January 8, 2015 Enters Record Book For Cold Temperature

January 8, 2015, has officially become the fourth coldest for that date in Watauga County. With an official reading of -2 at the Boone 1Se reporting station early Thursday morning, the date moved ahead of a 1-degree reading set in 1942, to enter the top five coldest temperatures.

In keeping track of weather records, it’s important to note that the records for Boone relies on three different sources. Temperatures, rainfall, and snowfall measurements from Boone COOP station 310977 from 1929-1980 and Boone 1Se 310982 from June 1980-present are used. Watauga Medical Center reporting station KTNB is used for wind measurements.

Graphic: Southeast Climate Center
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Though not part of the record books, it’s of note that a -27 wind chill mark was recorded at 6:15am at Watauga Medical Center also on Thursday morning.
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