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Hottest day of the year so far on Friday May 20, 2022

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Last Updated on May 20, 2022 7:41 pm

Summer-like temperatures were in full force on Friday as Boone recorded the hottest day of the year so far. The Watauga Medical Center reporting station topped out at 84 degrees, marking the first time high temperatures have been 84 or above since August 28, 2021…265 days ago.

It was also the first 80 degree or higher temperature for May 2022, though Wednesday got close at 77.2 degrees and Thursday at 77.5.

By comparison:

May 2021 recorded 3 days above 80

May 2020 – 1 day

May 2019 – 9 days

May 2018 – 5 days

May 2017 – 3 days

May 2016 – 1 day

2015 – no days

2014 – 4 days

2013 – 2 days

2012 – 2 days

2011 – 4 days (one of which was 87.8 on May 31)

The highest recorded Top 5 temperatures for any May, according to the State Climate Office, are:

88°F Blowing Rock – May 10, 2002
88°F Boone – May 21, 1941
88°F Boone – May 28, 1941
87°F Blowing Rock – May 20, 1977
87°F Blowing Rock – May 20, 1996

Of note that official Boone weather records rely on three different sources. Boone COOP station 310977 was used from 1929-1980 and Boone 1Se 310982 from June 1980-present for temperatures, rainfall and snowfall. Watauga Medical Center reporting station KTNB is used for wind speeds.

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