SPRING SUMMER FALL WINTER

THE FOUR SEASONS OF RAPPAHANNOCK COUNTY

Rappahannock County revels in the beauty of four distinctive seasons and enjoys a relatively temperate climate with rigorous but not severe winters and warm summers.   Spring is a flower show with redbud, forsythia, tulips, daffodils, dogwood, azaleas and fruit trees bursting into bloom. Summer follows with its own wide range of flowers and brilliant green roadsides.  Visitors flock to the area to witness the changing colors of the landscape during autumn, and even winter with its sometimes stark landscapes has a poetic appearance that invites a good camera and some introspection, not to mention the lure of mulled wine and bonfires.

CLIMATE AND WEATHER ARE CHANGEABLE

The County’s climate is basically controlled by the Blue Ridge Mountain range to the west and the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay to the east. The typical growing season (from the last freeze in spring to the first freeze in autumn) is 181 days. Freezes usually do not occur between April 20 and October 18, however, they have occurred as late as May 17 and as early as September 25.

Although detailed climatological data are not available for Rappahannock County, results  for nearby Culpeper County are applicable except Rappahannock temperatures are generally 2-3 degrees lower. July Is the warmest month with temperatures averaging 90 degrees. January Is the coldest month with an average temperature of 45. The temperature falls below freezing 20-23 days during the winter months and reaches zero often enough to average one day per year.

Rainfall is well distributed throughout the year with the maximum in July and and the minimum in February. Nearly 40 days each year have thunderstorm activity. The average snowfall is 17 inches a year, but yearly amounts are extremely variable and range from zero to 45 inches.

South to southwest winds predominate, with secondary frequency from a northerly direction. Relative humidity varies inversely with temperatures being typically high in the mornings and low in the afternoons.