July Rainfall Summary

Lead Forecaster Daniel Crawley

July was a wet month for the Western half of North Carolina. After dealing with extended dry weather in the month of June and a “flash drought” onset, the region made up some ground by getting in on a near daily pattern of afternoon thunderstorms.

Early in the month of June a strong summer ridge centered over the Plains States put the Eastern US on the front side of the ridge resulting in a period of thunderstorm complexes that dove southeast from the Midwest into the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic Region.

Once that pattern broke down, we began to see a “Bermuda High” setup for the second half of July where the Carolinas got into an extended southerly flow regime. That kept the region in a moist flow from off the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. It resulted in a daily convective pattern with little to no capping in the upper atmosphere.

Monthly Rainfall Totals…

Below is a listing of rainfall amounts from our eight-county coverage area in the month of July. The data sources include local CoCoRaHS observers and local COOP stations…

Alexander County

3.6 SE Taylorsville: 11.12

Burke County

Jonas Ridge 12.02

Glen Alpine 10.02

Morganton COOP: 8.33

Drexel 8.21

Caldwell County

Yadkin Valley: 14.04

Rhodhiss: 8.96

Lenoir COOP: 8.18

Patterson: 7.18

Catawba County

Hickory Regional Airport: 10.18

St. Stephens: 9.18

2.9 SE Newton: 9.09

Oxford COOP: 8.59

Terrell: 8.25

Sherrill’s Ford: 7.61

Maiden: 5.94

Cleveland County

Mooresboro: 6.03

Moss Lake: 5.58

Casar COOP: 5.15

Shelby: 3.96

Lincoln County

Vale: 8.67

Lincolnton COOP: 5.98

McDowell County

Nebo: 9.81

Woodlawn 9.80

Marion COOP: 8.51

Graphite 8.35

Glenwood 7.44

Rutherford County

Bills Creek: 8.70

Forest City COOP: 6.49

Union Mills 6.60

Lake Lure COOP: 5.98

Ellenboro: 4.60

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