January 2013 started with temperatures well above average and on January 29th, the high of 73 degrees tied the record high for that day.
By the end of February only 3.5" of snow were on record for the winter, so far.
The snowstorm of March 5th and 6th brought over a foot of snow to the Valley, and some saw nearly two feet of snow.
After another snowstorm at the end of March, winter snowfall totals came to more than 20 inches for the area.
As spring came it brought plenty of rain and flooding was a common occurrence in the spring, and summer. Rivers and creeks overflowed and several people had to be rescued from flood waters.
In July, during one storm, the city of Harrisonburg received 2.4" of rain in an hour. Within 24 hours, there was a new rainfall record. 5.15" of rain in a 24 hour period.
Summer was much cooler than the last several years. Temperatures reached 90 plus degrees only 13 days. The average number of days for the Valley to reach 90 degrees or higher is 22 days. There were no days that the Valley reached triple digit temperatures. In fact, the highest temperature recorded in Harrisonburg during the summer of 2013 was 93 degrees.
Severe weather warnings were also fewer for the year, but with any thunderstorm comes the danger of lightning. In July, three people were injured when lightning struck a tree in Harrisonburg.
There were no tornado warnings for the Valley this year.
This comes in a year with confirmed tornadoes for the country are well below the national average. By preliminary estimates from the Storm Prediction Center, there have been 941 tornadoes for the year of 2013. According to Greg Carbin with the SPC, this will likely be the lowest number of recorded tornadoes nationally since 1950.
Winter has just started and so far, we've recorded 4" of snow for the City of Harrisonburg. This, in a season where we've predicted above average snowfall for the Valley.
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