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Rainfall in July, August, September and October was 0.87, 2.55, 2.03, 3.00 and 2.11 in. below normal, respectively; rainfall in June was 2.94 in. above normal. Rainfall during the period totaled 20.04 in., which was 7.62 in. below normal. Average minimum air temperatures were 3°F above normal in October, 1°F above normal in July, normal (±1°F) in May, June and July, 2°F below normal in August and 5°F below normal in September. Average maximum air temperatures were 2 °F above normal in June, July and October, and normal (±1°F) in May, August and September, according to records from NOAA station #44-4044-01 at the Tidewater AREC in Suffolk. Normal represented the mean for the past 80 years of records.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
February 1, 2012