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: