Unseasonable Warmth!

Unseasonably warm temperatures were noted across the region on Sunday, with more warm weather on the way for the first half of the week ahead. While most sites did not report record breaking heat, most locations did report high temperatures in the upper 80s to lower 90s, temperatures that are 15 to 20 degrees above normal! There were a few records recorded Sunday, however, with both Salisbury and Wallops Island recording new record high temperatures. Salisbury reached 91° Sunday (breaking the old record of 88°, 1997), withWallops Island reaching a high of 88° (82°, 2002). To put the warm temperatures into prospective, consider the following information, compiled for Richmond, Norfolk, Salisbury and Elizabeth City:

LAST TIME TEMPERATURES HIT 90F OR ABOVE IN OCTOBER...

  • RIC OCT 6 1997 (92F)
  • ORF OCT 4 1986 (94F)
  • SBY OCT 6 1997 (92F)
  • ECG OCT 5 2002 (91F)

HOW UNUSUAL ARE 90F + TEMPERATURES FOR OCTOBER? ALTHOUGH MOST YEARS DO NOT SEE 90F IN OCTOBER ACROSS THE REGION...THERE ARE SOME NOTOABLE EXCEPTIONS...

OCTOBER 90F (OR HIGHER) CLIMATOLOGY LISTED BELOW...

MOST 90F DAYS HOTTEST OCT DAY LATEST IN MONTH
RICHMOND...6 (1954&1941) 99F (OCT 6, 1941) 90F (OCT 16, 1897)
NORFOLK...6 (1941) 95F (OCT 4, 1954) 92F (OCT 10, 1939)
SALISBURY...2 (1939) 92F (OCT 6, 1997) 92F (OCT 10, 1939)

INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT MOST OF THESE YEARS WITH 90 DEGREE DAYS IN OCTOBER HAD PRECIPITATION DEFICITS (COMPARED TO NORMAL) GOING INTO OCTOBER. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE AT RICHMOND WERE THE ENTIRE YEAR IN 1941 RECIEVED JUST 22.91 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION!

JAN-SEP PRECIPITATION LISTED BELOW...

  AVE 2007 1954 1941
RIC 34.13 30.32 22.17 19.01
ORF 36.26 24.62 35.74 27.95
SBY 36.37 25.56 29.02 25.09

RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES (FRI OCT 5TH-WED OCT 10TH)

  6TH 7TH 8TH 9TH 10TH
RIC 99/1941 95/1941 95/1941 92/1939 92/1939
ORF 94/1954 90/1941 92/1941 91/1939 92/1939
SBY 92/1997 88/1997 88/1939 91/1939 92/1939
ECG 95/1954 95/1941 93/1941 89/1939 92/1939

 

 

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Page composed by Mike Montefusco

Data compiled by Larry Brown