Boone weather

Boone weather: read what a local meteorologist has to say

Do you want to know more about Boone weather? Like what’s the average temperature in the summer? When do the leaves turn in the fall? When can we expect snow in the winter? Read our quick guide and you will be a Boone weather expert in no time. (Don’t hesitate to impress your friends or family with weather factoids!)

Our Mountain Climate

How often have you driven up the mountain to Boone, coming from a lower area in the summer, and experienced a sense of relief when your car started climbing uphill? Yes, your ears popped, but you also rolled down your window, let the fresh mountain air come in, and saw the temperature on your dashboard screen drop from 91° to a comfortable 75°. It’s just… perfect. Most of the time, at least. Lots of visitors are curious, however, about our year-round climate. What’s the best time to come up the mountain to see snow, when will the leaves turn bright red in the fall, or when can they come up for golfing or fly fishing? So we put together the ultimate Boone weather guide with all the answers from our own local weather source: Ray’s Weather. We were on cloud nine – uh, forgive us – when meteorologist David Still poured us a strong coffee and shared the ins and outs of our climate. (He even told us a good old wives’ tale – true… or not?) Read on to learn more!

Boone Weather: Our Main Attraction

“We found that the number one reason people visit Boone or Blowing Rock, is the weather”, David starts. “The Blue Ridge Parkway is number two. Mainly because it is so much cooler here than the metropolis areas like Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, and other big cities. Summers are not even AC-worthy, because there’s often a fresh breeze at night. And that’s all because of our height. Boone is at an elevation of 3320′, and Blowing Rock at 3850′. After the summer, the fall is, of course, huge for the leaf change, and the wintertime attracts people that love skiing and snowboarding. Unfortunately, this spring, May was very wet because of tropical depression Alberto. However, July is actually on average our wettest month, due to late afternoon thunderstorms.”

What to do in what season? All your weather questions answered!

Winter activities: when can I fly down the mountain on skis or a snowboard?

Average temperatures:

  • December: between 44.6 and 25.8
  • January: between 41.6 and 23.2
  • February: between 44.4 and 25.2
  • March: between 51.5 and 31.0

Average amount of snow:

  • December: 6.5″
  • January: 11.0″
  • February: 10.1″
  • March: 7.0″

David: “From my personal experience, February is the best month for skiing and snowboarding. I feel like we get a more consistent 3-week stretch of cold weather in that month.”

Spring: when can I go fishing or fly fishing?

Fly fishing

Average temperatures:

  • April: between 61.5 and 39.6
  • May: between 69.3  and 47.8
  • June: between 75.0 and 55.1

Average rainfall in the spring:

  • April: 4.51″
  • May: 4.64″
  • June: 4.82″

David: “If you’re wondering when the leaves turn green in Boone or Blowing Rock,  it’s the first weekend of May that everything finally becomes lush and green. If you want to go fishing or fly fishing that season usually starts the first week of June.”

Summer: when can I come up for that fresh mountain breeze?

Boone weather

Average temperatures:

  • July: between 77.8 and 59.1
  • August: between 76.8 and 57.8

Rainfall in the summer:

  • July: 4.96″
  • August: 4.91″

David: “Our summers are ideal for all kinds of outdoor activities, if not ALL of them. Golfing, fishing, river activities, camping, hiking, riding down the Parkway… you can come up, get out of the heat, and spend a lot of time outdoors.”

Fall: when do the leaves turn bright red?

Boone weather

Average temperatures

  • September: between 71.2 and 51.5
  • October: between 62.8 and 41.4
  • November: between 52.6 and 32.5

Rainfall and snow in the fall:

  • September: 4.35″ of rain
  • October: 0.2″ of snow and 3.82″ of rain
  • November: 2.7″ of snow and 4.30″ of rain

David: “It’s not unusual for us to get the first snow before Halloween. It’s not much, but it’s snow! You might wonder when the leaves turn in the fall? They start turning in the second week of September and – if we don’t get a big storm – stay until the end of October.”


Old wives’ tale: beans and fog!

If you’d  like to predict how many times you can come skiing this winter (aka how many snow days we’ll get) there is a way! Well, if you believe in this old wives’ tales. For every foggy morning in August, put a bean in a jar. Count the beans by the end of the month, and you’ll know how many trips to the ski mountain you can plan for the winter.

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Author: Sanny Visser

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