Calendar year 2018 is above pace to become the wettest year since 1980.
Through November 6th, Boone has officially recorded 74.66 inches of precipitation. That's 4.5 inches above the same period in 2017 and 5.51 inches above 2013 at the same time.
For now 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.
Graphic: State Climate Office.
January 1- November 6 Precipitation Watauga County