Worried that a hot Summer will mean a rough Winter?

By: David Aldrich, Chief Meteorologist Email
By: David Aldrich, Chief Meteorologist Email

Does a really hot summer in Knoxville mean a really snowy winter is coming ? Not necessarily. How do I know ? Look at the data below. The years correspond with the hot summers of year's past in Knoxville.

In 2010, we have had 77 days at 90 degrees or higher.
A typical or "normal" summer would give us 31 days at 90 degrees or higher.

Here is a list of the Most 90 Degree Days in Knoxville by calendar year:
(Courtesy: National Weather Service - Morristown)

1. 1936
78 days

2. 2010
77 days

3. 1954
76 days

4. 1925
73 days

5. 1931
72 days

6. 1941 & 1943
67 days

7. 1986
64 days

Normal Winter 9.9 inches of snow

8.7 inches of snow

6.2 inches of snow

4.2 inches of snow

0.8 inches of snow

23.9 inches of snow (13.5" fell in March)

2.7 inches of snow

19.8 inches of snow (10.7" fell in April)

David Aldrich

Chief Meteorologist
Knoxville, TN

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