Days Until Our
2023 Conference!

Accelerating resiliency planning in communities across the Commonwealth


State Climate Summaries 2022: Virginia

Home » Community Action » Resilience Plans » State Climate Summaries 2022: Virginia

State Climate Summaries 2022: Virginia

Home » Community Action » Resilience Plans » State Climate Summaries 2022: Virginia

State Climate Summaries 2022: VirginiaThe NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information offers key messages about the current climate of Virginia based on cumulative temperature and weather data. Their State Climate Summary for Virginia shows data on Virginia’s current climate and climate projections based on current conditions.

The summary says that since the beginning of the 20th century, Virginia has seen increasing temperatures. Naturally occurring droughts are projected to be more intense due to increased evaporation rates, which will in turn accelerate soil moisture loss and challenge the agriculture industry. The number and intensity of extreme heat and precipitation events in Virginia will increase while cold waves will be less frequent and less intense.

The narrative in the state summary includes tables that include observed and projected temperature change from 1900-2100, and tables for the observed number of very hot days or very warm nights in 5-year periods from 1900 to 2014. Tables for annual precipitation and summer precipitation from 1900 to 2014 show a slight upward trend since 2000. Summer precipitation is highly variable but was above average during the most recent period (2015–2020). The table for the observed number of very cold nights shows data that has been below average since 1990.

The summary states that if the warming trend in Virginia continues, heat waves will intensify and pose health risks for people, especially those in metropolitan areas. Periodic droughts, a natural part of Virginia’s climate, are projected to be more intense. Even if overall precipitation increases, higher temperatures will increase the rate of soil moisture loss during dry spells.

The summary states that since 1900, global average sea level has risen by about 7–8 inches. It is projected to rise more as a result of both past and future emissions from human activities. The summary explains that sea level rise has caused an increase in tidal floods associated with nuisance-level impacts such as damage to infrastructure, road closures, and overwhelmed storm drains.

Details on observations and projections are available on the Technical Details and Additional Information page of the website.

Click here for more information.

Become a Member
Become a Sponsor
Become a Volunteer

Sign Up for E-News

Get news and notifications from Resilient Virginia.

The Resilience Calendar

  • NCA5 Webinar: Transportation
    Date: February 21, 2024

    The NCA5 chapter webinars are an opportunity for you to hear about the findings of a particular chapter from the authors themselves. Each virtual one-hour event is expected to include some time for Q&…

  • Webinar: The Affordable City by Shane Phillips
    Date: February 22, 2024
    Location: Register:

    The Affordable City : Supply, Stability, and Subsidy — and Lessons Since 2020

    There is no single solution to the U.S. housing crisis. For cities to effectively tackle high housing costs and…

  • 2024 Legislative Update Call Series
    Date: February 23, 2024

    The 2024 General Assembly will be unlike any session we've seen in recent years, with high stakes for the future of environmental protection in Virginia. Register now to join Virginia LCV Executive Director Mike…

  • Southeast Monthly Webinar Series: NCA5 Southeast Findings
    Date: February 27, 2024

    The February Southeast Climate Monthly Webinar will cover the Fifth National Climate Assessment: Southeast Findings.

    Learn more and register here

Latest News & Resources

2023 Listening Session Summary

Our 2023 Listening Session discussion focused on roadblocks to building community resilience and challenges in communicating about resilience and strategies to overcome these roadblocks; as well as collaboration, partnerships, and other ways to work with others on resilience.

Read More »

CFPF Funding Provides Hope for Rural Communities

CFPF funding provides communities across Virginia with the resources they need to address the impacts of increasing flooding events. Rural communities, who often face a gap in capacity and funding, can use this funding to close those gaps and address flooding impacts. Take a look at how Martinsville, Halifax, and South Boston are using the funding to build their flood resilience.

Read More »