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Banner Elk Avery County | NC Climate Division 2 | ID# 310506

Banner Elk

Location: 36.16 °N, 81.87 °W
Elevation: 3770 ft.
Record incorporates data from the following stations: AIKEN, AIKEN 4 SSE, AIKEN 4 NE, AIKEN 5 SE, AIKEN 5SE

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Banner Elk
Average Monthly Precipitation

Data Source: Period of Record — Applied Climate Information System (ACIS); Climate Normals (if available) — NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)

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Banner Elk
Historical Monthly Precipitation
(Months with missing data are coded -9999, i.e., < 0)

Data Source: Applied Climate Information System (ACIS)

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Banner Elk
Seasonal Precipitation

* Data Missing: Feb 1992; Sep, Dec 1995; Feb 1996; Mar, Nov 1997; Mar, Jun, Jul, Dec 1999; Jan, Feb, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Nov 2000; Jan, Nov 2001; Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov 2002; Dec 2003; Aug, Nov 2004; Jan, Mar, Apr, Jun, Nov, Dec 2005; Jan, Apr, Jul, Nov, Dec 2006; Mar, Apr, Jun, Jul, Aug 2007.

Data Source: Applied Climate Information System (ACIS)

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Data Source: Applied Climate Information System (ACIS)

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Data Source: Applied Climate Information System (ACIS)

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12-month 18-month 24-month 36-month 48-month 60-month

Data Source: Applied Climate Information System (ACIS)

Reading a Probablility Density Function Chart

example of a probablity density functionThis chart shows the range and probability of specific precipitation totals. For example, there is a 2% chance of getting exactly 35 inches of precipitation. But if you look at the distribution of rainfall (historical rainfall amounts are shown by the blue bars, while the line graph smooths out this distribution), you can see that most years you are likely to get more precipitation than 35 inches.

Reading a Seasonal Probablility Density Function Chart

This graph shows the range and probability of precipitation totals for each season. Each curve is a statistically-derived, best fit to historical data. The peaks represent rainfall totals with the highest probability; the tails of each curve have very low probability.

Reading a Recurrence Interval Chart

These maps show the percentage of average precipitation that can be expected for a specified length of time and specified return period. You may choose 1- to 5-year accumulation periods and see the probability of specific precipitation totals (on the vertical axis) occurring in a given year. A 100-year return means that there is a 1 in 100 (1%) chance of occurrence in a single year.