Average Annual Precipitation for North Carolina





The tables below give yearly averages for rainfall plus snowfall at cities, communities and other locations around North Carolina.

Each place has a total for the amount of precipitation it usually receives in a year. There is also a count of the number of days with wet weather, when precipitation amounts to 0.01 inches (0.25 millimetres) or more.

The annual precipitation totals are averages based on weather data collected from 1991 to 2020 for the US National Centers for Environmental Information.

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
130 Asheville 40.6 1031
152 Banner Elk 53.8 1366
146 Boone 59.1 1502
136 Cullowhee 54.2 1376
167 Grandfather Mountain 64.8 1645
163 Highlands 88.3 2242
133 Kerr Scott Reservoir 52.5 1333
121 Morganton 51.5 1309
134 North Wilkesboro 51.7 1313
148 Pisgah Forest 65.0 1652
133 Tapoco 56.1 1426
144 Waterville 53.9 1369
125 Winston-Salem 43.2 1097

Piedmont

Annual averages for rainfall plus snowfall
Days Place Inches Milli­metres
87 Albemarle 48.3 1226
130 Burlington 43.3 1100
124 Chapel Hill 48.9 1241
112 Charlotte 43.6 1107
112 Concord 47.9 1216
103 Durham 48.6 1234
101 Gastonia 44.0 1116
108 Greensboro 45.9 1166
107 Henderson 48.6 1235
118 Hickory 47.2 1198
116 High Point 48.3 1226
137 Mount Airy 50.5 1282
118 Raleigh 46.1 1170
116 Shelby 50.4 1280

North Carolina Coast

Average amount of rain and snow a year
Days Place Inches Milli­metres
120 Atlantic Beach 59.0 1498
131 Beaufort 55.7 1414
103 Belhaven 52.3 1328
125 Cape Hatteras 61.2 1555
123 Cedar Island 59.5 1510
99 Edenton 51.0 1295
121 Elizabeth City 51.3 1302
112 Fayetteville 47.9 1217
121 Goldsboro 52.3 1327
128 Greenville 53.4 1357
121 Hofmann Forest 60.3 1531
100 Kinston 52.9 1343
121 Lumberton 50.8 1291
87 Manteo 46.6 1182
111 Morehead City 61.2 1553
127 New Bern 53.0 1346
108 Ocracoke 58.3 1481
113 Roanoke Rapids 49.5 1257
114 Rocky Mount 45.8 1164
102 Southport 54.6 1388
122 Wilmington 60.2 1528
120 Wilson 50.3 1278
Reference

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). Climate Normals.

North Carolina Precipitation
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