Knoxville's coldest day since 2003, but it's no record

By: Brian Gregory, Email
By: Brian Gregory, Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- It's teeth-chattering cold out there. But not cold enough to set a record. According to the National Weather Service, on January 16, 1972, it was one degree above zero.

But, when we hit five degrees above zero Friday, we recorded the lowest temperature in Knoxville since January 24th, 2003. It was four degrees that day.

In case you're wondering, the last time we hit zero was 1996, and the record low for Knoxville was minus 24. We really froze that day: January 21st, 1985!

It was Inauguration Day for President Ronald Reagan.

Do you remember that day? Talk about it in our comments.

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  • by Chris Location: Dandridge, TN on Jan 17, 2009 at 07:54 AM
    I remember Jan. 21, 1985 well. I stood outside in double layers of everything and was wanting to play in the woods real bad. But after about ten minutes, I was ready to come back in. It was too cold even for me!


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