2011 Ends a Year of Wild Weather That Swept Through The Valley

Not many weather records were broken this year but it has been one for memorable events.

The Valley has gotten so much rain lately i's hard to believe that earlier this year things were so dry tat wildfires could not be contained.

Then came the floods and severe weather that took away some people's homes and other people's lives.

A particularly windy winter season led right into February, where one particular wind storm coincided with the start of spring wildfire season and several wildfires ignited throughout the Valley.

Two large fires broke out in Rockingham county, with others in Shenandoah county, and in parts of Shenandoah National Park.

More than 16,000 acres were burned, state wide that weekend.

March, April and May all brought heavy rain that led to flooding in many areas.

In Augusta county a woman and an eight year old girl lost their lives in the flood waters.

Her son survived.

April was the month for tornadoes.

Stuarts draft was hit first on April 16th, and the outbreak at the end of the month was one for the history books.

A day of deadly storms ripped through the southeast making its way into the Valley after midnight on April 27th.

The storms led to five tornadoes in the Valley within a matter of just hours.

One hit Swoope, two in Rockingham county, and two in Shenandoah county.
With the most severe tearing though the southwestern portion of the county.
Thankfully no lives were lost in our area from the tornadoes.

The Valley's weather remained relatively quiet until the end of October.

Where the Valley experienced an early season snow storm just days before Halloween.

The storm left about two to five inches of snow throughout the Valley.

With the leaves still on all the trees this caused many large limbs and even entire trees to fall.

At one point, the number of power outages peaked at 20,000.

It was the second earliest snow in the valley's history.

We mentioned not many broken weather records this year.

Summer was hot but only two days of high temperatures broke records.

And one hot day in July was recorded reaching over 100 degrees but that was not a record high.

On the other hand, we've had a rather mild December with an average high temperature about 8 degrees above normal.

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