January 2017 will be remembered for above average temperatures and even with the lack of snow, precipitation levels still were in the Top 10 for the month.
With an average temperature of 38.2 for Boone it became the 4th warmest January since 1980. The warmest January belongs to 1990 with an average temperature of 40, followed by 1989 with 39.6.
The average minimum temperature of 29.5 degrees is the 3rd warmest for January.
Three days tied or set temperature marks. January 13 topped out at 64, the second highest for that date. January 20 reached 60 to tie for fourth warmest for that date. January 21 reached 60, marking the third warmest for that date.
Precipitation wise it was the 7th wettest since 1980 with 5.43 inches recorded.
For the month from the Watauga Medical Center reporting station:
Highest temperature: 65.5 Thursday Jan 12
Lowest temperature: 3.7 Sunday Jan 8
Peak Wind Gusts: 55 mph Tuesday Jan 24 5:15am
Number of days with highs in the 10s – 1 , 20s – 4 , 30s – 5 , 40s – 4 , 50s – 14, 60s – 3
*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*
Snow Depth Images from National Weather Service: