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Climate in Tennessee

Tennessee, Tennessee gets 53 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Tennessee averages 5 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 207 sunny days per year in Tennessee. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Tennessee gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 116 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.

Weather Highlights

Summer High: the July high is around 88 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 27
Rain: averages 53 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 5 inches of snow a year

Tennessee ranks 56/100 for Comfort Index

A higher score indicates a more comfortable year-round climate. The US average for the comfort index is 54. Our index is based on the total number of days annually within the comfort range of 70-80 degrees, and we also applied a penalty for days of excessive humidity.


Climate Averages
  Tennessee, TennesseeUnited States
  52.8 in.38.1 in.
  4.8 in.27.8 in.
  116.1 days106.2 days
  207 days205 days
  982 ft.2443 ft.


Many people confuse weather and climate but they are different. Weather is the conditions of the atmosphere over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere is over long periods of time.

Weather is how the atmosphere is behaving and its effects upon life and human activities. Weather can change from minute-to-minute. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure.

Climate is the description of the long-term pattern of weather in a place. Climate can mean the average weather for a particular region and time period taken over 30 years. Climate is the average of weather over time.

July is the hottest month for Tennessee with an average high temperature of 88.3°, which ranks it as warmer than most states. In Tennessee, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Tennessee are May, September and October.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Tennessee with an average of 26.7°. This is warmer than most of the U.S. states.

Tennessee has 33.9 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most states in the U.S.

Tennessee has 83.8 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most states in the U.S.

Tennessee averages 0.5 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most states in the U.S.

May is the wettest month in Tennessee with 5.3 inches of rain, and the driest month is October with 3.4 inches. The wettest season is Summer with 28% of yearly precipitation and 22% occurs in Winter, which is the driest season. Tennessee's average annual rainfall of 52.8 inches indicates that it is one of the wettest states in the United States.

May is the rainiest month in Tennessee with 11.0 days of rain, and September is the driest month with only 7.5 rainy days. Tennessee's annual average of 116.1 days with measurable rain is rainier than most states in the United States. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 28% of the time and the driest is Winter with only a 21% chance of a rainy day.

With an average annual snowfall of 4.8 inches, Tennessee is one of the least snowy states in the United States.

January is the snowiest month in Tennessee with 1.8 inches of snow, and 4 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Tennessee    40 Reviews
    Don't Waste Your Time - 1/29/2016
    Horrible schools, air pollution, lakes are so polluted you can't eat the fish, mean nasty people, low pay, and overall a bad place to chose to live. I have lived here... Read More

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    Humidity in Tennessee - 11/10/2015
    Jodi from St. Michael - did you ever move to TN or elsewhere? I live in SW Florida now and its too hot and humid. Carla from Elk River,... Read More

    I love Tennessee - 7/14/2015
    Rolling hills, beautiful countryside, mountains, lakes, streams, parks and greenways, history, music, and a culture all it's own. Tennesseans simply laugh when referred... Read More

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