As recorded at Norfolk’s National Weather Service Cooperative Weather Observer Station, Norfolk 2SW, by the Great Mountain Forest Corporation.

Norfolk 2SW has recorded weather observations since January 1, 1932.

April 2006

High Temperature: 73° F on the 20th

Low temperature: 26° F on the 5th and 9th

Average Temperature: 46.0° F (3.4° F above normal)

Total Precipitation: 5.48” (1.04” above normal)

Total Snowfall: 1.7” (5.4” below normal)

Worth Noting:

  • The rain, then snow, that fell on the 3rd and 4th and then the rain that fell over the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd provided a vast majority of the month’s total precipitation.
  • For the months of January through April 2006 we are only 0.11” below normal for total precipitation, but we are 20.2” below normal for snowfall.
  • For the Winter Season of 2005-2006 (October 2005 through April 2006) our snowfall total is now 80.3”, which is 15.3” below normal.
  • Even though the monthly precipitation total was a little above average, the state was under a Red Flag Warning for a number of days during the month.
  • Red Flag, as defined by the NWS, is a term used by fire-weather forecasters to call attention to limited weather conditions of particular importance that may result in extreme burning conditions. It is issued when it is an on-going event or the fire weather forecaster has a high degree of confidence that Red Flag criteria will occur within 24 hours of issuance. Red Flag criteria occurs whenever a geographical area has been in a dry spell for a week or two, or for a shorter period , if before spring green-up or after fall color, and the National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) is high to extreme and the following forecast weather parameters are forecasted to be met:
    1) a sustained wind average 15 mph or greater
    2) relative humidity less than or equal to 25% and
    3) a temperature of greater than 75° F.