May 2017 Becomes All Time Wettest May Locally

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The rain fell and fell and fell and then fell some more during May 2017, and in the process became the all time wettest May in Boone’s weather history.

Officially 14.89 inches was recorded at the Boone 1SE weather station, marking the most rainfall in the National Weather Service Blacksburg coverage area for the month.

20 out of 31 days recorded measurable precipitation.

The greatest amount in a 24 hour period was 3.05 inches between 6am Monday May 1 and 7am Tuesday May 2, followed by 2.63 inches between 7am Thursday May 4 and 7am Friday May 5. That totals 5.68 inches in just 4 days.

The previous record for May was 9.98 inches in 2013. The new record amount missed the all time monthly mark of 18.15, set in July 2013, by only 3.26 inches. For historical purposes it is worth noting that there are no weather records for year 1948.

As of May 31, it is the second wettest year at 35.16 inches, trailing 1998 at 39.94.

Here’s the weekly breakdown of rain amounts:

May 1 – 7 = 6.60 inches
May 8 – 14 = 1.57 inches

May 15 – 21 = 1.6 inches

May 22 – 28 = 5.02 inches

May 29 – 31 = .05 inches

Observed rainfall in the High Country, North Carolina and the nation for May 2017. Graphics: National Weather Service

 

 

Other noteable wettest and warmest months:

Rainfall Data For July 2013 & 2013

Grandfather Mountain Experiences Wettest July On Record

November 2015 2nd Wettest On Record, Tops Modern Day Data

December 2015 All Time Warmest On Record For Boone

Grandfather Mountain Experiences Second Warmest June On Record

Why Was December So Warm?

 

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