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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  • by David Location: STRAWBERRY PLAINS on Sep 27, 2010 at 01:51 PM
    Cold weather does not kill bugs or we would have been rid of them long ago. They hide from the cold weather and have a built in anti-freeze.
  • by Philip Location: Knoxville on Sep 26, 2010 at 05:35 PM
    I work for TDOT, so I hope this winter is not bad. It can get cold just I hope and pray No snow. We don't like being in there for days on end just because there is a chance of snow. We do need bugs killed.
  • by Debbie Location: Kingston on Sep 26, 2010 at 11:27 AM
    I am more interested in whether or not the high heat load on my air conditioner means a greater chance of a high heat bill in the same year. Snow does not make my power bill go up, but when the temps are below about 30 degrees or so my heat pump uses a LOT more electricity.
  • by Susan Location: Maryville,tn. on Sep 26, 2010 at 03:17 AM
    IT COULD MEAN WE COULD HAVE A VERY MILD WINTER WITH ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPS, I HOPE NOT WE NEED SOME BUGS KILLED'SO MAYBE IT WILL BE A COLD WINTER

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