The High Country got the first shot of cold weather to start off the month, and another round to end it. On Sunday October 5 a low of 34 was recorded in Boone. Though not cold enough to be a record breaker it was certainly cold enough to remind residents that winter was just around the corner.
From cold temperatures to Flash Flood Watches & Warning and a Tornado Watch was the story for the second week of the month. October 14 brought a peak wind gust of 54mph to the Watauga Medical Center reporting station. High winds also caused power outages and caused several trees in the county to fall. You can see the events as they were occurring in this article, and a complete storm recap for that day here.
A late October warm streak was responsible for tieing a temperature record in Boone on October 27. 73 degrees became the official mark and tied for fifth warmest for that date. You can see more about that event here.
For the month from the Watauga Medical Center reporting station:
Highest temperature – 75.56 Thursday October 2
Lowest temperature – 29.12 Friday Oct 31
Peak Wind Gust – 54 mph at 8:55pm Tuesday Oct 14
Highest Rain Amounts – 3.17 Tuesday Oct 14
Other items of note:
Greatest one day temperature swing: Tuesday Oct 28 – from 39.38 to 73.58 (difference of 34.2 degrees).
Number of days with highs in the 42s – 1, 50s – 9, 60s – 15, 70s – 6.
*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 ranked 4th wettest October since 1980. Graphic Southeast Climate Center
Rainfall in the region for the month. Graphic: Southeast Climate Center