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.

  • Winter is about to assert itself in a big way | Eye to the Sky So you’ve been enjoying the shirt-sleeve late November weather? Well, prepare yourself. Because major changes are on the way. And soon. November proved to be a warm month. We closed out the month with an official high temperature of 65 degrees yesterday. Meteorological winter begins today with the warmth hanging around, and it looks like we’ll see ...
  • Snow Watch: A little wintry mischief by Thanksgiving? | Eye to the Sky “I’m dreaming of a white . . . Thanksgiving?” It’s that time of year when snow-lovers start to look longingly at the seven-day forecasts and students and teachers dream of those early-morning phone calls announcing that classes have been canceled because of snow. Let’s be clear on the front end: There are no signs of any sort ...
  • Fall has arrived, and more of it is coming | Eye to the Sky After a very warm start to fall, seasonal temperatures have finally arrived in East Tennessee, and an even stronger push of chilly air is en route to the region for the weekend. We’re still running a whopping 6.4 degrees above normal for the month, despite the recent cool-down, but that’s changing. Today’s high in Oneida is projected ...
  • Mini-drought to end with wet weekend | Eye to the Sky Weeks of dry weather look to come to an abrupt halt this weekend, as the remnants of Tropical Storm Nate move north out of the Gulf of Mexico and interact with a frontal boundary that is currently sliding across the nation’s interior. Scott County has not experienced measurable precipitation since Sept. 22 — and only five-one ...
  • September is about to turn hotter | Eye to the Sky The northern Cumberland Plateau region is off to one of its coolest starts to September ever but that looks to change in the days ahead. Through the first 12 days of the month, our average high temperature in Oneida barely broke 70 degrees — 71.2, to be exact. That’s more than 10 degrees cooler than normal. Our ...
  • 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 ...