The official US Weather Service Reporting Station located at the Swinging Bridge Visitor Center on Grandfather Mountain (elv. 5,300 feet) has been providing daily weather observations since August of 1955.
With rare exceptions, the temperature will be 10 to 20 degrees cooler at the summit of Grandfather Mountain than in the Peidmont and 5 to 10 degrees cooler than in lower elevations in the High Country. The average rate is 2.2 degrees per 1,000 feet, meaning that for each thousand feet you decend, the air will be 2.2 degrees warmer.
|Average Annual Rainfall||62.69 in.|
|Most Rain in One Day||6.38 in||March 12, 1963|
|Most Rain in Two Days||8.10 in.||August 9-10, 1970|
|Highest wind speed||200 mph||January 25, 2006|
|Ave. Number of Days Per Year Winds in excess of 60 mph||31 days|
|Ave. Number of Days Per Year Winds in excess of 100 mph||6 days|
|Average Winter Snow||56.2 in.|
|Most Snow in One Winter||116 in.||1995-96|
|Least Snow in One Winter||8.14 in.||1956-57|
|Most Snow in One Month||54 in.||January 1977|
|Most Snow in One Day||24 in.||March 16, 1993|
|Earliest Snowfall||September 27, 1985|
|Latest Spring Snow||May 27, 1961|
|Highest Temperature||83 degrees||August 23, 1983|
|Lowest Temperature||minus 32 degrees||January 21, 1985|
Average Daily Temperatures
(In Degrees Fahrenheit)
Located at 5,506' above sea level Beech Mountain has a unique weather pattern. We have seen snow every month of the year except August. Temperatures in the summer are normally in the 70's and lows in the winter can reach the teens and single digits. The high altitude makes for beautiful cool summer afternoons and wonderful snowy days in the winter. Our average snowfall is approx. 80" per year with many winters bringing much more. Below you will find information on our weather, and links to many weather forecasted for the area. Fred's is the only Official National Weather Reporting station in the area and records the weather daily for forecasters data.