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.

  • 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 ...
  • Tropical trouble = potentially wet weekend | Eye to the Sky As if our weather hasn’t been wet enough lately, a tropical storm that is brewing down in the Gulf of Mexico could mean a very end of the week and weekend for us here in Tennessee. Models are beginning to hone in on the potential for a lot of rain between Thursday and Sunday as a ...
  • A ‘slight’ severe risk, but storms weakening | Eye to the Sky The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., has the northern Cumberland Plateau on the eastern edge of a “slight risk” outlook for severe weather today, as a MCS moves eastward towards the plateau region. A few small storms have developed ahead of the approaching MCS (which may impact parts of the northern plateau ...
  • Another cool-down lurks | Eye to the Sky For the first time this season, it has actually felt like summer this week for those of us on the northern Cumberland Plateau. It’s been a little wetter than a typical summer week, with repeated rounds of thunderstorms, but the muggy heat coupled with daily thunderstorm chances has made it a normal summertime pattern in ...
  • Warmer temps, but still lots of rain | Eye to the Sky Even as temperatures that are more typical of summer arrive to the Cumberlands, above-average rainfall will continue — for this week and for the foreseeable future — as a very unusual summer weather pattern continues. The National Weather Service at Morristown is forecasting temperatures in the low to mid 80s for Oneida each day for the ...
  • Another cool-down is coming | Eye to the Sky A couple of days of summer-like heat have come to an abrupt halt across the Cumberlands this Sunday afternoon, with widespread thunderstorms associated with a disturbance that will once again deliver cooler temperatures to much of the eastern U.S. this upcoming week. As we enter the first full week of June, a rainy Monday is expected ...