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Rains continue through foothills

Area drenched all week; October is already above normal rainfall

FOOTHILLS—An unusual cloud seen by residents on Tuesday may have been a sign of how the rest of the week was going to go weather-wise. 

This week has brought above normal rain, including an official 3.27 inches in Tryon Monday through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Other areas have recorded more, with some people saying their rain gauges had measured up to 9 inches, and that was before Friday’s torrential rains. 

The normal rainfall in Tryon for October is 1.31 inches, so this week alone has already almost tripled that through just Thursday. 

Rains were expected to continue through Friday and some of Saturday, with heavy rains expected at times Friday. 

As of Thursday, so far for the year, Tryon had received 44.61 inches of rain, according to the NWS. Heavy months were February, which received 5.3 inches, March, which received 10.54 inches and August, which received 5.44 inches. 

In the last 20 years, 2013 saw the most rainfall at 92.12 inches, according to the NWS. The last few years have also seen above average rainfall, with 88.70 inches in 2020; 68.09 inches in 2019; 88.89 inches in 2018 and 67.71 inches in 2017. Rainfall for the year 2016 was below normal at 41.45 inches, according to the NWS.