Dry dry dry and warm warm warm, that how’s February 2017 will do down in the weather history books. So dry and warm in fact that it is now the 2nd driest and warmest February since 1980.
With only 1.42 inches of precipitation recorded officially in Boone, it missed the driest mark by only .47 of an inch set in 2002. With an average high temperature of 39.9 it missed setting a new record by only 5.7 degrees on average.
With an average maximum temperature of 52.2 degrees it became the warmest for that category. Even the average low temperature of 27.6 degrees is the 9th warmest since 1980.
*In keeping track of weather records (temperatures, rainfall, snowfall, wind) it’s important to note that the records for Boone relies on three different sources. Boone COOP station 310977 from 1929-1980, Boone 1Se 310982 from June 1980-present and Watauga Medical Center reporting station KTNB.*
Graphic: Southeast Climate Center
On February 21 an official mark of 65 was recorded by the Boone 1Se reporting station, tying the high for that date.
On February 25 a reading of 65 was recorded, tying for 4th warmest for that date.
Graphics: State Climate Office
For reference here are the warmest temperatures for the month of February
Though not used for official temperature records, for the month from the Watauga Medical Center reporting station:
High: 66.7 on Monday Feb 20
Low: 14.9 Saturday Feb 4
Peak Wind Gust: 58 mph on Thursday Feb 9 at 8:15am
Number of days with highs in the single digits – 0, teens – 0, 20s – 0, 30s – 3, 40s – 8 , 50s – 9, 60s – 8.