richard.Jones@noaa.gov
HER    Herndon, VA R.M. Beall P- 10/76   T-  1/91 beall47@earthlink.net LBT    Lumberton, NC FAA Lumberton 34° 37'N 79°  04'W nwsilm@wilmington.net
HRN   Herndon, VA 4SW Russ Topping -  1985 weatherman@cox.rr.com RAL    Raleigh, NC 7NNW  Bob Woodson -  6/1/93 kf4mmm@qsl.net
LXI     Lexington, VA  Scott M. Lancey, WREL Radio -  06/1996 weather@wrel.com RDU   Raleigh-Durham, NC NWS Webmaster:  Richard.Jones@noaa.gov 
LKU     Louisa, VA 1N Joseph Bowers 1944 - NWS ID  44-5050-02 jmbiii@earthlink.net ROX    Roxboro, NC 2SE Merriell A. Jay 1/93
LOU     Louisa, VA 6S John Bullock (about 1970) ILM     Wilmington, NC NWS  nwsilm@wilmington.net
LYH     Lynchburg, VA NWS Webmaster (Blacksburg):  William.Perry@noaa.gov
NEW    Newmarket, VA 2W Joyce Winfree joywood@shentel.net CHS   Charleston, SC NWS, Webmaster: Theodore.Rodgers@noaa.gov
NPN     Newport News, VA 7N Gary Leonard -  6/91 GaryMLeonard@aol.com CAE    Columbia, SC NWS caewx@noaa.gov
NOR     Norfolk, VA 3NE Jim Fentress 6/1/77 FLO    Florence, SC nwsilm@wilmington.net
ORF     Norfolk, VA 5NE NWS 1871 Webmaster (Wakefield): Scott.Schumann@noaa.gov or Neil.Stuart@noaa.gov GSP   Greenville-Spartanburg, SC NWS bryan.mcavoy@noaa.gov
POR     Portsmouth, VA 3S Bill Trotter -  7/1/76  pwrs@infi.net CRE    North Myrtle Beach, SC  nwsilm@wilmington.net 
MEC     Mechanicsville, VA Glen Martin 11/19/91 OGB   Orangeburg, SC NWS caewx@noaa.gov
RMD    Richmond, VA Roy Britt 8/22/83  roybritt@earthlink.net
RIC     Richmond, VA NWS Webmaster (Wakefield): Scott.Schumann@noaa.gov or Neil.Stuart@noaa.gov TRI     Tri-cities/Bristol, TN  NWS Webmaster (Morristown):W-Mrx.Webmaster@noaa.gov
ROA    Roanoke, VA  Webmaster (Blacksburg):  William.Perry@noaa.gov CHW  Canaan Heights, WV Dave Lesher  wvweather@mountain.net