Much drier, much much drier. That was the weather story for July 2014 as the month was not even close to the record setting July 2013 for rainfall.
Boone officially recorded 5.58 inches compared to the 18.15 a year ago. The cooler weather was the more dominant headline for July 2014.
Near record lows for the first week of July was just the start of the cooler low temperatures for the month.
July 17 tied 2001 for the second lowest temperature of 47 for that date (the record is 45 in 1970).
Another low of 47 on July 18 also tied for the second lowest temperature for that date (the record is 43 in 1930).
A low of 45 for July 31 became the lowest temperature for that date, passing the previous mark set in 1981 by 3 degrees.
On a side note the five lowest temperatures for July on record for Watauga County are : 38 – July 24, 1947; 39 – July 6, 1951; 39 – July 23, 1947; 40 – July 15, 2001; 40 – July 5, 1993.
An early July storm downed trees and power lines in the county, leaving some residents without power.
A late July storm prompted Tornado Watches for the High Country and a Tornado Warning for Avery County.
*rainfall data from Southeast Climate Center*
For the month from the Watauga Medical Center reporting station:
Highest temperature – 85.82 Wednesday July 2
Lowest temperature – 44.24 Saturday July 5
Peak Wind Gusts – 51 mph at 4:35pm Sunday July 27
Highest Rain Amounts – .51 Wednesday July 2
Other items of note:
Greatest one temperature swing Saturday July 5 – from 44.24 to 74.3 (difference of 30.06 degrees).
Number of days with highs in the 60s – 3, 70s – 17, 80s – 11 .
*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.*
Rainfall for the month of July