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.

September 2006

High Temperature: 77° F on the 9th

Low temperature: 34° F on the 30th

Average Temperature: 58.1° F (only 0.2° F below normal)

Total Precipitation: 3.95” (only 0.7” below normal)

Worth Noting:

  • This month was a typical September for Norfolk. No records were broken for temperature or precipitation. Some Norfolk residents in low lying valleys reportedly had frosts on the 12th and 22nd. This station did not record a frost until the early morning of the 30th. This is roughly two weeks later than our usual first frost of the season.
  • There was one thunderstorm recorded at the station in the late afternoon of the 9th which for a brief period did produce vivid lightning and a small amount of 1/8” sized hail. Precipitation for the month was just a little below normal. We are now 3.60” above normal for total precipitation for the year.
  • Fall Foliage Report: As many may have heard, or seen for themselves, all summer long our maple trees have been infected with Anthracnose fungi and during September it was really apparent with their early leaf browning and leaf drop. The northwest hills were hit especially hard with this fungus this year. Some say it was worse than ever recorded, making late September look like a typical late October. We missed the bright yellows and oranges of our sugar maples and it has many local maple syrup producers a bit nervous. The experts do say that there should be no permanent damage done to the trees and that the spring’s maple syrup season won’t be affected that much and that next summer we should again see the maples full of healthy leaves. Only time will tell.