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.

  • 2019 makes a run at hottest September ever September 2019 may or may not stand alone as the hottest September ever in Oneida — that’s to be determined — but it will almost certainly stand among a select group of Septembers through the years that have been miserably hot. When you talk about September 2019, in terms of just how hot it has been, ...
  • Summer’s death grip: Temperature records are falling as ‘Sizzling September’ unfolds The Scott County Chamber of Commerce used to have a marketing line for September: Sizzlin’ September. The terminology was retired a few years ago, but September 2019 really is sizzling, and the heat shows no sign of abating anytime soon. So far, September 2019 is featuring temperatures that are 3.5 degrees above average, as measured in Oneida, ...
  • Eye to the Sky: Tropical Storm Dorian takes aim at Florida’s east coast The fourth named storm of the 2019 hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin continues to get its act together as it bears down on Puerto Rico, and is currently forecasted by the National Hurricane Center to make a Labor Day landfall along Florida’s east coast as a Category 2 hurricane. Tropical Storm Dorian is nearing Puerto ...
  • Days are numbered for extreme heat, as summer wanes | Eye to the Sky Summer is on the downhill slide to autumn. This isn’t a prediction; you don’t need fancy computer models and forecasts to make this call. You merely need climatology — a study of the history of weather (more or less). We’re officially into the peak of the summer heat season, and the hottest month of the year ends ...
  • A big cooldown appears to be in store | Eye to the Sky It’s still hot outside — a heat advisory is in effect for the western half of Tennessee today, but the eastern half will be quite warm as well, and we’re running about two degrees hotter than normal for the month of July — but changes appear to be in store. In fact, it looks like we ...
  • Developing drought likely to be snapped Even though 2019 was one of Oneida’s wettest years-to-date on record through May, an abrupt turn to dry weather in late spring has led to developing drought conditions across a large part of the state. But that’s set to end as quickly as it began, it appears. The U.S. Drought Monitor, a collaboration of several federal ...
  • Eye to the Sky: Death ridge to break down, allowing temperatures to drop to closer to normal A strong and persistent atmospheric ridge that has been in place over the Southeast for more than a week will begin to break down as this week progresses, allowing temperatures to return to near-normal values for late May and early June. The death ridge has delivered abnormally hot and abnormally dry weather to the region, while ...
  • Eye to the Sky: What’s driving this surplus of sunshine and heat? Summer has arrived early in the Cumberlands. Not too early. Memorial Day weekend is traditionally when many homeowners open their pools and start hosting more outdoors festivities, and we’re knocking on the door of the holiday weekend. But it’s a little early in the year for us to be this dry and this hot. The National Weather Service at Morristown ...
  • Much colder weather is in store for early March Brilliant blue skies. Temperatures soaring to near 60. Consecutive days of dry weather after months of wet weather. The end of February just two days away. Spring is at hand, right? Wrong. If meteorologists are right, mother nature is about to throw a curve ball, with a winter feel set to surge back in just as spring arrives. On ...
  • Weather models agree: major rains coming next week The ECMWF computer-generated depiction of rainfall in East Tennessee over the next seven days. This image is not a forecast.There are two major global weather models that are primarily used by meteorologists to forecast weather in the 7-10 day window, and both agree: significant, flooding rains are headed for East Tennessee next week.The European weather ...