The Atlantic Coast Observer Network - Virginia/North Carolina/South Carolina

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SUMMARY OF CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA 
OCTOBER 2005


...WARM & WET...
...DROUGHT INCREASES OVER CENTRAL & WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PIEDMONT...

For most all spots, another month with above normal temperatures and above normal precipitation, the latter mainly the result of tropical air moving north from the Southeastern United States either from surface lows or tropical depressions migrating up the coast. Several of our stations noted their wettest October on record and these are depicted in the notes below the data tables. Once again this month, we did see totals in excess of 10" from Southeastern Virginia (FHC) along the coast of North Carolina and northeastern coastal areas South Carolina. However, portions of western and central North Carolina continued to develop severe drought conditions and some water restrictions were enforced there where agricultural production is high. The very latest Drought Monitor update can be found with a click the link below.

No real intrusions of colder, fall air but signs of change were developing in Canada and along the upper Continental Divide. Still, enough cold air intruded in the mountains of West Virginia as we see our Davis, WV observer, Dave Lesher, reported one daily snowfall of over 7" in late October and a monthly total of 14 inches. Thus, it is time to reset your seasonal snowfall totals (2005-2006). Again, keep in mind that we do not report yearly totals in our data below, only seasonal totals. So be sure to insert the latter in your monthly data forms.

The NWS Wilmington has archived information about the flooding event related to deep tropical moisture moving NNE along the Carolinas Coasts October 5-8, 2005 (and into Southeast Virginia). Visit the storm report with a click to the image below.


  • SNOW MEASUREMENTS - TIME TO RESET!   With Dave Lesher's 14" of snow this month, I am reminded that it's time to begin new seasonal snowfall totals for 2005-2006.
  • NOAA SEASONAL OUTLOOK    ACON DC/MD/DE member Kevin Shaw sends this summary of the seasonal outlook. Check here for the "bottom line."
  • NOAA ALL-HAZARDS RADIO STATION LIST    View the list and sort the data by state or call from WeatherRadio.info! Visit http://www.weatherradio.info/stations_offices.php
  • COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE RAIN, HAIL & SNOW NETWORK - http://www.cocorahs.org/ - Yet another great resource from Kevin Shaw with accompanying article by Eleanor Vallier-Talbot here.  
  • DROUGHT MONITOR    http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html
  • REMINDER All National Weather Service station data listed herein is preliminary and may be subject to change.  The data has not been certified and cannot be used in legal actions.  Only reports certified by the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC can be used for these purposes.

  • ACON VA/NC/SC Member Station Extremes - OCTOBER 2005
    State
    Maximum Temperature
    Minimum
    Temperature
    Warmest
    Average
    Temperature
    Coldest
    Average
    Temperature
    Maximum
    Precipitation
    Minimum
    Precipitation
    Virginia
    87°
    Wakefield
    25°
    Blacksburg
    63.8°
    Norfolk (ORF)
    56.0°
    Blacksburg
    11.08"
    Norfolk (FHC)
    3.33"
    Blacksburg
    North Carolina
    86°
    Fayetteville, Lumberton,
    Raleigh (RDU), Wilmington
    27°
    Asheville, Raleigh (RAL)
    67.2°
    Cape Hatteras
    58.4°
    Asheville
    15.07"
    Wilmington
    1.20"
    Asheville
    South Carolina
    89
    Columbia, Orangeburg
    26°
    Anderson
    67.7°
    Charleston
    63.9°
    Anderson,
    Greenville-Spartanburg
    10.07"
    North Myrtle Beach
    2.48"
    Columbia

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


    TEMPERATURE / WINDS/ ELEMENTS

    VIRGINIA
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
    
         STN  A      B    C     C1    D    E  F     G   H  I  J K K1  L  M     N   N1   N2   O P Q R R1 R2  S    CWA
         -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         ANN 64.94 50.74 57.84 +1.8  79     6 37 27,28, 0  0  0 0 76% 31 W    16             1 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
                                                   29
         BCB 66.7  45.3  56.0  +4.3  81     2 25   27   0  0  8 0 63% 28 310 15   4.5       1 0 0 0  2 60% 2400 RNK
                                                                      28 300 25
         BRI 66.7  49.5  58.1  +3.6  81   2,3 30   27   0  0  3 0 50%                        0 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         CCV 73    53    63    +7    86    10 29   29   0  0  3 0 80% 20 310 22,  3.0  260 0 0 0 0  3 58% 2400 BCB
                                                                              25                                 
         CEN 65.8  50.3  58.1  +3.6  80   5,6 34 27,29  0  0  0 0     27           2.7  NNW  1 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         CHO 69.1  49.0  59.0  +0.7  84    20 30   29   1  0  0 3 72% 23 160  7   2.1       1 0 0 0  3 50% 2400 LWX
                                                                      23 270 16
         DAN 71.5  49.4  60.5  +2.3  86    20 28 27,30  0  0  4 0 75% 29 310 24   6.0       2 0 0 0  1 40% 2400 RNK
         DCA 67.8  53.1  60.4  +1.6  80     2 40 28,29  0  0  0 0 69% 39 220  7   8.9       1 0 0 0  1 60% 2400 LWX
         IAD 67.8  49.7  58.8  +3.8  83     1 33 29,31  0  0  0 0 72% 32 190  7   6.8       1 0 0 0  0 60% 2400 LWX
         FCH 67.5  50.7  59.1        84     3 33   30   0  0  0 0     40      25             1 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         HAM 69.0  54.0  62.0   0.0  84     6 38   30   0  0  0 0 55% 39 SW   24   7.0  NE   2 0 0 0  1     2400 AKQ
         HER 65.4  49.6  57.5  +2.5  81.0   1 34.2 27   0  0  0 0     20      29             1 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         HRN 65.1  49.2  56.9  +1.9  78.9   2 32.4 29   0  0  0 0 79% 29 SSE  79   2.6  N    1 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         LYH 68.7  47.7  58.2  +2.1  83     2 27   27   0  0  4 0 74% 23 130  7   3.6       1 0 0 0  1 50% 2400 RNK
         NEW 66.32 46.26 56.13 +1.0  83   1,2 28   27   0  0  2 0 74% 25 W    15   5.48 SW   1 0 0 0  2     1800 LWX
         NPN 70.6  53.8  62.2        83     6 34   30   0  0  0 0     30 E    24             0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         NOR 69.4  56.4  62.9  +2.2  84     6 36   30   0  0  0 0                            0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         ORF 70.4  57.2  63.8  +2.7  84     6 37   30   0  0  0 0 76% 38 230  8   8.9       0 0 0 0  0 50% 2400 AKQ
                                                                      38 110 24
         FHC 69.26 56.94 63.10       83.5   6 41.9 30   0  0  0 0 81% 30 190  8   2.8  NNE  0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         POR 71.1  55.80 63.4  +1.9  83     6 36   30   0  0  0 0 86% 28 158  7   3.75 150 0 0 0 0  0 48% 2400 AKQ
         CTR 69.7  49.3  58.3   0.0  82.8   2 29.1 30   0  0  3 0 88% 13 S   7,14  0.1  ESE  0 0 0 0  0 67% 2400 AKQ
         MEC                                                                                                1700 AKQ
         RIC 71.6  52.0  61.8  +3.5  85     6 33   27   0  0  0 0 71% 36 170  7   7.7       0 0 0 0  2 60% 2400 AKQ
         ROA 69.4  51.0  60.2  +3.6  84    20 31   27   0  0  1 0 67% 37 290 25   6.2       2 0 0 0  0 50% 2400 RNK
         AKQ 71    50    60.5        87     6 29   30   0  0  0 0                                           2400 AKQ
         WAL 68.4  53.7  61.1  +3.1  82     6 34   29   0  0  0 0     56 090 24  10.3       0 0 0 0  1     2400 AKQ
         WOO 63.2  50.2  56.7  +0.3  80     6 36   27   0  0  0 0                            1 0 0 0  6     2400 LWX
         WSH 64.2  49.6  56.9  +1.1  76.4   5 33.7 29   0  0  0 0     16 E,SE 8,16 0.9  N    2 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
    NORTH CAROLINA
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
        
         STN  A      B    C     C1    D    E  F     G   H  I  J K K1  L  M     N   N1   N2   O P Q R R1 R2  S    CWA
         -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         AVL 69.6  47.3  58.4  +3.2  81     1 27   30   0  0  5 0 69% 39 340 24   5.6       0 0 0 0  9 40% 2400 GSP
         MRH 73.2  59.4  66.3        84     3 38 29,31  0  0  0 0     41 130  8   9.6       4 0 0 0  2     2400 MHX
         CLT 73.0  50.9  61.9  +0.2  84    20 29   30   0  0  2 0 72% 30 330 24   5.2       0 0 0 0  0 40% 2400 GSP
         ECG 72.4  55.4  63.9  +1.3  83    20 35   30   0  0  0 0 76% 36 040 24   9.7       0 0 0 0  1 40% 2400 AKQ
         FAY 75.5  55.0  65.3        86 19,20 34   30   0  0  0 0 70% 46 290 22   7.5       1 0 0 0  1 40% 2400 RAH
         GSO 71.2  51.9  61.5  +3.0  81    20 31   30   0  0  1 0 72% 30 280 25   6.5       1 0 0 0  2 40% 2400 RAH
         HSE 72.5  61.9  67.2  +1.5  84     6 46   31   0  0  0 0     46 120  8  10.1       0 0 0 0  1     2400 MHX
         HKY 72.5  51.6  62.0  +2.8  84    20 33   27   0  0  0 0     29 320 25   4.5       1 0 0 0  6     2400 GSP
         LBT 75.9  53.6  64.8  +3.8  86    20 31   30   2  0  0 0   % 31 350 24   6.3       0 0 0 0  1   % 2400 ILM
         MNC                                                                                                2400 RAH
         EWN 73.9  56.5  65.2  +1.4  85    20 35 30,31  0  0  0 0     33 180  8   6.9       3 0 0 0  5     2400 MHX
         RAL 73.1  50.7  61.9  +1.9  85     5 27   30   0  0  4 0     21       6        360 1 0 0 0  1     1900 RAH
         RDU 72.9  52.3  62.6  +2.6  86    20 29   30   0  0  3 0 73% 29 320 24   5.7       1 0 0 0  1 45% 2400 RAH
         ROX 71.5  51.8  61.8  +3.7  89    20 31   27   0  0  2 0 785 29 360 24                            2400 RAH
                                                                         270 25
         ILM 75.8  57.2  66.5  +1.7  86     8 36 30,31  0  0  0 0 72% 36 160  7   7.6       1 0 0 0  1 40% 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 74.5  53.3  63.9  +2.7  85   4,8 34    26  0  0  0 0     29 100  6   5.5       0 0 0 0  3     2400 GSP
                                                                      29 300 25 
         CAE 76.4  54.9  65.6  +1.9  89     2 33    30  0  0  0 0     29 310 24   5.8       0 0 0 0  0     2400 CAE
         CRE 74.8  58.0  66.4  +1.7  84    22 36    30  0  0  0 0     36 110  6   6.7       0 0 0 0  4     2400 CHS
         CHS 77.5  58.0  67.7  +1.5  88     9 37 30,31  0  0  0 0     41 120   5   7.6       1 0 0 0  3     2400 CHS
         FLO 75.8  55.4  65.6  +1.5  87     2 33    30  0  0  0 0     30 330 24   7.5       3 0 0 0  3     2400 ILM
         GSP 74.3  53.5  63.9  +3.4  85  1,20 33    30  0  0  0 0 67% 33 350 24   5.9       0 0 0 0  0 40% 2400 GSP
         OGB 78.2  56.9  67.5        89   2,4 37    30  0  0  0 0     31 360 24   5.6       1 0 0 0  2     2400 CAE    
    NEARBY STATIONS
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
       
         STN  A      B    C     C1    D    E  F      G   H  I  J K K1  L  M     N   N1   N2  O P Q R R1 R2  S    CWA
         ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         TRI 70.9  46.1  58.5  +3.5  85   3,5  27   30  0  0  5 0     28 250   25  3.0      1 0 0 0  6     2400 MRX
         DAV 56.4  41.1  48.7        73     3  20   29  0  2  7 0                            2 0 0 1  4     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
         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         ANN  9.55  +4.06 3.86  8 5.66   7-8 13 2 41.33  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.41   3 29.45  25 30.01  2400
         BCB  3.33  +0.14 1.07  7 1.07     7  9 1 30.32  0.0           0.0  0.0                             2400
         BRI  5.40  +2.20 2.83  7 3.90   7-8  8 2 26.84  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.36 3,4 29.59  25        1615/1600
                                                                                        30                       
         CCV  8.15  +4.40 4.76  8 4.76     8 10 1 31.59  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.59  29 29.59  25 30.09  2400
         CEN  9.54  +5.92 3.16  8 6.10  7-10 12 2 40.61  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.41 2,3 29.51  25 29.96  2400
                                                                                                                        
         CHO  7.42  +3.20 2.82  8 3.86   7-8  9 2 34.19  0.0           0.0  0.0                             2400
         HVA                                             0.0           0.0  0.0                             2400
         DAN  5.10  +1.39 3.63  7 3.63     7 11 1 26.55  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.41  30 29.58  25        2400
         DCA  9.41  +6.19 3.67  8 5.97   7-8 11 2 39.12  0.0           0.0  0.0                             2400
         IAD  9.22  +5.85 3.50  7 4.55   7-8 10 2 39.18  0.0           0.0  0.0                             2400
         FCH  9.66        3.27  8 6.30   7-8  9 3 34.03  0.0           0.0  0.0                             2400
         HAM  8.04  +5.10 6.10  8 6.56   8-9  4 1        0.0           0.0  0.0  30.39  30 29.35  25 29.99  2400
         HER  8.91  -5.54 3.09  8 3.09     8 12 3 40.75  0.0           0.0  0.0                             2400
         HRN  9.12  +5.75 3.36  8            12 3 39.56  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.380  3 29.483 25 30.00  2400
         LYH  7.29  +3.90 3.86  7 4.64   7-8 10 2 29.73  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.42  30 29.56  25        2400
         NEW  5.10  +3.00 1.77  8             7 3 30.02  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.62  30 29.89  25        1700
         NPN  7.34        4.90  8 5.07   7-8 13 1 36.32  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.33  30 29.31  25        2400
         NOR  5.96  +2.28 3.28  8            11 1 47.58  0.0           0.0  0.0                             2400
         ORF  5.53  +2.06 2.68  8 3.02   7-8 12 1 38.02  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.38  30 29.34  25        2400
         FHC 11.08        7.24  8 7.75   7-8  9 3 47.97  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.354  2 29.329 25 29.971 2400
         POR  8.30  +4.59 6.05  8 6.53   7-8 11 1 41.58  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.395 30 29.356 25 30.001 2400
         CTR  3.38  -0.41 1.37  7 1.67   7-8 11 1 25.29  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.39  30 29.46  25 29.997 2400
         MEC                                      22.07  0.0           0.0  0.0                             1700
         RIC  3.74  +0.14 1.65  7 1.65   7-8 10 1 31.92  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.41  30 29.47  25        2400
         ROA  5.05  +1.90 1.79  7 2.18   7-8  9 2 31.89  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.46  30 29.63  25        2400
         AKQ  4.60        2.10  8            13 2 33.25  0.0           0.0  0.0                             2400
         WAL  4.89  +2.02 2.94  8 3.03   7-8 11 1 33.75  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.39   2 29.28  25        2400
         WOO  3.91  +1.58         1.30   7-8 13 1 28.42  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.50   3 29.84  22        0800
         WSH  7.00  +4.29 2.99  7 2.99     7 12 2 34.56  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.44   3 29.53  25        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  1.20  -1.98 0.92  6 0.97   6-7  3 0 40.01  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.48  30 29.65   8         2400
         MRH 11.52        3.75  7 4.35   6-7 10 6 50.06  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.41  30 29.36  24         2400
         CLT  4.66  +1.00 2.08  7 2.23   6-7  5 2 33.57  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.46  30 29.58   8         2400
         ECG  5.16  +2.30 1.75  8 2.90   7-8 10 3 37.91  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.40  30 29.33  25         2400
         FAY  3.56        1.47 22 1.51 21-22  8 1 26.88  0.0          0.0  0.0                              2400
         GSO  2.92  -0.35 1.05  7 1.35   6-7  7 1 24.16  0.0          0.0  0.0                              2400
         HSE 13.11  +7.80 4.80 24 4.81 24-25 12 4 57.25  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.38  30 29.25  25         2400
         HKY  8.74  +5.17 6.31  7 6.50   7-8  6 2 40.72  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.41  30 29.58   8         2400
         LBT  2.37  -0.99 1.65  6 1.86   5-6  6 1 20.79  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.44  30 29.56  24         2400
         MNC                                                                                                2400
         EWN 12.54        6.52  8 7.77   7-8 11 3 50.19  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.42  30 29.43  25         2400
         RAL  3.20  +0.02         1.86   7-8 11 0 29.66  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.42  30 29.64  22         1900
         RDU  2.06  -1.12 0.98  7 1.32   7-8  9 0 25.45  0.0          0.0  0.0                              2400
         ROX  3.84  +0.18 1.50  8 1.50     8  7 2 32.41  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.44  29 29.57  25         2200
         ILM 15.07 +11.86 6.34  7 8.25   7-8 10 3 71.26  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.42  30 29.46  24         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  3.58  +0.35 2.71  6 2.72   6-7  3 1 43.89  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.41  30 29.58   8         2400
         CAE  2.48  -0.41 1.09  6 1.30   5-6  5 1 39.04  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.45  30 29.59   8         2400
         CRE 10.07  +6.84 3.39  6 3.66   6-7 12 3 54.06  0.0          0.0  0.0                              2400
         CHS  5.42  +2.33 1.44  5 2.44   5-6 13 2 39.57  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.44  30 29.53  24         2400
         FLO  3.45  +0.51 2.14  6 2.30   6-7  9 1 36.56  0.0          0.0  0.0                              2400
         GSP  4.12  +0.24 2.13  7 2.13     7  4 2 44.53  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.43  30 29.59   8         2400
         OGB  4.72        1.36  7 2.01   5-6 11 2 36.16  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.46  30 29.60   8         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  1.45  -0.85 0.62  7 0.69   7-8  6 0 32.38  0.0           0.0   0.0                            2400
         DAV  5.51        1.08 25            13 1 49.37  7.4 25  5  2 14.5  14.5                            0700    

    Virginia:

    Annandale - Lowell adds these notes: " October with 9.55 inches of rain, +4.06 inch departure, was the wettest October on record and the second wettest month on record here; only September 1999 was wetter with 11.33 inches. (Records since 1979 for October) It was also warmer than average with a monthly mean temperature of 57.8 F which was a +1.8 F departure, the fifth warmest October in the last 26-years and the warmest here since 1990. The warmth of October wasn't really perceived because September was also so warm. October had many precipitation records. - - - The precipitation total on October the 8th was 3.86 inches, a new 25 year MAXIMUM precipitation record for the date; the old record was ONLY 1.55 inches in 1996. The storm total of the 6th, 7th, and 8th was 7.09 inches the most precipitation ever recorded here in a storm in the last 25 years; the old record was November 27th -28th of 1993 when 4.95 inches occurred. We were lucky in a sense that September was the driest month in the last 25-years before such a heavy rain or more flooding would have been experienced. The maximum rain in any one-calendar day is now 3.86 inches set on October 8th. The old record was 3.65 inches in Hurricane Floyd on September 16, 1999. It was also the first time that October had two days with more than 2.00 inches of rain since 1995. The maximum rain record for any 24-hour period was also broken The old record was 3.97 inches in Hurricane Floyd on September 15-16, 1999. The new record is now 5.66 inches on October 7th and 8th. The maximum one hour rainfall intensity for October was 0.68 inches on the 8th and was the most in October since 1996 when 0.91 inches was recorded in one hour. Thirteen days had measurable rain; only 1993 had more days with measurable precipitation (14 days). October's average cloud cover was the second cloudiest October in the last 25-years with only October 2002 being cloudier. The maximum wind gust of 31 mph from the west occurred on the 16th at 1214 associated with a deep low pressure near Maine and a high pressure building into our area. The lowest barometer was 29.45 inches on the 25th, which was associated with a low pressure off the coast and the remnants of Wilma east of the low pressure. October DAILY Records Tied or Broken - (25-Years of records): 2 daily LOW maximum temperature records: 21, 25; 2 daily HIGH minimum temperature records: 6, 7; 3 daily LOW range temperature records: 7, 11, 22 and 3 daily HIGH precipitation records: 7, 8, 24. [ + + ] 

    Arlington - Report from NWS LWX: " THE OCTOBER 2005 MONTHLY RAINFALL TOTAL OF 9.41 INCHES MADE THIS MONTH THE WETTEST OCTOBER ON RECORD AT REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT. THIS SURPASSED THE 8.81 INCHES THAT FELL AT NATIONAL AIRPORT IN 1937. THE BULK OF THE RAINFALL...7.34 INCHES...FELL IN A 48 HOUR PERIOD COVERING THREE DAYS THAT STARTED ON THE EVENING OF OCTOBER 6TH AND CONTINUED THROUGH THE EVENING OF OCTOBER 8TH. FOR TEMPERATURES...OVERALL OCTOBER WAS A WARM MONTH. THE AVERAGE MONTHLY MEAN TEMPERATURE WAS 60.4 DEGREES. THE FIRST TWO THIRDS OF THE MONTH WERE GENERALLY WARM... WHILE THE FINAL THIRD WAS GENERALLY COOLER THAN AVERAGE. " [ + + ] 

    Bridgewater - " The temperature was 3.6 degrees above normal and the precipitation was 2.2 inches above normal. Total precipitation for the year is now 26.84 inches. In spite of the heavy rains this month, the precipitation for the year is 5.37 inches below normal. There were four mornings with frost towards the end of the month. A heavy killing frost occurred on the 30th. On October 10, 1979, seven inches of snow fell in Bridgewater. It was the biggest surprise of my lifetime in weather. We lost a tree from the wet snow since leaves were still on the trees. Parts of West Virginia got the early snow this October with a lot of tree damage and power outages. October snows are interesting, but can cause a lot of problems. - [ + + ] - additional notes from Clayton

    Centreville - " ISO medium sized snow blower, will trade for newly built large wooded boat w/pet accommodations. Contact NOAA. The big story for October was the copious amounts of rainfall on the 6th, 7th, and 8th that brought to a close an extreme dry period spanning more than five weeks. Forty-eight hours of steady moderate to sometimes- heavy rainfall produced 6.53" of precipitation. Once a brief tropical storm, the remnants of TD Tammy pirouetted along a slow moving north-south cold front and saturated a major part of the eastern seaboard that week. Rainfall wasn't the only thing in excess during October though. Trick-or-treaters with their attendant bags of goodies and warm temperatures both deserve a spot on page one. The 5th and 6th both recorded monthly highs of 80 helping to bring the average monthly high of 65.8 to within 1.9 shy of the 67.7 normal high average. The monthly mean of the average highs and lows worked out to be 58.1 or 3.6 above the 54.5 overall monthly average for October. That leaves the nightly lows holding the bag for driving the monthly average temperature so high. Nine degrees above the average monthly low of 41.3 sets a Centreville record for 2005 for being a full degree warmer that the previous record set back in August. Naturally, I was obliged to help reduce any fears over premature chocolate meltdown. Except for the 6.53" of unexpected rainfall reported from earlier in the month, the remaining 3.01" amounted to being 0.61" short of our normal October precipitation of 3.62". To date, we are 4.79" to the good for the year. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!! While the lack of rainfall during September has made weather headlines in these parts, little mention is recalled about 65% of our monthly rainfall total falling in just two and a half hours. Or that 95% of our monthly rainfall total never touched the ground. These are seldom-reported facts of very little value about the significance of our 0.11" downpour during the afternoon of September 26th. And now for some less watered-down September stats. Higher than normal temperatures for the month were also on the minds of the faithful record seekers. As September and its heat progressed, the mean daily high of +5.1 above the 66.5 normal was achieved at month's end. This is the second highest deviation above normal so far this year. February and August are still tied for first place with 4.4 over the normal monthly average. A maximum high of 90 for September was recorded on the 23rd that helped set the average high of 81.8 to the plus side of averages by nearly 3. This September, our lows were low, but not nearly enough for any of the record books. A minimum of 43 on the 30th was of little help in keeping our average lows even reasonably close to 53.9 where they are expected. Instead, our average low temperature was 7.5 warmer that the usual 61.4, another silver medal for the month, coming in next to August. I feel that this isn't a proper place for bragging except to note that our arc launching deluge mentioned above played a major role in Centreville achieving a record 0.17" of rain for the month; 3.30" below or 5% of our 3.47" quota. Happy Halloween everyone! " - [ + + ] - summary from Paul

    Clark County - " October was a wet month with moderate to heavy rains which made up for the deficit in precipitation. We are +4 inches in precipitation departure and the temperature departure was 7 degrees warmer then usual. The total rain for the month was excessively high with a total of 8.15 inches for the month. Towards the end of the month the precipitation ended and temperatures returned to seasonable. We also had our first frost and freeze of the year on the 26th. Now if we can only stay out of another drought phase the precipitation received will go a long way in helping with the fire danger and other resources. " - [ + + ] - notes by from Roger

    Dulles - " THE OCTOBER 2005 MONTHLY RAINFALL TOTAL OF 9.22 INCHES MADE THIS MONTH THE WETTEST OCTOBER ON RECORD AT WASHINGTON DULLES AIRPORT. THIS SURPASSED THE 9.19 INCHES THAT FELL AT DULLES IN 1971. THE BULK OF THE RAINFALL...6.62 INCHES...FELL IN A 48 HOUR PERIOD COVERING THREE DAYS THAT STARTED THE EVENING OF OCTOBER 6TH AND CONTINUED THROUGH THE EVENING OF OCTOBER 8TH. THIS PERIOD OF HEAVY RAIN RESULTED FROM THE INTERACTION OF A SLOW MOVING COLD FRONT WITH THE REMNANTS OF TROPICAL STORM TAMMY. THIS WAS THE FOURTH HEAVIEST STORM TOTAL FOR DULLES ON RECORD. FOR TEMPERATURES...OVERALL OCTOBER WAS A WARM MONTH. THE AVERAGE MONTHLY MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 58.8 DEGREES MAKES THIS THE THIRD WARMEST OCTOBER ON RECORD SURPASSED ONLY BY THE WARM OCTOBERS OF 1984...61.8 DEGREES... AND 1971 AT 61.3 DEGREES. " - [ + + ] - report from NWS Sterling

    Falls Church - " A very wet month. The rains of the 7th and 8th brought a 2 day total of over 6 inches. I had a small flood in the basement as a result and part of my street was blocked off due to flooding for a short time. The nor'easter on the 25th brought my peak wind gust for the month at 40 mph and I had some branches come down in my yard as a result. " - [ + + ] - report from Erica

    Herndon - Russ notes: " October was warm and humid, with record precipitation. Temperatures were 1.9 degrees above average and rainfall was an incredible 5.75" above normal. October 2005 was my wettest month on record, with new daily records of 2.65" and 3.36" set on the 7th & 8th. The record rainfall was produced when a cold front merged with the remnants of Tropical Storm Tammy. It more than made of for the previous month, which was my driest on record. " - [ + + ] 

    Herndon - Bob reports:" My average MAX temperature was 2.3 degrees BELOW the Dulles "normal" and the average MIN was 7.3 degrees ABOVE "normal". Groundwater level in the USGS observation well at Reston had a net increase of about 1.5 feet during this month. The total precip eclipsed my previous October record of 8.52 inches! " - [ + + ] 

    Ladysmith - Danny checks-in from his new home: " Just wanted to let you know that I am up and running again in my new home. My HOA wouldn't let me put the weather station on the roof, so I had to be a bit creative with things. Unfortunately, we can't seem to find a good compromise location for my anemometer that will produce readings, in which I feel confident, so beginning in December, I will not be submitting wind observations. (I do have the anemometer installed, so you'll still see "unofficial" wind readings on my Wunderground observations: http://www.wunderground.com/weatherstation/WXDailyHistory.asp?ID=KVALADYS1. Looking forward to submitting observations again at the end of December. Hope you and your family had a good Thanksgiving. Happy holidays! Take care, Danny "

    Norfolk - From the Fred Heutte Center at Ghent Square in Norfolk: " Most noteworthy event was the mass of tropical air that moved NE along the SE US coastal plain from the 6th until 4 PM on the 8th. 9.46" fell on those three days with 7.24" coming on the 8th. With a lack of rain during the previous 30 days, the ground absorbed the rainfall well resulting in only minor flooding across the area. Temperatures continued above normal. " - [ + + ] 

    Portsmouth - " 4th month in a row now with above normal temperature averages but the two-month trend for below normal rainfall ended as a tropical air mass moved across the lower Mid-ATL from the 6th through the 9th. 8.3" of rain fell in October with 6.05" falling on the 8th. Fortunately, the heavy rains came on the heels of a dry spell. Thus, the ground absorbed much of the rainfall. While some flooding was noted after the rains on the 8th, excess water receded fairly rapidly. The monthly temp average 1.9 ABOVE normal and rainfall was 224% of the norm or +4.59". October 2005 station records include: 6TH - TEMPERATURE TIED - MAXIMUM MINIMUM - 72 [PREVIOUS 1995]; 7TH - PRECIPITATION - 0.68" [PREVIOUS 1995]; 7TH - TEMPERATURE - MAXIMUM MINIMUM - 71 [PREVIOUS 69 1995]; 8TH - PRECIPITATION - 6.05" [PREVIOUS 3.42" 1996]; 8TH - TEMPERATURE - MAXIMUM MINIMUM - 70 [PREVIOUS 68 1990]; 24TH - PRECIPITATION - 0.88" [PREVIOUS - 0.33" 1982]; 29TH - TEMPERATURE - MINIMUM MAXIMUM 54 [PREVIOUS 55 1990]. The second half of the month brought only a 3-day but a much-needed replenishing rainfall of 1.2" after the 7" noted in the first half of the month. For the year-to-date, rainfall is running at 99% (-0.41") while the yearly average temp is normal at 62.8. - [ + + ] 

    North Carolina:

    Greensboro - " AT THE PIEDMONT TRIAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WE RECORDED TWO NEW RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURES. ON THE 6TH WE HAD 69 DEGREES...THE OLD RECORD WAS 67 SET IN 1941. ON THE 7TH WE REPORTED 69 DEGREES AND THE OLD RECORD WAS 66 DEGREES ALSO SET IN 1941. " - [ + - ] - from NWS RAH

    Raleigh - " The season's first frost was observed on October 27th. The average daily temperature was 1.9 degrees above normal and precipitation was 0.02" above normal. However, precipitation for the year is 7.38" below normal. Water use restrictions are now in effect for many areas in central North Carolina. Most of the rainfall (2.88") for the month occurred on the 7th and 8th of October. " - [ + + ] - Bob notes

    Raleigh - NWS Raleigh (RAH) reports: " Significant rain fell across North Carolina during the first week of October, which brought relief to some areas that had experienced drought conditions. Unfortunately, the heaviest rain fell along the coast and in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in areas that were not classified in a drought. This resulted in localized flooding problems in those areas, but provided no relief for the severe drought conditions over the Piedmont. The early month's rain was a fleeting memory by month's end. The dry pattern that had plagued much of the region since mid summer reared its ugly head again by the second week of October, and lasted the rest of the month. Raleigh-Durham, which recorded nearly 2 inches of rainfall between October 5 and October 8, recorded only 0.14 of an inch between October 9 and October 31. The lack of rain during the last three weeks of the month sent local municipalities scurrying to re-implement mandatory water restrictions (ones that had been relaxed just after the brief rainy period) due to dropping reservoir levels from Raleigh-Durham to Greensboro. Of note are the severe drought conditions over portions of the northern and central Piedmont of North Carolina, and the contrasting wet conditions near the coast. The full OCTOBER 2005 NC Weather Review- a fine product from the NC Weather Review Team of Phillip Badgett and Michael Strickler- is available at: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/ncsummaries/MonthlySummary.Oct.2005.doc. Finally, NWS RAH has added a new weathercam, viewed at the weathercam subpage at their website or viewed directly at http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/weathercam/wxcam.image.jpg. " - [ + - ]

    Wilmington - NWS ILM reports: "Records established this October: RECORD RAINFALL SET ON THE 6TH (1.18"). PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 1.15 INCHES SET IN 1932. RECORD RAINFALL SET ON THE 7TH (6.34"). PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 2.37 INCHES SET IN 1965. RECORD RAINFALL ON THE 7TH (6.34") IS THE HIGHEST DAILY RAINFALL FOR OCTOBER. PREVIOUS DAILY RECORD RAINFALL FOR OCTOBER WAS 5.50 INCHES ON OCTOBER 13, 1994. RECORD RAINFALL SET ON THE 8TH (5.53"). PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 3.38 INCHES SET IN 1996. RECORD RAINFALL ON THE 8TH IS THE SECOND HIGHEST DAILY RAINFALL FOR OCTOBER. RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE TIED ON THE 21ST (85). RECORD WAS SET IN 1993. RECORD RAINFALL SET FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 10.14 INCHES SET IN 1913. " - [ + + ]

    South Carolina:

    Florence: - " RECORD RAINFALL SET ON THE 6TH (2.14"). PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 0.61 INCHES SET IN 2001. RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE SET ON THE 22ND (84). PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 83 SET IN 2001. " - [ + + ] - report from NWS RDU

    North Myrtle Beach: - " RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE SET ON THE 22ND (84). PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 83 SET IN 2001. " - [ + + ] - report from NWS RDU

    Elsewhere:

    Tri-Cities: - " The monthly average temperature at Tri-Cities was 58.5, which was 3.5 above normal. It ranked as the 22nd warmest October on record at Tri-Cities. No daily records were broken. The warmest October at Tri-Cities was back in 1984, when the average temperature was 63.6. Tri-Cities received 1.45 inches of rain in October, which was 0.85 inches below normal. It ranked as the 19th driest October on record at Tri-Cities. Measurable rainfall occurred on only six days, and only three of those days had more than one-tenth of an inch of rain. Most of the rainfall for the entire month occurred on the 6th and 7th with a two-day total of 0.90 inches. The heaviest rainfall for the month occurred on the 7th, when 0.62 inches fell. The driest October at Tri-Cities was back in 2000, when only 0.02 inches was recorded. " - [ + - ] - report from NWS RDU

    COLUMN DENOTATIONS:

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


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    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
    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, 38 50.9788' N LAT. 77 25.6374' W LON. | Elevation 324' | m.psb@verizon.net RGL Ruther Glen, VA 380'45" N 7732'29" W Danny Jessee 2003 danny@dannyjessee.com
    CCV   Campbell County, VA - 37 24' N 79 04' W - Roger Penny September 2005 bulletnva@yahoo.com WAL   Wallops Island, VA 37 56'26" N 75 27'47" W Wallops Flight Facility Airport
    CHO   Charlottesville, VA  Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport ASOS  (Rappahannock County) 38-08-18N 078-27-21W 192M AVL    Asheville, NC  Asheville Regional Airport 35-25-55N 082-32-15W 670M
    HVA   Chesapeake, VA  Hickory, James Earehart, 5/1/2005, kearehart@cox.net MRH    Beaufort, NC  Michael J. Field Airport 34-44-01N 076-39-38W 3M
    DAN  Danville, VA, Danville Regional Airport, 36-34-22N 079-20-10W 175M  BRE    Brevard, NC 1SE Bob Keehn 1/1/90 rkeehn@brinet.com
    IAD   Dulles - Washington-Dulles International Airport  38-56-05N 077-26-51W 93M  CLT    Charlotte, NC NWS Charlotte/Douglas International Airpot 35-12-48N 080-56-55W 220M
    FCH    Falls Church, VA Erica Page - 3/7/94 Windie1970@aol.com HKY  Hickory, NC 
    HAM    Hampton, VA 5NE Dave Kessel 1989 david82@verizon.net ECG  Elizabeth City, NC,  Coast Guard Air Station 36-15-47N 076-10-58W 11M
    CTR  Winterpock in Chesterfield County, VA Albert Arnold 06/03 FAY  Fayetteville, NC Fayetteville Regional Airport, 34-59-22N 078-52-48W 55M
    HER    Herndon, VA R.M. Beall P- 10/76   T-  1/91 beall47@earthlink.net GSO   Greensboro, NC NWS Piedmont Triad International Airport 36-05-51N 079-56-37W 275M
    HRN   Herndon, VA 4SW Russ Topping -  1985 weatherwatcher@cox.net HSE    Cape Hatteras, NC  Mitchell Field 35-13-56N 075-27-21W 3M
       MNC    Mebane, NC  Sean McManus 2005 - micman2b@pipeline.com
       LBT    Lumberton, NC  Lumberton Municipal Airport 34-36-26N 079-03-36W 37M
       EWN    New Bern, NC  Craven County Regional Airport 36-04-03N 077-02-50W 3M
    LXI     Lexington, VA  Scott M. Lancey, -  06/96 weather@midatlanticwx.com RAL    Raleigh, NC 7NNW  Bob Woodson -  6/1/93 kf4mmm@qsl.net
    LKU     Louisa, VA 1N Joseph Bowers 1944 - NWS ID  44-5050-02jmbiii@earthlink.net RDU   Raleigh-Durham, NC Raleigh-Durham International Airport 35-52-14N 078-47-11W 130M
    LOU     Louisa, VA 6S John Bullock (about 1970) INACTIVE 1/1/02 - MEMBER DECEASED FALL 2004 ROX    Roxboro, NC 2SE Merriell A. Jay 1/93
    LYH     Lynchburg, VA NWS Lynchburg Regional Airport 37-19-15N 079-12-24W 295M ILM     Wilmington, NC NWS New Hanover International Airport 34-16-06N 077-54-22W 9M
    NEW    Newmarket, VA 2W Joyce Winfree joywood@shentel.net CHS   Charleston, SC NWS Charleston Air Force Base 32-53-56N 080-02-26W 13M
    NPN     Newport News, VA 7N Gary Leonard -  6/91 GaryMLeonard@aol.com CAE    Columbia, SC NWS Columbia Metropolitan Airport 33-56-31N 081-07-05W 73M 
    NOR     Norfolk, VA 3NE Jim Fentress 6/1/77 FLO    Florence, SC Florence Regional Airport 34-11-16N 079-43-51W 44M
    ORF     Norfolk, VA 5NE 36-54-13N 076-11-31W 14M  1871 GSP   Greenville-Spartanburg, SC NWS Greenville-Spartanburg Airport 34-53-02N 082-13-15W 286M 
    POR     Portsmouth, VA 36.81° North 76.33° West 3S Bill Trotter -  7/1/76 wxr@cox.net CRE    North Myrtle Beach, SC Grand Strand Airport 33-48-42N 078-43-26W 10M
    MEC     Mechanicsville, VA Glen Martin 11/19/91 OGB   Orangeburg, SC  Orangeburg Municipal Airport 33-27-50N 080-51-13W 59M
    FHC    Norfolk, VA  Fred Heutte Center 36° 54'N 76° 16'W 01/01/03 fhcgarden@cox.net AND   Anderson, SC 
    RIC     Richmond, VA Richmond International Airport 37-30-40N 077-19-24W 50M TRI     Tri-cities, TN  (Bristol / Johnson / Kingsport), Tri-City Regional Airport 36-28-47N 082-23-56W 474M 
    ROA    Roanoke, VA Roanoke Regional Airport 37-19-01N 079-58-27W 362M DAV  Davis, WV Dave Lesher canaanwx@canaantv.tv