Calendar year 2017 will go down in the record books as the 2nd wettest since 1980 and fourth wettest since 1929 for Boone and Watauga County.
By only 2.68 inches did 2017 miss becoming the new modern day record. Officially, 72.16 inches was recorded at the Boone 1SE reporting station. 2013 still holds the modern day record topping out at 74.83 inches.
The all time precipitation record belongs to 1979 when 82.79 inches was recorded, the bulk of that coming when 15.68 inches fell in September of that year. 76.36 inches in 1949 is the second overall tally.
Weather records for Boone have been kept by two different official weather stations since 1929. The reporting station from 1929 to 1980 has some years with incomplete/missing data which could mean much higher totals. As an example 1940, the year of the great flood, yearly totals only show 56.97. 77 days of data are missing for that year. The Boone 1Se reporting station is the current official station and has been recording data since June 1980.
2017 Precipitation Watauga County
2017 Precipitation North Carolina
2017 Precipitation Nationwide