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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Weather Briefing for Thursday, April 18, 2024
Public Input Sought on Inclusive Playground Grant Application



Here is the news and weather briefing for Macon County.

GENERAL OUTLOOK

Showers and thunderstorms are possible Friday as a weak cold front crosses the area, but unseasonably warm weather continues through Saturday. Below-normal temperatures and widespread light rain is expected Sunday with cool and unsettled weather persisting through Monday. Drier and warmer weather will return to the area Tuesday through Thursday next week.




PUBLIC MEETING TONIGHT 
GRANT APPLICATION FOR WHITMIRE INCLUSIVE PLAY AREA

At their April 1, 2024 meeting, the Franklin Town Council approved application for a NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) Grant for up to $500,000. A public meeting will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Board Room to gain public input on this grant application.

The grant requires a one-to-one match of funding approved. The grant being submitted is for the Whitmire Inclusive Play Area and will include not only the play area with pour in place surface, but the necessary parking areas, restrooms and connecting sidewalks.

For more information, please contact Amie Owens, Town Manager at 828-524-2516 ext. 305 or via email aowens@franklinnc.com .



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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Saturday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. Calm winds.

Tonight

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 5am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph decreasing to become calm before midnight. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 11am and 5pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 80. Winds out of the west 3 to 8 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 8 mph. Chance of rain is 30%.

Saturday

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s.


Highlands Plateau

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable by noon.

Tonight

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 5am. Increasing clouds, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the west after midnight. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before noon, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between noon and 5pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Winds out of the west 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers between 11pm and midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 30%.

Saturday

A slight chance of showers between 1pm and 2pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 70. Chance of rain is 20%.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 5am. Partly cloudy, with lows around 58. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday

A slight chance of showers between 1pm and 2pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain is 20%.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50.


Nantahala Area



Today

Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds.

Tonight

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 5am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 8am. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 30%.

Saturday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 70.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s.


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Hazards



Hazardous weather is not expected today.

Some showers and thunderstorms will move through the area early Friday. A few storms may become strong to severe with damaging wind gusts the primary threat.


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Pollen levels are expected to be in the high range (11.0 out of 12) today with Oak, Sweetgum, and Poplar being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the high range (10.3 out of 9.1).



Record Weather Events for April 18th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2016)

Highest Temperature 89°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1955
Lowest Temperature 21°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest One-Day Rain 3.07 inches in Highlands in 1924
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (no snowfall has been recorded on this date since record-keeping began)

Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of April Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on 04-26-1986
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Highlands on 04-01-1987
Greatest Rainfall 7.00 inches in Highlands on 04-07-1895 (also a state record)
Greatest Snowfall 9.5 inches in Franklin on 04-04-1987

Record Weather Events for April 18th in North Carolina

rdrd Highest Temperature 98°F in Henderson, Vance County in 1896
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 1997
Greatest Rainfall 3.22 inches in Louisburg, Franklin County in 1910
Greatest Snowfall 7.5 inches in Grandfather Mountain, Avery County in 2001
Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of April Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 102°F in Carthage, Moore County on 04-29-1981
Lowest Temperature 1°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 04-08-2007
Greatest Rainfall 7.30 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County on 04-16-2011
Greatest Snowfall 19.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 04-11-2003




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Macon Calendar
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)

Music Lineup for Friends of the Greenway, Inc.

Frog Quarters Music Schedule (located at 573 East Main Street in Franklin)

April 2024 Schedule

4-20-24—Singer/Songwriter Zip Robertson returns to Frog Quarters after a long hiatus. Zip hales recently from Coffee Shops and venues in Swain County and Frog Quarters is happy he’s travelling across the hill to be with us again.

Frog Quarters is open 9a to 2p, Wednesdays thru Saturdays—beside the River Bridge. We are the Non-Profit supporting the Greenway with monies from sales from our Coffee & Gift Shop, Memberships and Donations. As always, thank you for your support!



2nd Annual Youth Mental Health Rally and March
Sunday, April 28, 2024 From 2pm to 5pm

Organized and presented by Gracie Parker/Why Us Kids? Come join us for the 2nd Annual Youth Mental Health Rally at the Gazebo, downtown Franklin NC to raise awareness to the youth mental health crisis in our community, county and State. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/3684885531726614

Mountain Findings
432 Spruce Street (physical)
Highlands, North Carolina 28741
Web: MountainFindings.org

Mountain Findings (a thrift store) is open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm until October 2023.









News Briefing

Global National: April 17, 2024 | What led to a breakthrough in the Toronto airport gold heist?



ABC World News Tonight with David Muir Full Broadcast - April 17, 2024


"CBS Weekend News" Full Broadcast | April 17, 2024


NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - April 17, NBC News


PBS NewsHour full episode, (April 17, 2024)







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On This Day

April 18 is the 108th day of the year (109th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 257 days remain until the end of the year.



Historical Events

(Please note that the Wikipedia articles often contain a bibliography and links to where you can learn more about a historical event)



796 – King Æthelred I of Northumbria is murdered in Corbridge by a group led by his ealdormen, Ealdred and Wada. The patrician Osbald is crowned, but abdicates within 27 days.

• [Wikipedia]


1428 – Peace of Ferrara between Republic of Venice, Duchy of Milan, Republic of Florence and House of Gonzaga: ending of the second campaign of the Wars in Lombardy fought until the Treaty of Lodi in 1454, which will then guarantee the conditions for the development of the Italian Renaissance.

• [Wikipedia: Wars in Lombardy]

1506 – The cornerstone of the current St. Peter's Basilica is laid.
1518 – Bona Sforza is crowned as queen consort of Poland.
1521 – Trial of Martin Luther begins its second day during the assembly of the Diet of Worms. He refuses to recant his teachings despite the risk of excommunication.
1689 – Bostonians rise up in rebellion against Sir Edmund Andros.
1738 – Real Academia de la Historia ("Royal Academy of History") is founded in Madrid.
1775 – American Revolution: The British advancement by sea begins; Paul Revere and other riders warn the countryside of the troop movements.
1783 – Three-Fifths Compromise: The first instance of black slaves in the United States of America being counted as three fifths of persons (for the purpose of taxation), in a resolution of the Congress of the Confederation. This was later adopted in the 1787 Constitution.
1831 – The University of Alabama is founded in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
1847 – American victory at the battle of Cerro Gordo opens the way for invasion of Mexico.
1857 – "The Spirits Book" by Allan Kardec is published, marking the birth of Spiritualism in France.
1864 – Battle of Dybbøl: A Prussian-Austrian army defeats Denmark and gains control of Schleswig. Denmark surrenders the province in the following peace settlement.
1897 – The Greco-Turkish War is declared between Greece and the Ottoman Empire.
1899 – The St. Andrew's Ambulance Association is granted a royal charter by Queen Victoria.
1902 – The 7.5 Mw  Guatemala earthquake shakes Guatemala with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe), killing between 800 and 2,000.
1906 – An earthquake and fire destroy much of San Francisco, California.
1909 – Joan of Arc is beatified in Rome.
1912 – The Cunard liner RMS Carpathia brings 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City.
1915 – French pilot Roland Garros is shot down and glides to a landing on the German side of the lines during World War I.
1916 – White war on the Italian front (World War I): during a mine warfare in high altitude on the Dolomites, the Italian troops conquer the Col di Lana held by the Austrian army.
1917 – The II Italian Corps in France leaves from Italy for the western front. It will distinguish itself during the Third Battle of the Aisne and the Second Battle of the Marne, in Bligny and on the sector Courmas – Bois du Petit Champ, where it will considerably contribute to stop the German offensive on Eparnay, aimed to outflank Reims.
1930 – The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) announced that "there is no news" in their evening report.
1939 – Robert Menzies, who became Australia's longest-serving prime minister, is elected as leader of the United Australia Party after the death of Prime Minister Joseph Lyons.
1942 – World War II: The Doolittle Raid on Japan: Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe and Nagoya are bombed.
1942 – Pierre Laval becomes Prime Minister of Vichy France.
1943 – World War II: Operation Vengeance, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is killed when his aircraft is shot down by U.S. fighters over Bougainville Island.
1945 – Over 1,000 bombers attack the small island of Heligoland, Germany.
1945 – Italian resistance movement: In Turin, despite the harsh repressive measures adopted by Nazi-fascists, a great pre-insurrectional strike begins.
1946 – The International Court of Justice holds its inaugural meeting in The Hague, Netherlands.
1947 – The Operation Big Bang, the largest non-nuclear man-made explosion to that time, destroys bunkers and military installations on the North Sea island of Heligoland, Germany.
1949 – The Republic of Ireland Act comes into effect.
1954 – Gamal Abdel Nasser seizes power in Egypt.
1955 – Twenty-nine nations meet at Bandung, Indonesia, for the first Asian-African Conference.
1980 – The Republic of Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) comes into being, with Canaan Banana as the country's first President. The Zimbabwean dollar replaces the Rhodesian dollar as the official currency.
1988 – The United States launches Operation Praying Mantis against Iranian naval forces in the largest naval battle since World War II.
2013 - Two earth-like planets are discovered orbiting the star Kepler-62
2018 – King Mswati III of Swaziland announces that his country's name will change to Eswatini.
2019 - Irish Journalist Lyra McKee shot to death covering riots in Derry, Northern Ireland with dissident republican group the New IRA claiming responsibility
2019 – A redacted version of the Mueller report is released to the United States Congress and the public.
2020 - Canada's worst modern mass shooting as a gunman kills 18 people, including a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, across Nova Scotia

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Published at 5:00am on Thursday, April 18, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


Resources used to compile the information in this article include, but are not limited to rthe following websites or books: MaconMedia.com, youtube.com, weather.gov, airnow.gov, wikipedia.com, onthisday.com, ncdcr.gov, ncsu.edu, utah.edu, https://www.microbe.tv/twiv/, wolfram.com, biorxiv.org, aps.org, nejm.org, plos.org, cell.com, researchsquare.com, cureus.com, spc.noaa.gov, nhc.noaa.gov, ncdenr.org, medrxiv.org, archive.org, ncpedia.org, nasa.gov, https://ww2days.com, nih.gov, carolinapublicpress.org, microbe.tv, smokymountainnews.com, psypost.org, blogspot.com, pollen.com, franklinnc.com, maconnc.org, spaceweather.com, solarham.com, loc.gov, ncleg.net, senate.gov, house.gov, whitehouse.gov, drudgereport.com, politico.com, realclearpolitics.com, ushmm.org, This Day in North Carolina History, World War II Day By Day, The Holocaust Encyclopedia, The Timetables of History, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The World History and Book of Facts (multiple years), On This Day In History: Over 4,000 facts, The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space, This Day in North Carolina History, The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration: From the Ancient World to the Extraterrestrial Future, Spaceflight, 2nd Edition: The Complete Story from Sputnik to Curiousity, The Story of Civilization (11 volumes), The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, American History, Volume 1: 1492-1877, American History, Volume 2: 1877 - Present, A Complete Chronolgy of the Second World War. Weather and Almanac data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center. 


Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Weather Briefing for Wednesday, April 17, 2024





Here is the news and weather briefing for Macon County.

GENERAL OUTLOOK

Very warm and relatively humid weather will continue through Friday. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and tonight ahead of a weak cold front, but Thursday looks dry. More widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected with another front reaching the area Friday. Much cooler weather returns over the weekend behind that front, with a chance of rain returning by Sunday.






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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Tuesday Night





Franklin Area

Today

A chance of rain before 4pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 76. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 15 mph in the morning shifting to come out of the southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorm. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with lows around 52. North wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs near 85. Calm winds becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5am. Increasing clouds, with lows around 55. South wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm before midnight. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 10am and 5pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 78. West wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 52.


Highlands Plateau

Today

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 69. Southwest wind 10 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 10pm, then a chance of rain between 10pm and 11pm. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with lows around 52. Northwest wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday

Partly sunny through mid morning, then becoming sunny, with highs near 76. North northwest wind 6 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5am. Partly cloudy, with lows around 55. South southwest wind around 8 mph becoming west northwest after midnight. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 11am and 5pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 72. West wind 11 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 51.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 76. South southwest wind 6 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 9pm, then a chance of rain between 9pm and 11pm. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with lows around 54. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south southeast before midnight. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs near 83. North wind 5 to 7 mph becoming south in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5am. Partly cloudy, with lows around 58. South wind around 7 mph becoming west after midnight. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 10am and 5pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 77. West wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 54.


Nantahala Area



Today

A chance of showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 72. Southwest wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8pm and 9pm. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with lows around 52. South southwest wind 6 to 11 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday

Widespread dense fog, mainly before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds becoming west southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4am. Increasing clouds, with lows around 55. South wind around 7 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

Showers and thunderstorms before 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 3pm and 5pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Highs near 72. West wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 51.


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Hazards



A few strong thunderstorms are possible this afternoon. Strong straight-line winds and hail are the primary threats with the strongest storms. Southwesterly winds will be gusty Wednesday with gusts up to 25 mph possible in most locations and slightly higher in the mountains.




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Published at 5:00am on Wednesday, April 17, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins


Resources used to compile the information in this article include, but are not limited to the following websites or books: MaconMedia.com, youtube.com, weather.gov, airnow.gov, wikipedia.com, onthisday.com, ncdcr.gov, ncsu.edu, utah.edu, https://www.microbe.tv/twiv/, wolfram.com, biorxiv.org, aps.org, nejm.org, plos.org, cell.com, researchsquare.com, cureus.com, spc.noaa.gov, nhc.noaa.gov, ncdenr.org, medrxiv.org, archive.org, ncpedia.org, nasa.gov, https://ww2days.com, nih.gov, carolinapublicpress.org, microbe.tv, smokymountainnews.com, psypost.org, blogspot.com, pollen.com, franklinnc.com, maconnc.org, spaceweather.com, solarham.com, loc.gov, ncleg.net, senate.gov, house.gov, whitehouse.gov, drudgereport.com, politico.com, realclearpolitics.com, ushmm.org, This Day in North Carolina History, World War II Day By Day, The Holocaust Encyclopedia, The Timetables of History, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The World History and Book of Facts (multiple years), On This Day In History: Over 4,000 facts, The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space, This Day in North Carolina History, The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration: From the Ancient World to the Extraterrestrial Future, Spaceflight, 2nd Edition: The Complete Story from Sputnik to Curiousity, The Story of Civilization (11 volumes), The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, American History, Volume 1: 1492-1877, American History, Volume 2: 1877 - Present, A Complete Chronolgy of the Second World War. Weather and Almanac data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center. 


Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Weather Briefing for Tuesday, April 16, 2024

GENERAL OUTLOOK

Dry high pressure will linger to our south through the first half of the week giving our region above normal temperatures and more humidity than we`ve felt lately. Small chances of showers and storms do return to some areas of the mountains in the middle of the week. A front will approach our area from the west through the middle of the week, and could bring more showers and thunderstorms by Friday and into the weekend.






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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Thursday Night





Franklin Area 

Today

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with lows around 60. WInds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 3am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 30%.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows inthe lower 50s.


Highlands Plateau 

Today

Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs inthe mid 70s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph in the morning shifting to come out of the south in the afternoon.

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 15 mph.

Wednesday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Winds out of the southwest 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 3am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the west 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 30%.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 70s.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 50s.


Otto and South Central Macon County 

Today

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with lows around 60. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 70s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 15 mph.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 50s.


Nantahala Area



Today

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Light winds out of the southeast eary in the morning increasing and shifting to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph by midmornig.

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the south 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after 8am. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 72. Winds out of the southwest 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Wednesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s. Winds out of the southwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s.


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Hazards



Hazardous weather is not expected today.


Back to Top Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the high range (11.1 out of 12) today with Oak, Sweetgum, and Poplar being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the high range (11.5 out of 9.1).





Macon Calendar
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)

Music Lineup for Friends of the Greenway, Inc.

Frog Quarters Music Schedule (located at 573 East Main Street in Franklin)

April 2024 Schedule

4-20-24—Singer/Songwriter Zip Robertson returns to Frog Quarters after a long hiatus. Zip hales recently from Coffee Shops and venues in Swain County and Frog Quarters is happy he’s travelling across the hill to be with us again.

4-27-24—-------------SUPER ADOPTION DAY at Frogs!!
PAWSITIVE (the Macon Co. Animal Shelter Volunteers) and AARC (the Appalachian Animal Rescue Center) will be conducting a great Adoption Day on the outside, while on the inside several of our area talented musicians will bring their talents to Frog Quarters. On the slate are:

George James
Bill Peterson
The Shifty Sisters
Charley Simmons
Dave Stewart

Frog Quarters is open 9a to 2p, Wednesdays thru Saturdays—beside the River Bridge. We are the Non-Profit supporting the Greenway with monies from sales from our Coffee & Gift Shop, Memberships and Donations. As always, thank you for your support!



2nd Annual Youth Mental Health Rally and March
Sunday, April 28, 2024 From 2pm to 5pm

Organized and presented by Gracie Parker/Why Us Kids? Come join us for the 2nd Annual Youth Mental Health Rally at the Gazebo, downtown Franklin NC to raise awareness to the youth mental health crisis in our community, county and State. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/3684885531726614

Mountain Findings
432 Spruce Street (physical)
Highlands, North Carolina 28741
Web: MountainFindings.org

Mountain Findings (a thrift store) is open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm until October 2023.









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