JULY 03, 2011
A thunderstorm with rain starting at 2222 and winds up to 35 mph lasted about 45 minutes and the rain ending around midnight.
One lightning strike at 2240 hit a tree in my neighbors backyard not more than 50 feet from the weather station.
The surge of current in the ground took out most of my weather equipment.
I had back up instruments for some that were damaged but still have much left to fix.
JULY 08, 2011
The total rainfall today was 1.71 inches and 0.01 inches fell before 0055 of the 9th.
The Richmond International Airport had 1.72 inches and set a new record amount for the date.
This was the greatest 24 rainfall since October 27, 2010 when 2.06 inches was recorded.
The the rainfall for July is now 3.16 inches and the average rainfall to July 9 is 1.26 inches giving a departure of + 1.90 inches.
JULY 12, 2011 Highest Minimun Temperature on Record
The minimum temperature at Richmond International Airport on Tuesday July 12th was 81 °F breaking the daily record of 76 °F set back in 1993.
More significantly -- This is the 1st time in recorded history that Richmond has had a minimum temperature of 80 °F or higher.
Prior to today there have been 9 occurrences where the minimum was 79 °F at Richmond.
In a few cases the morning minimum was at or above 80 °F only to drop off below 80 °F prior to midnight est (1 am edt) the following evening.
Official daily records this time of year are recorded from 1:00 PM EDT to 1 AM EDT (or midnight to midnight ST ).
Daily temperature record keeping at Richmond began in 1897.
JULY 21, 2011 Very Hot
The maximum temperature today was 99.1 °F the highest maximum temperature at this station since 7-29-2010 when it was 100 °F.
It has also been 8 days since the last measurable precip. occurred in Glen Allen .
JULY 22, 2011 Very Hot
The minimum temperature last night was 79 °F the highest minimum temperature since July 25, 2010 when the minimum temperature was also 79 °F and the high that day was 102 °F.
The maximum temperature today was 102.1 °F the highest maximum temperature at this station since 7-24-2010 when it was 103 °F.
The maximum dew point was 79.3 °F and the maximum heat indea temperature was 118 °F at 1358.
It has also been 9 days since the last measurable precip. occurred in Glen Allen .
JULY 23, 2011 Record Heat
The minimum temperature last night was 80.2 °F at 06:31 the highest minimum temperature ever recorded at this station!
This record was not set because of an afternoon thunderstorm that cooled the temperature into the 70's °F.