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See the most extreme temperatures in Tennessee history

The contiguous U.S. had its warmest meteorological summer (June-August) on record in 2021.
Photo by Terry Robinson. Used under creative commons license via flickr.com.
Photo by Terry Robinson. Used under creative commons license via flickr.com.(WVLT)
Published: Jun. 19, 2022 at 11:30 AM CDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - On July 9, 2021, California’s Death Valley reached 130 degrees Fahrenheit, according to an automated measuring system there, representing one of the highest temperatures ever recorded on the planet. The world record, also recorded at Death Valley, was 134 degrees in July 1913.

More than 210 degrees Fahrenheit separates the highest and the lowest temperatures on record in the United States, the third-largest country in the world. As some states are infamous for having blistering hot summers, others become inundated by winter storms and frigid cold. The contiguous U.S. had its warmest meteorological summer (June-August) on record in 2021, according to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

Stacker consulted 2021 data from the NOAA’s State Climate Extremes Committee (SCEC) to illustrate the hottest and coldest temperatures ever recorded in each state. Each slide also reveals the all-time highest 24-hour precipitation record and all-time highest 24-hour snowfall.

Keep reading to find out your state’s record, or see the national list here.

Tennessee by the numbers

- All-time highest temperature: 113° F (Perryville on Aug. 9, 1930)

- All-time lowest temperature: -32° F (Mountain City on Dec. 30, 1917)

- All-time highest 24-hour precipitation: 20.7 inches (McEwen on Aug. 21, 2021)

- All-time highest 24-hour snowfall: 30 inches (Mt. LeConte on March 14, 1993)

Intense rainfall during a storm on August 21, 2021, devastated the region between Waverly and McEwen, Tennessee about 60 miles west of Nashville. The resulting flash flooding killed more than 20 people.

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