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Post by Jed33 on 2011-12-13, 1:56 pm

While we wait for some more winter-like weather and hopefully snow to go with it, I have been reliving some of my favorite childhood snowstorms. Since I grew up in N MS and W TN, I remember events in both Jan. And Feb. 85, as well as Jan. 88. There is a pretty fair amount of info on Memphis and Nashville snowfall by year, but I can't find anything for Knoxville, or any other cities in E TN other than records. I wanted to try to compare snowfall by year for Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville, so far am at a loss. Anybody have any ideas?

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Post by John1122 on 2011-12-13, 3:39 pm

It's very near impossible to find East Tennessee snowfall data.

With enough work you can find it here.

http://climate.usurf.usu.edu/products/data.php?tab=coop

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Post by Jed33 on 2011-12-13, 4:25 pm

Thanks John. I wonder if it has anything to do with mrx being a "newer" office than say meg or ohx and they just don't have as much recorded data. Or they just may not be concerned or interested in that type of data. oh well, let me give this a try Smile thanks again

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Post by John1122 on 2011-12-13, 4:29 pm

Jed33 wrote:Thanks John. I wonder if it has anything to do with mrx being a "newer" office than say meg or ohx and they just don't have as much recorded data. Or they just may not be concerned or interested in that type of data. oh well, let me give this a try Smile thanks again

There have been records kept at the Knoxville area NWS since the 1800s. MRX just kinda sucks for things like that compared to pretty much every other WFO.

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Post by Toot on 2011-12-13, 4:30 pm

There is also a little bit of data here

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/climate/index.php?wfo=mrx

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Post by Jed33 on 2011-12-13, 5:29 pm

Thanks Toot! I think both of these sites will be fun to look at. I found some good info on the one John mentioned above, and will check out the other one later tonight

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Post by Stovepipe on 2011-12-30, 10:25 pm

I've been pulling some numbers from here:

http://www.wunderground.com/history/

but it's kind of a pain to change the month/year and refresh. I'd really like to find historical snow totals by year and month all in one table, or at least something that is easier to mine.
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Post by Stovepipe on 2012-01-20, 3:04 pm

I'm looking into getting some data from a professor at UT, should be some juicy stuff. Meanwhile I just found this little jewel linked from UT's climate site:

http://www4.ncdc.noaa.gov/cgi-win/wwcgi.dll?wwEvent~Storms

Only goes back to 93 but it's neat to get details on every storm since.

Here's a description of the February 2nd 1996 storm in east TN:

A low pressure trof extended from the Gulf of Mexico to across East Tennessee. This trof brought large amounts of moisture to the Southern Appalachians while a cold air mass moved in from the northwest. Snowfall amounts across the region ranged from 4 inches in Southeast Tennessee to nearly 24 inches in parts of Middle East Tennessee. Numerous minor traffic accidents were reported though no major accidents. Some specific snow amounts reported were: Anderson 18 to 24 inches, Bradley 4-6 inches of ice and snow, Blount 4-6 inches of snow, Campbell 7 inches, Claiborne 12-15 inches, Cocke 5 to 7 inches, Cumberland 12 inches with 3 feet drifts, Fentress 10 inches, Grainger 15-18 inches, Greene 8-16 inches, Hamblen 12-16 inches, Hamilton 4-6 inches of snow and ice, Hancock 11 inches, Hawkins 14-16 inches, Knox 6-8 inches, McMinn 4-6 inches of ice, Meigs up to 4 inches of ice, Polk 10 inches, Sullivan 10-12 inches, Union 14-16 inches, and Washington 10-12 inches. West Knox Marina, Hamblen County Boat Dock, and Rhea County Boat Dock reported collapsed rooves due to the weight of the snow and a number of boats were damaged or sunk.
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