High Temps Tie Record for Most Days in 90+ Heat

By: Jim Freeman
By: Jim Freeman

Morristown, Hamblen County (WVLT) - Not since the early 1990s have we seen a stretch of 30-days at ninety degrees or above.

In fact, Wednesday we tied the record for most consecutive days in the 90s that was set back in 1993.

Volunteer TV’s Jim Freeman has more on what to expect in the days and weeks ahead.

The year of the previous record, 1993, was also the year of the blizzard.

So do you think that means we're in for a wicked winter to match this summer?

We've enlisted the help of the National Weather Service and the Farmer's Almanac for answers.

The heat's hitting everybody from the kitchen to the outdoors.

"Well, it has slowed down our business a little bit. It's just so hot, people don't want to eat. So, it has slowed down a little bit here,” says Charlotte Coffey, owner of Charlotte’s Family Restaurant in Morristown.

"It's real crunchy. We raise horses, and we're having a terrible time finding hay,” says Sam Wade from Sweetwater.

"Well, my kids, they haven't got to go out as much cause of the sun and the heat,” Maryville resident Josh Arms says.

And everybody has questions about the heat and lack of rain.

"I like to trout fish a lot and we have no water in the mountains. I'd be glad to find out when we might get some rain,” Wade says.

"Well, I got bad news for Sam, because, I just don't see any big rain makers coming anytime soon,” says Howard Waldron, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

"Will it be back? Will it be back? They're showing days in the 80s toward the end of this week, but are we gonna be back up in the 90s?" Arms asks.

"I think we're gonna see a gradual increase back up into the 90s in the early part of next week,” says Waldron.

It's even hot for August here in East Tennessee. So hot, in fact, that Wednesday marks the 30th straight day of days at 90 degrees or hotter.

So, does an extreme summer call for a harsh winter? Howard says it's rare for exceptional weather like this summer's heat to be followed by an exceptional winter. The 2008 Farmer's Almanac is just out and calls for a snowy winter with below normal temperatures in December and February. A prediction that today is only wishful thinking.

"Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow,” shouts Charlotte.

The month's not finished.

But at this moment, this August is on pace to go on record as the hottest August ever.


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