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.

  • After flip to fall, even cooler weather is on the way It has certainly been a tale of two extremes to start October, with a dramatic flip to autumn after one of the warmest starts to October on record. Consider this: Through the first 11 days of the month, the average temperature in Oneida was a whopping 12 degrees above normal. For perspective, our average temperature through ...
  • Summer returns…for how long? After a brief prelude to autumn over the weekend, summer has returned with a vengeance to the northern Cumberland Plateau region, with the above-average temperatures and scattered showers and thunderstorms that have been so common during this start to fall. The National Weather Service at Morristown is forecasting high temperatures in the 80s each day through ...
  • Floating into Easter weekend | Eye to the Sky Forget the baskets and egg dye. Fins or a rowboat might be more appropriate for Easter weekend, if a wet weather pattern that appears to be setting up over the Cumberland Plateau region actually comes to fruition in the week ahead. Models are consistently wet for our region next week, as it looks like conditions will ...
  • A little snow Monday? It could happen! | Eye to the Sky If you’re anxious for spring, you may want to stop reading right now. Because there’s a possibility for some snow to begin next week. The GFS forecast model is the medium-range global meteorological model of note that is attempting to hone in on this possibility at the moment, while its primary counterpart — the European model — ...
  • ‘Cold’ start to March isn’t looking quite as cold | Eye to the Sky It was once looking — as recently as a week ago — like our weather pattern would flip to cold as the month of March began. But with March’s arrival just another day away, any cold air that is in store for us appears to be fleeting. The North Atlantic Oscillation has moved into negative territory ...
  • Yes, it’s still winter, and colder weather lurks | Eye to the Sky The start of spring is still almost a month away, although you wouldn’t know it from the weather most of the eastern U.S. has been experiencing this week. Many locales east of the Mississippi River have been smashing record highs for most of the week, and we’ve been in the 70s consistently here on the ...
  • The worst of winter is over | Eye to the Sky After one of the coldest starts to any winter in recent history, it now appears that the worst is behind us and the rest of winter should be rather meek and mild by comparison. Barring a late-season winter storm, the winter of 2017-2018 will go down as rather snowless despite all the cold air we had ...
  • A thaw is upcoming, but winter isn’t over | Eye to the Sky Local schools will remain closed Thursday for a third consecutive day, and it’s hard to imagine the county schools, at least, reopening on Friday. But a thaw will begin in earnest on Thursday, after one final night of single-digit temperatures. And, after that, it looks like the truly frigid arctic air will be out of the ...
  • Update: Accumulating snow possible Tuesday | Eye to the Sky A moisture-starved clipper system will ride a cold front across Tennessee on Tuesday, bringing light snow and the potential for some minor accumulations to the region.
  • Why Tuesday holds more snow potential than storm just past — and why it could be a bust | Eye to the Sky We’re still struggling to unthaw from Friday night’s very light snowfall and the associated temperature plunge that created icy conditions on untreated roadways, with dozens of churches across the region canceling services this morning and tonight. But another weather-maker is on the horizon, and will threaten the return to classes for students after the MLK ...