Tennessee Precipitation Records (6th wettest state in the US) Knoxville, Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, TN         

WINTER WEATHER:  58  Years of test data  11.5″  Average inches per year of Snowfall

Climate of Knoxville (Largest city in East Tennessee)

Knoxville falls in the humid subtropical climate zone (Koppen climate classification Cfa), although it is not quite as hot as areas to the south and west due to the higher elevations. Summers are hot and humid, with July highs averaging 88 °F (31 °C) and lows averaging 69 °F (21 °C). Winters are generally cool, with occasional small amounts of snow. January averages a high of 47 °F (8 °C) and a low of 30 °F (−1 °C), although low temperaures in the teens are not uncommon. Single digits are very rare, occurring once every few years. The record high for Knoxville is 104 °F (40 °C) occurring July 12, 1930, while the record low is −24 °F (−31 °C) occurring January 21, 1985.[46] Annual precipitation averages around 48 in (1,219 mm), and average winter snowfall is 11.5 inches (29 cm).
Knoxville ranked as the worst for allergy sufferers among 100 large U.S. cities in a 2009 study

Gatlinburg Photos – Nature Video Clips – Pictures of Nature Scenes

Gatlinburg Photos – Nature Video Clips – Pictures of Nature Scenes

I recommend readers review these wonderful Gatlinburg videos that spotlight the beauty and amazement of the Smoky Mountain town! You will learn more about the things to do in Gatlinburg, as well as what’s offered each season here in the Smokies. Winterfest is a great time to come to Gatlinburg. There’s a Chili Cook-off with the best local restaurants participating. The Mayor turns on a light switch which initiates the festival of lights. You will be amazed by the assortment of Christmas lights throughout Gatlinburg.

Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff
Date(s): November 10
Season: Fall, Winter
Category: Entertainment, Fundraiser, Food
Are you thinking chili?

Offering mouth-watering recipes of home-style chili ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous, the City of Gatlinburg hosts its 21st annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff on Wednesday, Nov. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. on the popular Downtown Parkway.

Highlighted by the seasonal debut of the spectacular all-LED Gatlinburg Winter Magic lights program and live entertainment, more than 20 organizations will serve up kettles of chili ready for you to sample as the event fills the Parkway between traffic light #6 and the Riverside Motor Lodge.

Entertainment for the event will be The Grassabillies, Steve Brown and Hurricane Ridge, The Holloway Sisters, and Boogertown Gap. Music will be performed in various spots throughout the venue in addition to on the main stage. Street Magic and Belly Dancers will round out the entertainment lineup.

With the purchase of a ticket, receive a spoon and a voting ballot, then starting at 5 p.m. be pleasantly tempted and tested before casting your vote for the People’s Choice Award. Also, judges will select winners in categories including Best Taste, Booth Presentation, Apron Design and Most Unique Chili Name.

All Sauced Up is sponsoring several hot chili eating contests during the event. See if you can stand the heat! Sponsors for Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff Chili Cookoff are City of Gatlinburg, Ripley’s Entertainment, and Hard Rock Café Gatlinburg


North Carolina / Tennessee Rock Slide

Travel Alert
Be Advised: There was a massive rock slide at the Tennessee-North Carolina state line on Saturday October 24, 2009. Detours have been established.

Note: During the winter months, use the following websites and numbers for the current road and weather conditions
for these alternate routes.
Tennessee Department of Tourism – 1-800-342-3258
Great Smoky Mountains National Park – 865-436-1200

Alternate Routes
Drivers traveling from Tennessee to western North Carolina via I-40 are advised to take one of two eastbound detours.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) recommends traveling east to North Carolina via I-81 to Johnson City, then taking I-26 to Asheville.

Drivers in normal passenger vehicles can also take Highway 25-70 from Newport into North Carolina.

Visitors to Gatlinburg can also follow HWY 441 through Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Cherokee and take HWY 19 through Maggie Valley to access 1-40 in North Carolina.

Note:The Tennessee Department of Transportation has begun a major project along Highway 66 (which could make traffic a bear). Get more info about the road construction and utilize less-traveled and scenic routes to Gatlinburg (to ensure an enjoyable trip through the Smokies).