Nearly twice as much rain as usual for the entire month of July fell during the first eight days of the month at the National Weather Service data collection center at the W. Kerr Scott Reservoir.
The average precipitation for the month, for 1981-2010, was 4.46 inches. This year, 8.46 inches fell July 1-8. The only rain since Monday was .01 inch recorded yesterday and 0.55 inch measured since midnight last night, taking the total for the first 12 days to 9.02 inches, or over twice as much as usual.
The precipitation by day was:
Monday, July 1—0.56 inch.
Tuesday, July 2—0.55 inch.
Wednesday, July 3—2.26 inches.
Thursday, July 4—1.93 inches.
Friday, July 5—1.76 inches
Saturday, July 6—0.09 inch.
Sunday, July 7—0.60 inches.
Monday, July 8—0.71 inch.
Thursday, July 11—0.01 inch.
Friday, July 12—0.55 inch.
The rainfall of 2.26 inches on July 3 was the most ever recorded on that date at the reservoir since record keeping began in 1965. It was also the fourth highest one-day total recorded during July at the reservoir.
According to Corps of Engineers records, the reservoir level rose to 1,050.2 feet above sea level on Friday, July 5. The normal lake level is 1,030. Since the heavy rains have subsided and the Corps has been able to release more water downstream, the lake level fell to 1,038.5 this morning. The water level will fall by approximately one foot per day at maximum discharge rate with no heavy rains here or in the mountains above the reservoir.
The reservoir gauges measured 4.54 inches of rain for the month of June.
The highest rainfall totals posted this month in North Wilkesboro were 1.55 inches on Friday, July 5, and 1.45 inches on Thursday, July 4.
The town, which recorded rainfall of 0.67 inch since midnight last night, has had 5.78 inches of precipitation thus far this month. The average for the month is 4.73 inches.
Almost 12 inches in Boone
Nearly a foot of precipitation—11.88 inches—has been recorded thus far this month in Boone. The Independence Day holiday was dampened with 3.56 inches of precipitation, with 1.93 inches on July 7, and 1.85 inches on July 1 and July 5. The average rainfall for the entire month is 4.73 inches.
The July 4 total set the record (since 1980) for the most rain in one day in Boone during the month of July and was seventh overall. The record is 7.64 inches on Sept. 8, 2004.
In Jefferson, the weather station has recorded 10.15 inches this month. The July 4 total of 3.25 inches was eighth on the list of highest one-day totals for July. According to records, a storm on July 15, 1916, dumped 7.35 inches on the town.