Preliminary reports put the total rainfall in Knoxville on Thursday, August 10 at over 2.5 inches, the most on this date since recordkeeping began in 1920. The WATE 6 Storm Team is continuing to monitor reports and confirm an exact rainfall total.
WATE 6 Storm Team Meteorologist Margo Altshuler said the most rainfall that Knoxville had seen on August 10 before Thursday was 2.1 inches in 1920.
While 2.5 inches may seem like a lot of rain for this time of year, there are a few days in August with higher record rainfalls, according to the National Weather Service. The top 5 record rainfalls in Knoxville during the month are:
- August 24, 1959 – 3.25 inches
- August 22, 1969 – 3.02 inches
- August 11, 1983 – 3 inches
- August 3, 1942 – 2.94 inches
- August 16, 1964 – 2.9 inches
Most of the showers in the Knoxville area Thursday had moved on by early afternoon, so the final total of rainfall could increase slightly, however, the radar shows only a few potential showers throughout East Tennessee Thursday evening.
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