By Jesse Wood
Aug. 20, 2014. “Summer weather has mostly been on vacation, but we’ll get a taste of it today through Friday.”
That’s how RaysWeather.com began its forecast discussion on Wednesday morning. Temps in Boone are forecasted to reach the 80’s on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday before a projected high of 71 on Sunday. While the days leading up to weekend are mostly sunny, cloudy weather will be upon us during the weekend.
While August hasn’t featured any low temps in the 40’s like Boone and surrounding communities felt multiple days in July, only one day in August – before Wednesday – have the temps rose above the 80’s, according to archives recorded at RaysWeather.com.
(In his fall color reports, ASU Professor of Biology Dr. Howard Neufeld, citing a Boone weather station that has records going back 34 years, noted this July was the coldest since record keeping. For Jefferson, which has 82 years of Records, this is the third coolest July in eight decades. He also cited that the N.C. Climate Office reports the 11th coolest July in 120 years. Those records, however, are primarily due to lower maximum temps rather than low minimum temps.)
So far through the first 20 days in August, the average temperature is 66.4 degrees, which is a tick cooler than the average temp for the entirety of July, which featured an average temperature of 67.4 degrees. The low of July was 48.9 on July 5, compared to the low of August (so far) of 52.68 on Aug. 14.
While July featured nine days in the 80’s, August has only seen one day in the 80’s as of middle of Wednesday morning.
That, though, is forecasted to change with the four-day stretch highs in the 80’s in front of us.
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