Grandfather Mountain October 2021 Weather Report | Local news

A rainbow appears along the Mile High Swinging Bridge during a welcome break in the clouds during an otherwise rainy October.

Skip Sickler, Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

From staff reports

Data recorded at the official National Weather Service reporting station at Grandfather Mountain’s Mile High Swing Bridge indicated a rainy October in Linville Nature Park.

The hottest day on record last month was 71 degrees on October 16, four degrees cooler than the record 75 degrees on October 3, 1986.

The lowest temperature observed last month was 28 degrees on October 27. The lowest temperature ever observed on Grandfather Mountain in October was 12 degrees on October 26, 1962.

The average high temperature for October 2021 was 60.4 degrees, with an average low of 45.2, for an average of 52.8.

On October 25 and 26, the station recorded wind gusts of 76.7 mph, while the highest sustained wind speed recorded in October was 61.3 mph on October 25. Wind data was not available for October 31 due to technical issues.

The station reported 9.56 inches of precipitation in October, while observations recorded near the park’s nature museum recorded 11.89 inches. Precipitation is also measured at the latter location, as high winds can make it difficult to record accurate observations at the summit.

The wettest October on the mountain was recorded in 1970, when 15.86 inches were seen near the bridge. The driest October on record was in 1963, when a measly 0.31 inch was measured at the top.

Dale D. Schrum