State Climate Office: 3rd-Wettest Spring on Record for NC, Wettest in Decades in High Country

Published Monday, June 5, 2017 at 3:07 pm

Sideways lightening and a thunderstorm rocks the High Country on May 29. Photo by Todd Bush

By Jesse Wood

The month of May wrapped up a rather “soggy spring” for North Carolina. In fact, it was one of the wettest springs on record for the state and wettest in decades locally, according to the State Climate Office of North Carolina.

The State Climate Office reported that the statewide average precipitation in May was 6.45 inches and the past month was the sixth-wettest May since 1895. For the spring, however, the 17.44 inches made it the third-wettest spring on record in the state.

“The heaviest rainfall last month fell across the western half of the state. Boone received 14.39 inches of rain last month to record its wettest May since 1981. Just up the road in Jefferson, 12.83 inches fell last month – the wettest May there in the past 87 years,” according to the latest post at the State Climate Office.

“For the spring as a whole, Boone was again the statewide rainfall winner with 28.31 inches total. Nearly everywhere in the state received more than 12 inches of precipitation over the past three months, which helped remove the drought and dryness that covered nearly two-thirds of the state as recently as late March.”

According to archives at RaysWeather.com, it rained 20 days in the month of May. 

The State Climate Office noted that this “wet pattern may continue for much of June” as the Climate Prediction Center is calling for “increased chances of above-normal precipitation across much of the Southwest US this month.”

To read the entire report, which also talks about temperatures and tornadoes, click here.

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