Average Annual Precipitation for North Carolina

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The tables below give yearly averages for rainfall plus snowfall at cities, towns and parks in North Carolina.

Each place has a total for the amount of precipitation it usually receives in a year. Most locations also have information on the number of days with wet weather. That includes the days when precipitation amounts to 0.01 inches (0.25 millimetres) or more.

The annual precipitation totals are averages based on weather data collected from 1981 to 2010 for the NOAA National Climatic Data Center.

You can jump to a separate table for each region of the state: North Carolina Mountains in the west, Piedmont in the center, and North Carolina Coast to the east.

North Carolina Mountains

Average yearly precipitation
Days Place Inches Millimetres
126 Asheville 37.0   940
131 Banner Elk 49.5 1257
151 Blowing Rock 63.7 1619
140 Boone 52.7 1338
169 Grandfather Mountain 61.2 1555
160 Highlands 84.5 2146
129 Kerr Scott Reservoir 50.7 1287
117 Morganton 48.3 1228
127 Oconaluftee 53.8 1366
136 Pisgah Forest 61.7 1568
137 Tapoco 54.6 1387
143 Waterville 50.5 1282

Piedmont

Annual averages for rainfall plus snowfall
Days Place Inches Millimetres
  – Cary 46.3 1176
121 Chapel Hill 47.3 1202
110 Charlotte 41.6 1057
106 Concord 45.9 1166
105 Durham 47.8 1214
100 Gastonia 43.0 1091
111 Greensboro 42.2 1073
  95 Henderson 44.6 1132
113 Hickory 46.3 1175
113 High Point 46.1 1171
131 Mount Airy 46.8 1188
100 Raleigh 46.0 1169
  – Winston-Salem 46.9 1191

North Carolina Coast

Average amount of rain and snow a year
Days Place Inches Millimetres
  – Atlantic Beach 57.3 1454
  – Beaufort 54.6 1386
111 Belhaven 48.5 1233
120 Cape Hatteras 58.0 1474
120 Cedar Island 57.1 1451
  98 Edenton 48.1 1222
118 Elizabeth City 48.5 1233
111 Fayetteville 45.4 1154
116 Goldsboro 48.8 1239
125 Greenville 49.6 1259
120 Hofmann Forest 57.3 1456
  96 Manteo 50.0 1269
103 Morehead City 59.0 1499
120 New Bern 52.8 1340
104 Ocracoke 58.2 1478
106 Southport 56.0 1421
135 Wilmington 57.6 1463
Reference

National Climatic Data Center. NOAA's 1981-2010 Climate Normals.

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