Eye to the Sky

Eye to the Sky is a weather blog of Independent Herald editor Ben Garrett. Garrett has long been a weather enthusiast and has blogged about interesting weather for years on his personal website. Garrett is not a professional forecaster or a meteorologist, and information contained in this blog should not be considered a substitute from official forecasts, advisories or other products from the National Weather Service.

  • Copious amounts of rain possible next week | Eye to the Sky During the first week of July, before a true summer-like pattern finally established itself in our region, we saw an entire month’s worth of rain in a single week. The same thing could potentially happen next week, with our region receiving its average rainfall for the entire month of August in a single week. Models are ...
  • Heat builds, but another major cool down lurks | Eye to the Sky This past weekend featured a taste of autumn, with low humidity and a north breeze helping Saturday’s upper 70s and Sunday’s low 80s feel even cooler. The heat may be returning with the start of a new work week, but another significant shot of cool air lurks for the upcoming weekend, which could be very similar ...
  • Severe weather chances decline for Thursday | Eye to the Sky So far, our promised “rainy pattern” hasn’t exactly been playing out, with what appears to be solid rain chances diminishing as the “day of” arrives. It still looks like we’ll see an excellent shot of soaking rains tomorrow, but storm chances — and especially severe weather chances — are diminishing today. The National Weather Service’s weather forecast ...
  • Severe weather is possible Thursday, Friday | Eye to the Sky Isolated severe thunderstorms are possible late Thursday and on Friday, as a cold front approaches the northern Cumberland Plateau region. The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., currently has Scott County included in a “slight risk” area for severe weather each day as the cold front moves southeast. To put that into perspective, the ...
  • Moving back into a rainy period The last two weeks have featured very hot weather here in the Cumberlands and across Tennessee…more or less typical summertime weather, made to feel hotter by our cool start to the season. But if lots of sun, lots of heat and lots of rain-less humidity is your idea of good summer weather, you better get ...
  • Summer pattern may break down sooner than expected | Eye to the Sky How quickly things can change. Just a couple of days ago, it appeared that hot and dry weather was with us to stay for a while, with at least one forecast model consistently showing even hotter weather next week. The GFS forecast model was promising high temperatures topping 100 degrees even here on the northern Cumberland ...
  • Summer pattern is here to stay for a while | Eye to the Sky It took summer — true summer, anyway — a while to get here, but it doesn’t look like the hot and relatively dry pattern we’re currently in is going to end anytime soon. Some of you will read that and scoff. “Relatively dry?” What about the flash flooding that some areas experienced on Friday? But compared ...
  • Will rain plague the 4th? | Eye to the Sky First things first: Our 4th of July holiday should not be a washout. But it does appear that there will be an enhanced chance for showers and thunderstorms, perhaps similar to what we experienced on Saturday. We continue in a typical summertime pattern — in a summer that has been decidedly atypical — with a warm, ...
  • Rain chances galore for holiday period | Eye to the Sky Remember the Meow Meow Lullaby? “Meow, meow, meow, meow, meow, meow. Meow, meow, meow, meow, meow, meow.” That’s what I feel like when describing this summer’s weather pattern: “Rain, rain, rain, rain, rain, rain. Rain, rain, rain, rain, rain, rain.” It hasn’t rained non-stop, of course, but there have been far more days with substantial rain chances ...
  • First look at a possible rainy 4th of July | Eye to the Sky The weather in the wake of the tropical depression that rolled across Tennessee on Friday is hard to beat — unless you like your summer weather scorching hot . . . like summers in the Mid-South are supposed to feel. Highs today will be only in the 70s, with lots of sunshine, according to the ...