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SUMMARY OF CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA 


NOVEMBER 2008


... NOVEMBER COLDER THAN NORMAL ...
... MIXED RAINFALL DEPARTURES...

Colder than average temps noted across the 3-state area with below normal rainfall for the northern and western areas of Virginia and excessive rain for southern and coastal areas of the state. In North and South Carolina, rainfall was above normal except at Greensboro, Charlotte, Anderson, Greenville-Spartanburg, and Charelston. Indeed, Cape Hatteras had rather impressive totals, inundated with 14.00" of rain in November, 9.07" above normal! Beaufort, North Carolina reported over 10" of rain.
  • MEASURING GLAZE    Here are some tips from the CoCoRaHS website about methods for measuring glaze (freezing rain, icing...) ~ "Freezing rain (precipitation that falls as rain but which then freezes on contact with objects at the surface) produces one of natures most beautiful and most troublesome phenomenon -- glaze. We rarely get freezing rain here in Colorado, and when we do it's usually only a very thin layer. We originally didn't even include instructions on how to report freezing rain. That was an oversight on our part. For parts of the country from Texas and Oklahoma all the way to New England, freezing rain and sleet are common and treacherous parts of winter weather. Measurements and reports of glaze are critically important. If you receive freezing rain, measure it as if it were just rain -- melting and measuring the water content of what landed in your gauge. Freezing rain is NOT reported as snowfall since it falls as liquid, not ice. If you only get freezing rain, report the new snow as 0.0" However, in your 'Comments' try to measure and report the average radius of the glaze on wires and branches above ground and the approximate thickness on surfaces like parked cars, picnic tables, etc. But PLEASE BE CAREFUL -- and just stay inside if it's too slippery."


  • GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN (NC) NEWSLETTER    From weather coordinator Kevin Shaw comes this tip about Granfather Mountain's newsletter. He adds they are having a forecasting contest for the winter for Grandfather Mountain involving about a dozen questions. Lots of fun and costs nothing! Grandfather Mountain Newsletter or http://www.grandfather.com/newsletter/nov08/nov_newsletter.html.


  • EL NINO ALERT SYSTEM FROM NOAA    [ from the Message of the Day archives at CoCoRaHS] Most years around Christmas, a warm current of tropical water temporarily replaces the cold water that normally exists off the west coast of Peru. Local residents refer to this warming as El Nino (Spanish for boy child), referring to the Christ child. Usually, the warming lasts approximately a month or two. However, every few years, the ocean warming can last many months and is linked to a warming of sea surface temperatures across a large part of the tropical Pacific Ocean. Because changes in sea surface temperatures over such a large region can affect the overlying atmosphere and the position of the jet stream, the weather is affected by El Nino in regions around the world. In the US, the greatest impacts occur in the winertime: the Pacific Northwest is often warm and dry while the southern tier of states are cool and moist. The in-between states often do not see much of an influence from El Nino. During La Nina, when there is a persistent cooling of east Pacific sea surface temperatures, the Pacific northwest tends to be cool and moist while the southern states are warm and dry. Starting in mid-December, NOAA will begin issuing an alert system to highlight when an El Nino or La Nina event is expected to develop, continue, or end. These advisories will be posted at: http://www.cpc.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/enso_advisory/    To learn more about El Nino, visit: El Nino.


  • DROUGHT MONITOR    http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html    More information on drought can be found at NOAA's Drought Information Center http://www.drought.noaa.gov/
  • 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 - NOVEMBER 2008
    State
    Maximum Temperature
    Minimum
    Temperature
    Warmest
    Average
    Temperature
    Coldest
    Average
    Temperature
    Maximum
    Precipitation
    Minimum
    Precipitation
    Virginia
    78°
    Roanoke, Norfolk (NOR)
    13°
    New Market
    50.4°
    Norfolk (FHC)
    40.0°
    Blacksburg
    6.06"
    Portsmouth
    1.76"
    Woodstock
    North Carolina
    80°
    Raleigh (RDU)
    13°
    Charlotte
    53.2°
    Cape Hatteras
    43.0°
    Asheville
    14.00"
    Cape Hatteras
    1.61"
    Asheville
    South Carolina
    80
    Charleston
    17°
    Anderson
    54.5°
    Charleston
    48.4°
    Anderson
    5.04"
    Orangeburg
    2.08"
    Anderson


    ( 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
         ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         BCB 50.1  29.9  40.0   -2.8  73    7  14   23   0  4 18 0 68% 38 310  21   5.4       0 0 0 0  3     2400 AKQ
         BRI 52.3  35.5  43.9   -0.62 72    7  19   27   0  0 12 0 59%                         0 0 0 0  0     0510/1600 LWX
         CEN 52.4  37.7  45.1   -0.2  74   15  22   23   0  0 11 0 66% 39 016  21   2.7  338 0 0 0 0  4     2400 LWX
         CHT 52.4  36.3  44.4   -0.8  73.9 15  21.2 24   0  0 13 0 65% 22 203  15   0.7  360 0 0 0 0  4     2400 LWX
         CHO 52.8  34.5  43.7         73    7  19   23   0  0 14 0     32 330  18   4.0       0 0 0 0  4     2400 LWX
         DAN 57.2  34.9  46.0   -2.5  77  6,7  17   22   0  0 14 0 66% 44 330   7   5.6       2 0 0 0  0     2400 RNK
         DCA 53.2  40.0  46.6   -2.1  74 1,15  26   22   0  0  9 0 64% 41 280  16   8.0       1 0 0 0  2     2400 LWX
         IAD 52.8  35.7  44.2   -1.0  75   15  18   23   0  0 15 0 66% 43 190  15   6.1       0 0 0 0  4     2400 LWX
         FRV 51.8  35.5  43.6         77  1,7  17   23   0  0 14 0                             0 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         GAV 56.50 37.27 46.88        76   15  21 22,23  0  0 12 0 69% 31 203  15             1 0 0 0  2     2400 AKQ
         HDV 53.1  35.9  44.5   -2.9  74  1,15 19   23   0  0 14 0 68%                         0 0 0 0  1     2400 LWX
         LDY 53.2  38.4  45.8   -3.7  73   15  23   23   0  0 10 0 57%                         0 0 0 0  1     2400 AKQ
         LYH 53.4  34.0  43.7   -2.9  76    6  15   22   0  0 14 0 66% 39 190  15   4.7       0 0 0 0  2     2400 RNK
         NEW 52.33 31.56 41.95  -3.5  74    7  13   23   0  0 14 0 72% 30 225  25  16.9  225 0        1     1700 LWX
         NPN 57.8  40.0  48.9         77   15  24 22,23  0  0  9 0     33 023  18             1 0 0 0  1     2400 AKQ
         NOR 56.6  41.3  49.0   -2.8  78   15  24   23   0  0  8 0                             0 0 0 0  1     2400 AKQ
         ORF 56.8  42.0  49.4   -2.9  77   15  23   23   0  0  8 0 70% 41 360   5   7.7       1 0 0 0  4     2400 AKQ
         FHC 56.3  44.5  50.4   -1.9  76.0 15  28.7 22   0  0  5 0 74% 31 290  15   3.0  202 1 0 0 0        2400 AKQ
         POR 56.1  41.5  48.8   -4.3  74   15  26 26,23  0  0  8 0 77% 34 360   5   4.7  330 1 0 0 0  1     2400 AKQ
                                                                       34 338  18
         CTR 56.3  35.8  45.4   -3.6  75.8 15  18.4 22   0  0 15 0 74% 22 230  15   0.4  360 2 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         MEC 55.61 37.61 46.68        74   16  20   23   0  0 10 0                             1 0 0 0  0     1700 AKQ
         RIC 58.0  39.7  48.9   -0.6  77   15  20   23   0  0 11 0 63% 39 210  15   7.4       1 0 0 0  3     2400 AKQ
         ROA 54.5  37.4  46.0   -1.3  78    6  23 19,23  0  0 10 0 57% 44 280  21   6.5       0 0 0 0  3     2400 AKQ
         AKQ-                                                                                                 2400 AKQ
         WAL 54.4  40.3  47.3   -1.8  72    1  22   23   0  0  9 0     43 030   5   8.4       0 0 0 0  5     2400 AKQ
         WOO 52.8  37.5  45.2   -2.8  73    2  22 22,23  0  0 10 0                             0 0 0 0  3     2400 LWX
         WSH 50.2  36.2  43.2   -3.31 71.6  1  19.6 23   0  0 12 0 70% 26 090  20   1.4  023 0 0 0 1  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 55.1  30.8  43.0  -3.4  73     7 15    22  0  0 10 0 63% 41 330 21    6.5      0 0 0 0  2     2400 GSP
         MRH 60.4  43.8  52.1        74    15 27    22  0  0  6 0     38 330 21    8.6      4 0 0 0  1     2400 MHX
         CLT 58.5  34.6  46.6  -5.7  77     6 13    22  0  0 12 0 64% 37 350 18    6.4      0 0 0 0  1     2400 GSP
         ECG 59.3  40.4  49.9  -4.2  77    15 21    22  0  0 10 0 70% 48 020  5    8.5      2 0 0 0  3     2400 AKQ
         FAY 62.0  39.0  50.5        79  5,15 21    22  0  0  9 0 62% 36 230 15    7.5      2 0 0 0  1     2400 RAH
         GSO 56.8  36.4  46.6  -2.6  77     6 19    22  0  0 12 0 60% 43 210 15    6.7      1 0 0 0  2     2400 RAH
         HSE 59.9  46.6  53.2  -4.4  71  3,15 30 23,27  0  0  4 0 60% 60 080  4    8.3      0 0 0 0  2     2400 MHX
         HKY 57.1  35.5  46.3  -3.6  76     6 20    22  0  0 14 0     36 340 18    4.5      0 0 0 0  2     2400 GSP
         LBT 61.7  38.5  50.1  -2.7  77  7,15 21    22  0  0 10 0     38 160 15    6.4      2 0 0 0  2     2400 ILM
         EWN 61.9  40.2  51.0        78  7,15 24 22,24  0  0  9 0 70% 43 280 15    5.8      0 0 0 0  3     2400 MHX
         RDU 60.8  37.9  49.4  -1.6  80     7 21    22  0  0 11 0 63% 36 240 15    5.6      1 0 0 0  2     2400 RAH
         RAL 60.5  36.1  48.3  -2.7  78     7 17    22  0  0 13 0     28       1             1 0 0 0  1     2400 RAH
         ROX 57.2  37.7  47.6  -1.6  78     7 20    22  0  0 11 0 65% 35 315 25        270 1 0 0 0  2     2400 RAH
         ILM 63.4  42.0  52.7  -3.9  78     7 23    22  0  0  9 0 68% 39 270 15    7.0      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 60.0  36.7  48.4  -3.6  76     6 17    22  0  0 11 0     36 280 15   5.7       1 0 0 0  4     2400 GSP
         CAE 61.7  37.1  49.4  -5.3  77     6 19    22  0  0 15 0 65% 33 260 25   5.4       2 0 0 0  2     2400 CAE
         CRE 63.2  43.3  53.2  -1.4  79    13 25    22  0  0  7 0     33 220 15   6.3       1 0 0 0  2     2400 ILM
         CHS 65.3  43.6  54.5  -3.5  80    13 27 22,23  0  0  7 0     35 350 21   7.9       1 0 0 0  2     2400 CHS
         FLO 61.9  39.3  50.6  -4.8  77  7,15 20    22  0  0 10 0     40 240 15   6.1       2 0 0 0  3     2400 ILM
         GSP 59.8  37.5  48.7  -2.4  76     6 19    22  0  0 10 0 60% 36 240 15   5.6       1 0 0 0  2     2400 GSP
         OGB 63.5  39.6  51.6        77   6,7 23    22  0  0 10 0     33 250 15   5.5       3 0 0 0  2     2400 CAE
                                                                      33 250 25
                                                                      33 160 30
    NEARBY STATIONS
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         STN  A      B    C     C1    D     E  F     G  H  I  J K K1  L  M     N   N1   N2   O P Q R R1 R2  S    CWA
         ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         TRI 54.0  30.7  42.4  -3.1  73   2,3  11   22  0  0 17 0     38 250 24   3.7       0 0 0 0  3     2400 MRX
         DAV             33    -5    67     8   9   22                                                      0700 PBZ

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

    VIRGINIA
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         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V    V1   W X   Y      Z  1   2 3    4    5     6   6A   7    7A    8    S
         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         BCB  1.95  -1.01 0.71 13 0.71    13 12 0 29.23  1.1 21   7 2  3.3  3.3                             2400
         BRI  2.10  -0.99 0.99 13 0.96    13  6 0 30.18   T              T    T  30.46   4 29.76   8        0510/1600 
         CEN  2.20  -1.57 0.76 13 0.76    13 10 0 45.44   T  18   1 0    T    T  30.51  30 29.34  30 29.93  2400
         CHT  2.22  -1.09 0.79 13 0.81 12-13 12 0 40.81   T       1 0    T    T  30.524 23 29.399 15 30.05  2400
         CHO  2.57        0.98 13 1.00 12-13  8 0 31.52                                    29.30  30        2400
         DAN  3.54  +0.47 1.34 15 1.61 14-15  9 1 38.32   T  21   1 0    T    T  30.60  22 29.34  30        2400
         DCA  2.43  -0.60 0.76 13 0.76    13  8 0 43.55   T 18,21 2 0    T    T            29.30  30        2400
         IAD  2.01  -1.30 0.78 13 0.79 12-13 10 0 41.38  0.0           0.0  0.0            29.30  30        2400
         FRV  1.91        0.83 13 1.10 13-14  8 0 38.80   T  17   1 0    T    T  30.50  22 29.35  30        2400
         GAV  4.53        2.37 15 2.46 14-15 10 1         T  18   1 0    T    T  30.53  22 29.29  30 30.05  2400
         HDV  2.37  -0.93 0.84 13            11 0 45.15   T  21   1 0    T    T  30.50  23 29.30  15        2400
         LDY  2.86  -0.13 0.80 13 0.84 13-14 13 7 32.85  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.56 22, 29.41  15 30.07  2400
                                                                                        23       
         LYH  3.94  +0.76 1.16 15 1.18 14-15  9 2 30.41  0.0           0.0    T  30.58  22 29.35  30        2400
         NEW  1.99  -1.0  0.94 13                 33.53                0.3  0.3  30.72  22 29.80  30        1700
         NPN  5.03        1.19 30 1.24 29-30 12 1 44.92    T 21   1 0    T    T  30.54  23 29.35  30        2400
         NOR  5.88  +2.59 0.51 13            13 3 43.02    T 21   1 0    T    T                             2400
         ORF  5.32  +2.34 1.22 13 1.29 29-30 13 2 40.97    T 21   1 0    T    T  30.54  23 29.36  30        2400
                               30     
         FHC  5.10  +2.12 1.45 13 1.75 13-14 12 2 38.12    T 21   1 0    T    T  30.515 22 29.350 30 30.036 2400
         POR  6.06  +2.69 2.13 13 2.12     3  5 0 40.79    T 21   1 0    T    T  30.54  22 29.38  30 30.044 2400
         CTR  3.68  +0.35 1.18 15 1.33 14-15  9 2 45.44  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.57  22 29.31  30 30.060 0400
         MEC  3.46        1.31 16 1.31    16  7 1 40.91  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.30  22 29.23  30        1700
         RIC  3.51  +0.45 1.45 15 1.50 14-15 12 1 45.48  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.58  22 29.32  30        2400
         ROA  1.92  -1.29 0.62 30 0.84 29-30  7 0 31.06  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.59  22 29.37  30        2400
         AKQ-                                     29.10  0.0           0.0  0.0                             2400
         WAL  5.36  +2.65 0.96 30 1.30   5-6 12 0 37.96  0.1 21   1 0  0.1  0.1  30.53  23 29.35  30        2400
         WOO  1.76  -1.16         0.80 13-14 11 0 34.89  0.5 21   4 1  1.0  1.0  30.67   3 29.73  16        0800
         WSH  2.05  -2.56 0.87 13 0.87    13  8 0 42.19    T      4 0    T    T  30.55   3 29.38  30        2400
    NORTH CAROLINA
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         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V    V1   W X   Y      Z    1 2 3   4    5     6    6A   7    7A    8     S
         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         AVL  1.61  -2.21 0.93 13 0.93    13  8 0 30.89   T 18,21 2 0    T    T  30.62  22 29.33  30         2400
         MRH 10.14        3.32  4 4.94   3-4 12 4 48.81     T  17 1 0    T    T            29.47  30         2400
         CLT  2.75  -0.61 1.21 30 1.39 29-30  9 1 38.99   0.0          0.0  0.0  30.64  22 29.37  30         2400
         ECG  3.87  +0.94 1.30 14 1.55 14-15 12 1 27.21   0.5  21 1 0  0.5  0.5  30.57  22 29.43  30         2400
         FAY  4.59        1.37 14 2.08 14-15 10 2 61.32   0.0          0.0  0.0            29.34  30         2400
         GSO  2.80  -0.16 0.90 30 1.02 14-15 12 0 35.49   0.6  21 1 0  0.6  0.6            29.34  30         2400
         HSE 14.00  +9.07 5.88  5 6.60   4-5 11 5 58.62   0.0          0.0  0.0            29.47  30         2400
         HKY  1.90  -1.74 0.85 30 0.99 29-30 10 0 28.79     T  18 1 0    T    T  30.59  22 29.34  30         2400
         LBT  4.50  +1.81 2.10 15 2.10    15  6 2 35.02                          30.63  22 29.34  30         2400
         EWN  3.28  +0.05 1.15 13 1.15    13 10 1 37.28     T  18 1 0    T    T            29.47  30         2400
         RDU  4.05  +1.08 0.96 30 1.42 14-15 11 0 47.41     T  18 1 0    T    T            29.34  30         1900
         RAL  4.14  +1.17                    11 0 46.10     T  18 1 0    T    T  30.62  22 29.38  30         2400
         ROX  4.05  +0.79 1.35 30 1.35    30 11 2 41.15   0.2  21 1 1  0.2  0.2  30.59  22 29.32  30  30.09  2200
         ILM  4.65  +1.39 1.84 13 1.84    13  7 1 53.73   0.0          0.0  0.00 30.63  22 29.44  30         2400
    SOUTH CAROLINA
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         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V    V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5     6    6A   7    7A    8     S
         ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
         AND  2.08  -1.60 0.73 29  0.93 29-30  8 0 30.67  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.65  22 29.38  30         2400
         CAE  5.01  +2.13 1.89 14  2.13 29-30  7 3 40.88  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.66  22 29.33  30         2400
         CRE  4.11  +1.14 1.60 13  1.64 13-14  7 2 48.07                         30.64  22 29.42  30         2400
         CHS  2.27  -0.39 1.14 29  1.52 29-30  6 1 46.97  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.65  22 29.41  30         2400
         FLO  4.41  +1.82 1.14 14  1.96 14-15 10 3 49.21                         30.65  22 29.35  30         2400
         GSP  2.56  -1.23 1.37 30  1.52 29-30  8 1 34.02  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.62  22 29.36  30         2400
         OGB  5.04        1.88 14  2.20 29-30 10 3 42.42                         30.67  22 29.36  30         2400
    NEARBY STATIONS
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         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V      V1  W X   Y      Z  1  2  3   4     5     6   6A   7    7A 8      S
         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         TRI  2.09  -0.99 0.62 13 0.62    13  9 0 30.83   0.9 20  6  0   1.9   1.9 30.67 22 29.27  30        2400
                                                          0.9 21
         DAV  6.00  +1.4  1.23 25            15 2 65.70  13.3 26        43.0  55.0                           0700    

    Virginia:

    Arlington - From NWS WBC come these notes: " AT WASHINGTON REAGAN NATIONAL...THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE IN NOVEMBER 2008 WAS 46.6F...WHICH WAS 2.1 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. IN PARTICULAR...TEMPERATURES THE LAST HALF OF NOVEMBER 2008 (NOVEMBER 16-30) AVERAGED 38.7F WHICH WAS TIED FOR THE 8TH COLDEST SECOND HALF OF NOVEMBER DATING BACK TO 1872. THE LOW TEMPERATURE FELL AT OR BELOW FREEZING NINE DAYS DURING NOVEMBER 2008...THE MOST SINCE NOVEMBER 1996. PRECIPITATION FOR NOVEMBER 2008 TOTALED 2.43 INCHES WHICH WAS SLIGHTLY BELOW THE NORMAL OF 3.03 INCHES. A TRACE OF SNOW WAS OBSERVED ON THE 18TH AND 21ST OF NOVEMBER 2008. " [ - - ] 

    Bridgewater - " The temperature for the month was 0.62 degrees below normal while the the precipitation was about an inch below normal. The precipitation for the year is now about five inches below normal. We have not had a measurable snowfall this season. Snow flurries were seen on severval days. One morning had a skiff of snow. The month was rather boring! " - [ - - ] - notes from Clayton

    Centreville - " Here's hoping everyone now has had time to make a few trips around the block after enjoying a great Thanksgiving. A grand time was had by all here and the weather was superb. One thing for certain, this part of Virginia is in no short supply of turkeys or hams. Except for a deficit in rainfall, November averaged out to be quite average, and the modest temperature records set back in the `80's were still out of touch. A high for the month of 74 was recorded on the 15th and a brief period of low temperatures during the third week of November saw a low of 22 on the 23rd. Our average high came in at 52.4; about two degrees cooler than normal while the overall average for November worked out to 0.2 warmer. This little known fact was helped along by a night time average temperature of 37.7 and registered 4.4 above the 33.3 usually expected. That +4.4 reading by the way is the average 2008 deviation for actual recorded average low temperatures. A lot easier to see now how November averaged out to be quite average. It would be nice if we could say the same for our precipitation, but it seems we have fallen on lean times in the rain department. As a percentage, we accumulated twice as much this month as in October with 58% of our 3.77" normal, or 2.20" in the bucket. A few misguided flakes were briefly observed on the 18th but once again, for this area of the state, sightings such as these aren't that unusual. Luckily they caused no reportable damage. Rain amounts for the year still remain on the plus side by 5.85"; still a respectable surplus going into the final month of the year. Merry Christmas everyone! " - [ + - ] - notes from Paul

    Chantilly - Russ Topping reports: " November started off warm and dry. We picked up some decent rainfall on the 13th, and then it turned cooler with the dry pattern resuming. The average monthly temperature was 0.8 below normal. A record low maximum temperature occurred on the 18th (38.5) and 19th (37.6). Total precipitation for the month was 2.22", which was 1.09" below normal. The maximum calendar day rainfall of 0.79", which fell on the 13th, set a ne daily rainfall record. The first snow flurries of the year were observed on the 18th. Dense fog was observed on the 7th and 13-15th. *Please note, anemometer is currently partially obstructed from the southeast " - [ - - ]

    Dulles - from NWS Sterling (KLWX) come these notes: " THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE FOR NOVEMBER 2008 WAS 44.2F AT DULLES WHICH WAS ONE DEGREE BELOW NORMAL. TEMPERATURES THE LAST HALF OF NOVEMBER 2008 (NOVEMBER 16-30) AVERAGED 35.9F WHICH WAS THE 2ND COLDEST SECOND HALF OF NOVEMBER DATING BACK TO 1963. THE LOW TEMPERATURE FELL AT OR BELOW FREEZING 15 DAYS DURING NOVEMBER 2008...THE MOST SINCE NOVEMBER 2000. THE NOVEMBER 2008 MONTHLY PRECIPITATION OF 2.01 INCHES WAS BELOW THE NORMAL OF 3.31 INCHES. NO SNOW WAS REPORTED AT DULLES IN NOVEMBER 2008. " - [ - - ]

    Front Royal - Mike reports: " The 77 on the 1st was a nice start to the month. In fact the 1st through the 8th saw temperatures at least in the 60's. The first thirteen days of November 2008 was also void of any significant weather events besides the "normal" cold frontal passages and nearby weather systems that did not affect our weather all that much. A strong low pressure system off the southeast coast brought us our first measurable precipitation on the 5th with .02" falling. A cold frontal passage on the late on the 8th brought us to reality the 9th through the 12th with daytime temps around 50. Low pressure approached from the south on the 12th and moderate rain fell from the late evening to early morning on the 13th totaling .83". With a strong cold front passing overhead about 1pm on the 14th we were able to squeeze another .27" out of the sky. The barometric pressure was also pretty low at this time with 29.41" being registered, but it would not be the lowest reading of the month. The season's first flurries fell about 8:30pm on the 17th and dusted the ground. Temperatures and precipitation were below normal the rest of the month. Five of the last thirteen days of the month had highs of 39 or lower and eleven of them temps never made it above 45 which is about eight degrees below normal. Precipitation fell on the 24th(.28") from a cold front and again of the 30th (.47") from a low pressure system that rode up the mountains just to the west of us. This system gave us the lowest pressure of the month at 29.35". The month's low temperature of 17 was set on the morning of the 23rd. While it was nice that it was cold it was disappointing no measurable snow fell. " - [ M M ]

    Glen Allen - Lowell Koontz reports: " November was cooler than average as the monthly mean temperature was 46.88F, a -1.0F departure, and was also wetter than average (when compared to Ashland, VA records). The 4.53 inches of rain for November was a +1.35 inch departure when compared to the Ashland, VA average. Two rainbows were seen during the month on the 5th and the 12th. The maximum rainfall recorded in a day was 2.37 inches on the 15th in an early morning thunderstorm with intense rainfall. This late season thunderstorm gave a very intense and heavy rainfall with 0.55 inches of rain in just five minutes between 0225 and 0230. The maximum in fifteen minute was 1.09 inches and in one hour a total of 1.83 inches. Measurable precipitation occurred on ten days and only a trace of snow for the month recorded on the 18th. The rainy and gloomy day of the 30th made for rough Thanksgiving Holiday return travel particularly along the East Coast and in the Great Lakes due to a second low pressure. The maximum temperature for November was 76F on November 15th and the lowest minimum was 21F recorded here on the 21st and 22nd which was cold for the date. The maximum wind gust of 31 mph occurred on the 15th at 1230 preceding a cold frontal passage associated with a low pressure passing to our north. The lowest barometer for the month was 29.29 inches on the 30th. The highest barometer recorded for the month was 30.53 inches on the 22nd. On November 1st the low temperature was 38F and the high was 75F giving a 37F daily temperature range which is large for this area. - [ - + ] 

    Herndon - Randy sends these additional notes: " Like October, November was below normal for temperature (where is the global warming), and below normal for precipitation. October was almost 1 inch below normal, but we had some precipitation on almost one half of the days of the month - just a lot low rainfall amounts. For the year, we have now had 45.15 inches which is still about 2.5 inches above normal and almost equal to our seasonal average. As for the temperatures, we had a relatively warm first half of the month, with many days getting into the mid-60s to low-70s, then turning very cold the second half of the month, with several days having a max temp in the 30s. The average high ended up over 4.5 degrees below normal and average low temps over 1 degree below normal. " - [ - - ]

    Ladysmith - Danny sends these notes: " November brought well below normal temperatures and near average precipitation. Temperatures were the most below average they have been since February 2007. " - [ - - ]

    Portsmouth - " The 6.06" of much needed rain produced a November 2008 that was 4.69" ABOVE normal rainfall or 180% of the norm. This November was the 3rd wettest on record dating to 1976. The month was the TIED with 1984 as the 6th coldest November in the database to 1976. The month's average temp was 4.3 BELOW normal. FROPA: 3rd, 8th, 20th, 21st, 24th, 28th, 30th. FROST: 20th, 23rd, 24th, 26th, 27th STATION RECORDS: 13th - RAINFALL 2.12" [previous 0.79" 1982]; 18th - TEMPERATURE Minimum Maximum 42 [previous 44 2005]; 18th - WIND GUST 34mph [previous 31mph 1987]; 19th- TEMPERATURE Minimum Maximum 39 [previous 44 2000]; 22nd - TEMPERATURE Minimum Maximum 39 [previous 40 2000]; 23rd - TEMPERATURE TIE Minimum 26 [previous 1981]. For the year-to-date at month's end, temperatures were averaging ABOVE normal ( ) and rainfall was BELOW normal, -4.02" or 91% of the norm, an improvement by 7% over the yearly rainfall at the end of October. " - [ - + ] 

    North Carolina:

    Greensboro - NWS Raleigh (RAH) reports: " A RECORD RAINFALL OF 0.9 INCH WAS SET AT PIEDMONT TRIAD INTL AIRPORT ON NOVEMBER 30. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 0.79 SET IN 1974. A RECORD SNOWFALL OF 0.6 INCH WAS SET AT PIEDMONT TRIAD INTL AIRPORT ON NOVEMBER 21. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF TRACE SET IN 1949. THIS WAS ONLY THE THIRD OCCURRENCE OF MEASURABLE SNOWFALL IN THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER AT THE PIEDMONT TRIAD AIRPORT IN THE PAST 30 YEARS. THE MONTHLY SNOWFALL OF 0.6 INCH MAKES NOVEMBER 2008 THE FIFTH SNOWIEST NOVEMBER ON RECORD (SINCE 1928). The November 2008 North Carolina Weather Review is located here: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/ncsummaries/MonthlySummary.Nov.2008.doc [when available]. " - [ - + ]

    Raleigh - Bob notes: " November felt more like winter than fall. There 13 days that low temperature was 32 degrees or less. The average daily temperature was 48.3 degrees which is 2.7 degrees below normal. Precipitation for November was 1.17" above normal. There was no severe weather at this station, however there were five confirmed tornadoes on the 15th, just east of Wake County. " - [ - + ]

    Raleigh - NWS Raleigh (RAH) reports: " A RECORD RAINFALL OF 0.96 INCH WAS SET AT RALEIGH-DURHAM INTL AIRPORT ON NOVEMBER 30. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 0.78 SET IN 1985. A RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE OF 21 DEGREES WAS SET AT RALEIGH-DURHAM INTL AIRPORT ON NOVEMBER 22. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 23 SET IN 1987. The November 2008 North Carolina Weather Review is located here: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/ncsummaries/MonthlySummary.Nov.2008.doc [when available]. " - [ - + ]

    Nearby Cities:

    Tri-Cities - NWS Morristown, TN (MRX) reports: " Tri-Cities received 2.09 inches of precipitation in November, which was 0.99 inches below normal. It ranked as the 22nd driest November on record at Tri-Cities. Measurable precipitation occurred on only nine days, and only four of those days had more than one-quarter of an inch. The heaviest precipitation fell on the 13th when 0.62 inches of precipitation was reported, which broke the old daily precipitation record of 0.32 inches set in 1948. The driest November of the 72 years of observations taken in November at Tri-Cities was back in 2001, when only 0.50 inches was recorded. The monthly-averaged temperature at Tri-Cities was 42.4 degrees, which was 3.1 degrees below normal. It ranked as the 8th coldest November on record at Tri-Cities. One daily low temperature record was tied on the 19th when the overnight low dipped to 17 degrees, tying the previous record set in 1951. Another low temperature was tied on the 21st when the low temperature reached 17 degrees, tying the old record set in 1968. In addition, a daily record low temperature was broken on the following day when the low temperature fell to 11 degrees, breaking the previous record of 12 degrees set in 2000. The coldest November at Tri-Cities was back in 1976, when the average temperature was 38.8 degrees. BELOW-NORMAL PRECIPITATION THIS FALL ... NEAR-NORMAL TEMPERATURES THIS FALL ... Tri-Cities received a seasonal total of 5.63 inches of precipitation this fall, which was 2.83 inches below normal. It ranked as the 13th driest fall on record at Tri-Cities. The driest fall at Tri-Cities was back in 1939, when only 2.71 inches of precipitation was recorded. The seasonally-averaged temperature at Tri-Cities this fall was 55.4 degrees, which was 0.3 degrees below normal. It ranked as the 12th coldest fall on record at Tri-Cities. The coldest fall at Tri-Cities was back in 1976, when the average temperature was 51.8 degrees. " - [ - - ]

    Davis, WV - from Dave Lesher: " The 43" of snow at Davis (for the month) was a whopping 29" above normal! Meanwhile the seasonal snowfall total at month's end of 55" was 39" above normal! Both totals far outdistance the other November's in his database to 2004! For the autumn season, the Davis mean temp average was 46, 2 below normal. Precipitation for that time frame totalled 11.1" and was 1.7" below normal. The year-to-date rainfall is 65.7", a whopping 13.7" above normal. " - [ - + ]



    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 2007-2008 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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    STATION / LOCATION (MILES & DIRECTION FROM MAIN POST OFFICE)/OBSERVER / YEAR RECORDS BEGAN / EMAIL ADDRESS:

      
      ROK   Roanoke, VA 6SW Wendell Prillaman  4/76 wlprillaman@cox.net
    GAV - Glen Allen, Henrico County, VA - Lowell Koontz  8/1/08  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  CLT    Charlotte, NC NWS Charlotte/Douglas International Airpot 35-12-48N 080-56-55W 220M
    IAD   Dulles - Washington-Dulles International Airport  38-56-05N 077-26-51W 93M  SSB    Sunset Beach, NC   33.9 N 78.5 W  Tom Myers
    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
      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
    FRV     Front Royal, VA  Michael Perritt -  04/08 snowyat9@yahoo.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