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

1936-37
8.7 inches of snow

1954-55
6.2 inches of snow

1925-26
4.2 inches of snow

1931-32
0.8 inches of snow

1941-42
23.9 inches of snow (13.5" fell in March)

1943-44
2.7 inches of snow

1986-87
19.8 inches of snow (10.7" fell in April)

David Aldrich

Chief Meteorologist
WVLT-TV
Knoxville, TN


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