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.

  • 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 ...
  • Looking for summer? Don’t hold your breath | Eye to the Sky So you’re out of school (or just a kid at heart) and now you want to do nothing but lie by your pool and soak up the sun, right? After all, Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer, so it’s time for lots of sunshine and lots of heat…right? Mother nature says, “Yeah…right.” The eastern U.S.’s ...
  • Storm chances increasing The atmosphere is being primed for thunderstorm development across the Cumberlands. That is the situation as we hit mid-afternoon on the northern plateau. An atmospheric cap that has been in place, which helps inhibit thunderstorm development, is being eroded by broken cloud cover and diurnal heating. And outflow boundaries from thunderstorm activity to our west this ...
  • Saturday’s severe weather risk increases | Eye to the Sky The risk for severe thunderstorms on Saturday is on the increase, and NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center has ratcheted up its severe weather outlook for the start of the three-day holiday weekend. While the greatest threat of severe weather will be further northwest, the SPC has now included Scott County on the eastern fringe of an “enhanced ...
  • Severe storms possible Saturday | Eye to the Sky The National Weather Service is forecasting a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms for Saturday, a day filled with activities as lots of folks across the region kick off the holiday weekend. The day won’t be a total washout (the latest run of the GFS forecast model shows only 0.04″ of rain through Saturday evening; that ...