A rainfall record was set in 2020 for the Town of North Wilkesboro, said William Schmitz, service climatologist/meteorologist at the Southeast Regional Climate Center in Chapel Hill.

Schmitz said the data shows 78.35 inches of rain were measured at the Town of North Wilkesboro’s water treatment plant in 2020, which surpassed the old record of 75.80 inches set in 2018.

On three occasions in 2020, heavy rain in short periods of time caused flooding in different areas of North Wilkesboro. The first one was in early February.

There also were flood events outside the Wilkesboros in the county.

There were six reporting days missing in 2020 and one in 2018, he said.

Beyond 2020 and 2018, the largest yearlong rainfall totals were 66.53 inches in 1994, 66.25 inches in 1936, 64.24 inches in 2003, 63.80 inches in 1964, 63.68 inches in 1944, 63.18 inches in 1971, 60.49 inches in 2013 and 60.30 inches in 1949.

North Wilkesboro’s weather records go back to the 1920s.

The Southeast Regional Climate Center is part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Geography Department.

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