ACON - VA/NC/SC
The Atlantic Coast Observer Network:   Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina
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SUMMARY OF CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA 
OCTOBER 2003

...AFTER VIOLENT SEPTEMBER WEATHER, OCTOBER ENDS ON A MORE TRANQUIL NOTE ...

A review of data and narrative summaries paints the picture of October 2003 being a rather non-descript month for most areas with little noteworthy weather extremes or contrasting weather patterns. The mountain areas in the western portions of the states experienced below normal precip. Central and eastern portions of the region would have been below normal in rainfall had a coastal low not provided a late month, "last-minute," dousing. In all three states, coastal areas experienced above normal rainfall; elsewhere below normal rainfall fell. In South Carolina, a whopping 8"+ rainfall total was recorded at Charleston.

With one or two exceptions in Virginia, temperatures were below-to-around normal. In North Carolina, temperatures were below normal with the exception of those in the Lumberton area. South Carolina saw near to slightly below normal average temps.

For many of the western and northern areas, the first killing frost occurred this month, not an unusual event in those areas. Several of you in the western and northern areas of North Carolina and Virginia remarked that the fall colors of leaves were not as sharp or bright as in previous years. This may be attributable to the excess moisture through the year.

Most noticeable in the data and narratives, many sites added to yearly rainfall totals which are approaching all-time record levels. Already, Dave Kessel of Hampton has exceeded his yearly rainfall record. Likewise, Greensboro has already established a new yearly rainfall record. And there are still two months to go!

  • WXRISK.com Model Links Dave Kessel sent along this link to WXRISK.com's extensive list of links to model projections, including many with which most of us are unfamiliar. Thanks Dave. Check the page out at the WXRISK Model Page.
  • The Spotter's Page From Bill Sammler, Warning Coordination Meterologist at NWS AKQ (Wakefield): "The latest edition of The Spotter's Page is available for download at the following link: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/akq/spotterinfo/spottervol82003.pdf."
  • Scientist Takes Closer Look at Thundersnow Kevin Shaw sends along this article from USA Today that announces a $400,000 study on the phemomenon in the form of a generous grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Read about the study at USA Today.

  • Danny Jessee, Ruther Glen, VA (RGL) : As you remember, Danny Jessee was just getting settled in to his new home in Ruther Glen (Ladysmith), VA after graduation from UVA. He writes that his data will be delayed. Seems Hurricane Isabel wiped out his weather station at the new home. Really bad luck there Danny. Sorry to hear of your misfortune.

  • 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 may be used for these purposes.
ACON VA/NC/SC Member Station Extremes - OCTOBER 2003
State
Maximum Temperature
Minimum
Temperature
Warmest
Average
Temperature
Coldest
Average
Temperature
Maximum
Precipitation
Minimum
Precipitation
Virginia
82°
Chesterfield, Louisa,
Mechanicsville, Roanoke (ROK)
24°
Blacksburg
62.0°
Norfolk (ORF & FHC)
52.0°
Blacksburg
5.06"
Ashburn
1.40"
Roanoke (ROK)
North Carolina
84°
Lumberton
31°
Raleigh (RAL), Roxboro
65.6°
Cape Hatteras
54.8°
Asheville
9.58"
Wilmington
1.43"
Charlotte
South Carolina
84
Florence
39°
Florence
66.8°
Charleston
60.5°
Greenville-Spartanburg
8.09"
North Myrtle Beach
2.07"
Greenville-Spartanburg

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

VIRGINIA
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STN  A      B    C      C1    D      E F     G    H I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 S
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AHB 66.3  43.4  54.8        79.4  12 27.6 24   0  0  2 0 30 W    15  0 0 0 0  2 2400
ANN 62.71 45.87 54.29 -1.85 74     8 33   24   0  0  0 0 39 W    15  3 0 0 0  1 2400
BCB 64.1  39.9  52.0  -0.3  77    31 24    3   0  0  6 0 56 270 14  0 0 0 0  2 2400 
BRI 67.4  44.6  56.0        78     1 27   24   0  0  0 0             1 0 0 0  0 2400
CEN 65.9  46.2  56.1  +1.6  79    12 31   24   0  0  1 0 35 318 15  3 0 0 0  0 2400
CHO 66.7  43.3  55.0  -3.3  80    12 28    3   0  0  3 0 44 290 15  2 0 0 0  2 2400 
DAN 69.5  44.8  57.2        80    12 30 3,24   0  0  2 0                        2400 
CTR 67.1  43.7  57.0        81.6  12 30.9 24   0  0  1 0 25 WSW  21  0 0 0 0  0 2400 
DCA 66.0  48.9  57.5  -1.3  78    12 37   24   0  0  0 0 47 340 15  2 0 0 0  2 2400 
IAD 64.9  42.6  53.8  -1.2  78    12 28   24   0  0  3 0 43 280 15  0 0 0 0  4 2400 
FCH 65.0  48.7  56.9        81     9 30   24   0  0  1 0 33      14  2 0 0 0  2 2400 
HAM 68    48    58          80    21 32   24   0  0  1 0 40 sw   21  0 0 0 0  0 2400 
HER 63.4  44.8  54.1  -0.9 73.8 9,12 31.5 24   0  0  1 0 27      15  3 0 0 0    2400 
HRN 63.2  44.8  54.0  -1.0  76.3   8 28.1 24   0  0  2 0 34 W    15  3 0 0 0  1 2400 
LKU 67.2  41.5  54.4  -0.4  81.6  12 26   24   0  0  3 0 33 SE   18  3 0 0 0  0 2400 
LYH 67.0  42.5  54.7  -1.4  79    12 28  3,4   0  0  4 0 35 270 15  1 0 0 0  4 2400 
LXI 64.1  42.1  52.8        76.8  12 26.8  3   0  0  5 0 41 NW   15  2 0 0 0  4 2400
NEW 66.16 42.26 54.16       79    12 25   24   0  0  1 0 50 320  15  2 0 0 0  7 2400
NPN 70.8  48.9  59.8        80    21 33   24   0  0  0 0 36 W    14  0 0 0 0  1 2400 
NOR 70.4  51.1  60.7  +0.1  80    21 38   25   0  0  0 0             0 0 0 0  0 2400 
ORF 70.5  53.5  62.0  +0.9  81    21 42  24,25 0  0  0 0 36 250 21  0 0 0 0  0 2400
FHC 70.16 53.84 62.0        78.8   8 42.6 25   0  0  0 0 30 230 21  1          2400 
POR 70.3  51.6  61.0  -0.5  79 7,8,9 40   25   0  0  0 0 35 270 15  1 0 0 0  0 2400
                                  21
MEC 70    48    60          82     8 30   24   0  0  0 0             1 0 0 0  2 1700 
RIC 68.9  47.2  58.0  -0.3  79    12 32   24   0  0  1 0 41 270 14  0 0 0 0  1 2400 
ROA 67.0  45.2  56.1  -0.5  79 12,31 30    3   0  0  1 0 49 270 15  1 0 0 0  2 2400 
ROK 68.5  43.9  56.2   0.0  82    31 29    3   0  0  3 0 33 NW   15  1 0 0 0  1 2230 
AKQ 71.0  47.0  59.0        80    21 29 24,25  0  0  2 0                        2400 
WEE 70.9  47.3  59.1        76    31 34 17,18  0  0  0 0             0 0 0 0  3 1630
WOO 63.1  45.6  54.4        77    13 34   24   0  0  0 0             0 0 0 0  3 0800 
WSH 64.0  44.3  54.2        77.8  12 33.1 24   0  0  0 0 18 ESE  21  0 0 0 0  0 2400
NORTH CAROLINA
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STN  A      B    C      C1    D      E F    G     H I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 S
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AVL 66.5  43.0  54.8  -0.4  79    21 32    3   0  0  1 0 39 320 14  0 0 0 0  8 2400
CLT 71.2  49.2  60.2  -1.5  81    13 37 3,23   0  0  0 0 30 300 14  0 0 0 0  2 2400
ECG 71.1  51.4  61.2  -1.4  79 12,21 36   23   0  0  0 0 48 290 15  1 0 0 0  2 2400
FAY 72.9  52.9  62.9        81 13,21 41    3   0  0  0 0 40 320 14  0 0 0 0  1 2400
GSO 68.6  47.9  58.3  -0.2  78 12,21 37 3,24   0  0  0 0 36 290 14  0 0 0 0  2 2400
HKY 68.5  46.6  57.6  -1.7  80    12 35    3   0  0  0 0 38 320 14  0 0 0 0  4 2400
HSE             65.6  -1.0
LBT 73.7  52.4  63.1  +2.1  84    13 38   23   0  0  0 0 46 280 14  0 0 0 0  0 2400
RAL 70.9  46.4  58.7        80    12 31   24   0  0  1 0 25      21  0 0 0 0  0 2400
RDU 70.5  48.6  59.6  -0.4  80    12 34   24   0  0  0 0 33 290 14  0 0 0 0  1 2400
ROX 69.2  48.7  59.0        79  7,12 31    3   0  0  1 0 33 N    15  0 0 0 0  1 2100
ILM 73.5  53.8  63.6  -1.2  83    13 41   23   0  0  0 0 40 290 29  1 0 0 0  2 2400
SOUTH CAROLINA
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STN  A      B    C      C1    D      E F    G     H I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 S
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AND 72.4  50.3  61.4   0.2  80 13,21 40 16,23  0  0  0 0 37 280 14  1 0 0 0  1 2400
CAE 74.8  52.5  63.6  -0.1  83 13,21 41 16,23  0  0  0 0 35 270 14  0 0 0 0  0 2400
CHS 77.5  56.2  66.8  +0.6  83    14 45    16  0  0  0 0 32 290 17  3 0 0 0  0 2400
CRE 73.5  54.9  64.2  -0.5  81    21 42    33  0  0  0 0 35 280 29  1 0 0 0  1 2400
FLO 74.5  52.7  63.6  -0.5  84    13 39    23  0  0  0 0 31 300 14  1 0 0 0  3 2400
GSP 71.0  49.9  60.5   0.0  79 12,13 40    23  0  0  0 0 36 250 14  2 0 0 0  3 2400
OGB 75.4  53.1  64.2        82 13,21 43 16,23  0  0  0 0 36 290 14  0 0 0 0  4 2400
NEARBY STATIONS
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STN  A      B    C      C1    D      E F    G    H  I  J K L  M     N  O P Q R R1 Sl
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TRI 68.5  42.9  55.7  +0.7  79 13,30  32 3,24  0  0  2 0             0 0 0 0  8 2400
DAV 54.5  37.6  46.1        69    31  21   24  0  1  7 0             0 0 0 2  4 1900

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

VIRGINIA
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STN  T      T1     U       V      V1   W X   Y      Z  1  2 3    4    5      6       7        S 
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AHB  5.06        1.62 27 2.62 26-27  9 2        0.0          0.0  0.0  30.42  25 29.35  15 2400
ANN  4.93  +1.62 1.44 14 2.47 26-27  7 3 55.37  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.43  25 29.37  15 2400
BCB  1.77  -1.42 0.68 26 0.68    26  8 0 46.64  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400
BRI  1.84        1.09 18 1.09    18  3 1 47.59  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.33  29.53        0515/1600
CEN  4.16  +0.46 1.68 27 2.28 26-27  7 2 56.07  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.44  25 29.42  14 2400
CHO  3.30  -0.92 1.30 27 2.01 26-27  5 1 51.67  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.43  25 29.39  14 2400
DAN  2.86        1.30 27            11 1        0.0          0.0  0.0  30.43  25 29.44  14 2400
CTR  1.84        0.51 14 0.51    14  4 0 45.89  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.382 21 29.365 14 2400
DCA  3.93  +0.71 1.27 27 1.67 26-27  6 2 52.28  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.46  25 29.53  21 2400
IAD  4.63  +1.26 1.89 27 2.32 26-27  7 2 54.82  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.44  25 29.38  15 2400
FCH  2.84        1.05 14 1.39 26-27  5 1 45.40  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400
                      23
HAM  3.62        1.85 29 2.77 28-29      63.27  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400
HER  4.56  +1.19 1.85 27 2.36 26-27  9 2 55.92  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.42  25 29.21  15 2400
HRN  4.57  +1.20 2.00 27 2.53 26-27  7 0 63.55  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.399 25 29.387 15 2400
LKU  3.69  +0.19 1.14 27 1.32 26-27  9 1 58.39  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.42  25 29.41  14 2400
LYH  2.28  -1.11 0.64 14 0.88 26-27  9 0 51.97  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.45  25 29.44  14 2400
LXI  1.45        0.73 14 0.73    14  8 0 51.33  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.41  25 29.49  14 2400
NEW  1.99        1.15 15             6 1 40.32  0.0          0.0  0.0                      1700
NPN  4.20        2.00 29 3.20 28-29 10 2 58.93  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.40  25 29.37  14 2400
NOR  4.37  +0.72 1.87 29 2.79 28-29 11 1 60.15  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400
ORF  3.91  +0.44 1.78 29 2.58 28-29 11 1 56.50  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.42  25 29.39  14 2400
FHC  4.17        1.89 29            11 1 62.01  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.413 25 29.401 14 2400
POR  3.85  +0.24 1.80 29 2.69 28-29 10 4 57.57  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.414 25 29.395 14 2400
                                                                                        15
MEC  2.54        1.30 29 1.49 28-29  7 1 66.73  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.18  25 29.41 21, 1700
                                                                                        22        
RIC  2.43  -1.17 0.96 29 1.36 28-29  7 0 55.62  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.45  25 29.43  14 2400
ROA  1.49  -1.66 0.61 27 0.61 26-27  9 0 51.30  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.44  25 29.44  14 2400
ROK  1.40  -2.62 0.49 27 0.74 26-27  8 0 54.46  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.41  25 29.50  14 2400
AKQ  3.15        1.51 29            11 1 58.56  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400
WEE  2.34        1.50 28 1.50    28  4 1 56.80  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.42  25 29.59  23 2130
WOO  2.57                1.18       13 1 42.58  0.0          0.0  0.0 *31.05  21 30.42  15 0800
                                                                                        22 
                                                    *barometer not calibrated / note range only
WSH  2.36        0.88 14 0.88    14  9 0 51.63  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.40  25 29.38  14 2400
NORTH CAROLINA
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STN  T     U       V      V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5       6       7        S
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AVL  2.33  -0.85 1.16 26 1.35 26-27 10 1        0.0          0.0  0.0  30.40  25 29.53  14 2400
CLT  1.43  -2.23 0.49 28 0.62 28-29  9 0 59.39  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.40  25 29.50  14 2400
ECG  3.77  +0.91 1.55 29 2.58 28-29 13 2 40.92  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.42  25 28.42  15 2400
FAY  3.30        1.18 28 1.93 28-29  7 1 51.12  0.0          0.0  0.0            29.51  14 2400
GSO  1.72  -1.55 0.51  9 0.57   8-9  9 0 57.98  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400
HKY  1.67  -1.90 0.50  8 0.62   8-9  8 0        0.0          0.0  0.0  30.38  25 29.45  14 2400
HSE  7.85  +3.39                                                                           2400
LBT  5.14  +1.78 1.95 28 2.78 28-29  9 1 53.44  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.36  31 29.55  34 2400
RAL  2.72                0.86 28-29 11 0 43.08  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.41  25 28.49  14 1900
RDU  2.62  -0.56 0.66 29 1.29 28-29 10 0 44.50  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.34  30 29.16  18 2400
ROX  2.93        0.58 28 0.58    28 10 0 61.87  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.38  25 29.44  14 2100
ILM  9.58  +6.37 3.35  8 3.54   8-9 12 2 56.74  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.36  25 29.51  29 2400
SOUTH CAROLINA
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STN  T      T1     U       V      V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5       6       7        S
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AND  4.51  +1.28 2.10  8 2.13   8-9  8 2        0.0          0.0  0.0  30.38  25 29.57  14 2400
CAE  4.06  +1.17 1.49 14 1.49    14 11 2 53.12  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.35  31 29.58  14 2400
CHS  3.68  +0.59 2.08 28 2.60 28-29 10 1 48.95  0.0          0.0  0.0                      2400
CRE  8.09  +4.86 3.49  8 3.49     8 12 2 60.82  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.34  31 29.57  29 2400
FLO  2.37  -0.57 1.29 28 1.52 28-29  8 1 32.51  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.35  31 29.56  14 2400
GSP  2.07  -1.81 0.80  8 0.96 26-27  8 0 56.84  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.39  25 29.52  14 2400
OGB  2.92        1.98 28 2.18 28-29 10 1 52.45  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.35  31 29.61  14 2400
NEARBY STATIONS
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STN  T      T1     U       V      V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5       6       7        S
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TRI  1.55  -0.75 0.60 14 0.83 26-27  6 0 55.71  0.0           0.0  0.0                      2400
DAV  3.48        0.81 14            11 0 61.66  1.2 23   6  1 1.8  1.8                      1900

Virginia:

Ashburn - Gary reports at his website: " The average wind speed was 0.9 mph and the dominant wind direction was SSE. The average barometric pressure was 30.006 inches. The mean relative humidity was 77%. " 

Annandale - Lowell reports: " October was cooler than average with a monthly mean temperature of 54.3 a -1.9 departure, the lowest for October since 1999. The month had above average rainfall for the month. In the last 24-years only six Octobers have been wetter. Only seven days had measurable rain. In the last 24-years only five Octobers have had fewer days of measurable rain. The record is 4 days in 2001. The 4.93" of rain for October was a +1.62" departure. We had three days with more than an inch of rain recorded which only occurred once before in October (1995) in the last 24 years. The 2.47" in 24-hours on the 26th and 27th was the most in 24-hours in October since October 1995. October had one 23-year precipitation record for the date of the 26th of 1.25"; the old record was 1.15" in 1981. The most intense rainfall of 0.29" in a five-minute period on the 14th was the most on record for October since 1995. Only two years in the last 23 has the precipitation total for the year been more than the current year's total at the end of October. October's average cloud cover was less than September's but was still the fifth cloudiest October in the last 23-years with October last year holding the record for the cloudiest. The maximum temperature for October was only 74 which was a -5.7 departure and the lowest maximum for October since 1999 when it was also 74 and only October of 1987 has had a lower maximum for the month which was 71 and is the current record. The maximum wind gust of 39 mph from the west occurred on the 15th at 1131 associated with a deep low pressure passing to our north. This was the highest wind ever recorded here in the last 23 years in the month of October. The lowest barometer was 29.37" on the 15th which was the lowest barometer recorded in October since 1976 although October 1980 had a low barometer reading of 29.38". Only four Octobers in the last 43 years have been lower. (Observations were recorded in Rockingham County VA for comparison before 1977). There were only 7 daily records set (23-Years of records): 3 daily LOW maximum temp records: 2, 3, 23; 2 daily LOW minimum temp records: 3, 24; 1 daily LOW range temp record: 15; 1 daily HIGH precip record: 26. " [ - + ] 

Arlington - NWS WBC reports: " NO RECORDS WERE SET DURING OCTOBER AT WASHINGTON. OCTOBER 2003 WAS A BIT MORE SETTLED AND DRY THAN THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS. THERE WERE ONLY SIX DAYS WITH RAIN THIS MONTH...HALF THE TOTAL FROM SEPTEMBER. HOWEVER...WITH A COUPLE OF LARGE EVENTS...IT STILL MANAGED TO HAVE A WETTER THAN NORMAL TOTAL OF NEARLY FOUR INCHES OF RAIN. THE MAJORITY OF THE RAIN IN OCTOBER WAS ACCOUNTED FOR IN JUST FOUR DAYS FROM THE 26TH THROUGH THE 29TH. LOW PRESSURE MOVING THROUGH THE REGION WAS FOLLOWED BY A COAST HUGGING STORM WHICH COMBINED FOR MORE THAN TWO AND A HALF INCHES OF RAIN. AND SO THE EXCEEDINGLY WET YEAR OF 2003 CONTINUES. THERE HAVE BEEN ONLY TWO MONTHS ALL YEAR...JANUARY AND APRIL...THAT WERE DRIER THAN AVERAGE. WITH ALL THOSE DAMP MONTHS ADDING UP THIS YEAR...WE ARE ON PAR FOR A TOP THREE FINISH FOR RAINFALL BY THE END OF THE YEAR. THROUGH OCTOBER 31ST...2003 IS THE SECOND WETTEST YEAR WE HAVE HAD SINCE RECORDS BEGAN IN THE LATE 1800S. FOR THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR THROUGH OCTOBER 31ST THE WETTEST THREE ARE: 1889 ... 55.11 INCHES; 2003 ... 52.28 INCHES; 1878 ... 52.12 INCHES. FOR TEMPERATURES...OCTOBER WAS A BIT COOLER THAN AVERAGE...ENDING UP A LITTLE MORE THAN A DEGREE COLDER THAN NORMAL. ALTHOUGH MOST OF THE SUBURBS AND SOME OF THE CITY HAVE EXPERIENCED A FREEZE...THE AIRPORT OBSERVATION SITE DID NOT IN OCTOBER...DIPPING TO JUST 37 DEGREES SO FAR THIS SEASON. THE WEEK OF THE 8TH THROUGH THE 14TH WAS WARMER THAN NORMAL. OTHERWISE...ALMOST ALL OF THE REST OF THE MONTH WAS NEAR OR BELOW NORMAL. The monthly precipitation was 0.71" above normal while the average temperature was 1.3 below normal. " [ - + ] 

Blacksburg - NWS Blacksburg reports the monthly mean temp was 0.3 above normal while rainfall was 1.42" below normal. The average wind speed was 4.6 MPH. [ + - ] 

Bridgewater - " The precipitation was 1.21" below normal. There were only 3 days with measurable precipitation. Last month, there were 11. The average temperature was about a degree above normal. The precipitation for the year now is 47.59" which is about 13" above normal. The rather dry weather in October cut down on the above normal precipitation. The first heavy, killing frost occurred on the 3rd. Along about this time of the year both professional and non-professional weather people make an effort at long-range forecasting for the up-coming winter. This is very difficult to do, and I don't put too much faith in this long-range stuff. However, I'll make a stab at my forecast. I'll predict that we will get some cold weather and we'll get some snow! " - report from Clayton [ + - ] 

Centreville - " Except for Halloween, October happened to be another one of those ghostly quiet months this year. Come to think of it, the weather on Halloween begged to be a pleasant treat than in years past when the average monthly low temperature of 46.2 was noted earlier in the day. Two other days in October managed morning lows equal to the average monthly low, but also recorded on the 6th and 19th were high temperatures of 65.9 that were a match for the average monthly high. Spooky as it may seem, those two days also registered 61 at 12 p.m. which happened to equal to the average monthly noon-time temperature. On October 12th we recorded 78 for an official monthly high, and 12 days later on the 24th, 31 for a low. Our average monthly low of 46.2 was just 4.9 above the statistical 41.3, and more than a degree closer to normal than it has been for the past several months. No doubt, this is a clear sign of an oncoming ice age. A decent rain event on October 14th gave us 1.08" of precipitation, but an overall lack of rain until the 26th was enough to cause some concern. Until then only 1.14" had fallen into the bucket when no more that a drop over three inches should have been there. Dancing around the ole camp fire Saturday night on the 25th sure paid off, because in the next 24 hours we picked-up 2.28", the most in any other similar period during the month. by the 29th, nearly 3/4" more had fallen, bringing our end of the month precipitation total to 4.16", or 0.46" over the 3.70" normal. And some people thought Al Gore was a fancy dancer! Not a chance! " - notes from Paul [ + + ] 

Charlottesville - The monthly average temperature was 1.5° below normal while rainfall was 2.23" below normal. The average wind speed was 5.1 mph. - from NWS WBC [ - - ] 

Chesterfield - - " AREA STILL RECOVERING FROM ISABEL'S DAMAGES. CONTINUED PROGRESS BY STATE & COUNTY TO CLEAN AREA FROM DAMAGES CAUSED BY DOWN TREES. " - Albert reports 

Danville - The average station sea-level pressure was 30.03"  

Dulles - The mean temp was 1.2° below normal. The monthly rainfall was 1.26" above normal. Average wind speed, 6.1 mph. - from NWS WBC [ - + ] 

Falls Church - " A cold snap in the beginning and towards the end of the month brought temperatures slightly below average. Rainfall was also below average but a welcome break from the wet weather of the previous 9 months! I had my first freeze on the 24th when my low reached 30. Strong storms on the 14th produced a peak wind gust of 33 mph. " - report from Erica [ - - ] 

Herndon - Russ sends these note:" The monthly temperature was 1.0 above average and precipitation was 1.20" above average. We had fog on the 9th. Thunder on the 14th, 26th and 27th. We came close to the record low of 30 on the 3rd, with a low of 30.7. " - [ + + ] 

Herndon - Bob notes: " My average MAX temp was 4.3 below the Dulles "normal" but the average MIN was 2.5 above. Winds are tree affected. Dulles is about 4 miles WSW and its normal is the 1971-2000 average. " - [ - M ] 

Hampton - " Record yearly rainfall of 63.27". A quiet month and we needed a break to catch our breath from Isabel and an active stormy summer. Noteworthy happenings- not nearly the color in the trees this fall with the major damage from Isabel- most of the hardwoods that have color were destroyed. Also, beaches will be not be back open or normal until next spring. It will an interesting winter- if we do have an active winter, the impact of snow, ice or northeasters will be much more significant with beaches already ravaged and tress and power grids unstable. " - notes from David Kessel [ M M ] 

Louisa - Temps average 0.4 below normal while rainfall was 0.19" above normal. - report from Joe [ - + ] 

Lynchburg - Rainfall for the month was 1.11" below normal while the mean temp was 1.4° below normal. The average wind speed was 4.0 MPH. The average sea level pressure was 30.05". - from NWS Blacksburg [ - - ] 

New Market - " We are a couple degrees cooler than normal for the month and about inch short of average precip. " - [ - - ]

Norfolk - NWS AKQ noted the average temperature in Norfolk was 0.9 above normal. The month's rainfall was 0.44" above normal. The average wind speed was 8.5 mph. The average relative humidity 69% and the average sky cover was 40%. - [ + + ]

Norfolk - The Fred Heutte Center, in Historic Ghent, noted a mean barometer reading of 30.022". The mean relative humidity was 75%. The average wind speed was 4 mph from a dominant NNE direction. 

Portsmouth - A more pleasant month to continue the recovery from September's Hurricane Isabel. With high pressure over the area for much of the first 15 days, dry weather prevailed with only a period of light precip through the 13th. Then periodic showers gave a bit more rain at midmonth. A low pressure trough with embedded lows just offshore SE US coast shifted N and brought considerable rain with over 3 and 1/3 inches of rain from late on the 25th through midday on the 29th. The 0.89" of that amount on the 28th and 1.80" on the 29th established new daily rainfall records in the database to 1976. What was to be a dry month with well-below normal precip turned out to be one with excess rainfall (107%) due to these "last minute" rains. Temps averaged just below normal (-0.5). No thunderstorms at the station but a few flashes of distant lightning were noted on the 7th. Winds calmed down considerably in comparison with those of September. The average barometric pressure was 30.015". Winds averaged 3.31 mph from a dominant direction of 118. Station daily records included: 3RD - TEMPERATURE - MINIMUM MAXIMUM TIED 64 [PREVIOUSLY 1981]; 10TH - TEMPERATURE - MAXIMUM MINIMUM 67 [PREVIOUSLY 66 1997]; 28TH - PRECIPITATION - DAILY 0.89" [PREVIOUSLY 0.74" 2002]; 29TH - PRECIPITATION - DAILY 1.80" [PREVIOUSLY 0.65" 2002]. For the year-to-date, the temperature average was 0.7 below normal while rainfall is running 15.55" above normal (137%). [ - + ] 

Richmond - NWS AKQ reported the mean temp at RIC was 0.3° below normal. Rainfall was 1.17" below normal. The average wind speed was 6.7 mph. The average relative humidity was 75% while the average sky cover was 60%. [ - - ] 

Roanoke - Wendell sends these notes:" A dry October with a temp average of 56.2 Rainfall was 2.62" below normal. " - [ +/- - ] 

Roanoke - NWS Blacksburg reports that the Roanoke airport monthly mean temp was 0.5 below normal. Rainfall was 1.66" below normal. The average wind speed was 5.6 mph. The average sea-level pressure was 30.04"." [ - - ] 

Woodstock - " October is usually dry in the valley, so with only 2.57" this year was still the 6th wettest. Very cool, (4 of 18). Fall color not as intense as usual. " - notes from Lauck [ - + ] 

North Carolina:

Asheville - from NWS GSP: The monthly mean temp was 0.4° below normal and the rainfall was 0.85" below normal. The average wind speed was 5.4 mph. [ - - ] 

Charlotte - NWS GSP reports the mean temp here was 1.7° below normal and precip was 6.63" above normal. The average wind speed was 3.9 mph. - [ - + ] 

Elizabeth City - The Elizabeth City Coast Guard Station [ECG] reported an average wind speed of 7.9 mph. The mean temp was 1.4° below normal while rainfall was 0.91" above normal. The average relative humidity was 76% and the average sky cover was 40%. - from NWS AKQ [ - + ] 

Fayetteville - NWS RDU reports the average wind speed was 6.3 mph. The average sky cover was 40%.

Cape Hatteras - " The average temperature in October 2003 was 65.6. This was -1.0 cooler than the 1895-2003 average, the 40th coolest October on record (1895-2003). 7.85" of precipitation fell in October. This was 3.39 inches more than the 1895-2003 average, the 18th wettest such month on record (1895-2003)." - from NCDC [ - - ] 

Greensboro - NWS RDU notes a mean temp here that was 0.2° below normal. Rainfall was 1.55" below normal. The average wind speed was 6.4 mph. The monthly sky cover average was 50%. The average relative humidity was 72%. A NEW RECORD OF 57.98" OF RAIN HAS BEEN SET THIS MONTH FOR THE YEAR-TO-DATE RAINFALL AT THE PIEDMONT TRIAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THE OLD RECORD WAS 56.51" IN 1975. THIS ALSO SET A NEW RECORD FOR THE GREENSBORO AREA. THE OLD RECORD WAS 57.95" OF RAIN SET IN 1901. - [ - - ] 

Hickory - The average wind speed was 2.7 mph. The average monthly temperature was 1.6° below normal while rainfall was 1.90" below normal - from NWS GSP [ - - ] 

Lumberton - The average wind speed was 5.4 mph. The average monthly temperature was 2.1° above normal while rainfall was 1.78" above normal - from NWS ILM [ + + ] 

Raleigh - NWS RDU reports the average daily temperatures were 0.4 below normal while precipitation was 0.56" below normal. The average wind speed was 5.1 mph. The average sky cover was 50%. " - [ - - ] 

Raleigh - Bob sends these notes: " October was a pretty quiet month in comparison to last month with Hurricane Isabel. The big event of the month was the first freezing temperature of the season, 31 on the 24th. The average daily temperature for the month was 58.7, which is 1.3 below normal. Rainfall totaled 2.72" or 0.46" below normal. In addition there were no thunderstorms observed at this station. " - [ - - ] 

Roxboro - Merriell reports: " October was a mild, near normal month of temperatures. Rainfall was about three-quarters of an inch below normal. Autumn colors began their brilliancy late in the month. " - [ +/- - ] 

Wilmington - From NWS ILM: The average temp was 1.2° below normal while rainfall was a whopping 6.37" above normal. The average wind speed was 5.7 mph. - [ - + ] 

South Carolina:

Anderson - NWS GSP reports the monthly mean temp was 0.2° above normal. Rainfall was 1.28" above normal. The average wind speed was 4.3 mph. - [ + + ] 

Charleston - NWS CHS reports the monthly mean temp was 0.6° above normal. Rainfall was 0.59" above normal. The average wind speed was 7.7 mph. - [ + + ] 

Columbia - NWS CAE reports that the mean temp here was 0.1° below normal. Rainfall was a 1.17" above normal. The average wind speed was 4.7 mph. - [ - + ] 

Florence - The mean temp here was 0.5° below normal while rainfall totals were 0.57" below normal. The average wind speed was 4.9 mph. A record daily rainfall amount was set on the 28th with 1.29", surpassing the 0.35" set in 1984. - from NWS ILM [ - - ] 

Greenville-Spartanburg - The monthly mean temperature was normal while rainfall was 1.81" below normal. The average wind speed was 5.5 mph. - from NWS GSP [ - - ] 

North Myrtle Beach - The mean temp was 0.5° above normal while rainfall was a whopping 4.86" above normal. The average wind speed was 6.2 mph. A record low temp was set on the 3rd The previous record low was 48 set in 1952. " - NWS ILM [ + - ] 

Orangeburg - NWS CAE reports the average wind speed here was 5.2 mph.

Nearby Cities:

Tri-Cities - Tri-Cities received 1.55" of rain during October, which was 0.75"inches below normal. It ranked as the 21st driest October on record at Tri-Cities. Measurable rain occurred on only six days, with three of those days having more than a tenth of an inch. The heaviest rain fell on the 14th when 0.60" was recorded. The driest October at Tri-Cities was back in 2000, when only 0.02" fell. The average monthly temperature at Tri-Cities was 55.7, which was 0.7 above normal. No daily records were broken. The warmest October at Tri-Cities was back in 1984, when the average temperature was 63.6. - from NWS MRX [ + - ] 

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 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 2003-2004 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


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

AHB   Ashburn, VA  - Gary Oldham  7/01 281' AMSL  n6skk@arrl.net ROK   Roanoke, VA 6SW Wendell Prillaman  4/76 wlprillaman@cox.net
ANN    Annandale, VA 1 3/4 ENE - Lowell Koontz  8/31/79  wwkoontz@verizon.net AKQ    Wakefield, VA NWS Wakefield Municipal Airport 36-58-53N 077-00-04W 33M
DCA    Arlington, VA Washington, DC, Reagan Washington National Airport 38-50-54N 077-02-03W 18M WSH   Washington, VA  David Yowell runamok@runamok.com
BCB    Blacksburg, VA NWS Virginia Tech Airport 37-13N 080-25W WEE   Weems, VA 3WNW Francis J. Socey
BRI     Bridgewater, VA Clayton Towers Ctowers@rica.net WOO  Woodstock, VA 5NW Lauck Walton - 12/1/85 jwalton@shentel.net
CEN   Centreville, VA Paul Bassett 1985 m.psb@verizon.net RGL   Ruther Glen, VA 380'45" N 7732'29" W Danny Jessee 2003 danny@dannyjessee.com
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
DAN  Danville, VA, Danville Regional Airport, 36-34-22N 079-20-10W 175M  BRE    Brevard, NC 1SE Bob Keehn 1/1/90 rkeehn@brinet.com
IAD   Dulles - Washington-Dulles International Airport  38-56-05N 077-26-51W 93M  CLT    Charlotte, NC NWS Charlotte/Douglas International Airpot 35-12-48N 080-56-55W 220M
FCH    Falls Church, VA Erica Page - 3/7/94 Windie1970@aol.com HKY  Hickory, NC 
HAM    Hampton, VA 5NE Dave Kessel 1989 davidckessel@cox.net ECG  Elizabeth City, NC,  Coast Guard Air Station 36-15-47N 076-10-58W 11M
CTR  Chesterfield, VA Albert Arnold 06/03 FAY  Fayetteville, NC Fayetteville Regional Airport, 34-59-22N 078-52-48W 55M
HER    Herndon, VA R.M. Beall P- 10/76   T-  1/91 beall47@earthlink.net GSO   Greensboro, NC NWS Piedmont Triad International Airport 36-05-51N 079-56-37W 275M
HRN   Herndon, VA 4SW Russ Topping -  1985 weatherman@cox.net LBT    Lumberton, NC  Lumberton Municipal Airport 34-36-26N 079-03-36W 37M
LXI     Lexington, VA  Scott M. Lancey, WREL Radio -  06/96 weather@wrel.com RAL    Raleigh, NC 7NNW  Bob Woodson -  6/1/93 kf4mmm@qsl.net
LKU     Louisa, VA 1N Joseph Bowers 1944 - NWS ID  44-5050-02jmbiii@earthlink.net RDU   Raleigh-Durham, NC Raleigh-Durham International Airport 35-52-14N 078-47-11W 130M
LOU     Louisa, VA 6S John Bullock (about 1970) INACTIVE 1/1/02 ROX    Roxboro, NC 2SE Merriell A. Jay 1/93
LYH     Lynchburg, VA NWS Lynchburg Regional Airport 37-19-15N 079-12-24W 295M ILM     Wilmington, NC NWS New Hanover International Airport 34-16-06N 077-54-22W 9M
NEW    Newmarket, VA 2W Joyce Winfree joywood@shentel.net CHS   Charleston, SC NWS Charleston Air Force Base 32-53-56N 080-02-26W 13M
NPN     Newport News, VA 7N Gary Leonard -  6/91 GaryMLeonard@aol.com CAE    Columbia, SC NWS Columbia Metropolitan Airport 33-56-31N 081-07-05W 73M 
NOR     Norfolk, VA 3NE Jim Fentress 6/1/77 FLO    Florence, SC Florence Regional Airport 34-11-16N 079-43-51W 44M
ORF     Norfolk, VA 5NE 36-54-13N 076-11-31W 14M  1871 GSP   Greenville-Spartanburg, SC NWS Greenville-Spartanburg Airport 34-53-02N 082-13-15W 286M 
POR     Portsmouth, VA 36.81° North 76.33° West 3S Bill Trotter -  7/1/76 wxr@cox.net CRE    North Myrtle Beach, SC Grand Strand Airport 33-48-42N 078-43-26W 10M
MEC     Mechanicsville, VA Glen Martin 11/19/91 OGB   Orangeburg, SC  Orangeburg Municipal Airport 33-27-50N 080-51-13W 59M
FHC    Norfolk, VA  Fred Heutte Center 36° 54'N 76° 16'W 01/01/03 fhcgarden@cox.net AND   Anderson, SC 
RIC     Richmond, VA Richmond International Airport 37-30-40N 077-19-24W 50M TRI     Tri-cities, TN  (Bristol / Johnson / Kingsport), Tri-City Regional Airport 36-28-47N 082-23-56W 474M 
ROA    Roanoke, VA Roanoke Regional Airport 37-19-01N 079-58-27W 362M DAV  Davis, WV Dave Lesher wvweather@mountain.net