Calendar year 2017 continues to set weather records for the amount of rain locally.
October 2017 recorded 14.09 inches of rain officially in Boone, becoming the wettest October since 1980. The previous mark was 12.05 in 1990. This is the second time this year a month has taken over the top spot after May recorded 14.89 inches. The all time monthly mark is 18.15, set in July 2013. For historical purposes it is worth noting that there are no weather records for year 1948.
2017 is on pace to break a yearly record. As of November 5, 69.68 inches has been recorded compared to the 69.02 recorded in 2013. The total yearly mark stands at 74.83 set in 2013.
For October the greatest amount in a 24 hour period was 5.95 inches between 6am Monday Oct 23 and 7am Tuesday October 24. That’s followed by 4.64 inches between 6am Sunday Oct 8 and 7am Monday Oct 9. 2.05 inches was recorded between 7am Oct 28 and 7am Oct 29.
Even more striking is the month only recorded measurable rain 12 out of 31 days.
Observed rainfall in the High Country, North Carolina and the nation for October 2017. Graphics: National Weather Service
Other noteable wettest and warmest months: