2013 continues to be on pace to become the wettest year on record for Boone and Watauga County, however it appears August will not make it three months in a row of new records.
From August 1-18 the Boone 1 Se weather reporting station measured 3.61 inches, compared to 13.24 for July 1-18.
Barring any unforeseen developments August 2013 will not even come close to the all time record of 21.40 inches in 1940, or the 17.17 inches in 1949. To compare and contrast, July 2013 received 18.15.
The August with the least amount of rain occurred in 1955 with only 1.10 inches *1981 shows 0.76 but is missing data*
The highest yearly total on record for Boone from 1929-1980 is 82.79 inches recorded in 1979. For the period of 1980-2012 the highest yearly total is 69.54 in 2009. As of August 18, 2013 64.2 inches has been recorded.
*NOTE – some years have incomplete/missing data which could mean much higher totals. Example – 1940, the year of the great flood, yearly totals only show 56.97. 77 days of data are missing for that year*
*data above courtesy of The Southeast Regional Climate Center*
*graphics courtesy of weather.gov*