Extreme Weather in East Tennessee

By: Jim Freeman Email
By: Jim Freeman Email

Knoxville (WVLT) - Just about everywhere you go, especially along the East Coast, you'll feel temperatures approaching record highs today.

Volunteer TV's Jim Freeman has the story.

The season of extremes is continuing, but not for long.

Summer's sizzle carries into October and that keeps most of us looking for ways to stay cool.

From catching some fun in the shade at a local park, to enjoying a dip at the local ice cream parlor.

Ice cream was the "keep cool" way of choice for many, who passed through the doors of Kay's Food Shop in Jefferson City on Monday afternoon.

"Lots of kids coming in today. Jefferson County is out of school today, so we've had a lot of kids coming in for ice cream today," said Cindy Satterfield, owner of Kay's.

For a Columbus Day that feels more like Labor Day, the extended heat has been rough on all of us, but great for some businesses.

Especially, if it involves scooping up some cool on a hotter than expected day.

"I definitely planned on October being a slow ice cream month. So, the heat's been an added help to that," said Satterfield.

But it looks like our weather may be returning to reality later this week.

"It's going to feel pretty cold. We've been sitting here with all these hot temps. So, it'll feel pretty cool when that comes through, but yes, it's closer to normal," said Howard Waldron, with the National Weather Service in Morristown.

Highs in the 60s and 70s are on the way.

But one big question for lots of us is after the April freeze, the drought, all those days in the 90s, is this year of extremes going to carry into winter?

"There's nothing you can really tie to say, if you have a hot, dry summer, it's going to be a very cold, wet, rainy, snowy winter," said Waldron.

Waldron notes that even though it appears a dry winter with warmer than normal temperatures is expected, he doesn't rule out the chance of a snow storm or two or even a blizzard.

After all, the blizzard of '93 hit during a so called "normal" winter.

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