January 1st: From the Weather History Books

 

JANUARY 1 :
IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE WEATHER HISTORY

 



HEAVY SNOWS  &  HEAVY RAINS

 

On January 1, 1918...
Dickson receives its greatest snowstorm ever, with an accumulation of 15".

On January 1, 1927...
The Cumberland River at Nashville crests at a record 56.2' -- 16.2' above flood stage -- in
the "Great Flood of 1927." The river swells to 3 miles wide at one point. Two persons are
killed and 10,400 are left homeless. Ryman Auditorium becomes a shelter. One young man,
whose Old Hickory girlfriend lives ½-mile across the river, has to drive 110 miles around the
flooded area to get to her. Water reaches as far inland as 3rd Avenue. Two steamboats
float onto 1st Avenue. Sixty square blocks are under water. Grocery shopping in some cases
is done Venetian style -- by rowboat.

On January 1, 1964...
New Year's Day storm sets single day snowfall records in several locations, including
Lawrenceburg, with 16", Waynesboro, 15½", Columbia and Mount Pleasant (1 N), 15",
Ashwood, 14", Lewisburg, 12½", Pulaski, 11½", Centerville, Fayetteville, and Neapolis,
11", Coldwater, 10½", Lebanon (7 N), Linden, and Old Hickory Dam, 10", and Shelbyville, 9".



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