2020 Text Summaries And Records By Month
Narrative Summaries for Other Years


THE YEAR 2020
    JANUARY 2020 SUMMARY
    
     					Springfield Park, Glen Allen, Virginia Summary January 2020 
     
    January was very warm for the first 16 days then was below average to the 23rd then near average to the end of the month. 
    This is clearly shown on the graph for January. 
    Note on the graph the 11th and 14th the unusual occurrence where the minimum temp. was above the average maximum temperature. 
    The max. departure for the month was 35.8°F on the 11th and was the only day Richmond had a daily record tied for the date. 
     The average relative humidity for January was 72.9 percent, a new record with a departure of 6.9 percent, 
    which was related to the warmer than normal temperatures. 
    There was only one cold period with dry cold air. The average minimum temperature was 32.7°F a 5.4°F departure for January.
     The highest minimum was 46.5°F a 12.4°F departure. 
    The highest maximum of 71.9°F on the 12th tied for 3rd place for January. 
    The average ground temperature at one foot for January was 45.8°F, a new record for the month.  
    On the 28th I observed two daffodils blooming in our neighborhood which is the earliest I can remember. 
    The monthly mean temp. for January was 42.7°F, a new record for January and 5.5°F departure. 
    There were 21 days the minimum temperature was below freezing during the month; the average is 21.3°F. 
    The minimum of 18.2°F on the 21st was the lowest minimum for the month a 10.4°F departure. 
    The 28.8°F temperature range on the 2nd was the largest temperature range for January and the 5.2°F was the least on the 14th.  
    The highest barometric pressure was 30.78 inches on January 9th which was the second highest pressure ever recorded at this station for January
    and the highest since February 13, 2018 when the pressure was 30.81 inches. 
    The lowest barometer was only 29.55 on the 4th which was the highest minimum for January in the past 11 years.  
    The Springfield Park station broke only fourteen 11-year daily records which was below average for January.
    The snowfall for January was only a trace of snow which was a -5.3-inch departure. The only other year with a trace was 2012. 
    The maximum wind for the month was 32 mph on the 12th which was a -3.1-mph departure. 
    January had 11 days with measurable precipitation and a total of 3.38 inches precipitation for January which was only a 0.08 departure.
           
    
    					Richmond International Airport 
    
    The mean temperature was 43.2°F with a departure of 5.3°F making it the 14th warmest mean temperature since 1897 
    and the 17th warmest since 1880. 
    The average maximum temp. was 52.6 a departure of 5.2°F and was the 16th warmest. 
    The lowest maximum temp. was 37°F; only 6 years have had a warmer low maximum temp. for January.
    The average minimum temperature was 33.8°F which was a 5.5°F departure and the 15th warmest since 1897.   
    The minimum temp. was below freezing on 19 days. 
    The highest temperature for January was 72°F on the 11th which tied the daily record for the date with 1975 and 1976.
    The 20°F minimum temperature for January on the 22nd was the highest for January since 2006.  
    The 4°F temperature range on the 14th was the lowest for the month. 
    The 32°F range on the 22nd was the highest temp. range for January 
    The Airport had eleven days with measurable precipitation giving 3.59 inches of precipitation which was a departure of 0.55 inches. 
    This was the 47th wettest January since 1887. Only a trace of sleet fell on the 18th. 
    The last time the Airport had no measurable frozen precip. in January was 2012.
     The frozen precipitation departure for January was -2.1 inches. 
    
    
    


FEBRUARY
    FEBRUARY 2020 SUMMARY
    
      					 
                                         Springfield Park, Glen Allen February 2020
    The mean temperature for February was 44.6°F, a +3.0°F departure and the 4th warmest Feb. 
    The warmest day was on the 4th as the daily mean was 57.5°F. 
    The lowest max. for the month was 40°F on the 20th the highest ever recorded for a low maximum in February. 
    There were 15 days below freezing a departure of -2.4 days; the average is 17.4 days. 
    The month had 4 periods warmer than average and 4 periods colder than average as can be observed from the graph.  
    The 3.78 inches of precipitation makes this February the 4th wettest on record with a departure of 0.83 inches. 
    The 1.61 inches of precip. in a calendar day on the 6th and the high 24-hour precipitation amount
     on the 6th-7th of 1.74 inches were both the 2nd highest recorded for February. 
    February had 14 days with measurable precipitation which tied for the most on record. 
    This month was also the 3rd cloudiest February on record; the record was set in 2018. 
    The average relative humidity was 71.9% and tied for the 2nd highest for February. 
    The average temperature range was 20.2°F which was the 4th lowest on record for February. 
    The average relative humidity was 71.9 percent, the 2nd highest on record, 
    and on the 26th the relative humidity never dropped below 97 percent which was a new record.
    The maximum wind gust during February was 50 mph which was a new record for the month occurring on February 7th.
    This was also the second highest wind ever recorded at this station for any month. (11years of records) 
    The wind run for the month was 2375 miles the 2th highest for February. 
    The highest barometer recorded for the month was 30.68 inches on the 15th which was the 4th highest for Feb.  
    The lowest was 29.06 inches on the 7th and was the lowest minimum barometric pressure on record for February and
     the lowest barometer since Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012. 
    Springfield Park had only a trace of snow in February a giving a -3.9 inch departure.
    
    
    
    

    Springfield Park Winter Season December, January, February 2019-2020
    Winter Season December, January, February 2019-2020

    Richmond International Airport The Richmond Airport had 5 daily records for February. (1) The highest daily temp. range was 38°F on the 23rd; the previous record was 37°F in 1942, 1943, 2014. (2) The 72°F max. temp. on the 4th tied the record in 1991. (3) The min. temp on the 4th of 57°F was a new record; the previous record was 51°F in 1952. Only 9 years have had a warmer min. since 1897. (4) The daily mean temp on the 3rd was 58.5°F and tied with 1989. (5) The daily mean for the 4th of 64.5°F was a new record; the previous record was 60°F in 1957. The max. temp. this month was 72°F on the 3rd& 4th. The minimum temperature this month was 20°F on the 22nd. The average max. temp. was 54.7°F a departure of 3.4°F. The ave. min. temp. of 35.2°F was a departure of 4.7°F. The mean temperature for February was 45°F a departure of 4.1°F. February was the 9th warmest since 1897 and the 14th warmest since 1880. Feb. lowest max. temp was 39°F; only 5 years were warmer since 1897. Only 10 years since 1887 have had more precip. than the 1.60 inches of rain on the 6th. The total precipitation for February was 3.59 inches with a surplus of 0.83 inches making it the 46th wettest February since 1887 and the 49th wettest since 1872. The airport had 13 days with precip. and 0.5 inches of snow on the 20th. February had a negative 3.3-inch snowfall departure.

    Richmond Winter Season Dec, Jan, Feb 2019-2020
    Winter Season Dec, Jan, Feb 2019-2020



MARCH
    MARCH 2020 SUMMARY
    
    					 	Springfield Park, Glen Allen, VA
    
    March was the cloudiest with the highest average relative humidity, lowest ave. temp. range, 
    second driest and second warmest on record.
    Only 2012 was warmer and only 2016 drier.   
    The mean temperature for March was 55.2°F which was a departure of 7.1°F.  
    Most of March was above average as the graph shows particularly on the minimum temps. 
    Springfield Park had only 3 days that the minimum temperature was less than or equal to 32°F; 
    the average is 11.6 days or a negative 8.6 day departure.
    The highest min. temp. was 70°F on the 20th which was the highest on record for March. 
    The 87.8°F on the 20th was a new maximum temp. for March. 
    The minimum temperature was 20.8°F on the 1st.  
    March had 10 days that the high temperature was less than or equal to 70°F and the average is 6.9 days. 
    This was the cloudiest March on record and clouds reduced the temp. range.  
    The 20.5°F average temp. range was also the lowest on record for March. 
    The average ground temperature at one foot for the month was 51.7°F which was a 3.5°F departure. 
    The average relative humidity was 67.7 Percent which was a 3.8 percent departure for March. 
    The dew point on March 29th was also a new record high for March topping 70°F.
    The 2.30 inches of precipitation for March was a -1.26 inch departure on the 11-year average
     and the driest since 2016. 
    There were 10 days with measurable precipitation; only 2018 had less for March.  
    The maximum wind gust during March was 35 mph which occurred on the 3rd & 10th 
    which ties for the lowest on record for March. 
    But the ave. daily wind run was 101 miles and the total wind run for March of 3131.3 miles. 
    They are both new records for March.
    The highest barometer was 30.62 inches on the 8th. 
    The lowest reading was 29.56 inches on the 3rd which was the 4th highest minimum reading on record. 
    There was not even a trace of snow in March which was the 2nd time on record for this station. 
    The winter season had only 0.1 inches of frozen precip. the least on record. 
    (Springfield Park has 11 years of records.) 
    Even with the 0.3 inches of snow in November it was the least snow on record for the winter season;
     the previous minimum record was 1.7 inches in the winter of 2008-09.
    
    
    					Richmond International Airport 
    
    The average maximum temperature was 64.9°F which was a  4.9°F departure. 
    The average minimum was 44.7°F which was 7.6°F departure. 
    The mean temperature for March was 54.8°F which was 6.2°F above the 30-year mean temperature. 
    This was the 4th warmest March on record since 1880. 
    The 3 warmer Marches were in 1945 58.5°F, 2012 58.3°F, and 1921 57.6°F.  
    The lowest maximum temp. for March was 49°F on the 23rd  an only 2 years in March has the temp. been higher. 
    The highest minimum temp. or warmest night in March was 65°F that occurred on the 20th 
    and only 4 nights have been warmer in March since 1897. 
    The highest temperature was 88°F on the 20th and 29th, and the lowest temperature of 21 was on the 1st. 
     This March had only 2 days that the minimum temperature was less than or equal to 32°F. 
    This is the least since 1945 and only 1903 had less since 1897.
    The total precipitation for March was 2.66 inches which is a departure of -1.38 inches 
    making it the 43rd driest March since 1887. 
    March had 11 days with measurable precipitation.
    The Richmond International Airport had two daily record this March. 
    The 88°F maximum temperature on the 20th was a new high record for the date in March; 
    the previous record was 85°F in 1948. 
    The daily mean temp. of 76.5°F was a record high daily mean temp. on the 20th; 
    the previous record was 75°F in 1945. 
    Only 4 times since 1897 has March had such a warm daily mean; the highest daily mean is 78.5 in 1907.  
    The average daily temperature range for March was 20.1°F the 27th lowest since 1897.
    There was not even a trace of snow in March and for the winter season Dec, Jan, Feb 
    the total snowfall was only 0.6 inches the least since the winter of 2008-09.
    
    
    


APRIL
    APRIL 2020 SUMMARY
    
      					Springfield Park, Glen Allen, VA
    
    April was the second wettest on record with 4.68 inches of precipitation and
    a 1.35 inch departure with 17 days of measurable precipitation which
    set a new record for the month; the previous record was only 13 days.  
    The 1.44 inches of precipitation that fell on the 30th tied for the 2nd greatest precip. in a day in April and
     was 31 percent of the total precip. for April
    The cloud cover for April was 4th highest on record. 
    The average relative humidity for the month was 69.2 percent and was 5.1 percent above the average making it 
    the 2nd highest average relative humid on record for April. 
    On April 7th during a thunderstorm 0.24 inches of rain was recorded in 5 minutes 
    which set a new 11-year 5 minute record for the station for April.
    The mean temperature for April of 56.6deg;F was the 3rd lowest on record with a departure of -2.7deg;F. 
    The average maximum of 68.5deg;F was the 3rd lowest for April with the average minimum temperature of 44.7deg;F in the past 11 years. 
    The monthly maximum temperature for April of 82.2deg;F on the 13th was the 2nd lowest maximum temperature on record for April. 
    The lowest monthly maximum was 81deg;F in 2015. When looking at the graph for April, 
    note the nights where cool and below average about 75 percent of the month. 
    The warmest night was on April 13th with a minimum of 59.6deg;F which was the coolest high minimum for any April in the past 11 years.
    The lowest minimum temperature was 33.3deg;F recorded on the 19th with a light patchy frost.  
    But no freezing temperatures were recorded in April which has occurred only 4 times in the past 11 years. 
    The average temperature range for April was 23.8deg;F which was 4th highest on record.
    The maximum range for April was 35deg;F on April 19th which was the 2nd lowest maximum temp. range on record for April.
    On April 13th at 8:35 AM a 43 mph wind gust from the SSE was recorded which was a new high wind record and it did not occur during a thunderstorm.
    
     
    
    
    
    
    
    					Richmond International Airport 
    
    April had 18 days with measurable precip. which ties with 1918 for the most in the past 133 years.
    April was the 19th wettest April since 1887 with 4.71 inches of precipitation which was a departure of 1.44 inches above the average.
    The greatest daily precipitation was 1.70 inches on the 30th which was 36 percent of the total for April. 
    Only 14 years have had more precipitation in April in a calendar day. 
    This was also a daily record for the 30th; the previous record was only 0.93 inches in 1895.
    The average maximum temperature of 68.7deg;F was a departure of -1.6deg;F. 
    The average minimum temperature of 45.1deg;F was a departure of 1.0deg;F. 
    The average mean temperature was 56.9deg;F which was the 52nd coolest April since 1897 and a negative 1.3deg;F departure. 
    The highest temperature for April was only 83deg;F on the 13th. 
    Only 11 of the 123 years have had a lower reading and the lowest is 80deg;F. 
    The maximum temperature range for April was only 35deg;F and 
    only 8 years in the past 123 years have had a lower maximum temp. range for April; the record low range was 32deg;F in 1911.
    
    The Airport had 2 daily records for April.
    On the 22nd the 33deg;F record low minimum temperature; the previous record was 34deg;F recorded in 1953, 1950, and 1934.
    On the 30th the 1.70 inches of precipitation was a new record; the previous record was only 0.93 inches recorded in 1895.
    
    


MAY
    MAY 2020 SUMMARY
    
    					Springfield Park, Glen Allen, VA
    
    May’s mean temperature was 63.7°F a -5.3°F departure and the coolest May on record for Springfield Park. 
    Springfield Park had no 90°F days in May for the first time since 2013; last year May had seven 90°F days. 
    The average maximum was 73.8°F a -5.6°F departure and the average minimum was 53.6°F a -5.0°F departure. 
    The max. temp. for May was 87.1°F on the 29th which is a new record, the lowest max. temp. for May. 
    Springfield Park’s highest temp. for 2020 is still March 20th with an observation of 87.8°F for the maximum. 
    The month’s lowest minimum was 30.8°F on the 9th and 10th which was 5.2°F colder than the previous record.  
    May 9th had a daily mean of 45.3°F making it the coldest May day on record. 
            May was also the 3rd cloudiest and had only 11 days with measurable rainfall but 18 days if traces were counted.  
    The average ground temp. at 1 foot was 63°F the lowest on record for May. 
    The AM sky was the cloudiest on record for May. From May 17th to May 30th inclusive, 14 mornings were cloudy.  
    My tomato plants are the smallest on record at the end of May.
            May, with 2.19 inches of precipitation, was the driest May on record; the previous record was 2.37 inches in 2015. 
    But with cool temps and the cloudy skies the rainfall shortage wasn’t felt.
            The total wind run of 2347.8 miles made May the windiest on record. 
    The maximum wind for the month however was only 34 mph on the 8th as May had no strong storms. 
    May had only 1 day with thunder which was the least on record for May. 
    							
    
    

    Springfield Park Spring Season March, April, May, 2020
    Spring Season March, April, May, 2020

    Richmond International Airport The mean temp. for May was 63.8°F a -2.6°F dep. which made it the 20th coolest May on record since 1880. The average maximum for May was 73.8°F a -4.1°F departure and only ten Mays have been cooler since 1897. The average minimum was 53.8°F a – 1.2°F departure. The maximum temperature for May was 87°F on the 3rd and 16th; only 7 years were lower since 1897. The lowest recorded temperature in May was 32°F on the 10th which was not only a record for the date but was only one degree from the lowest temperature ever recorded in May in the past 140 years; only the record of 31°F recorded in 1956 was lower. The lowest daily temperature range for May was 4°F on the 18th. Only May of 1917 and 2003 had a lower daily temp. range. The 47.0°F daily mean temperature on the 9th was the 7th lowest on record for May in the past 123 years. The 73°F minimum on the 29th was only 1 degree from the highest minimum temperature for May. The record was 74°F in 1991. The Richmond International Airport had 1.90 inches of precipitation or the driest May since 2015. May was the 18th driest May since 1887. The spring season this year had 9.26 inches of precipitation the least since 2012 when only 7.36 inches of precipitation was recorded. The Richmond International Airport had 6 daily records that either tied or were broken. 1 Record High Minimum May 29th 73°F new record - the old record 71°F in 2019 2 Record Low Minimums May 10th 32°F new record - the old record 35°F in 1966, 1923 May 12th 38°F tied - the old record set in 1941, 1938 2 Record Low Temperature Ranges May 18th 4°F tied - the old record set in 2003 May 20th 7°F tied - the old record set in 1987, 1929 1 Record Low Means May 10th 47.0°F new record - the old record 48.0°F in 1947, 1928

    Richmond Spring Season March, April, May, 2020
    Spring Season March, April, May, 2020



JUNE
    JUNE 2020 SUMMARY
    
     					Springfield Park, Glen Allen, VA
    
    June had a warm period from the 2nd to the 11th and a cool period from the 12th to the 21st. 
    The temperatures from the 22nd to the end of June were near average (See the Graph) which balanced out as a near average June.
    The mean temperature for June was 75.7°F with a - 0.4°F departure which was the 6th coolest June on record.
     The highest temperature for the month was 94.5°F on the 4th and there were 11 ≥ 90°F days a 1.6-day departure. 
    There were 6 days the minimum temperature was ≥ 70°F and the average is 9 days. 
    The maximum average temperature for June was 85.6°F a -0.6°F departure.
     Springfield Park had 19 new daily records for the 12 years of records. 
    The highest daily temperature range in June was 29°F on June 8th which tied for 4th greatest for June. 
    June was a windy month with a total wind run of 2051.4 miles for the month a new record. 
    The average wind run for the day of 68.4 miles was also a new record for June.  
    The windy part of June was in the first 17 days.
    The maximum wind for June at this station was only 25 mph on the 22nd at 1446 preceding a thunderstorm. 
    June had the lowest maximum wind speed as there wasn’t any strong thunderstorms but many weak storms. 
    Thunder was heard on 8 days during June which tied for the most on record for June but none of the 8 thunderstorms were severe. 
    The strongest thunderstorm was on the 19th and was of note mainly for heavy rain. 
    The average barometric pressure was 30.00 inches of mercury the 2nd highest on record for June. 
    The lowest pressure for June was 29.71 a new record maximum for June.
    The 4.79 inches of rain made June the 6th wettest June on record but was near average for June based on a 12-year average.
    
    
    
    					Richmond International Airport 
    
    The Richmond International Airport had 5.25 inches of precipitation for June which was a +1.32-inch departure, 
    making it the 39th wettest June on record since 1897.  
    There were only 12 days with precipitation and 2 days had more than one inch of rain on the 11th and 25th.  
    The most rain in a day was 1.30 inches on June 11th.
    The Airport’s maximum temperature average for June was 85.0°F a -1.1°F departure. 
    The Airport’s highest maximum temperature for June was 94°F on the 4th and lowest maximum temperature for June was 67°F on the 16th. 
    The Airport had 10 days the maximum temperature was ≥ 90°F.  
    The Airport’s minimum temperature average for June was 65.6°F a 1.1°F departure. 
    The Airport’s lowest minimum temperature for June was 54°F on the 1st and highest minimum temperature for June was 73°F on the 4th, 10th, 28th. 
    The Airport had 8 days the minimum temperature was ≥ 70°F for the month.
    The Airport’s mean temperature for June of 75.3°F was a 0°F departure from average and the 37th warmest June since 1897.  
    The daily high mean temperature (hottest day) for June was 83.5°F on the 4th.  
    The daily lowest mean temperature (coolest day) for June was 63.5°F on the 16th.  
          The max temperature range for June was 29°F on the 8th ; only 24 years have had a lower monthly maximum temperature range for June.
     The average daily temperature range was 19.3°F, a -2.0°F departure and the lowest temperature range was 7°F on June 16th. 
    
    				The Airport tied one daily record in June.
    
    	Jun   04th   73°F min. tied the record set in 1981 for highest min. temp. for the date.
    
    
    
    


JULY
    JULY 2020 SUMMARY
    
     					Springfield Park, Glen Allen, VA
    
    
    
    
    					Richmond International Airport 
    
    
    


AUGUST
    AUGUST 2020 SUMMARY
    
    					 Springfield Park, Glen Allen, VA 
    
    

    Springfield Park Summer Season June, July, August, 2020
    Summer Season June, July, August, 2020

    Richmond International Airport

    Richmond International Airport Summer Season June, July, August, 2020
    Summer Season June, July, August, 2020



SEPTEMBER
    SEPTEMBER 2020 SUMMARY
    
     					Springfield Park, Glen Allen, VA
    
    
    
    
    					Richmond International Airport 
    


OCTOBER
    OCTOBER 2020 SUMMARY
    
     					Springfield Park, Glen Allen, VA
    
    
    
    
    					Richmond International Airport  
    


NOVEMBER
    NOVEMBER 2020 SUMMARY
    
    					Springfield Park, Glen Allen, VA
    
    

    Springfield Park Autumn Season Sep., Oct., Nov., 2020
    Autumn Season Sep., Oct., Nov., 2020

    The Richmond International Airport Autumn Season Sep., Oct., Nov., 2020
    Autumn Season Sep., Oct., Nov., 2020



DECEMBER
  • DECEMBER 2020 SUMMARY
    
     					Springfield Park, Glen Allen, VA
    
    
    
    
    					Richmond International Airport