Calendar year 2018 is above pace to become the wettest year locally of all time.
Through November 26th, Boone has officially recorded 79.14 inches of precipitation. That's 8.12 inches above the same period in 2017 and 9.48 inches above 2013 at the same time.
Up until now 2013 held the modern day record topping out at 74.83 inches for the year.
Now the all-time record of 82.79 inches, recorded in 1979, is well within reach, only needing 3.66 inches to surpass.
76.36 inches in 1949 is the third 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.
Graphics: National Weather Service
January 1- November 27 Precipitation Watauga County
January 1- November 27 Precipitation North Carolina
January 1- November 27 Precipitation National