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

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SUMMARY OF CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA 
SEPTEMBER 2005


...WARM & DRY...

For the second consecutive month, most all areas recorded warm and dry conditions. In fact, Lowell in Annandale, VA and Erica in close-by Falls Church had the driest Septembers in their databases, 25 years for Lowell and 11 years for Erica. In Woodstock Virginia, Lauck reported his driest September in 20 years of records and also his 2nd warmest. Likewise, Russ in Herndon reported his driest September and one of the warmest. Dulles had its second warmest September while rainfall of only 0.15" made it the driest September on record. In North Carolina, temps were highest above normal over the south-central and central portions of the Tar Heel State. Raleigh had its 4th driest September. In South Carolina, average temperatures were consistently 3 to 4 above normal except in Greenville-Spartanburg where the monthly average was 5 above normal. Charleston and Florence had their driest Septembers ever and Charleston had its second driest month ever. As Hurricane Ophelia moved NE along the Carolinas' coasts late in the month, heavy rains pushed monthly totals to above normal there, particularly over extreme southern coastal North Carolina.

New Member Roger Penny - Campbell County, VA

  • NEW STATION! CAMPBELL COUNTY, VA    We welcome Roger Penny and his station, located in Campbell County, Virginia. Roger writes: "My location is [click here->] 37.24 N 79.01 W. I am 9.4 miles east of Lynchburg. Concord is 5 miles to my east. I basically love to track and keep up with weather, weather patterns, climate changes and consistancy of changes and how it all relates to general public use and safety and economic impacts of the areas effected."

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  • 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 - SEPTEMBER 2005
    State
    Maximum Temperature
    Minimum
    Temperature
    Warmest
    Average
    Temperature
    Coldest
    Average
    Temperature
    Maximum
    Precipitation
    Minimum
    Precipitation
    Virginia
    98°
    Richmond
    35°
    New Market
    75.8°
    Norfolk (ORF)
    66.4°
    Blacksburg
    3.73"
    Norfolk (FHC)
    0.08"
    Richmond
    North Carolina
    96°
    Lumberton
    51°
    Asheville
    78.2°
    Lumberton
    68.6°
    Asheville
    8.26"
    Wilmington
    0.08"
    Hickory
    South Carolina
    98
    Orangeburg
    59°
    Greenville-Spartanburg
    79.6°
    Orangeburg
    76.1°
    Anderson
    6.51"
    North Myrtle Beach
    TRACE
    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 81.03 62.20 71.62 +3.98 88 15,23 44   30   0  0  0 0 66% 25 N    29             1 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         BCB 79.7  53.1  66.4  +3.4  87 15,23 37   30   0  0  0 0 63% 21 340 20   3.0       0 0 0 0  8 50% 2400 RNK
         BRI 81.2  58.2  69.7  +3.8  89    15 41   30   0  0  0 0 34%                        1 0 0 0  1     2400 LWX
         CCV 79    65    72    +5    92    23 54   27   2  0  0 0 72% 30 230 26   3.0  WSW  0 0 0 0 15 25% 2400 BCB
         CEN 81.8  61.4  71.6  +5.1  90    23 43   30   1  0  0 0 64% 30 335 29   1.8  NNW  0 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         CHO 83.0  57.3  70.1  +0.9  94    23 40   30   1  0  0 0     28 210 26   1.6       2 0 0 0  4     2400 LWX
         HVA 86.3  62.1  69.1  +3.6  92.7 16, 54.1 12   5  0  0 0     22 SW   14   1.3  S    1 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
                                           17
         DAN 86.4  60.7  73.5  +3.1  93 20,23 51 9,30  10  0  0 0   % 35 310 20   5.6       2 0 0 0  7   % 2400 RNK
         DCA 84.7  65.3  75.0  +4.5  93    23 50   30   7  0  0 0 57% 30 230  6   7.7       1 0 0 0  0 40% 2400 LWX
                                                                      30 360
         IAD 84.5  59.4  72.0  +4.7  93    23 40   30   5  0  0 0   % 32 320 29   5.3       0 0 0 0  0   % 2400 LWX
         FCH 83.5  64.6  74.1        91    23 45   30   3  0  0 0     35      29             1 0 0 0  1     2400 LWX
         HAM 81    67    74.0  +2.0  91    17 55   25   1  0  0 0 60% 29 N    20   6.0  NE   4 0 0 0  5 50% 2400 AKQ
         HER 81.4  60.2  70.8  +3.5  89.6  23 42.9 30   1  0  0 0     21      29             0 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         HRN 80.9  59.2  69.9  +2.6  88.1  13 39.9 30   0  0  0 0 70% 27 S    29   2.2  N    0 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         LYH 83.3  58.2  70.8  +3.7  94    23 45   30   2  0  0 0 67% 28 220 26   3.2       1 0 0 0  4 20% 2400 RNK
         NEW 81.63 54.36 69.99 +1.0  89    23 35   30   0  0  0 0 58% 21 S    26   5.93 S    0 0 0 0 12     1800 LWX
         NPN 85.0  65.8  74.4        96    17 55   30   5  0  0 0     25 NE   10             2 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         NOR 82.8  66.3  74.6  +2.8  93    17 57 28,30  2  0  0 0                            3 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         ORF 82.3  69.3  75.8  +3.7  92    17 61   28   2  0  0 0 73% 48 280 18   9.3       7 0 0 0  1 30% 2400 AKQ
         FHC 81.97 68.23 75.10       92    17 59   28   2  0  0 0 77% 30 188 18   3.2  NNE  4 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         POR 83.2  67.2  75.2  +2.6  93    17 59   28   1  0  0 0 80% 30 023 20   3.5  073 3 0 0 0  0 30% 2400 AKQ
         CTR 85.6  60.7  71.7  +1.9  95.1  23 48.9 28   4  0  0 0 78% 14 SW   14   0.1  E    1 0 0 0  0 33% 2400 AKQ
         MEC 88.23 60.92 74.58       94 20,25 47   30   4  0  0        9 S     6             1 0 0 0  0     1700 AKQ
         RIC 87.4  63.7  75.6  +5.8  98    23 51   30  10  0  0 0 64% 30 320 26   5.7       0 0 0 0  2 40% 2400 AKQ
         RGL 85.0  61.0  73.0  +3.0  95    23 45   30   6  0  0 0 65% 20 NNE   6   1.0  S    0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         ROA 82.5  59.8  71.2  +3.5  92    23 43   30   2  0  0 0 64% 31 300 29   4.8       1 0 0 0  0 30% 2400 RNK
         AKQ 86    61    73.5        94    23 50   28   7  0  0 0                                           2400 AKQ
         WAL 81.7  63.9  72.8  +4.3  89    17 50   30   0  0  0 0     48 310 17   8.6       1 0 0 0  2     2400 AKQ
         WOO 79.3  61.0  70.2  +2.8  86 23,24,44   30   0  0  0 0                            2 0 0 0  5     2400 LWX
                                           25
         WSH 79.6  58.8  69.2  +2.8  88.6  23 42.7 30   0  0  0 0 72% 12 E,SE,27   0.2  N    2 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
                                                                         SSE
    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 80.7  56.4  68.6  +2.7  86 15,20 51  8,12  0  0  0 0 71% 25 330 29   3.8       0 0 0 0 13 30% 2400 GSP
         MRH 83.7  71.8  77.8        89     3 65   28   0  0  0 0     63 090 14   9.8       3 0 0 0  2     2400 MHX
         CLT 86.9  63.5  75.2  +2.4  92 15,21 56    9   9  0  0 0 65% 33 320 16   6.4       1 0 0 0  0 40% 2400 GSP
         ECG 84.3  66.4  75.4  +2.1  92    17 55    9   1  0  0 0 73% 39 050 15  10.2       4 0 0 0  7 30% 2400 AKQ
         FAY 88.1  68.0  78.1        95 16,17 61   10  11  0  0 0 66% 35 020 14   7.9       0 0 0 0  4 30% 2400 RAH
         GSO 84.5  63.2  73.8  +4.0  92    23 54   30   4  0  0 0 69% 31 280 16   6.5       1 0 0 0  4 30% 2400 RAH
         HSE 83.0  72.9  78.0  +3.2  88     2 67   28   0  0  0 0     83 030 15  11.6       0 0 0 0  1     2400 MHX
         HKY 84.9  61.9  73.4  +3.5  92    15 55 12,30  5  0  0 0     23 300 16   4.3       0 0 0 0  2     2400 GSP
         LBT 88.6  67.8  78.2  +6.1  96    17 62    5  13  0  0 0 69% 32 010 10   7.1       0 0 0 0  3 30% 2400 ILM
                                                                      32 320 14             
         MNC 86.3  62.1  69.1  +3.6  92.7 16, 54.1 12   5  0  0 0     22 SW   14   1.3       1 0 0 0  0     2400 RAH
                                           17
         EWN 85.6  68.4  77.0  +3.0  92    18 62  9,28  4  0  0 0     51 050 14   8.2       1 0 0 0  7     2400 MHX
         RAL 87.2  61.7  74.5  +3.3  95    17 54    9  10  0  0 0     31      21   6.6       1 0 0 0  1     2400 RAH
                                                                      29 080 13
         RDU 87.3  64.7  76.0  +4.8  95    17 57  9,28 10  0  0 0 66% 29 030 11   6.6       1 0 0 0  4 50% 2400 MHX
                                                                      29 080 13
         ROX 86.0  59.2  74.0  +5.4  93 19,23 51   30   8  0  0 0 72% 29 NW   16        VRB  1 0 0 0  2 32% 2200 RAH
         ILM 86.0  69.7  77.9  +2.8  93 17,18 63    5   6  0  0 0 73% 68 340 14   9.3       1 0 0 0  2 30% 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 87.3  64.9  76.1  +3.9  93    15 60     9 11  0  0 0     28 050 11   5.3       1 0 0 0  1     2400 GSP
         CAE 89.8  67.1  78.4  +3.8  97 16,17 61   4,9 17  0  0 0     26 060  5   5.9       0 0 0 0  2     2400 CAE
         CRE 85.2  70.2  77.7  +3.5  91  3,16 63     5  2  0  0 0     39 060 13   8.2       2 0 0 0  2     2400 CHS
         CHS 87.6  70.7  79.1  +3.0  96    16 66     5  8  0  0 0     38 330  13   8.4       1 0 0 0  1     2400 CHS
         FLO 88.9  67.6  78.2  +3.6  96 17,18 61    10 14  0  0 0     30 320 14   7.7       3 0 0 0  8     2400 ILM
         GSP 87.7  65.4  76.6  +5.0  93 15,19 59     9 10  0  0 0 60% 28 350 16   5.7       0 0 0 0  0 20% 2400 GSP
         OGB 90.6  68.6  79.6        98    18 64  4,29 17  0  0 0     38 310 29   5.9       2 0 0 0  8     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 84.8  55.8  70.3  +3.7  91    23  45   30  5  0  0 0     26 150   25  2.6      0 0 0 0  5     2400 MRX
         DAV 70.4  51.7  61.0        76    17  33   30  0  0  0 0                            0 0 0 0  2     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  0.27  -3.95 0.15 14 0.15    14  3 0 31.78  0.0           0.0 21.1  30.45   6 29.76  26 30.10  2400
         BCB  0.25  -3.14 0.25 26 0.25    26  1 0 26.99  0.0           0.0 23.1                             2400
         BRI  0.96  -2.70 0.92 16 0.92    16  2 0 21.44  0.0           0.0 11.0  30.28   6 29.91  1, 30.28  1615/1600
                                                                                                  29         
         CCV  0.08  -3.75 0.08 26 0.08    26  1 0 23.44  0.0           0.0       30.38   3 29.82  26 29.97  2400
         CEN  0.17  -3.30 0.11 26 0.11    26  4 0 31.07  0.0           0.0 21.1  30.46   6 29.78  26 30.12  2400
         CHO  0.76  -4.09 0.43 16 0.44 16-17  8 0 26.77  0.0           0.0       30.43   6 29.77  26        2400
         HVA  0.85  -1.82 0.68 20 0.68    20  5 0        0.0           0.0  9.0  30.267  7 29.811 14        2400
         DAN  0.31  -3.77 0.20 16 0.21 16-17  4 0 21.45  0.0           0.0  4.3  30.37   6 29.84  26        2400
         DCA  0.11  -3.68 0.09 26 0.09    26  3 0 29.71  0.0           0.0 12.4  30.45   6 29.76  26        2400
         IAD  0.15  -3.67 0.13 26 0.13    13  3 0 29.96  0.0           0.0 17.3  30.45   6 29.75  26        2400
         FCH  0.12        0.07 26 0.07    26  3 0 24.37  0.0           0.0 16.0                             2400
         HAM  1.41  -3.00 0.87 20 1.00 20-21  6 0 25.29  0.0           0.0 14.0  30.50  18 29.69   6 30.07  2400
         HER  0.18  -3.64 0.14 26 0.14    26  3 0 31.84  0.0           0.0 19.4                             2400
         HRN  0.25  -3.57 0.13 26 0.13    26  4 0 30.44  0.0           0.0 19.0  30.408  6 29.736 26 30.08  2400
         LYH  0.12  -3.76 0.10 26 0.10    26  0 0 22.44  0.0           0.0  6.1  30.42   6 29.82  26        2400
         NEW  0.18  -2.50 0.09 23             4 0 24.92  0.0           0.0 23   30.46   6                  1700
         NPN  1.67        1.08 20 1.13 20-21  6 1 28.98  0.0           0.0 18.5  30.31   6 29.74   1        2400
         NOR  3.26  -1.36 1.48 18            10 2 41.63  0.0           0.0  7.8                             2400
         ORF  2.90  -1.16 1.35 20 1.37 20-21  7 1 32.49  0.0           0.0  8.0  30.35   6 29.80   1        2400
         FHC  3.73        2.46 18 2.46    18  9 1 36.89  0.0           0.0  8.0  30.332  6 29.796  1 30.057 2400
         POR  2.36  -2.39 0.97 19 0.97    19  9 0 33.28  0.0           0.0  8.3  30.360  6 29.808  1 30.086 2400
         CTR  0.35  -3.75 0.21 14 0.21    14  3 0 21.91  0.0           0.0  5.3  30.37   6 29.80  26 30.071 2400
         MEC  0.21        0.11 27 0.11    27  3 0 22.07  0.0           0.0 10.4  30.15   6 29.62  26        1700
         RIC  0.08  -3.90 0.04 20 0.04    20 10 0 28.18  0.0           0.0  5.6  30.41   6 29.82  26        2400
         RGL  0.23  -3.13 0.09 23 0.09    23  4 0 26.15  0.0           0.0  3.7  30.41   6 29.79   7 30.10  2400
         ROA  0.23  -3.62 0.19 16 0.19    16  3 0 26.84  0.0           0.0 16.1  30.43   6 29.84  26        2400
         AKQ  0.37        0.18 20 0.18    20  7 0 28.65  0.0           0.0  9.1                             2400
         WAL  0.83  -2.67 0.69 17 0.69    17  2 0 28.86  0.0           0.0  9.0  30.39   6 29.77   1        2400
         WOO  0.80  -3.12         0.62 16-17  4 0 24.51  0.0           0.0 16.1  30.54   6 29.98  29        0800
         WSH  1.17  -5.77 0.51 23 0.51    23  7 0 27.56  0.0           0.0  9.0  30.49   6 29.82  26        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  0.34  -3.27 0.20 26 0.23 25-26  4 0 38.81  0.0          0.0  6.6                              2400
         MRH  3.80        1.97 24 2.41 13-14 11 2 38.54  0.0          0.0    T                              2400
         CLT  0.36  -3.35 0.18 29 0.18    29  4 0 28.91  0.0          0.0    T                              2400
         ECG  1.31  -3.76 0.40 16 0.42 15-16  7 0 32.75  0.0          0.0  3.3  30.32   6 29.77  15         2400
         FAY  2.20        0.93 14 0.97 13-14  7 0 23.32  0.0          0.0                                   2400
         GSO  0.23  -4.07 0.13 20 0.13    20  4 0 21.24  0.0          0.0  1.7                              2400
         HSE  3.98  -1.70 1.93 15 1.93    15 11 1 44.14  0.0          0.0  0.0                              2400
         HKY  0.08  -4.16 0.05 26 0.06 26-27  3 0 31.98  0.0          0.0  3.0  30.34   6 29.85  26         2400
         LBT  1.33  -3.28 0.68 14 0.68    14  4 0 18.42  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.27   6 29.70  14         2400
         MNC  0.85  -1.82 0.68 20 0.68    20  5 0        0.0          0.0  0.5  30.267  7 29.811 14         2400
         EWN  5.17        3.70 14 3.86 14-15  8 1 37.65  0.0          0.0  1.5                              2400
         RAL  0.72  -3.54         0.42 20-21  6 0 26.46  0.0          0.0  1.1  30.28  25 29.87  14         1900
         RDU  0.82  -3.44 0.61 20 0.61    20  5 0 23.39  0.0          0.0  0.2                              2400
         ROX  1.47  -2.02 0.89 20 0.89    20  5 0 28.57  0.0          0.0  5.7  30.41   6 29.90  14,        2200
                                                                                                 26       
         ILM  8.26  +1.47 5.87 14             7 2 56.19  0.0          0.0    T  30.22   6 29.22  14         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  0.36  -3.83 0.33 29 0.34 28-29  3 0 40.31  0.0          0.0  1.0  30.30   6 29.87  14         2400
         CAE     T  -3.94    T 25    T    25  0 0 36.56  0.0          0.0    T  30.25   6 29.82  14         2400
                               27         27                                                                 
         CRE  6.51  +0.93 4.22 14 5.53 13-14  8 2 43.99  0.0          0.0    T  30.21  19 29.52  14         2400
         CHS  0.97  -5.01 0.57 28 0.57    28  8 0 34.15  0.0          0.0    T                              2400
         FLO  0.01  -3.66 0.01 21 0.01    21  1 0 33.11  0.0          0.0  0.0  30.24   6 29.73  14         2400
         GSP  0.16  -3.68 0.16 29 0.16    29 10 0 40.41  0.0          0.0  1.2                              2400
         OGB  0.54        0.37 29 0.37    29  4 0 31.44  0.0          0.0    T  30.22   6 29.80  14         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  0.76  -2.32 0.35 29 0.35    29  3 0 30.93  0.0           0.0   4.0                            2400
         DAV  1.36        0.55  1             6 0 43.86  0.0           0.0 162.1                            0700    

    Virginia:

    Annandale - Lowell sends these additional notes: " September was the driest on record here in the last 25 years with only 0.27 inches of precipitation. September was the driest in Washington DC in recorded history. (Records since 1871) It was also very warm for September and the third warmest in the last 25 years, only 1980 and 1998 were warmer. September only had three days with measurable rain the least in September in the last 25 years. The 0.27 inches of rain for September was a -3.95 inch departure. Only two months in the last 312 months has the precipitation total for the month been less than this September's total. September's average sky cover made it the third clearest September in the last 25-years with only 1983 and 1985 being clearer. Also with the clear skies and little rain the lowest relative humidity for September was 19% the least recorded in September (records since 1980.) September's mean average temperature was 71.6F which was a +3.9F departure. The maximum temperature for September was 88F on the 15th and 23rd. September's average temperature range was 18.8F the most in September since 1985 due to the clear skies of this month. The maximum wind gust of only 25 mph from the north occurred on the 29th at 1500 and the wind run for the month was the lowest for September since wind run records were started in 2002. The highest barometer was 30.45 inches on the 6th which was the highest barometer recorded in September since 2000. September DAILY Records Tied or Broken - (25-Years of records): 2 HIGH maximum temperature: 15, 23; 4 HIGH minimum temperature: 14, 15, 16, 26; 1 daily HIGH range temperature: 22; 1 daily LOW range temperature: 24." - [ + - ] 

    Arlington - Report from NWS LWX: " SEPTEMBER 2005 WAS THE DRIEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD AT REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT WITH ONLY ELEVEN HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH OF RAINFALL. THE NEXT DRIEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD IS NOW 1884 WITH FOURTEEN HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH...FOLLOWED CLOSELY BY TWO TENTHS OF AN INCH IN 1967. A COLD FRONT THAT CROSSED THE REGION ON THE 29TH BROUGHT THE GREATEST 24-HOUR RAINFALL WITH ONLY NINE HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH. THERE WERE A COUPLE OF DAYS WITH RAIN SHOWERS ACROSS THE AREA...BUT THEY DID NOT AMOUNT TO MUCH. TWO DAYS REPORTED ONE HUNDREDTH OF AN INCH AND FOUR DAYS REPORTED A TRACE. THE HEAT WAS ALSO REMARKABLE IN SEPTEMBER 2005. THE MEAN TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH...75.0 DEGREES...WAS 4.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS TIES 1970 AS THE FIFTH WARMEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD. THE WARMEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD WAS IN 1881 WITH A MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 78.2 DEGREES. THERE WERE SEVEN DAYS WHEN THE MERCURY ROSE TO 90 DEGREES OR HIGHER. THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF DAYS 90 DEGREES OR HIGHER IN THE LAST 134 YEARS IS ONLY THREE. " [ + - ] 

    Bridgewater - " There haven't been too many thunderstorms this year. We only had one in September, and there have been only been 12 so far this year. We usually get 20 to 25 a year. The precipitation for the year is now 7.59 inches below normal. It is very dry over here in the Shenandoah Valley. - [ + - ] - report from Clayton

    Centreville - " 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! " - [ + - ]

    Clark County - " September was an extremely dry month with little rain and temperatures in the mid 80's. The precipitation for the month was 3.75 inches below normal. Most surrounding areas also saw little or no precipitation. Most of the thunderstorm activity was of the pop corn variety with approximately 0.08 - 0.30 inches of rain in a few surrounding locations. These thunderstorms were extremely localized to one area and sted only 30 minutes at most before dissipating. Humidity levels during the afternoons seldom reached over 55 per cent with 50 per cent being the norm for most afternoons from 2pm through sunset. Temperatures were on average 10 F above normal in the afternoons with returns to normal at night and mornings. Over all, other than little precipitation, the weather has been extremely good with warm weather and low humidity. " - [ + - ] - report from Roger

    Dulles - " SEPTEMBER 2005 WAS THE DRIEST ON RECORD AT WASHINGTON DULLES AIRPORT WITH ONLY FIFTEEN HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH OF RAINFALL. THE NEXT DRIEST SEPTEMBER IS NOW 1967 WHEN SIXTY-TWO HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH FELL...FOLLOWED CLOSELY BY SEVENTY-EIGHT HUNDREDTHS IN 1978. A COLD FRONT THAT CROSSED THE REGION ON THE 29TH BROUGHT THE BEST 24-HOUR RAINFALL WITH ONLY THIRTEEN HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH. TWO OTHER DAYS REPORTED ONLY ONE HUNDREDTH OF AN INCH. TO MAKE THE EXCEPTIONALLY DRY CONDITIONS EVEN WORSE...SEPTEMBER 2005 WAS THE SECOND WARMEST ON RECORD WITH A MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 72.0 DEGREES...FOLLOWING CLOSELY BEHIND 1998 WHEN THE MEAN TEMPERATURE WAS 72.7 DEGREES. THERE WERE FIVE DAYS WHEN THE HIGH TEMPERATURE ROSE TO 90 DEGREES OR HIGHER. THREE OF THOSE DAYS WERE CONSECUTIVE STARTING ON SEPTEMBER 15TH. THE LAST TIME AN EVENT LIKE THIS HAPPENED WAS THE FIVE DAY PERIOD BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 12, 1998. " - [ + - ] - report from Guyer at KLWX, NWS Sterling

    Falls Church - " A warm and very dry month. My driest September since I've been keeping records (1994). " - [ + - ] - report from Erica

    Herndon - Bob reports:" My average MAX temperature was 2.5 ABOVE the Dulles "normal" and the average MIN was 4.6 ABOVE "normal". Groundwater level in the USGS observation well at Reston had a net decline of about 1.4 feet " - [ + - ] 

    Herndon - Russ notes: " September was much warmer and drier than normal. Temperatures were 2.6 degrees above average and rainfall was 3.57" below normal. This was my driest and one of the warmest Septembers on record. As you'll see in my October data next month, we made up the rainfall deficit in 2 days in October. It was a very short-lived drought, thanks to the remnants of Tammy. She dumped over 6 inches on us in 2 days. The ground here just soaked it all up. Not much flooding. Not like what they saw in New England. " - [ + - ] 

    Portsmouth - " Another warmer and drier than normal September with the monthly temp average 2.6 ABOVE normal (nearly double that of August's departure) while rainfall was only 50% of the norm or -2.39". September 2005 station records include: 11TH - WIND GUST 29 MPH [PREVIOUS 28 MPH 1992]; 15TH - TEMPERATURE - MAXIMUM MINIMUM 77 [PREVIOUS 73 2002]; 16TH - TEMPERATURE - MAXIMUM MINIMUM 74 [PREVIOUS 73 1991]; 23RD - TEMPERATURE - TIE - MAXIMUM 88 [PREVIOUS 1988]; 29TH - TEMPERATURE - TIE - MAXIMUM 82 [PREVIOUS 1986]. The first half of the month was incredibly dry (only a trace!) but thunderstorm activity on the 18th, 20th, and 24th gave periodic respite in the latter half, tempering the dry conditions. Without this thunderstorm activity, certainly the locale would have been as dry as western and northern areas of Virginia. - [ + - ] 

    Ruther Glen - Danny reports: " September brought a continuation of well above normal temperatures. 2005 has now featured 50 days at or above 90, compared to only 21 in 2004. Precipitation was well below normal, with measurable rainfall occurring on only 4 days and no days with precip in excess of 0.09"." - [ + - ]

    Woodstock - " This was the driest September in my 20 years of record keeping, second warmest. - [ + - ] - report from Lauck

    North Carolina:

    Raleigh - " High Pressure dominated the weather during September resulting in very warm temperatures and very little precipitation. The average daily temperature was 3.3 degrees above normal while only 0.72" of rainfall was measured. In addition, only one thunderstorm day was observed. Precipitation for the year is 7.40" below normal as of September 30th. " - [ + - ] - Bob sends these notes

    Raleigh - NWS Raleigh (RAH) reports: " The dry weather that began in July across the northern Piedmont expanded across all but the southeastern coastal sections of the state in August and September. Hurricane Ophelia affected the southeastern coastal counties and Outer Banks with strong winds and heavy rain in mid September, which increased the rainfall totals to near normal levels over those areas. For the majority of the state; however, September 2005 proved to be one of the driest Septembers's on record. Greensboro recorded their third driest September, with only 0.23 inches of rainfall. This was only 9 percent of the normal monthly rainfall of 4.30 inches. The Raleigh-Durham Airport reported its fourth driest September with 0.82 of an inch, which was 19 percent of normal. The normal rainfall during September at RDU is 4.26 inches. Along with the scanty rainfall in September, there was some hot weather. Temperatures in September 2005 generally averaged 3 to 5 degrees above normal across the state. The month of September 2005 was the hottest on record at Raleigh-Durham and the third hottest on record at Greensboro. When the September temperatures are combined with the hot temperatures that were observed in June, July, and August, Raleigh-Durham had one of the hottest summer seasons on record. The full September 2005 NC Weather Review is available at: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/ncsummaries/MonthlySummary.Sep.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 September: RECORD RAINFALL (5.87") SET ON THE 14TH. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 4.88 INCHES SET IN 1883. " - [ + + ]

    South Carolina:

    Florence: - " SEPTEMBER 2005 WAS THE DRIEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 0.02 SET IN 1981. THIS WAS ALSO THE SECOND DRIEST MONTH ON RECORD, OCTOBER 1953 HAD NONE. RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE (96) SET ON THE 17TH. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 94 SET IN 1958. RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE (96) SET ON THE 18TH. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 94 SET IN 1954. RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE (94) TIED ON THE 24TH. RECORD WAS SET IN 1986. RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE (91) TIED ON THE 29TH. RECORD WAS SET IN 1973. " - [ + + ] - report from NWS RDU

    North Myrtle Beach: - " RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE TIED ON THE 3RD (91). RECORD WAS SET IN 1990.; RECORD RAINFALL SET ON THE 13TH (1.60"). PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 0.06 INCHES IN 2001; RECORD RAINFALL SET ON THE 14TH (4.22"). PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 0.64 INCHES IN 1999; RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE SET ON THE 29TH (87). PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 86 SET IN 1955. " - [ + + ] - report from NWS RDU

    Charleston: - " SEPTEMBER 2005 WAS THE DRIEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 0.02" SET IN 1981. THIS WAS ALSO THE SECOND DRIEST MONTH ON RECORD. OCTOBER 1953 HAD NONE.; RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE (96) SET ON THE 17TH. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 94 SET IN 1958; RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE (96) SET ON THE 18TH. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 94 SET IN 1954; RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE (94) TIED ON THE 24TH. RECORD WAS SET IN 1986; RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE (91) TIED ON THE 29TH. RECORD WAS SET IN 1973. " - [ + - ] - report from NWS ILM

    Elsewhere:

    Tri-Cities: - " The monthly average temperature at Tri-Cities was 70.3 degrees, which was 3.7 degrees above normal. It ranked as the 16th warmest September on record at Tri-Cities. A daily record temperature was tied on the 22nd, when the afternoon high reached 90 degrees tying the old record set in 1965. The warmest September at Tri-Cities was back in 1970, when the average temperature was 72.9 degrees. Tri-Cities received only 0.76 inches of rain in September, which was 2.32 inches below normal. It ranked as the 2nd driest September on record at Tri-Cities. Measurable rainfall occurred on only four days, and only two of those days had more than one-tenth of an inch of rain while none had more than one-half of an inch. The heaviest rainfall occurred on the 29th, when 0.35 inches fell. Another 0.33 inches fell on the 26th. The driest September at Tri-Cities was back in 1985, when only 0.50 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 2004-2005 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