Top 5 Weather Events of 2010

for the Blacksburg Forecast Area


The following are the top five weather events of 2010 across the Blacksburg Forecast Area as vote by our staff.


1. Most Consecutive Days with 1 inch of snow on the ground in Blacksburg and Lynchburg

Blacksburg experienced 71 days of at least one inch of snow on the ground for the winter of 2009-2010, surpassing the previous record of 56 set in 1977-78. In Lynchburg, there were 42 days of at least 1 inch of snow on the ground, with the previous high being 36 days in 1977-78. Roanoke tied their 1977-78 record of 40 days with one inch on the ground. For more on the winter of 2009-2010, go here.


2. October 26-27th Severe Weather Outbreak

In a 24 hour period, 4 tornadoes touched down across the NWS Blacksburg forecast area. An EF1 tornado touched down near King, North Carolina during the night of October 26th. About an hour later, a second tornado, rated EF0, was confirmed in Henry and Pittsylvania counties Virginia. Later that morning, an EF2 tornado touched down near Virgilina in Halifax County, Virginia. The last tornado, rated EF1, struck near King, North Carolina. The four tornadoes during this period were as many as was experienced in the previous 15 months. More information on this outbreak can be found here.

3. Warmest Summer on Record for Roanoke, Danville, Blacksburg and Bluefield

The average temperature from June through August 2010 was the warmest on record at Roanoke, Danville, Blacksburg and Bluefield. During this period Roanoke set 8 daily record warm low temperatures, and only one record high temperature. In Danville, there were 10 daily record warm low temperatures, and five record high temperatures. At Blacksburg, there were 13 record warm low temperatures, and four record highs. At Bluefield, 18 daily record warm low temperatures were set while there were six record high temperatures set. More on the summer of 2010 can be found here.

4. March 12th-13th Flooding

Heavy rains that fell late on the 12th and early on the 13th of March caused significant damage to roads and bridges along with home and property damage in Giles, Mercer, Greenbrier and Pulaski counties. Early estimates of damage in Giles County approached two million dollars. In Greenbrier County, WV, at least 270 homes were affected by flooding with 100 homes in Mercer County, WV, as well as 60 roads and bridges. More about the event can be found here.

5. January Cold Snap

For the period of January 1st through the 12th, the coldest temperatures on record were observed in Blacksburg, Bluefield, and Danville. This period was the 6th coldest on record in Roanoke. At Blacksburg, the average temperature during this period was 18.2 degrees, breaking the previous record of 18.9 degrees set in 1981. More on the winter of 2009-2010 can be found here.