Tennessee Annual Rainfall and Climate Data, see below for individual cities
Tennessee city precipitation totals
Avg Annual Precip
Avg Annual Snow
|Avg # days of Precip||
Avg # thunderstorm days
|Avg # hail days||Avg # severe thunderstorm watches per year||Avg # tornado watches per year||# of tornadoes reported in county, 1960-2010|
|Bristol - Kingsport||41.33||15.4||133||42||1||2||7||9|
Tennessee Precipitation Records
- Driest location ranked by lowest annual average precipitation: Bristol, northeastern Tennessee, 41.33"
- Wettest location ranked by highest annual average precipitation: Mount Leconte, eastern Tennessee 81.28"
- Snowiest location ranked by highest annual average snowfall: Tazewell, northeastern Tennessee, 16.7"
- State precipitation record for 24 hours - McMinnville, central Tennessee, 3/28/1902, 11.00"
- State precipitation record for 1 year - Haw Knob, southeastern Tennessee, 1957, 114.88"
- State snowfall record for 24 hours - Morristown, northeastern Tennessee 3/9-1960, 22.0"
- State snow record for 1 season - Mountain City, northeastern Tennessee, 1959-1960, 75.5"
- During the year 2011, Tennessee experienced an all-time record 75 tornado reports, breaking the previous record during 2009 when only 46 were reported.
- While Tennessee is far enough from the Gulf Coast to avoid any direct impact from a hurricane, the location
of the state makes it likely to be affected from the remnants of tropical cyclones which weaken over land and
can cause significant rainfall
- One of Tennessee's costliest tornadoes was the F3 twister which struck downtown Nashville during the
afternoon of April, 16 1998. Total damages for this tornado totaled $100+ million dollars
Data sources: National Climatic Data Center, Severe thunderstorm / tornado watch data period is 1999 - 2008, NOAA Storm Prediction Center, Tornado climate data - NOAA Storm Prediction Center, State lightning flash density average - 1997-2011, Vaisala