May 2013 Weather Recap

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Lots of rain and unusual cold were the main weather stories for May.

Early in the month the colder temperatures proved a stark contrast to the last couple of years, with highs anywhere from 15-20 degrees cooler.

Above Food Lion shopping center looking back toward Boone on May 2 – 9:45am. Photo: Kenneth Reece. See more here.

Photo May 02, 9 47 25 AM

Heavy rains on Sunday & Monday May 5/6 caused flooding across Watauga County. Articles related to the flooding – Sunday May 5, 2013 Storm Reports, Monday May 6 Storm Reports, May 2013 Storm/Flooding Recap

The Watauga River gauge measured a flood stage of 12.75 feet on May 6

High above the flood waters in Valle Crucis. Photos by Nelson Aerials
255711_147960665388989_152010463_n.jpg. See more flood pics here.

For the month from the Watauga Medical Center reporting station:

Highest temperature – 80.78 Tuesday May 21
Lowest temperature – 30.2 Tuesday May 14
Peak Wind Gusts – 39mph at 5:55pm Friday may 24
Highest Rain Amounts – 2.38 Monday May 6, 2.33 Sunday May 5

Other items of note:

Greatest one temperature swing – Tuesday May 14 from 30.2 to 68.

The week of May 5-11 saw highs start in the 40s (Sunday May 5 high of 48.02) before bouncing to the 70s (Friday May 10 high 74.3).

May did not record a complete week with highs in the 70s.

Number of days with highs in the 40s – 1, 50s – 10, 60s – 5, 70s – 13, 80s – 2

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