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


SEPTEMBER 2007


... TEMPERATURES "COOL- OFF" [BUT ARE STILL ABOVE NORMAL]...
... DRY CONDTIONS PERSIST...
... DROUGHT MONITOR KEEPS THE AREA IN "SEVERE TO EXTREME DROUGHT" ...

So, there you have it! Not a lot to add. Please read our members' notes below for futher analyses.

Tom Myers has relocated from Concord (CON) to Sunset Beach (SSB) , North Carolina and his new data record will begin here next month.

Please have a nice Thanksgiving. And "special thanks" for your contributions to the efforts of ACON VA/NC/SC.

  • BOB BEALL ENDS ACON WORK    Long-time ACON VA/NC/SC member Robert Beall of Herndon, Virginia has sent his final transmission of monthly data for Herndon. Several months back, Bob had some health issues and decided to pull back from producing full monthly statements as he's done for the past 31 years! And now, the time has come for him to end his weatherwork. So, we wish him "happy sailing" through life and extend our appreciation for his contributions here. He plans to keep some instruments active and he lists those below in his station summary.


  • 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/


  • WEATHER TALK RADIO    Weather Talk just migrated from AM 680 WCBM in Baltimore to IPR this past Tuesday. While the show is based on weather in the Mid-Atlantic, discussions can range from recent storms, current events, environmental issues, and weather folklore with live caller and instant message questions. Call-in line is (800) 580-4794. Instant Messenger for AOL & Yahoo is "wxtalkipr". Center of Circulation at 9pm ET with Mike Moss and Charlie Wilson is based around national and international weather. Also, we have a new educational based show, called Weather 101 Saturday night's at 7pm ET. Join us at http://www.ipr365.com and on the top left side of the page, under your internet connection speed, choose the player of your choice (WMP is currently inaccessible). If you are unable to join us live, all shows are available on-demand at http://podweather.com/.


  • 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 will make available operationally the web-based interface entitled weather activity planner /wap/. If November 15, 2007 is a critical weather day...the implementation may be postponed. In that case users will be notified of that decision via technical implementation notice as far in advance as possible. 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 - SEPTEMBER 2007
    State
    Maximum Temperature
    Minimum
    Temperature
    Warmest
    Average
    Temperature
    Coldest
    Average
    Temperature
    Maximum
    Precipitation
    Minimum
    Precipitation
    Virginia
    96°
    Danville,
    Hampton
    Norfolk (NOR & ORF),WAKEFIELD
    38°
    Blacksburg,
    New Market
    75.0°
    Norfolk (NOR)
    66.8°
    Blacksburg
    2.79"
    Woodstock
    0.12"
    Hampton
    North Carolina
    101°
    Raleigh (RAN & RDU)
    40°
    Asheville
    76.8°
    Cape Hatteras
    68.1°
    Asheville
    11.24"
    Beaufort
    0.71"
    Elizabewth City
    South Carolina
    97
    Columbia,
    Florence
    47°
    Columbia
    77.5°
    Columbia,
    Charleston
    75.8°
    Anderson
    7.29"
    Charleston
    0.72"
    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 82.77 60.73 71.75  +4.0  92  7,8, 46   15   4  0  0 0 68% 30 WNW   28             1 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
                                           10
         BCB 80.2  53.3  66.8   +3.8  90    9  38 16,30  1  0  0 0 69% 29            2.7       2 0 0 0  2     2400 RNK
         BRI 80.1  57.9  69.0   +3.07 91    8  43   16   3  0  0 0 53%                         0 0 0 0  0     0510 LWX
         CEN 80.9  59.7  70.3   +3.8  90  7,8  44   16   2  0  0 0 61% 29 325  28   1.7       2 0 0 0  3     2400 LWX
         CHT 81.8  58.7  69.8   +2.5  92.0  7  43.8 17   3  0  0 0 70% 15 S     14   1.0   S   2 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         CHO 80.7  55.3  68.0   +1.2  90   26  40   17   1  0  0 0     24 270  22   2.0       0 0 0 0  1     2400 LWX
         DAN 86.6  59.1  72.8   +2.4  96   11  44   30  14  0  0 0 63% 31 240  11   4.5       1 0 0 0  1     2400 RNK
         DCA 82.3  63.5  72.9   +2.4  91    4  50  17    4  0  0 0 63% 31 300  15   7.1       1 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
                                                                       31 320  28
         IAD 83.8  58.6  71.2   +3.9  94    7  43  16   10  0  0 0 61% 31 320  28   5.0       2 0 0 0  0     2400 LWX
         FCH 82.8  61.6  72.2         93  6,8  47  16    8  0  0 0     30    15,28             1 0 0 0  -     2400 LWX
         HAM 81    64    72           96   11  57  17    5  0  0 0 50% 36 W     11   6.0  NE   1 0 0 0  3 15% 2400 AKQ
         HDV 82.6  58.6  70.6   +1.4  92    8  43  17    7  0  0 0 67% 14 W      6        NW   2 0 0 0        2400 LWX
         HER                                                                                   2 0 0 0        2400 LWX
         LDY 80.9  60.5  70.7   +0.7  91   10  47  17    1  0  0 0 56%                         0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         LYH 82.6  56.7  69.7   +2.6  92  7,8  44  16    7  0  0 0 69% 23 010  15   3.7       0 0 0 0  1     2400 RNK
                                                                       23 200  27
                                                                       23 360  28
         NEW 81.43 53.36 67.39  +1.0  92    8  38  16    5  0  0 0 58% 26 NW    28  12.46 S    3        4     1700 LWX
         NPN 82.8  63.5  73.1         95   11  52  17    4  0  0 0     27 W     11             1 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         NOR 82.6  64.5  73.6   +1.9  96   11  54  30    3  0  0 0                             0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         ORF 81.7  67.0  74.3   +2.2  96   11  60  24    2  0  0 0 70% 33 240  11   8.0       1 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         FHC 82.35 67.65 75.0   +3.3  95.4 11 57.5 17    2  0  0 0 75% 28 220  11   2.3  023                2400 AKQ
         POR 82.1  64.8  73.5   +1.0  94   11  53 17,30  2  0  0 0 71% 29 N     29   3.5  028 0 0 0 0  0 31% 2400 AKQ
         CTR 82.7  58.0  69.4   -0.4  91   11 44.3 30    4  0  0 0 80% 13 ESE   13   0.0       0 0 0 0  0 40% 2400 AKQ
         MEC 83.07 59.69 71.65        93   14  44  17    1  0  0 0 31%  8 S     28   4.51 S    5 0 0 0  0     1700 AKQ
         RIC 84.3  60.8  72.6   +2.8  93   11  49 17,30  7  0  0 0 64% 30 300  11   5.6       0 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         ROA 83.9  59.5  71.5   +3.8  93 7,28  44  16   10  0  0 0   % 31 310  28   4.0       1 0 0 0  0     2400 AKQ
         AKQ 85    65    71.5         96   11  46,17,30  7  0  0 0                                            2400 AKQ
         WAL 79.4  61.6  70.5   +2.0  92   11  50  16    1  0  0 0     46 330  11   7.6       1 0 0 0  1     2400 AKQ
         WOO 78.8  60.2  69.5   +2.7  90    9  45  17    1  0  0 0                             4 0 0 0  1     2400 LWX
         WSH 79.7  57.3  68.5   +2.09 89.3  8 43.1 16    0  0  0 0 74% 18 SSE   11   1.0  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 79.9  56.3  68.1  +2.4  88     9 40    30  0  0  0 0 69% 28 320 28    3.0      2 0 0 0  9     2400 GSP
         MRH 82.6  69.3  75.9        89  6,23 60    17  0  0  0 0     44 220  9    8.1      0 0 0 0  0     2400 MHX
         CLT 87.3  62.6  75.0  +2.3  96    10 51    30 15  0  0 0 59% 30 010 28    5.6      0 0 0 0  1     2400 GSP
         ECG 82.0  63.4  72.7  -0.6  93    11 54    30  2  0  0 0 73% 31 220 11    8.0      1 0 0 0  5     2400 AKQ
         FAY 87.8  64.7  76.2        99    11 52    30 12  0  0 0 64% 35 270 11    6.8      2 0 0 0  3     2400 RAH
         GSO 85.0  62.8  73.9  +4.1  95    10 49    30 12  0  0 0 58% 31 300 11    6.1      1 0 0 0  1     2400 RAH
         HSE 82.2  71.3  76.8  +1.9  87    26 66    17  0  0  0 0     53 230  9    8.9      0 0 0 0  0     2400 MHX
         HKY 85.5  61.7  73.6  +3.7  94 10,11 48    30 10  0  0 0     23 260 11    3.9      1 0 0 0  1     2400 GSP
         LBT 87.1  64.2  75.6  +3.5  95 10,11 51    29 11  0  0 0     63 160 12    5.2      3 0 0 0  2     2400 ILM
         EWN 84.3  65.3  74.8  +0.4  93    11 57 17,25  5  0  0 0     30 290  9    6.1      0 0 0 0 11     2400 MHX
         RAL 87.9  60.4  74.2  +3.0 101    10 45    30 14  0  0 0                            1 0 0 0  1     2400 RAH
         RDU 87.4  62.6  75.0  +3.8 101    10 48    30 14  0  0 0 62% 33 220 11    6.1      1 0 0 0  0     2400 RAH
         ROX 86.7  60.0  73.5  +4.9  97    10 46 17,30 13  0  0 0 66% 25 NW   11         NE  0 0 0 0  3 24% 2400 RAH
                                                                      25 S    14
         ILM 85.0  66.1  75.6  +0.5  94    17 55    17  5  0  0 0 70% 28 210 11    7.2      3 0 0 0  1 25% 2400 ILM
                                                                      28 270 15
                                                                      28 030 29  
    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 86.6  65.0  75.8  +3.6  95 10,11 55    30 11  0  0 0     30 240 11   5.7       1 0 0 0  1     2400 GSP
         CAE 88.7  65.8  77.5  +2.5  97    11 47    30 16  0  0 0 64% 26 250 14   5.6       3 0 0 0  1     2400 CAE
         CRE 84.5  67.7  76.1  +1.9  91     9 57 17,30  3  0  0 0     37 230 12   7.6       3 0 0 0  2     2400 ILM
         CHS 86.3  68.6  77.5  +1.4  92    10 59    30 10  0  0 0     32 240 14   7.6       8 0 0 0  2     2400 CHS
         FLO 88.5  65.7  77.1  +2.4  97    11 54    30 15  0  0 0     51 240 11   6.5       3 0 0 0  4     2400 ILM
         GSP 86.9  64.9  75.9  +4.5  96    10 55    30 12  0  0 0 58% 33 230 11   5.8       1 0 0 0  1     2400 GSP
         OGB 87.0  66.3  76.6        95    11 55    30 13  0  0 0     26 200 14   5.2       0 0 0 0  5     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 85.8  56.7  71.2  +4.7  94     5  41   29  10 0  0 0     29 230 11   2.4       0 0 0 0  1     2400 MRX
         DAV 71.5  51.6  61.6        83     7  34   17   0 0  0 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  0.48  -3.69 0.22 10 0.30 10-11  6 0 22.17  0.0           0.0 21.7  30.51  30 29.73  11 30.14  2400
         BCB  0.97  -2.42 0.71 14 0.71    14  5 0 26.50  0.0           0.0  6.7                             2400
         BRI  0.93  -2.23 0.35 10 0.60 10-11  3 0 24.46  0.0           0.0 13.0  30.41  30 29.83  19        2400
         CEN  1.19  -2.28 0.59 27 0.63 27-28  6 0 19.88  0.0           0.0 18.0  30.27  30 29.81  27 30.14  2400
         CHT  1.70  -2.12 0.71 27 0.73 27,28  6 0 21.05  0.0           0.0 14.9  30.509 30 29.740 11 30.16  2400
         CHO  0.54  -4.31 0.27 14 0.27    14  3 0 20.24  0.0           0.0  3.1            29.71  11        2400
         DAN  1.71  -2.37 1.64 14 1.65 14-15  3 1 23.77  0.0           0.0  0.8  30.52  30 29.81  11        2400
         DCA  0.60  -3.19 0.41 10 0.45 10-11  3 0 21.64  0.0           0.0  9.5            29.71  11        2400
         IAD  1.40  -2.42 0.59 27 0.70 10-11  4 0 17.37  0.0           0.0 14.7            29.71  11        2400
         FCH  1.89        0.68 27 1.08 10-11  4 0 25.10  0.0           0.0 11.0                             2400
         HAM  0.12        0.12 14 0.12    14  1 0        0.0           0.0       30.44  30 29.70  11 30.12  2400
         HDV  1.54  -3.13 0.79 27             5 0 21.52  0.0           0.0 14.8  30.47  30 29.66  11        2400
         HER  1.38  -2.44 0.55 27 0.63 10-11  6 0 21.01  0.0           0.0 15.25                            2400
         LDY  0.71  -2.68 0.38 14 0.71 14-15  2 0 20.66  0.0           0.0  3.8  30.50  30 29.77  11 30.14  2400
         LYH  1.21  -2.67 1.07 14 1.07    14  4 1 28.70  0.0           0.0  3.2            29.79  11        2400
         NEW  1.97  -2.50 1.14 28                 28.64  0.0           0.0       30.68  30 30.08 11,        1700
                                                                                                  12
         NPN  1.11        1.04 14 1.04    14  3 1 26.99  0.0           0.0  1.8  30.47  30 29.72  11        2400
         NOR  0.18  -4.52 0.09 20 0.09    20  5 0 23.66  0.0           0.0  0.1                             2400
         ORF  0.38  -3.68 0.21 27 0.22 27-28  2 0 23.82  0.0           0.0  0.1  30.46  30 29.72  11        2400
         FHC  0.26  -3.80 0.09 20 0.10  9-10  6 0 21.98  0.0           0.0    T  30.447 30 29.715 11 30.109 2400
         POR  0.25  -4.35 0.12 15 0.16 14-15  4 0 26.11  0.0           0.0  0.4  30.45  30 29.72  11 30.105 2400
         CTR  0.69  -3.41 0.64 14 0.66 14-15  3 0 35.29  0.0           0.0  2.1  30.49  30 29.73  11 30.122 2400
         MEC  1.00        0.96 15 0.96    15  2 0 31.49  0.0           0.0  1.8  30.24  30 29.74   9        1700
         RIC  1.11  -2.87 1.08 14 1.09 14-15  3 1 30.32  0.0           0.0  1.3  30.50  30 29.75  11        2400
         ROA  1.11  -2.74 0.91 14 0.91    14  4 0 21.60  0.0           0.0  5.6  30.52  30 29.81  11        2400
         AKQ  1.54        1.38 14             4 1 30.10  0.0           0.0  0.5                             2400
         WAL  1.50  -2.00 0.72 15 1.15 14-15  4 0 25.02  0.0           0.0  5.1  30.48  30 29.69  11        2400
         WOO  2.79  -0.98         0.70 11-12  5 0 28.41  0.0           0.0 29.7  30.62  30 30.02  11        0800
         WSH  0.96  -5.58 0.33 14 0.39 10-11  6 0 25.15  0.0           0.0 19.4  30.54  30 29.80  11        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  3.40  -0.32 3.40 14 3.40    14  1 1 25.82   0.0          0.0  3.9  30.48  30 29.86  11         2400
         MRH 11.24        7.43  9 7.43   8-9  8 2 32.81   0.0          0.0  0.0  30.37  30 29.78   9         2400
         CLT  1.07  -2.76 0.91 14 0.91    14  3 0 16.96   0.0          0.0  1.0  30.45  30 29.80  11         2400
         ECG  0.71  -4.36 0.24 22 0.24 21-22  7 0 19.73   0.0          0.0  1.0  30.49  30 29.70  11         2400
         FAY  1.89        1.02 14 1.26 14-15  5 1 20.67                                    29.78  11         2400
         GSO  0.88  -3.42 0.88 14 0.88    14  1 0 20.83   0.0          0.0  0.8            29.78  11         2400
         HSE  3.24  -2.44 0.90 21 1.32 20-21 10 0 22.97   0.0          0.0  0.0  30.38  30 29.84   9         2400
         HKY  1.85  -2.39 1.75 14 1.75    14  3 1 17.62   0.0          0.0    T  30.48  30 29.86  11         2400
         LBT  0.72  -3.89 0.36 14 0.68 14-15  4 0 17.65   0.0          0.0       30.41  30 29.83  11         2400
         EWN  3.09  -2.36 1.89  9 1.89     9  6 1 32.19   0.0          0.0  0.0  30.41  30 29.83  11         2400
         RDU  2.22  -2.04 1.91 14 1.91    14  2 1 26.22   0.0          0.0  1.6            29.78  11         2400
         RAL  3.01  -1.25 2.60 14 2.67 14-15  4 1 27.26   0.0          0.0  1.4                              1900
         ROX  0.83  -2.66 0.83 14 0.83    14  1 0 25.10   0.0          0.0  0.5  30.55  30 29.87  11  30.20  2200
         ILM  4.60  -2.19 1.49 12 1.49    12  9 2 27.54   0.0          0.0  0.0  30.37  30 29.86  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  1.92  -2.27 1.91 14  1.92 13-14  2 1 25.61  0.0          0.0  3.9  30.44  30 29.85  11         2400
         CAE  0.72  -3.22 0.42 14  0.55 13-14  4 0 23.63  0.0          0.0  0.2  30.41  30 29.83  11         2400
         CRE  1.62  -3.96 0.75 12  0.76 12-13  5 0 26.23  0.0          0.0       30.36  30 29.88  11         2400
         CHS  7.29  +1.31 2.16 16  2.48 13-14 11 3 31.97  0.0          0.0    T  30.35  30 29.88  27         2400
         FLO  1.00  -2.67 0.50 11  0.61 11-12  6 0 24.80  0.0          0.0       30.36  30 29.88  11         2400
         GSP  1.31  -2.66 1.30 14  1.30    14  2 1 23.46  0.0          0.0  1.5            29.82  11         2400
         OGB  2.27        1.22 12  1.23 12-13  6 1 31.00                         30.40  30 29.87  27         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  0.74  -2.34 0.35 14 0.37 10-11  4 0 16.33   0.0            0.0   2.8 30.45 30 29.87  11        2400
         DAV  2.96        1.17 15             5 1 51.91   0.0            0.0 193.6                           0700    

    Virginia:

    Annandale - Lowell sends these additional notes: " Facts: The summer of 2007 was the second driest in the past 27 years and September was the second driest on record here in the last 27 years with only 0.48 inches of precipitation a -3.69 inch departure. Only September of 2005 was drier with 0.27 inches of rain. September had the highest precipitation deficit of 2007 so far and for the year we are now - 11.95 inches below average on precipitation. In the past 27 years the least precipitation recorded from January to the end of September was 22.54 inches before this year. The year 2007 is 0.37 inches less than 2002. The year 2002 like 2007 has been so far warmer than average. Well what was the weather like in 2003 and the winter of 2002-03? Annandale snowfall for 2002-2003, total 46.5 inches The year 2003 was our wettest year with 66.01 inches precipitation and a surplus of 21.27 inches for the year. 2003 3.06/8.19/4.54/3.21/7.09/5.82/6.75/3.98/7.80/4.93/5.28/5.36/66.01/21.27 Will history repeat itself ?? It was also very warm for September and the third warmest in the last 27 years; only 1980 and 1998 were warmer. September only had six days with measurable rain; only three Septembers in the last 27 years have had less. Only four months in the last 324 months has the precipitation total for the month been less than this September. September was the second driest on record here in the last 27 years with only 0.48 inches of precipitation a -3.69 inch departure. September had the highest precipitation deficit of 2007 and for the year we are now - 11.95 inches below average on precipitation. Only September of 2005 was drier with only 0.27 inches of rain. It was also very warm for September and the third warmest in the last 27 years, only 1980, and 1998 were warmer. September only had six days with measurable rain; only three Septembers in the last 27 years have had less. Only four months in the last 324 months has the precipitation total for the month been less than this September's total. September's average sky cover made it not only the clearest September in the last 27 years but the clearest (sky cover) of any month in the past 27 years although October of 2001 was almost as clear. Also with the clear skies and little rain the lowest relative humidity for September was 22% ; only four Septembers in the past 27 years have recorded a lower minimum. September's mean average temperature was 71.8F which was a +4.0F departure. The maximum temperature for September was 92F on the 7th, 8th, and 10th and was the highest temperature in September since 1985 when 97F was recorded. Also the lowest maximum for the month was 70F which was only one degree from the 27-year record 71F in 1980. The four days with 90F or higher in September were the most since 1985. September's average temperature range was 22.0F the most in September in the past 27 years due to the clear skies of this month; the previous record was 1980. The maximum temperature range was 31F the most since 1989. The maximum wind gust of 30 mph from the north occurred on the 28th at 1618 and the average is 31 mph. The highest barometer was 30.51 inches on the 30th which was the highest barometer recorded in September since 1985 when 30.56 was recorded and the third highest in the past 47 years; that includes my barometer records from Rockingham County, Virginia. There were only 7 daily records set! September DAILY Records Tied or Broken- (27-Years of records): 2 daily HIGH maximum temperature: 25, 26; 2 daily HIGH minimum temperature: 10, 22; 3 daily HIGH temperature: 21, 24, 30. " [ + - ] 

    Arlington - From NWS WBC comes these notes: " SEPTEMBER 2007 WAS A WARM AND VERY DRY MONTH WITH ONLY 0.60 INCHES OF RAIN RECORDED. THIS MAKES IT THE FIFTH DRIEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD DATING BACK TO 1871. ONLY THREE DAYS OF MEASURABLE RAINFALL OF AT LEAST 0.01 INCHES OCCURRED. THIS WAS TIED FOR THE SECOND LOWEST TOTAL ON RECORD. THE FEWEST NUMBER OF DAYS OF MEASURABLE RAINFALL WAS TWO SET IN SEPTEMBER 1874. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN SEPTEMBER 2007 WAS 72.9 DEGREES WHICH IS ABOVE AVERAGE. THIS WAS TIED FOR THE 18TH WARMEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD. " [ + - ] 

    Bridgewater - " The temperature was 3.07 degrees above normal while the precipitation was 2.73 inches below normal. There were no thunderstorms during the month. The total precipitation for the year is now 24.46 inches which is about 5 inches below normal. It's getting very dry here. The ground is very hard . Nothing exciting happened in Bridgewater during September. Looking forward to a good snowstorm! " - [ + - ] - notes from Clayton

    Centreville - " If it's excitement you seek, please don't come to Centreville for your thrill of a lifetime. It ain't here... We couldn't even set a record for being the most boring. Even that distinction has already been taken. The September average temperature was 3.8 above the 66.5 monthly average, but no records set here; that was done back in January. Once again it was drier than usual. We received just a third of the 3.47', or 1.19" for the month. It wasn't the driest though; that honor is held by May that received only 20% of normal. Our hottest temperature for September was 90 recorded on the 7th and 8th. The 80.9 average minimum temperature was nearly 2 warmer than the 79.0 average; not bad for the last month of summer. Forty-four degrees was the lowest it got this month, and that entered our logbook on the 16th. The average minimum for September came in at 59.7. That was 5.8 above the 53.9 low average; no records were set there either; January holds on to that distinction as well, being 9.9 above the monthly low average. Another month slipped by with below normal precipitation making it the seventh month during 2007 when this happened. September holds the second place in the lack of precipitation department with only 1.19" in the tipping bucket this time. For the year we have accumulated 19.88", leaving us 12.32" shy at 38% of our 32.20" normal. Forget the waders folks, there ain't enough water in the ole' creek to even make it worthwhile putting on flip-flops. " - [ + - ] - additional notes from Paul

    Chantilly - Russ Topping sends these notes: " September precipitation continues below normal. The drought worsens. Water restrictions are now in place. We are running 10.98" below statistical average, for this point in the year. For the month, precipitation was 2.12" below normal. September temperatures were 2.5 above normal, with record highs recorded at nearby Dulles Int'l Airport on the 8th (93) and 26th (93). We heard the rumble of thunder on the 10th and 27th, which gave us what little rain that we received. *Please note, anemometer is currently partially obstructed " - [ + - ]

    Dulles - from NWS Sterling (KLWX) comes these notes: " SEPTEMBER 2007 WAS A DRY MONTH WITH BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL OF 1.40 INCHES. THIS WAS THE EIGHTH DRIEST ON RECORD DATING BACK TO 1963. SEPTEMBER 2007 WAS QUITE WARM WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 71.2F DEGREES. THIS WAS THE THIRD WARMEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD. THERE WERE 10 DAYS THAT REACHED OR SURPASSED 90F DEGREES. THIS WAS THE THIRD HIGHEST NUMBER OF 90F DAYS IN SEPTEMBER DATING BACK TO 1963. " - [ + - ]

    Falls Church - Windie reports: " September was a warm and very dry month.....Unfortunately the drought continues. " - [ + - ]

    Herndon - Bob Beall sends these notes: " This is my final transmission. I now have 31 water years of daily precipitation observations which, in my mind, qualifies as a "normal" for this site. Some time ago I retired my semi- antique Taylor thermograph and barograph for lack of charts. A Truchek rain gage and a 6-inch storage gage will remain in the back yard; and my semi-antique Davis Weather Wizard II will continue to under-register rainfall in the front yard. " - [ M - ]

    Herndon - Randy sends us these additional notes: " And the drought goes on!!! September was another warm and very dry month, continuing the trend for the year. The high temperatures remained in the 80s and lower 90s for most of the month, except for a mid-month stretch and the last few days of the month. The humidity was much lower for most of the month and this let the low temps drop frequently into the 50s and occasionally the 40s. I was able to shut off my air conditioning for most of the month. The savings in my electric bill will help to offset my higher water bill. Overall, we ended the month 1.4 degrees above normal with temps exceeding 90 degrees 7 times. The precipitation occurred only during two periods during the month. The first from the 10th through the 14th of the month and the second from the 27th through the 28th- The second period brought the heaviest rainfall amounts when I recorded 0.83 inches of rain. This was a very localized thunderstorm and the amounts fell off quickly east and west of my location. The month ended up at only 1.54 inches of rain which was over 3 inches below normal. The total precipitation for 2007 is now only 21.52 inches; about 14 inches below. Unless we get into a much wetter pattern, this will easily be the driest year I have ever seen since I began my weather site 15 years ago. " - [ + - ]

    Ladysmith - Danny adds: " TEMPERATURES FINISH SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE MONTH, BUT THE LACK OF PRECIPITATION CONTINUES TO BE THE STORY. ONE RAINFALL EVENT OVERNIGHT ON THE 14TH INTO THE 15TH PROVIDES ALL THE RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH. ONLY 0.71" OF RAIN HAS FALLEN SINCE AUGUST 21. YEAR-TO-DATE RAINFALL IS NEARLY 20 INCHES LOWER THAN THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR. " - [ + - ]

    Portsmouth - " CONTINUED WARM AND DRY! SEPTEMBER 2007 WAS THE DRIEST SEPTEMBER IN THE DATABASE TO 1976 WITH 0.25". THE PREVIOUS DRIEST SEPTEMBER WAS IN 1978 WITH 0.26". The average temp was 1.0 above the norm while rainfall was well-below normal with at 5% of the normal or -4.51". New station records included: 11th - TEMPERATURE - MAXIMUM MINIMUM TIED - 73 [previous 1985] and 17th - TEMPERATURE - MINIMUM 53 [previous 54 1985] " [ + - ] 

    North Carolina:

    Greensboro - NWS Raleigh (RAH) reports: " ...CLIMATE RECORDS FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER... 7TH... LOW OF 70 DEGREES TIED THE RECORD OF WARMEST LOW PREVIOUSLY SET IN 2004; 10TH...HIGH OF 95 DEGREES TIED THE RECORD PREVIOUSLY SET IN 1983; 11TH...LOW OF 72 DEGREES BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF WARMEST LOW OF 71 SET IN 1965; 27TH...HIGH OF 90 DEGREES TIED THE RECORD PREVIOUSLY SET IN 1986. MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 73.9 DEGREES IS TIED FOR THE THIRD WARMEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD AT GSO. THE WARMEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD IS 74.6 DEGREES... SET IN 1933. The September 2007 North Carolina Weather Review is located here: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/ncsummaries/MonthlySummary.Sep.2007.doc [when available]. " - [ + - ]

    Raleigh - Bob adds: " Hot and dry again!! The drought continues, however 2.60" rain was measured on September 14th. Along with the dry conditions, there were 14 days that the maximum temperature was at least 90 degrees including 101 degrees on the 10th. Severe weather was observed on the 14th with several confirmed tornadoes in the RAH CWA. " - [ + - ]

    Raleigh - NWS Raleigh (RAH) reports: " ...CLIMATE RECORDS FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER... 10TH...HIGH OF 101 DEGREES BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 97 SET IN 1983; 11TH...HIGH OF 99 DEGREES BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 97 SET IN 1983; 11TH...LOW OF 74 DEGREES BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF WARMEST LOW OF 71 SET IN 1987; 14TH...RECORD DAILY PCPN OF 1.91 INCHES BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 0.98 INCHES. THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 75.0 DEGREES IS THE SECOND WARMEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD AT RDU. THE WARMEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD AT RDU IS 76.0 DEGREES... SET IN 2005. THE ALL TIME RECORD WARMEST SEPTEMBER FOR THE RALEIGH AREA IS 78.5 DEGREES... SET IN 1921 The September 2007 North Carolina Weather Review is located here: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/ncsummaries/MonthlySummary.Sep.2007.doc [when available]. " - [ + - ]

    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 2006-2007 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   
    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
    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