2013 continues to be on pace to become the wettest year on record for Boone and Watauga County, however August was much drier than June and July.
From August 1-31 the Boone 1 Se weather reporting station measured 4.35 inches, compared to 18.15 for July and 9.46 for June both of which were new monthly records.
August 2013 never even came close to the all time monthly record of 21.40 inches in August 1940, or the 17.17 inches in 1949. The August with the least amount of rain occurred in 1955 with only 1.10 inches *1981 shows 0.76 but is missing data*
Weather records for Boone have been kept by two different official weather stations since 1929. The highest yearly total on record for Boone from 1929-1980 is 82.79 inches recorded in 1979. For the period of 1980-2012 the highest yearly total is 69.54 in 2009. Through August 31 64.94 inches has been recorded for all of 2013.
*NOTE – some years have incomplete/missing data which could mean much higher totals. Example – 1940, the year of the great flood, yearly totals only show 56.97. 77 days of data are missing for that year*
*data above courtesy of The Southeast Regional Climate Center*
*graphics courtesy of weather.gov*