Well Phil being as you were so curious where I get the local climate data from, I will tell you. My info comes from the NCDC and the local NWS Office. Here is what it states for Southampton County, VA (The county I reside in) in the county's hazardous mitigation plan:
- A moderate climate prevails in SoCo with an average annual temperature of 59 degrees. Summer temperatures average 78 degrees while winter temperatures average 41 degrees. The frost-free growing season extends from about April 15th to October 20th, providing a growing season of approximately 188 days. The average annual rainfall is around 45.22″, and annual snowfall is about 8.2″. Winds prevail from a southwesterly direction and are typically of low velocity.
Here are some climate facts it states for my town (Courtland) specifically:
- Average Annual Temperature: 75 degrees.
- Average Summer Temperatures: 87/66
- Average Winter Temperatures: 47/27
- Average Rainfall: 44″
- Average Snowfall: 9.8″
Here too are some interesting facts about Winter in Southampton County from the NCDC:
- The probability of receiving measurable snowfall on an annual basis in SoCo is 92%, with a 46% chance in December and March and a 65% chance in January and February.
- The probability of winter storms occuring in SoCo in the future is considered likely. While severe winter storms will be more likely to produce small amounts of snow, sleet, or freezing rain, larger storms, though less frequent in occurence, could also impact the county causing greater damage.