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May 2016

Climate Data For May 2016

Late Spring Beauty In Powell Valley
Late Spring Beauty In Powell Valley – May 2016

Climate Statistics For May 2016

( Lower Elevations of Russell Fork Basin )
Clintwood 1 W – Elevation 1560 feet
Average Daily MAX: 70.7 degrees
Average Daily MIN: 47.5 degrees
MEAN: 59.1 degrees
MAX Temperature: 83 degrees
MIN Temperature: 33 degrees
Total Precipitation: 6.72″
2016 Precipitaton: 18.01″

*( University Of Virginia’s College At Wise )
Wise NWS Station – Elevation 2520 feet
Average Daily MAX: 68.9 degrees
Average Daily MIN: 49.8 degrees
MEAN: 59.4 degrees
MAX Temperature: 80 degrees
MIN Temperature: 35 degrees
Total Precipitation: 4.85″
2016 Precipitation: 16.59″

*The National Weather Service Cooperative Station at Wise 3 E was moved back to the University Of Virginia’s College At Wise on May 22, 2016 with retirement of long-time weather observer and professor Roy L. Wells, Jr., following around 60 years of observations.  Thanks so much to Roy for many decades of diligent observations.  Amazing!

Convection began to dominate the mountain landscape during the month of May, along with some orographics lingering from the forcing season.

Cumulus Tower Into The Heavens - May 30, 2016
Cumulus Tower Into The Heavens – May 30, 2016

Specific May Rainfall Totals

The Pines near Dungannon
4.03″

Nora 4 SSE
4.34″

Appalachia Lake WP
4.79″

Dungannon ( Town )
4.80″

Coeburn Filter Plant
4.81″

Wise
4.85″

City of Norton WP
5.50″

Big Stone Gap WP
5.96″

Big Cherry Lake Dam
6.57″

Clintwood 1 W
6.72″

 This section is under construction.  Please check back.

June 2016

Climate Data For June 2016

Shallow Morning Fog In Powell Valley of High Knob Massif
Shallow Morning Fog In Powell Valley of High Knob Massif – June 2016

Climate Statistics For June 2016

( Lower Elevations of Russell Fork basin )
Clintwood 1 W – Elevation 1560 feet
Average Daily MAX: 82.1 degrees
Average Daily MIN: 56.0 degrees
MEAN: 69.0 degrees
MAX Temperature: 88 degrees
MIN Temperature: 42 degrees
Total Precipitation: 3.37″
2016 Precipitation: 21.38″

( University Of Virginia’s College At Wise )
Wise NWS Station – Elevation 2520 feet
Average Daily MAX: 80.8 degrees
Average Daily MIN: 58.9 degrees
MEAN: 69.8 degrees
MAX Temperature: 87 degrees
MIN Temperature: 44 degrees
Total Precipitation: 3.93″
2016 Precipitation: 20.52″

( Along the Tennessee Valley Divide )
Nora 4 SSE – Elevation 2650 feet
Average Daily MAX: 78.9 degrees
Average Daily MIN: 62.3 degrees
MEAN: 70.6 degrees
MAX Temperature: 87 degrees
MIN Temperature: 53 degrees
Total Precipitation: 7.02″
2016 Precipitation: 21.56″

Black Mountain MesoNET - Climate Data For June 2016
Black Mountain MesoNET – Climate Data For June 2016

Convection dominated the weather patterns during June with significant variations in rainfall, from 3.00″ to 8.00″+, across the Cumberland Mountains from Lee County into the counties of Wise, Dickenson, and northern Scott of the great High Knob Landform-massif & Tennessee Valley Divide.

Specific June Rainfall Totals

Clintwood 1 W
3.37″
( 10.09″ since May 1 )

Wise
3.93″
( 8.78″ since May 1 )

Fort Blackmore
4.44″
( 8.00″ since May 1 )

Appalachia Lake WP
5.00″
( 9.79″ since May 1 )

City of Norton WP
5.06″
( 10.56″ since May 1 )

Coeburn Filter Plant
5.27″
( 10.08″ since May 1 )

Big Stone Gap WP
5.30″
( 11.26″ since May 1 )

The Pines Near Dungannon
5.44″
( 9.47″ since May 1 )

Big Cherry Lake Dam
5.75″
( 12.32″ since May 1 )

Nora 4 SSE
7.02″
( 11.36″ since May 1 )

Dungannon ( Town )
7.08″
( 11.88″ since May 1 )

*More than 12.00″ of rain fell across much of the High Knob Massif in the May 1-June 30 period, with Superintendent Gary Hampton measuring 12.32″ at Big Cherry Dam ( with some evaporation loss between hand-measurements ).
Northwest Edge of Big Cherry Lake Basin ( Behind Crestline )
Northwest Edge of Big Cherry Lake Basin ( Behind Visible Crestline ) – June 2016

Big Cherry Lake Dam
Monthly Precipitation Totals
Observer: Gary Hampton
Water Elevation 3120 feet

2016

January: 7.43″

February: 8.03″

March: 2.18″

April: 4.64″

May: 6.57″

June: 5.75″

July 1-5: 1.60″

May 1-July 5: 13.92″

2016 Total: 36.20″

12-Month Total: 76.84″

Average Per Month: 6.47″

( M ) – Indicates missing data due to evaporation between
hand-measurements throughout the year and from losses in deep snowfall during the cold season.

Reference Mid Summer 2016 In The Appalachians for photographs to highlight an update on Big Cherry Lake monthly precipitation totals ( up to July 5, 2016 ).
Early Summer Thunderstorms Build Above High Knob Lookout
Early Summer Thunderstorms Build Above High Knob Lookout – June 2016
June rainfall amounts topped 8.00″ in portions of the High Knob Massif, in the Little Stony Creek basin and northeast sections of the Big Stony Creek basin, as well as in portions of Harlan County within southeastern Kentucky.
This was in contrast to developing drought to the south, with a June rainfall total of just 1.92″ officially within the Tri-Cities of northeast Tennessee ( 5.90″ during May 1-June 30 ).
USA Drought Monitor
USA Drought Monitor

December 2015

Climate Data For December 2015

Upper Falls of Little Stony Gorge of High Knob Massif
Upper Falls of Little Stony Gorge of High Knob Massif – December 26

December 2015 was all about wetness and anomalously mild temperatures, with a general 7.00″ to 11.00″ of total precip across the great High Knob Massif.

Middle Falls of Little Stony Gorge of High Knob Massif
Middle Falls of Little Stony Gorge of High Knob Massif – December 26
Water plants for the City of Norton and Town of Big Stone Gap both recorded 21 days of measurable precipitation during the month.  No wonder whitewater gushed out of the high country.
Big Cherry Lake In Orographic Clouds
Big Cherry Lake In Orographic Clouds of High Knob Massif – December 17

Superintendent Gary Hampton, of the Big Stone Gap WP measured ( with a little help from me ) a total of 10.45″ of December precipitation at Big Cherry Dam.

Whitewater Gushes In South Fork Gorge
Whitewater Gushes In South Fork Gorge of High Knob Massif – December 3
Gary measured 5.29″ just during December 24-30, as much as reported in Burkes Garden during the entire month of December and significantly more than measured at several official sites.

Climate Statistics For December 2015

( Lower Elevations of Russell Fork Basin )
Clintwood 1 W – Elevation 1560 feet
Average Daily MAX: 57.6 degrees
Average Daily MIN: 35.4 degrees
MEAN: 46.5 degrees
MAX Temperature: 73 degrees
MIN Temperature: 19 degrees
Total Precipitation: 5.24″
2015 Precipitaton: 49.79″

( Northern Base of High Knob Massif )
Cit of Norton – Elevation 2141 feet
Average Daily MAX: 54.9 degrees
Average Daily MIN: 34.6 degrees
MEAN: 44.8 degrees
MAX Temperature: 68 degrees
MIN Temperature: 16 degrees
Total Precipitation: 6.70″
2015 Precipitation: 64.30″

( Along the Tennessee Valley Divide )
Nora 4 SSE – Elevation 2650 feet
Average Daily MAX: 55.0 degrees
Average Daily MIN: 42.6 degrees
MEAN: 48.8 degrees
MAX Temperature: 70 degrees
MIN Temperature: 20 degrees
Total Precipitation: 4.51″
2015 Precipitation: 47.01″

Rock In Upturned Tree
Rock In Upturned Tree – Middle Falls of Little Stony Gorge

A Few December Totals Across Southwestern Virginia

Nora 4 SSE
4.51″

Grundy
4.57″

Richlands
4.70″

Lebanon
4.98″

Clintwood 1 W
5.24″

Wise 3 E
5.25″

Burkes Garden
5.29″

Blacksburg NWSFO
5.51″

Wytheville 1 S
5.72″

Dungannon
6.32″

City of Norton Water Plant
6.70″

Big Stone Gap WWTP
7.71″

Big Stone Gap Water Plant
9.42″

Big Cherry Lake Dam
10.45″

Reflections On Big Cherry Lake
Reflections On Big Cherry Lake – December 3, 2015

The 10.45″ of precipitation at Big Cherry Dam brought the 2015 tally to 74.68″ and pushed the December average for the 2008-2015 period to 8.16″ ( 8-year average ).

*Some missing data between weekly hand-measurements throughout the year means that this total is lower than what actually fell at the Dam.  Snow core data during February 2015 helped prevent a major loss of data when 73″of snow fell across upper elevations and the head of Big Cherry Lake basin.