Grandfather Mountain Weather Report for April 2022

Last updated on May 26, 2022 10:59

April 2022 saw average weather conditions on Grandfather Mountain, according to data recorded at official park weather stations.

The average maximum temperature for April 2022 was 52.3°, with an average minimum of 35.9°, for an average of 43.6°.

The hottest temperature recorded last month was 66.7° on April 25, just under 14 degrees below the mountain’s April record 80°, observed on April 7, 2010.

In general, April continues to bring winter weather to Grandfather Mountain before more spring-like conditions arrive in May. April 19 saw the coldest temperature recorded in the past month, 17.8°, and a wind chill of -4.7°. April 9 and 10 were also cold days on the mountain with recorded wind chills of -3.1° and -3.8°, respectively. The lowest temperature ever observed on Grandfather Mountain in April (not including wind chill) was 5° on April 7, 1982.

On April 19, the Mile High Swinging Bridge weather station recorded a wind gust of 70.8 mph, along with a sustained wind speed of 81.5 mph. The station noted five days in April with wind gusts above 60 mph. The highest gust ever recorded on Grandfather Mountain was 124 mph, observed on February 25, 2019.

The weather station near the swing bridge reported 2.67 inches of precipitation in April 2022, while recorded observations near the park’s nature museum recorded 2.75 inches. Precipitation is also measured at the latter location, as high winds can make it difficult to record accurate observations at the summit.

The wettest April on the mountain was in 2018, when 12.72 inches was seen near the bridge. The driest April on record was in 1975, when 0.72 inches was recorded.

The park had 16 days of total rainfall for April 2022, eight days less than the record 24 days in 1984. The wettest day last month was April 18, when 0.81 inches were recorded at the top. The wettest day on record for April was April 21, 1992, when the weather station observed 4.65 inches.

The weather station near the park’s nature museum recorded 0.6 inches of snow on April 9 and traces of winter precipitation on April 10, 18 and 19.

Weather reports

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation records and reports data in two different ways:

  • The park maintains an automated weather station atop the Mile High Swing Bridge. The NC State Climate Office helps the foundation calibrate the machines and ensure overall data accuracy.
  • Grandfather Mountain has been an active member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Cooperative Observer Program since 1955 reporting weather data from locations near the Mile High Swing Bridge and Museum of Nature.

For more information on the weather at Grandfather Mountain, visit www.grandfather.com/weather.

The non-profit Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation strives to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and appreciate the wonders of Grandfather Mountain. For more information, call 800-468-7325 or visit www.grandfather.com to book a trip.

Grandfather Mountain experienced average weather in April 2022, according to data from official weather recording stations located on and near the Mile High swing bridge. In general, April continues to bring winter weather to Grandfather Mountain before more spring-like conditions arrive in May. Photo by Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

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