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.

  • Significant cooldown likely for the weekend Cool air is going to flood into the eastern United States late this week, ushering in much cooler temperatures for the weekend. And, as that happens, frost is possible, which could end the growing season if it is widespread enough. Temperatures dropping into the 30s are likely by Friday morning, and perhaps on Saturday morning, as ...
  • Tropical storm could mean a wet weekend for East Tennessee Tropical Storm Delta is headed for the Gulf of Mexico, and that could eventually mean a wet weekend for much of Tennessee, including the northern Cumberland Plateau. The storm — the fourth named storm of the Greek alphabet in what has been an extraordinarily busy hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean — was situated southwest of ...
  • In the aftermath of Sally, a taste of fall In the aftermath of Hurricane Sally, much cooler weather appears to be on tap for this weekend, with highs in the low 70s and lows in the low 50s. It’s going to be quite a change from the weather we experienced this past weekend, when temperatures were in the upper 80s on Saturday. Sally will make ...
  • What happened to our big cool-down? On August 30, I wrote that a taste of fall was likely in store in about a week, with high temps dropping into the 60s and lows into the 40s for a few days. Well, here we are, “in about a week,” and while the transition to fall is certainly underway, those 40s/60s temps are nowhere ...
  • 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 ...