South Beaver Creek big water

Big water falls on South Beaver Creek during heavy rains the afternoon of June 9.

ASHE COUNTY — The second-wettest month of June in Ashe County since 1896 occurred in 2019, according to data from the National Weather Service.

With about 12.22 inches of precipitation falling over Ashe County between June 1 and 30, 2019 was the second-wettest month of June behind the 12.34 inches of rain that fell in Ashe during June 1976, according to the NWS.

Of the more than 12 inches total downpour this June, 7.5 inches or more fell June 7 to 9, when widespread flooding affected Ashe County, Ashe Post & Times reported.

One month earlier, all-time May dryness befell Ashe County, with 1.09 inches of precipitation falling during the entire month, tying 1987 for the second-driest May ever experienced in Ashe since its precipitation data was first recorded by the NWS in 1896.

The driest Ashe County May occurred in 1941, when 0.82 inches of rain fell at a NWS cooperative observer location 2 miles east of Jefferson.

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