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SKYWARN Recognition Day is Saturday, December 2

A heads up: SKYWARN™ Recognition Day (SRD) will take place this year on Saturday, December 2 from 0000 until 2400 UTC (starts on the evening of Friday, December 1, in US time zones). During the SKYWARN Special Event, ham radio operators will set up stations at National Weather Service (NWS) offices and contact other radio amateurs around the world.

Participating Amateur Radio stations will exchange a brief description of their current weather with as many NWS-based stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meters plus 70 centimeters. Contacts via repeaters are permitted.

SRD was developed jointly in 1999 by the NWS and ARRL to celebrate the contributions SKYWARN volunteers make to the NWS mission — the protection of life and property. Amateur Radio operators, which comprise a large percentage of SKYWARN volunteers, also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency managers, if normal communications become inoperative.

via American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources

Solar Eclipse TODAY – Special Weather Statement

With the Solar Eclipse occurring in just a few hours, there is a Heat Advisory issued by the National Weather Service:

…Practice Heat Safety and Protect Against Sunburn Today…

A ridge of high pressure will remain across the Tennessee Valley and southern Appalachians today producing mostly dry, mostly sunny, and very warm afternoon temperatures. Heat indices will climb to 90 to 95 degrees across much of the area.

Due to the widespread eclipse viewing across the region and many outside venues, heat exposure and exhaustion will be a concern. Drink plenty of liquids and take frequent breaks in shaded areas as often as possible. Never leave people or pets unattended in your vehicle. Look before you lock.

The mostly sunny sky will also allow for high ultraviolet radiation conditions today. The potential of sunburn is high so wear sunscreen and hat to protect yourself from the suns rays.

Stay tuned to NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio and your local media for the latest weather conditions.

Forecasts call for mostly clear skies today, with very high temperatures. Please take extra water with you wherever you plan to observe.

Enjoy the show!

Solar Eclipse Forecast UPDATE – 8/15/17 (Improving conditions)

With next Monday’s Solar Eclipse fast approaching, the weather continues to trend positively for good viewing in East Tennessee.

The 5AM briefing today shows temperatures in the upper 80s/lower 90s, and a decrease in expected precipitation. Cloud cover is trending down as well.

The Eclipse is scheduled to begin at about 1:30 PM EDT  for most of the East Tennessee region, with Totality coming just after 2:30 PM EDT for Blount, West Knox, McMinn, Morgan, Roane, Loudon, Bledsoe, Van Buren, Polk, Monroe, Meigs, Rhea, and Cumberland counties in the region, with the southern tips of Anderson and Sevier counties also experiencing totality.

Eclipse Path through East Tennessee (NWS Morristown)

If you plan to watch the Eclipse, be prepared for heavy traffic congestion along many major roadways along the path of totality. Also, be sure you use proper eye protection (Licensed goggles are selling out across the region) and prepare for lower temperatures as Totality approaches.

Clingman’s Dome will be closed off to only those who have purchased special passes to see the Eclipse from the highest spot east of the Mississippi River to experience Totality. Passes for the event sold out within minutes of becoming available months ago.

Many areas along the path (including Sweetwater) will have special events and festivals that lead up to the Eclipse. With millions of people expected to travel to locations within the path of totality across the US, expect heavy traffic and congestion along many roadways throughout the region. Plan to leave early if you are travelling to a location within the path.

Below is the PDF from the NWS Morristown for today.


Solar Eclipse Forecast – 8/15/17

We are less that one week from the biggest astronomical event to hit North America in a couple of generations.

The first total Solar Eclipse to cross North America since 1979 will stretch all the way from Oregon to South Carolina, with East Tennessee in the path of totality!

As we get closer to the Eclipse, the forecast is going to be more detailed. For now, the forecast in East Tennessee calls for a modest temperatures and a chance for rain.

Via the NWS Morristown:

The forecast for the Eclipse is beginning to come into the view of the 7 day forecast. For now, will keep things basic with the event still several days away.

Both of our operational models that go out this far suggest a rather typical summertime pattern for Monday with 20-30 percent chances for scattered afternoon showers and storms. Temperatures will start out in the mid 60s to low 70s Monday morning with highs in the mid to upper 80s.

While this may seem unwelcome news, it was better than yesterdays prediction of cloud cover and isolated showers and thunderstorms.

We will try to update daily with the latest forecast as we approach the Solar Eclipse.

A Daily Weather Briefing is available from the Nashville Weather Service office at this link (PDF).

Wildfires in Smokies engulf Gatlinburg, parts of Pigeon Forge (UPDATE 12/8)

The worst-case scenario for the drought mixed with wildfires has occurred, as 50+ MPH high winds in the mountains have fueled a wildfire near the Chimney Tops trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and spread into Gatlinburg ahead of a high-precip system.

Now, the rain may not even be enough to quell the fires that erupted Monday, forcing the entire city of Gatlinburg and parts of Pigeon Forge to evacuate. As of now, officially, 30+ buildings are engulfed, but social media images show much more damage is occurring.

The ominous sign of danger occurred this afternoon as dark skies obscured the Sun in an otherwise clear sky. As the prevailing winds carried the embers from the Chimney Tops along the forest downwind, officials began preparing and evacuating residents from some of the remote areas in the woods. However, the fire jumped the Newfound Gap Road and raged into the southern end of Gatlinburg, threatening the Park Vista Hotel. The winds continued to roar and spread the fire throughout the park, threatening areas such as Ober Gatlinburg and the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Power, telephone, and cell phone services are out in Gatlinburg.

With barely any rain falling in over a month, the ultra dry conditions fueled the wildfire and the wind spread the wildfire into Gatlinburg at sundown.

Live updates via Knoxville News-Sentinel

Emergency crews from around the region are responding to the wildfire with firefighting equipment, traffic and medical aid and shelter assistance.

As of now TEMA officials are requesting that evacuees not use their cell phones except in an emergency as the cellular networks are overburdened, due in part to several cellular towers offline.

2AM update from TEMA


It has been an extraordinary 10 days. As of now, 14 deaths have been reported, over 17,000 acres have burned, and 2 juveniles have been arrested in connection with the Chimney Tops 2 Fire that spread into Gatlinburg on November 28.

Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have been closed since the wildfire, and opening on a day-to-day basis for residents and business owners to assess damages to their structures and homes.

As of now, 2,460 structures are damaged or destroyed. The city of Gatlinburg has set up a web site to assist with relief efforts and for volunteers to offer their time.

SKYWARN Recognition Day December 3, 2016!

Make plans to visit the National Weather Service office in Morristown from Friday, December 2 until Saturday December 3 for SKYWARN Recognition Day!

NWS offices will be active across the country to operate on HF, VHF, UHF, Digital, EchoLink, CW, voice, and much more!

The event runs from 0000z Saturday for 24 hours until 0000z Sunday. In Morristown, that’s 7PM ET Friday to 7PM ET Saturday.

You do not need to be a ham operator to attend.

For more information, visit the NOAA Website for participating stations and details.

Hurricane Matthew Coverage

Below are some links to use for tracking Hurricane Matthew as it approaches the Florida coastline:

We’ll post more so stay tuned!

NWS Morristown Open House 10/22

Come join the National Weather Service Saturday October 22, 2016 for our first ever open house!* Stop by any time between 10 AM and 2 PM to learn about the NWS, our office, and what we do on a daily basis at the office. There is no cost, admission is free! 

Check out booths from TVA, Oak Ridge National Lab, Morristown Police Department, and the City of Morristown Fire Department!

Things to do:

  • Watch a balloon launch from ORNL
  • Tour the office
  • Visit with TVA, Oak Ridge National Lab, Morristown Police Department, and the City of Morristown Fire Department
  • Meet our meteorologists
  • Learn how we issue products and warnings
  • Hands-on experiments
  • Learn about severe weather and hydrology.
  • Learn how the radar works.
  • Child-friendly weather activities!
  • Learn about the weather radio and how best to program your own!

5974 Commerce Blvd
Morristown, TN 37814

*In the event of severe weather, the open house may need to be cancelled.

**No pets allowed. Service dogs permitted.

***No drugs, weapons, or alcohol of any kind allowed.

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