The Atlantic Coast Observer Network - Virginia/North Carolina/South Carolina
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SUMMARY OF CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA 


OCTOBER 2007


... VERY WARM TEMPERATURES PERSIST...
... GREATER RAINFALL NOTED MOST AREAS...
... EXTREME TO EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUED FOR NORTH CAROLINA...

For everyone, the excessive heat of summer continued in October with temperature averages as much as 9 ABOVE normal, especially in Virginia and North Carolina. Now that's quite an average temperature departure for an entire month! A look at rainfall totals indicates many of our stations were either significantly above normal or below normal although only a few stations were close to their averages. Some stations recorded their warmest October in their database including Arlington, Dulles and Portsmouth in Virginia, as well as Greensboro and Raleigh in North Carolina.

  • STATION RELOCATION    ACON VA/NC/SC member Tom Myers has relocated from Concord (near Charlotte) to Sunset Beach (SE NC), North Carolina. His data reports resume in this month's report. His station id will be SSB.


  • 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/


  • 2007-2008 WINTER WEATHER FORECAST    Member Lowell Koontz sent along this winter forecast found at http://www.wvweather.net. Makes for interesting reading. Thanks Lowell.


  • SNOW MEASUREMENTS    With the October 2007 trace of snow measurement sent in by Dave Lesher in Davis, West Virginia, it's time again to reset your snowfall totals. Again, we record seasonal snowfall amounts, not annual amounts. So, please review your methods for measuring and reporting snowfall. Member Lowell Koontz' article on Measuring Snowfall is still available with a click to http://members.cox.net/wxr/koontz.htm. The CoCoRaHS website has FAQ and answers for reporting snow at http://www.cocorahs.org/Content.aspx?page=reportingsnow.


  • NEW BOOK: HURRICANES AND THE MIDDLE ATLANTIC STATES    Rick Swartz' new book on Mid-Atlantic hurrricanes is now available! This is the first book-length examination of the region's 400-year recorded hurricane history. There is nothing like it on the market - a 400-page hardcover book that is lavishly illustrated. The reference is an extensive collection of storm stories written for weather enthusiasts and others. It focuses on the states of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but those living in adjacent states are not neglected. And many of the storm stories are of universal interest. More details at http://www.midatlantichurricanes.com. I am offering a member discount of $25, postpaid for the members of the ACON VA/NC/SC (just as I did for ACON DC/MD/DE) The regular price is $32.95. (To get the discount, purchasers must send a check or money order since our Paypal credit card option is at a fixed price.)


  • WAP: Web-based Interface for NWS Digital Forecasts    Effective Thursday, November 15 2007 at 1200 universal coordinated time /utc/...0700 AM EST...the National Weather Service made available the web-based interface entitled weather activity planner /wap/. The wap is an easy to use interface that permits public access to NWS digital forecast information. The web page interface allows an individual to enter a range of values for specific weather parameters and obtain a forecast for the defined area of interest. The forecast data is obtained directly from the local weather forecast office /wfo/ digital forecast database and presented in a graphical display. Average conditions for a 5 kilometer grid box nearest to the user-selected latitude/ longitude point for the next 7 days are shown. A sample wap output can be generated by replacing the site variable /site=xxx/ of the link below with a wfo id. The following link /use lower case letters/ is for the salt lake city wap /site=slc/: http://forecast.weather.gov/wxplanner.php?site=slc. The wap helps satisfy e-gov initiatives by providing an avenue to obtain government provided weather data. The intended audience includes emergency responders and the general public who have a need to assess forecast conditions for a defined set of parameters and associated thresholds at a specific location of interest. The wap will initially be available at 119 WFO websites across the contiguous United States...Hawaii...Puerto Rico...Virgin Islands and Guam. A future scn will be issued when Alaska region WFOS begin providing the wap service. A link entitled weather activity planner will be located in the menu on the left hand side of each wfo/s home page under the forecasts section. If you have further questions or comments please contact: Andy Horvitz, Fire and Public Weather Services Branch, phone: 301-713-1868 x166 email: andy.horvitz@noaa.gov.


  • NWS CHANGES WEATHER ALERTS    Found this article posted by the Associated Press . Check it http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8RO28PG2&show_article=1 here. Likely at NWS home pages too by now. As some news articles disappear online as quickly as they arrive, you can do a Google Search using "NWS Changes Severe Weather Alerts."
  • 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 2007
    State
    Maximum Temperature
    Minimum
    Temperature
    Warmest
    Average
    Temperature
    Coldest
    Average
    Temperature
    Maximum
    Precipitation
    Minimum
    Precipitation
    Virginia
    95°
    Richmond
    26°
    Blacksburg
    69.6°
    Norfolk (FHC)
    59.0°
    Blacksburg
    6.55"
    Arlington
    2.58"
    Chantilly
    North Carolina
    94°
    Elizabeth City
    Fayetteville
    Raleigh (RDU)
    27°
    Asheville
    72.9°
    Cape Hatteras
    59.6°
    Asheville
    8.42"
    Cape Hatteras
    2.17"
    Wilmington
    South Carolina
    94
    Columbia
    34°
    Columbia
    Greenville-Spartanburg
    71.6°
    Charleston
    66.1°
    Anderson
    5.66"
    Charleston
    0.97"
    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
         ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         ANN 73.52 53.97 63.74  +7.7  90    9  36 29,30  1  0  0 0 74% 30 WNW   12             0 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         BCB 72.1  46.0  59.0   +7.3  87  7,8  26 30,31  4  0  0 0 71% 28 300  20   3.9       1 0 1 0  2     2400 AKQ
         BRI 72.9  50.4  61.6   +7.1  87 7,8,9 30   29   0  0  3 0 55%                         0 0 0 0  0     0510 LWX
         CEN 73.2  53.7  63.5   +9.0  90    9  34 29,30  1  0  0 0 64% 32 329  19   1.6   NNW 0 0 0 0  1     2400 LWX
         CHT 74.6  52.4  62.6   +7.6  93.1  9  33.7 29,  2  0  0 0 73% 17 S     22   1.0   S   0 0 0 0  2     2400 LWX
                                                    30                         
         CHO 74.2  49.5  61.8         92    9  30 29,30  3  0  0 0   % 29 350  28   3.2       0 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         DAN 78.5  51.8  65.2   +7.0  94    9  30   30   3  0  2 0 69% 29 070  25   4.8       2 0 0 0  1     2400 RNK
         DCA 76.4  57.7  67.0   +8.2  94    9  41 29,30  3  0  0 0 65% 44 290  19   7.3       1 0 0 0  1     2400 LWX
         IAD 75.4  51.7  63.6   +8.6  94    9  31   29   3  0  2 0 64% 89 240  10   8.6       2 0 0 0  2     2400 LWX
         FCH 76.0  57.3  66.7         93    9  36   29   3  0  0 0     35       12             0 0 0 0 12     2400 LWX
         HAM                                                                                                  2400 AKQ
         HDV 74.8  52.1  63.5   +5.4  94    9  32   29   2  0  1 0 70% 19 W     19        W    2 0 0 0        2400 LWX
         LDY 73.4  53.2  63.3   +4.3  89    9  35   29   0  0  0 0 63%                         1 0 0 0  3     2400 AKQ
         LYH 74.0  49.5  61.8   +5.7  92    9  30   30   3  0  3 0 72% 32 050  24   4.9       1 0 0 0  0     2400 RNK
         NEW 73.77 47.55 60.66  +5.0  89    8  27   29   0  0  3 0 65% 26 W     20  15.45 S    0        3     1700 LWX
                                                                       26 S     23
         NPN 78.2  58.7  68.4         93    9  38   30   2  0  0 0     24 W     24             1 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         NOR 77.8  59.6  68.7   +8.7  92    9  38   30   1  0  0 0                             0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         ORF 77.2  61.0  69.1   +8.0  91    9  40   30   1  0  0 0 73% 36 052  28   7.0       0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         FHC 77.2  62.1  69.6   +8.5  90.3  9 42.8  30   1  0  0 0 78% 30 240  19   2.1  202                2400 AKQ
         POR 76.8  59.5  68.2   +6.4  91    9  37   30   1  0  0 0 78% 29 NE     2   3.3  021 1 0 0 0  0   % 2400 AKQ
         CTR 75.8  52.0  62.9   +4.6  91    9  30   30   1  0  1 0 83% 11 SSE   21   0.1  ESE  3 0 0 0  0 50% 2400 AKQ
         MEC 76.83 55.42 66.39        91    9  34   30   1  0  0 0      9 W     24             2 0 0 0  4     1700 AKQ
         RIC 78.1  55.7  66.9   +8.9  95    9  35   30   2  0  0 0 66% 31 020  28   5.6       2 0 0 0  6     2400 AKQ
         ROA 75.0  52.1  63.5   +6.9  92    9  32   29   3  0  1 0 63% 32 310  20   5.6       0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         AKQ 79    53    66.0         94    9  31   30   3  0  1 0                                            2400 AKQ
         WAL 74.8  57.2  66.0   +8.0  91    9  36   30   1  0  0 0     43 070  25   7.9       1 0 0 0  4     2400 AKQ
         WOO 71.1  54.1  62.6   +6.1  88   10  37   29   0  0  0 0                               0 0 0  3     2400 LWX
         WSH 71.2  52.5  61.9   +5.13 88.6  7 33.7  29   0  0  0 0 76% 17 ENE   11   1.1  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 70.7  48.5  59.6  +4.4  83     9 27    31  0  0  3 0 71% 26 340 11    4.6      0 0 0 0 13     2400 GSP
         MRH 79.0  64.6  71.8        89     8 49    29  0  0  0 0     32 180 25    7.3      0 0 0 0  1     2400 MHX
         CLT 77.6  54.6  66.1  +4.4  92     9 33    30  2  0  0 0 66% 24 360 11    5.3      1 0 0 0  2     2400 GSP
         ECG 79.0  57.7  68.4  +5.8  94     9 35    30  1  0  0 0 73% 33 010 28    6.8      5 0 0 0 11     2400 AKQ
         FAY 79.9  58.1  69.0        94     9 36    30  2  0  0 0 69% 29 220 24    6.7      2 0 0 0  5     2400 RAH
         GSO 76.9  55.1  66.0  +7.5  91     9 36    30  2  0  0 0 63% 29 210 19    6.0      1 0 0 0  4     2400 RAH
         HSE 78.9  66.9  72.9  +7.2  85   6,9 53    14  0  0  0 0 73% 37 210 25    8.4      0 0 0 0  0     2400 MHX
         HKY 75.1  53.5  64.3  +5.1  90     9 33    30  1  0  0 0     24 210 19    3.9      2 0 0 0  3     2400 GSP
         LBT 80.5  57.8  69.2  +8.2  93     9 36    30  2  0  0 0     31 220 19    4.6      3 0 0 0  2     2400 ILM
         EWN 80.1  59.5  69.8  +5.7  93     9 40    30  2  0  0 0 75% 30 170 24    5.0      0 0 0 0 14     2400 MHX
                                                                      30 170 25
         RAL 78.6  53.1  65.9  +5.9  89     7 30    30  0  0  1 0     18      23,24          1 0 0 0  1     2400 RAH
         RDU 79.3  55.5  67.4  +7.4  94     9 33    30  3  0  0 0 69% 26 220 24    5.0      2 0 0 0  6     2400 RAH
         ROX 75.4  53.9  66.1  +8.0  93   8,9 33    29  3  0  0 0 70% 20 NW   20         NE  2 0 0 0  5 39% 2400 RAH
                                                                      25 S    14
         SSB 80.5  58.7  69.6  +4.8  90.5   9 40.8  12  1  0  0 0 79% 20 E     2    3.0  E   4 0 0 0  2     2400 ILM
         ILM 80.0  61.1  70.5  +5.7  91   8,9 43    30  2  0  0 0 71% 31 160 24    6.5      1 0 0 0  0 37% 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 76.6  55.5  66.1  +4.9  89     9 35    30  0  0  0 0     41 250 23   5.2       1 0 0 0  5     2400 GSP
         CAE 80.5  57.8  69.2  +5.5  94     9 34    30  3  0  0 0 67% 25 200 19   5.4       1 0 0 0  3     2400 CAE
         CRE 79.5  62.4  70.9  +6.2  89     9 47 12,30  0  0  0 0     31 060  2   6.8       1 0 0 0  0     2400 ILM
         CHS 80.3  62.9  71.6  +5.4  88  9,10 48    12  0  0  0 0     30 160 24   7.6       1 0 0 0  3     2400 CHS
         FLO 80.8  58.7  69.8  +5.7  92   8,9 41    30  2  0  0 0     31 280  9   5.8       1 0 0 0  5     2400 ILM
                                                                      31 240 19
         GSP 76.9  56.2  66.6  +6.1  90     9 34    30  1  0  0 0 63% 31 250 23   5.2       3 0 0 0  5     2400 GSP
         OGB 80.5  59.5  70.0        91     9 43    30  2  0  0 0     25 220 19   5.2       0 0 0 0  5     2400 CAE
                                                                      25 140 23
    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 76.3  48.7  62.5  +7.5  89     7  27   31   3 0  0 0     36 280 11   3.2       1 0 0 0  1     2400 MRX
         DAV 62.8  44.1  53.5        77   5,9  25 29,30  0 0  3 0                                           0700 PBZ

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

    VIRGINIA
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
       
         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V    V1   W X   Y      Z  1   2 3    4    5     6   6A   7    7A    8    S
         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         ANN  5.66  +2.05 1.62 26 2.67 26-27  5 3 27.83  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.59  29 29.57  19 30.10  2400
         BCB  4.93  +1.74 1.68 24 1.68    24  7 3 31.43  0.0           0.0  0.0                             2400
         BRI  3.47  +0.29 1.51 24 1.88 24-25  6 2 27.93  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.48  29 29.71  11 29.73  2400
         CEN  4.38  +0.72 1.35 24 2.09 24-25  6 2 24.26  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.55  29 29.55  19 30.05  2400
         CHT  2.58  +0.21 1.00 26             6 1 24.65  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.581 29 29.583 19 30.11  2400
         CHO  3.01  -     1.57 24 1.63 24-25  5 1 23.25  0.0           0.0  0.0            29.55  19        2400
         DAN  6.35  +2.64 2.85 24 3.22 24-25  4 2 30.12  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.63  29 29.55  19        2400
         DCA  6.55  +3.33 2.65 26 3.98 26-26  5 3 28.19  0.0           0.0  0.0            29.55  19        2400
         IAD  3.52  -0.15 1.16 24 1.45 26-27  5 1 20.89  0.0           0.0  0.0            29.55  19        2400
         FCH  6.21        2.77 26 4.55 26-27  5 2 31.31  0.0           0.0  0.0                             2400
         HAM-                                            0.0           0.0  0.0                             2400
         HDV  3.85  +0.26 1.25 26             6 2 25.37  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.57  29 29.49  19        2400
         LDY  5.39  +2.42 1.53 26 3.06 25-26  5 3 26.05  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.59  29 29.59  19 30.11  2400
         LYH  4.97  +1.58 2.26 24 3.13 24-25  4 3 33.67  0.0           0.0  0.0            29.57  19        2400
         NEW  3.39  +0.50 0.98 24                        0.0           0.0  0.0  30.80  29 29.90  19        1700
         NPN  4.97        1.40 28 1.91 24-25  9 2 31.96  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.55  29 29.59  11        2400
         NOR  4.00  +0.32 1.77 24             7 1 27.66  0.0           0.0  0.0                             2400
         ORF  5.39  +1.92 2.78 24 3.39 24-25  6 2 29.21  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.54  29 29.58  11        2400
         FHC  3.18  -1.29 1.28 24 2.03 24-25  6 1 26.01  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.522 29 29.573 11 30.071 2400
         POR  4.10  +0.75 1.49 24 2.69 24-25  8 1 30.53  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.53  29 29.50  11 30.068 2400
         CTR  4.16  -1.27 1.96 24 2.52 24-25  7 1 39.45  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.58  29 29.58  19 30.085 2400
         MEC  3.94        1.76 25 2.74 25-26  5 1 35.43  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.30  29 29.44  19        1700
         RIC  3.54  -0.06 1.43 24 1.87 24-25  5 2 33.86  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.59  29 29.59  19        2400
         ROA  5.33  +2.18 2.16 24 2.92 24-25  7 3 26.93  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.63  29 29.55  19        2400
         AKQ  4.27        1.38 14             9 1 34.37  0.0           0.0  0.0                             2400
         WAL  3.33  +0.46 0.98 26 1.26 24-25  7 0 28.35  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.55  29 29.55  11        2400
         WOO  3.86  +1.20         0.93 26-27  8 0 32.27  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.65  29 29.94  11,19     0800
         WSH  4.04  +0.88 1.41 24 1.41    24  9 2 29.19  0.0           0.0  0.0  30.60  29 29.62  19        2400
    NORTH CAROLINA
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
       
         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V    V1   W X   Y      Z    1 2 3   4    5     6    6A   7    7A    8     S
         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         AVL  3.02  -0.16 0.98 23 1.00 22-23  9 0 28.84   0.0          0.0  0.0  30.57  29 29.64  19         2400
         MRH  5.10        1.76 25 1.96 25-26 10 2 37.91   0.0          0.0  0.0            29.61  11         2400
         CLT  2.54  -1.12 0.67 26 0.88 24-25  7 0 19.50   0.0          0.0  0.0  30.58  29 29.66  19         2400
         ECG  3.07  +0.21 1.07 26 1.42 26-27  7 1 22.80   0.0          0.0  0.0  30.59  29 29.59  19         2400
         FAY  4.08        2.37 26 2.61 26-27 10 1 24.75                                    29.63  19         2400
         GSO  6.61  -3.34 2.42 26 3.49 25-26  6 3 27.44   0.0          0.0  0.0            29.63  19         2400
         HSE  8.42  +3.11 2.46 26 3.63 25-26 13 4 31.39   0.0          0.0  0.0            29.61  11         2400
         HKY  2.54  -1.03 1.24 24 1.65 24-25  9 1 20.16   0.0          0.0  0.0  30.56  29 29.56  19         2400
         LBT  2.19  -1.17 1.48 26 1.48    26  7 1 19.84   0.0          0.0  0.0  30.53  29 29.66  19         2400
         EWN  2.55  -0.84 0.91 27 1.51 26-27  8 0 34.74   0.0          0.0  0.0            29.61  11         2400
         RAL  5.06  +1.88 1.33    1.33 25-26  8 3 32.32   0.0          0.0  0.0  30.60  29 29.71  10         1900
         RDU  4.66  +1.48 2.19 26 2.55 26-27  8 2 30.88   0.0          0.0  0.0            29.63  19         2400
         ROX  4.56  +0.90 2.14 26 2.14    26  7 2 29.66   0.0          0.0  0.0  30.63  29 29.70  19  30.16  2200
         SSB  3.67  +0.56 1.42 27 2.02 26-27 10 1 29.61   0.0          0.0  0.0  30.47  29 29.65  11  30.05  2400
         ILM  2.17  -1.04 1.08 25 1.09 25-26  8 1 29.71   0.0          0.0  0.0  30.48  29 29.64  11         2400
    SOUTH CAROLINA
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
       
         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V    V1   W X   Y     Z   1  2 3  4     5     6    6A   7    7A    8     S
         ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
         AND  0.97  -2.26 0.45 23  0.47 23-24  7 0 26.58  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.56  29 29.69  19         2400
         CAE  1.60  -1.29 0.72 26  0.72    26 10 0 25.23  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.53  29 29.69  19         2400
         CRE  4.52  +1.29 1.97 26  3.27 26-27  8 2 30.75  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.48  29 29.67  11         2400
         CHS  5.66  +2.57 2.38 24  2.37    24  9 2 37.63  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.44  29 29.69  11         2400
         FLO  4.22  +1.28 1.34 24  20.8 25-26  7 2 29.02  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.51  29 29.67  19         2400
         GSP  1.58  -2.30 0.63  4  0.63     4  6 0 25.04  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.56  29 29.66  19         2400
         OGB  1.75        1.11 26  1.16 25-26  9 1 32.75                         30.51  29 29.69  19         2400
    NEARBY STATIONS
    [Reminder: All NWS DATA HEREIN IS NOT OFFICIAL]
       
         STN  T      T1     U  U1   V      V1  W X   Y      Z  1  2  3   4     5     6   6A   7    7A 8      S
         -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         TRI  1.58  -0.72 0.64  4 0.73 23-24  7 0 17.91   0.0            0.0   0.0 30.57 29 29.64  19        2400
         DAV  5.61        1.34 25            11 2 57.52     T 12  1  0     T     T                           0700    

    Virginia:

    Annandale - Lowell sends these additional notes: " October was very warm and wet with 92% of the month's rainfall occurring from October 24th to the 27th. October's total rainfall was 5.66 inches a + 2.05 inch departure and was the 5th wettest October on record. It was the wettest month since November 2006 and was only the second month of 2007 with above average precipitation. The current precipitation departure for the year is still - 9.90 inches. October had only five days with measurable precipitation; only two years in the past 27 years have had less (2000 and 2001). With the dry conditions and few days with precipitation we had an average daily temperature range for October of 19.6F the most since 1987 when 20.5F was recorded. The precipitation total on October 26th was 1.62 inches, the most precipitation record in a day since April 15, 2007. The storm total of the 24th - 27th was 5.18 inches the most precipitation recorded here in a storm since June 2006. The average maximum temperature for October was 73.5F a new 27 year record high for October with the old record being 73.2F in 1984. The mean temperature for October was 63.7F only 0.4F less than the 1984 record warmest October in the past 27 years. The average monthly mean temperature was a +7.7 F departure. The highest maximum temperature for October was 90 F on the 9th, a 10.7F departure for the average highest October temperature. This was a new record maximum temperature for October; the old record was only 86F set in 1985. The daily mean temperature for the 9th was 79F and was 2.5F warmer than any previous warmest October day. October set a new high dew point record on the 19th. A new maximum heat index record on the 9th was 10F above the old records. However, records for these two parameters are only recorded for the past five years. The lowest maximum temperature was 36 F on the 29th and 30th; the average is 34F. No killing frost occurred here during October. There were 17 daily records set during the month of which 14 were for heat!! The cold strong high pressure on the 29th gave the lowest temperatures of the month and the highest barometer reading for October of 30.59 inches, the highest in October since 2001. October DAILY Records Tied or Broken- (27-Years of records): 8 HIGH maximum temperature: 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 18, 23; 6 HIGH minimum temperature: 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 23; 1 HIGH range temperature: 22; 2 HIGH precipitation: 24, 26. " [ + + ] 

    Arlington - From NWS WBC comes these notes: " OCTOBER 2007 WAS THE WARMEST OCTOBER IN WASHINGTON SINCE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1872. THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 67.0 DEGREES (F) BEAT THE OLD OCTOBER RECORD FROM 1984 OF 65.2 BY NEARLY 2 DEGREES. OCTOBER 2007 HAD THE MOST NUMBER OF DAYS EVER...15...WITH MAX TEMPS OF 80F OR HIGHER. AND RARELY IN OCTOBER DO TEMPERATURES HIT OR EXCEED 90F IN WASHINGTON. OCTOBER 2007 FEATURED 3 DAYS OF 90F OR MORE...THE 7TH THROUGH THE 9TH. SINCE 1872...16 OCTOBERS IN WASHINGTON HAVE RECORDED AT LEAST ONE OR MORE DAYS OF 90F OR BETTER. THE MOST NUMBER OF 90F OR BETTER DAYS IN OCTOBER WAS 5 IN 1941. ALTHOUGH THE FIRST 3 WEEKS OF OCTOBER 2007 WERE ABNORMALLY DRY...A SPELL OF VERY WET WEATHER TOWARD THE END OF THE MONTH MADE OCTOBER 2007 THE 9TH WETTEST. A STORM SYSTEM STALLED ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD FROM THE 24TH THROUGH THE 27TH PROVIDED BENEFICIAL SOAKING RAINS. REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT MEASURED 6.18 INCHES DURING THIS STRETCH. ONLY ONE OTHER DAY OF MEASURABLE RAINFALL OCCURRED DURING THE ENTIRE MONTH...ON THE 19TH WHEN 0.37 INCHES FELL. " [ + + ] 

    Bridgewater - " The first 23 days of October gave us only .42 inches of rain while the next 4 days produced 3.05 inches. This has been the pattern this summer with quite a few heavy rains, but long dry spells between. The late drought caused some damage in the Bridgewater area but not too much. My fearless forecast for this winter is that we will have some cold weather, and we will have some snow! That is as far as I will got on long range forecasting. " - [ + + ] - notes from Clayton

    Chantilly - Russ Topping sends these notes: " Warmest October on local record! Ten days over 80 and a monthly average temperature of 7.6 above normal. Nearby Dulles Airport recorded 6 record highs occurring on the 3rd (86), 4th (88), 7th (91), 8th (92), 9th (94 - warmest ever in October), and 18th (82). Drought relief finally arrived on the 24th thru the 27th, with 3.25" spread over the 4 day period. Water restrictions remain in place. We are still 10.77" below statistical average, for this point in the year. For the month, precipitation was 0.21" above normal. Dense fog observed on the 4th and 5th. *Please note, anemometer is currently partially obstructed " - [ + + ]

    Dulles - from NWS Sterling (KLWX) comes these notes: " OCTOBER 2007 WAS THE WARMEST OCTOBER AT WASHINGTON DULLES AIRPORT SINCE RECORD KEEPING BEGAN 45 YEARS AGO IN 1962. THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 63.6 DEGREES (F) BEAT THE OLD OCTOBER RECORD FROM 1984 OF 61.8 BY 1.8 DEGREES. OCTOBER 2007 HAD THE MOST NUMBER OF DAYS EVER...12...WITH MAX TEMPS OF 80F OR HIGHER. AND THE MONTH FEATURED 3 DAYS...THE MOST EVER... WHEN TEMPERATURES HIT OR EXCEEDED 90F. TYPICALLY DAYS THAT BETTER 90F IN OCTOBER ARE RARE AT DULLES... ALTHOUGH IT HAS HAPPENED 2 OTHER TIMES IN 45 YEARS...ONCE IN 1967 AND AGAIN IN 1986. ALTHOUGH THE FIRST 3 WEEKS OF OCTOBER 2007 WERE ABNORMALLY DRY...A SPELL OF VERY WET WEATHER TOWARD THE END OF THE MONTH MADE OCTOBER 2007 THE 15TH WETTEST. A STORM SYSTEM STALLED ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD FROM THE 24TH THROUGH THE 27TH PROVIDED BENEFICIAL SOAKING RAINS. AT WASHINGTON DULLES...3.17 INCHES FELL DURING THIS STRETCH. ONLY ONE OTHER DAY OF MEASURABLE RAINFALL OCCURRED DURING THE ENTIRE MONTH...ON THE 19TH WHEN 0.35 INCHES FELL. " - [ + + ]

    Falls Church - Windie sends these notes: " October 2007 was a warm month even though our temperatures took a nose dive towards the end of the month. The rainfall on the 25-27th brought my monthly total above average..it really helped in terms of the drought but not out of the woods yet. There were quite a few mornings with dense fog as well. " - [ + + ]

    Herndon - Randy sends us these additional notes: " THE DROUGHT CONTINUES, ALTHOUGH WE RECEIVED A LITTLE RELIEF AT THE END OF THE MONTH WITH 3.5 " FALLING OVER A 4-DAY PERIOD. OCTOBER WAS ANOTHER VERY WARM MONTH, IN FACT, THE HOTTEST OCTOBER IN THE 15 YEARS THAT I HAVE BEEN KEEP RECORDS. THE AVERAGE HIGH WAS 6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AND THE AVERAGE LOW WAS 4.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE TEMPS FINALLY COOLED OFF DURING THE LAST WEEK OF THE MONTH AND WE GOT NEAR THE FREEZING MARK ON THE 29TH AND 30TH. OVERALL, WE ENDED THE MONTH 5.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL WITH TEMPS EXCEEDING 90 DEGREES 2 TIMES. THE PRECIPITATION OCCURRED MAINLY DURING THE SECOND HALF OF THE MONTH. THE HEAVIEST RAINFALL AMOUNTS OCCURRED FROM THE 24TH THROUGH 27TH WHEN I RECORDED 3.50 INCHES OF RAIN. HEAVIER AMOUNTS FELL JUST TO THE EAST OF MY LOCATION. THE STREAM BED NEAR MY HOUSE WHICH HAS BEEN DRY FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE I REMEMBER FOR THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS FINALLY HAD SOME WATER IN IT AGAIN. THE MONTH ENDED UP AT 3.85 INCHES OF RAIN WHICH WAS ABOUT A INCH ABOVE NORMAL. THE TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR 2007 IS NOW AT 25.37 INCHES; WHICH IS STILL ABOUT 14 INCHES BELOW. IT NOW LOOKS CERTAIN THAT THIS WILL EASILY BE THE DRIEST YEAR I HAVE EVER SEEN SINCE I BEGAN MY WEATHER SITE 15 YEARS AGO. " - [ + + ]

    Ladysmith - Danny adds: " Well above normal temperatures characterized most of the month, though there were a couple frosty mornings by month's end. After a continued dry start, three straight days with over 1" of rain apiece beginning on the 24th put a slight dent in the region's drought. " - [ + + ]

    New Market - Joyce notes: " Set 4 record highs for month and tied one record... " - [ + + ]

    Portsmouth - " A very warm October indeed with the average temp a whopping 6.4 ABOVE normal. This was THE WARMEST OCTOBER IN THE DATABASE TO 1976, surpassing the second warmest October in 1984 with an average of 67.5 Rainfall measured ABOVE normal (+ "). Rainfall for the year IS RUNNING 11.40" below NORMAL. Quite a few new station records set in October: 3rd - TEMP - MAX MIN 71 [prev 70 2002], 9th - TEMP - MAX 91 [prev 89 1990], 10th - TEMP - MAX MIN 68 [prev 67 2003], 18th - TEMP - MAX 85 [prev 82 1990], 19th - TEMP - MAX 84 [prev 80 1989], 19th - TEMP - MAX MIN 72 [prev 65 1984], 23rd - TEMP - MAX 84 [prev 83 1978], 24th - RAIN - 1.49" [prev 0.88" 2005], 24th - TEMP - MAX MIN 69 - [prev 68 1984], 25th - TEMP - TIED MAX MIN - 67 [prev 1984], 26th - TEMP - MAX MIM 70 [prev 64 1984]. " - [ + + ] 

    Woodstock - " Nearly three degrees warmer than any October in my 22 years of records! " - [ + + ] 

    North Carolina:

    Greensboro - NWS Raleigh (RAH) reports: " ...CLIMATE RECORDS FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER... 5TH...LOW OF 69 TIED THE RECORD OF WARMEST LOW PREVIOUSLY SET IN 1941. 9TH...HIGH OF 91 TIED THE RECORD HIGH PREVIOUSLY SET IN 1939. 17TH...HIGH OF 83 TIED THE RECORD HIGH PREVIOUSLY SET IN 1962/1938. 23RD...LOW OF 65 TIED THE RECORD OF WARMEST LOW PREVIOUSLY SET IN 1984. 24TH...LOW OF 64 BROKE THE RECORD OF WARMEST LOW OF 61 PREVIOUSLY SET IN 1984/1971. 25TH...2.09" OF PRECIPITATION BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 1.33" SET IN 1982. 26TH...2.42" OF PRECIPITATION BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 2.31" SET IN 1977. OCTOBER 2007 WAS THE WARMEST OCTOBER ON RECORD AT THE PIEDMONT TRIAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 66.0 FOR OCTOBER 2007 BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 65.5 SET IN OCTOBER 1984. The October 2007 North Carolina Weather Review is located here: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/ncsummaries/MonthlySummary.Oct.2007.doc [when available]. " - [ + + ]

    Raleigh - Bob send these additional notes: " Above normal temperatures continued for the third consecutive month. The average daily temperature was 5.9 degrees above normal! Dry conditions also continued, but much needed rainfall occurred from the 24th thru the 27th when 4.52" of rain was measured. No severe weather was observed. " - [ + + ]

    Raleigh - NWS Raleigh (RAH) reports: " ...CLIMATE RECORDS FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER... 4TH...LOW OF 68 DEGREES TIED THE RECORD OF WARMEST LOW PREVIOUSLY SET IN 1986. 8TH...HIGH OF 93 BROKE THE RECORD HIGH OF 87 PREVIOUSLY SET IN 1990/1962. 9TH...HIGH OF 94 BROKE THE RECORD HIGH OF 88 PREVIOUSLY SET IN 1990. 10TH...HIGH OF 88 BROKE THE RECORD HIGH OF 86 PREVIOUSLY SET IN 1997/1958. 17TH...HIGH OF 84 TIED THE RECORD PREVIOUSLY SET IN 1962. 19TH...LOW OF 70 DEGREES BROKE THE RECORD OF WARMEST LOW OF 66 PREVIOUSLY SET IN 1986. 24TH...1.72" OF PRECIPITATION BROKE THE RECORD OF 1.60" PREVIOUSLY SET IN 1982. 24TH...LOW OF 70 DEGREES BROKE THE RECORD OF WARMEST LOW OF 66 PREVIOUSLY SET IN 1984. THIS WAS ALSO THE LATEST IN A CALENDER YEAR THAT THE LOW WAS 70 OR ABOVE. 26TH...2.19" OF PRECIPITATION BROKE THE RECORD OF 1.76" SET IN 1977. 26TH...LOW OF 60 DEGREES TIED THE RECORD OF WARMEST LOW PREVIOUSLY SET IN 1986. OCTOBER 2007 WAS THE WARMEST OCTOBER ON RECORD AT THE RALEIGH-DURHAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 67.4 FOR OCTOBER 2007 BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 66.3 SET IN OCTOBER 1984. The October 2007 North Carolina Weather Review is located here: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/ncsummaries/MonthlySummary.Oct.2007.doc [when available]. " - [ + + ]

    Sunset Beach - report from Tom Myers: " THE SOUTHEASTERN AREA OF NORTH CAROLINA CONTINUED A TREND OF WARMER THAN NORMAL WEATHER AND DRY WEATHER ALTHOUGH FOR THE MONTH I ACTUALLY RECORDED A SURPLUS OF 0.57" OF RAIN. THIS WAS THE FIRST MONTH IN 2007 IN WHICH RAINFALL WAS NOT BELOW NORMAL FOR THE MONTH. FOR THE YEAR THE RAIN DEFICIT IS APPROXIMATELY 21"; ALMOST 2 FEET. ON 10/9 AN ALL TIME RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR OCTOBER OF 91 DEGREES WAS RECORDED. THE HOT SUMMER WEATHER AND WARM WEATHER THIS FALL HAVE DRASTICALLY AFFECTED THE ANNUAL FALL FISH RUNS ALONG THE BEACHES WITH WATER TEMPERATURES HOVERING NEAR 80 DEGREES UNTIL LATE IN OCTOBER SENDING MANY A VISITING FISHERMAN HOME DISAPPOINTED. OCEAN TEMPERATURES HAVE BEGUN TO DROP RAPIDLY OVER THE PAST 2 WEEKS AND THE FISH HAVE BEGUN TO BITE ABOUT 2 MONTHS LATER THAN NORMAL; ANOTHER INDICATOR OF THE CRAZY AND UNUSUAL WEATHER IN 2007! Toms sends this update: I recently moved from Concord, NC to Southeastern NC. I actually moved to Sunset Beach in Brunswick County, NC and live about 3 miles Inland (3 miles from Ocean Isle Beach), approx. 40 miles south of Wilmington, NC and about 10 miles North of the NC/SC State Line. It has been a lifelong dream to live near the beach and my wife was able to relocate with her job to the area. I have a Davis Wireless Vantage Pro Station along with a Boltek Lightning Detector running with Nexstorm Software on a dedicated Computer and also I am also a member of Strikestar which is a Network of Lightning Detectors connected across the world. I am Brunswick County Coordinator for CoCoRaHS (which I believe most ACON States are now associated with) taking daily precipitation measurements which are used by the NWS because of the lack of rainfall reporting stations. I also have a website at http://www.carolinastormwatch.com that I maintain for Southeastern NC. I love saltwater fishing, hunting and of course the weather. I am currently enrolled in the Broadcast Meteorology Program at Mississippi State University where I can earn up to 54 semester hours and ultimately earn a degree on-line (since I already have my math behind me from College.) Everyone take care and keep an eye to the sky and pray for rain!! " - [ + + ]

    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
    ANN    Annandale, VA 1 3/4 ENE - Lowell Koontz  8/31/79  wwkoontz@verizon.net AKQ    Wakefield, VA NWS Wakefield Municipal Airport 36-58-53N 077-00-04W 33M
    DCA    Arlington, VA Washington, DC, Reagan Washington National Airport 38-50-54N 077-02-03W 18M WSH   Washington, VA  David Yowell runamok@runamok.com
    BCB    Blacksburg, VA NWS Virginia Tech Airport 37-13N 080-25W   
    BRI     Bridgewater, VA Clayton Towers Ctowers@rica.net WOO  Woodstock, VA 5NW Lauck Walton - 12/1/85 jwalton@shentel.net
    CEN  Centreville, VA Paul Bassett 1985, 38 50.9788' N LAT. 77 25.6374' W LON. | Elevation 324' | m.psb@verizon.net LDY Ladysmith, VA Danny Jessee 2003 danny@dannyjessee.com
       WAL   Wallops Island, VA 37 56'26" N 75 27'47" W Wallops Flight Facility Airport
    CHO   Charlottesville, VA  Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport ASOS  (Rappahannock County) 38-08-18N 078-27-21W 192M AVL    Asheville, NC  Asheville Regional Airport 35-25-55N 082-32-15W 670M
      MRH    Beaufort, NC  Michael J. Field Airport 34-44-01N 076-39-38W 3M
    DAN  Danville, VA, Danville Regional Airport, 36-34-22N 079-20-10W 175M  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
    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