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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, July 23, 2019





Outlook

A cold front will move slowly across the region today and tonight. In the front`s wake, high pressure will bring cooler and drier air over the region. Below normal temperatures and low precipitation chances are expected from Wednesday through the end of the week.


THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.





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Weather Hazards

Showers and thunderstorms will continue through this afternoon as a cold front moves over the area. Isolated flooding will remain a threat throughout the day. Active weather advisories may be viewed anytime at is.gd/MACONWARN


**Note** A Tropical Weather Outlook section has been added to the daily weather briefing for the Atlantic Hurricane Season, and since those tend to run long when there is activity, that section has been added between the daily forecasts for the four regions of the county and the almanac section so people can get to their daily forecasts with minimal interference.




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WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]




FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

TODAY

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Patchy fog before 11am. Highs near 80. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 55. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm by midnight. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 80. Calm winds increasing to come out of the north around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low in the mid-50s. Light winds out of the northeast.

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 80.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.




OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Patchy fog between 10am and 11am. Highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the north around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low in the mid-50s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 80. Winds out of the north 3 to 5 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low in the upper 50s. Light winds out of the northeast.

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 80.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.




HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. North northwest wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm, then a slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 70. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northeast around 6 mph.

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 70.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low in the upper 50s.




NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Patchy fog before 10am. High near 75. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the north in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low in the lower 50s. Winds out of the northeast 3 to 7 mph.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high in the mid-70s. Winds out of the northeast around 6 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northeast 3 to 5 mph.

Thursday

Sunny, with a high in the mid-70s.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low in the upper 50s.





TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Jul 23 2019

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Depression Three, located between the southeastern Florida coast and Grand Bahama.

1. A non-tropical low pressure area could form over the northern Gulf of Mexico by late Wednesday or Thursday. Thereafter, this system has the potential to acquire subtropical or tropical characteristics while it moves slowly eastward to northeastward over warm waters through the end of the week.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.

Public Advisories on Tropical Depression Three are issued under WMO header WTNT33 KNHC and under AWIPS header MIATCPAT3.
Forecast/Advisories on Tropical Depression Three are issued under WMO header WTNT23 KNHC and under AWIPS header MIATCMAT3.





Tropical Depression Three Discussion Number 2
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL032019
1100 PM EDT Mon Jul 22 2019

The depression has become less organized this evening. Much of the deep convection seen earlier in the day has dissipated, and the cyclone currently consists of a swirl of low-level clouds with some shower activity. The initial intensity is held at 25 kt based on the earlier ASCAT data.

The system is moving northwestward at 9 kt, steered by the southwestern periphery of the Atlantic subtropical ridge. A turn to the north and north-northeast with a notable increase in forward speed is expected on Tuesday as the depression moves in the flow between the subtropical ridge and an approaching deep-layer trough moving across the eastern United States. The NHC track forecast is similar to the previous one and keeps the center of the cyclone offshore of the east coast of Florida. This prediction is near the multi-model consensus TVCN.

Significant strengthening of the depression is not expected given its poor initial state and because it is forecast to move into a region of strong southwesterly flow aloft by late Tuesday. In fact, the global and regional models all show the depression opening into a trough within the next 24 hours, with the remnants of the system becoming absorbed within a frontal zone off the southeast U.S. on Wednesday. The NHC intensity forecast is a little lower than the previous one and now shows dissipation occurring sooner, by 36 hours.

Direct impacts from the depression are expected to be limited to 1 to 3 inches of rainfall in the Bahamas and along the east coast of Florida.


FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INIT 23/0300Z 26.1N 79.3W 25 KT 30 MPH
12H 23/1200Z 28.4N 79.8W 25 KT 30 MPH
24H 24/0000Z 31.7N 78.5W 30 KT 35 MPH
36H 24/1200Z...DISSIPATED




Macon Media Almanac for July 23, 2019

Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 44°F in Highlands in 1915
Greatest Rainfall 2.89 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1970
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snow has been recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872


Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of July
Data available from 1872 to 2018

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on 07-29-1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on 07-27-1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on 07-29-1879
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1873

Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of July
Data available from 1870 to 2018

Highest Temperature 109°F Albemarle, Stanly County 07-28-1940
Lowest Temperature 32°F Celo, Yancey County 07-10-1961
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 21.15 in Highlands, Macon County 07-29-1879

Monthly Averages

Warmest Weather Station 81.3°F Fayetteville, Cumberland County
Coldest Weather Station 60.4°F Mount Mitchell, Yancey County
Wettest Weather Station 7.97 in Wilmington, New Hanover County
Driest Weather Station 2.97 in Asheville, Buncombe County




Published at 4:55am on July 23, 2019


Monday, July 22, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, July 22, 2019





Outlook

A ridge of high pressure will allow for hot and humid conditions to persist through the weekend, with a cold front bringing relief from the heat early next week. Showers and thunderstorms will be possible each day.


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Candidate Field set for 2019 Municipal Elections in Franklin and Highlands

The filing period for 2019 municipal elections has ended. Eighteen people have filed to run for local offices. Two are running for Mayor of Franklin, Eight (two of them incumbents) are running for three four-year seats on the Franklin Town Council. 

The only unopposed candidate is Dinah Mashburn, who is running for two years to complete a four-year term her late husband won in 2017. 

Seven (three of them incumbents) are running for three seats on the Highlands Board of Commissioners.

The full list can be seen in a previous article on Macon Media. [LINK]

THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.





WEATHER SPONSOR



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All your masonry needs are available. Our phone number is 828.524.8545, the public is welcome, we’ll help you with your next project.



Weather Hazards

Hazardous weather is not expected today. Over the next few days, periods of heavy rain could lead to localized flooding where there is poor drainage. Areas to our north and east are under a Flood Watch and that may be extended to include Macon County. Active weather advisories may be viewed anytime at is.gd/MACONWARN


**Note** A Tropical Weather Outlook section has been added to the daily weather briefing for the Atlantic Hurricane Season, and since those tend to run long when there is activity, that section has been added between the daily forecasts for the four regions of the county and the almanac section so people can get to their daily forecasts with minimal interference.




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If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online.



WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]




FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

TODAY

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. 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 9pm, then scattered showers and thunderstorms between 9pm and 11pm, then showers likely after 11pm. Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 4pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the north around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 80. Calm winds increasing to come out of the north around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 55.




OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between midnight and 2am, then showers likely after 2am. Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 5pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the north around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. Winds out of the north 3 to 5 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 80. WInds out of the northeast wind 3 to 5 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low in the upper 50s.




HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Increasing clouds, with a high near 75. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 11pm and 3am, then showers likely after 3am. Patchy fog after 9pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 5pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the northeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers before 11pm, then a slight chance of rain between 11pm and midnight. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 55. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 70. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 55.




NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Isolated showers before 8am, then scattered showers and thunderstorms between 8am and 11am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 11am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. West southwest wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Occasional showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 3am, then showers likely. Patchy fog after 9pm. Low around 65. WInds out of the southwest 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 3pm, then showers likely. Patchy fog before 9am. Highs in the lower 70s. Winds out of the north 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 75.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 55.





TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Jul 22 2019

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. A trough of low pressure moving through the Central Bahamas is producing a small area of showers and thunderstorms mainly along and to the east of the trough axis. Environmental conditions are expected to be only marginally conducive for development during the next couple of days while the trough moves west-northwestward at around 15 mph. Additional development is not anticipated after that time due to strong upper-level winds.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.





Macon Media Almanac for July 22, 2019

Highest Temperature 97°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 46°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1947
Greatest Rainfall 2.24 inches in Highlands in 1979
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snow has been recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872


Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of July
Data available from 1872 to 2018

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on 07-29-1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on 07-27-1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on 07-29-1879
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1873

Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of July
Data available from 1870 to 2018

Highest Temperature 109°F Albemarle, Stanly County 07-28-1940
Lowest Temperature 32°F Celo, Yancey County 07-10-1961
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 21.15 in Highlands, Macon County 07-29-1879

Monthly Averages

Warmest Weather Station 81.3°F Fayetteville, Cumberland County
Coldest Weather Station 60.4°F Mount Mitchell, Yancey County
Wettest Weather Station 7.97 in Wilmington, New Hanover County
Driest Weather Station 2.97 in Asheville, Buncombe County




Published at 4:40am on July 22, 2019


Saturday, July 20, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, July 20, 2019





Outlook

A ridge of high pressure will allow for hot and humid conditions to persist through the weekend, with a cold front bringing relief from the heat early next week. Showers and thunderstorms will be possible each day.


THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.





WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing & public safety updates for the month.

Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

All your masonry needs are available. Our phone number is 828.524.8545, the public is welcome, we’ll help you with your next project.



Weather Hazards

Hazardous weather is not expected. Thunderstorms should start forming after noon today and will generally move from east to west.


**Note** A Tropical Weather Outlook section has been added to the daily weather briefing for the Atlantic Hurricane Season, and since those tend to run long when there is activity, that section has been added between the daily forecasts for the four regions of the county and the almanac section so people can get to their daily forecasts with minimal interference.




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Become a Patron!

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online.



WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]



FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high in the upper 80s. Light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then a slight chance of showers. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 60s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high in the mid-80s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 60s. Light winds out of the west.

Monday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Monday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.




OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high in the upper 80s. Light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then a slight chance of showers. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 60s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 9am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high in the mid-80s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 60s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Monday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 3pm and 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high in the mid-80s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Monday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.




HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high inj the upper 70s. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers after 5am. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s. Winds out of the south around 6 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 9am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high in the mid-to-upper 70s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s. Winds out of the southwest around 6 mph.

Monday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high in the mid-70s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Monday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 10pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the lower 60s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.




NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high in the mid-80s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3am. Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s. Light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 80. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Monday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the low-to-mid 60s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.





TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sat Jul 20 2019

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.





Macon Media Almanac for July 20, 2019

Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1954
Lowest Temperature 46°F in Highlands in 1904
Greatest Rainfall 2.58 inches in Nantahala in 1971
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snow has been recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872


Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of July
Data available from 1872 to 2018

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on 07-29-1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on 07-27-1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on 07-29-1879
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1873

Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of July
Data available from 1870 to 2018

Highest Temperature 109°F Albemarle, Stanly County 07-28-1940
Lowest Temperature 32°F Celo, Yancey County 07-10-1961
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 21.15 in Highlands, Macon County 07-29-1879

Monthly Averages

Warmest Weather Station 81.3°F Fayetteville, Cumberland County
Coldest Weather Station 60.4°F Mount Mitchell, Yancey County
Wettest Weather Station 7.97 in Wilmington, New Hanover County
Driest Weather Station 2.97 in Asheville, Buncombe County




Published at 4:45am on July 20, 2019


Friday, July 19, 2019

Filing Period for the 2019 Municipal Elections Has Closed
Final List of Candidates




The filing period for 2019 municipal elections has ended. Eighteen people have filed to run for local offices. Two are running for Mayor of Franklin, Eight (two of them incumbents) are running for three four-year seats on the Franklin Town Council. 

The only unopposed candidate is Dinah Mashburn, who is running for two years to complete a four-year term her late husband won in 2017. 

Seven (three of them incumbents) are running for three seats on the Highlands Board of Commissioners.

The particulars of who is running for what office is listed below. Important dates in this election cycle can be found on the Macon County Board of Elections website. [LINK]



Franklin Mayor (two-year term)

Bob Scott (incumbent)
Barbara McRae

Franklin Town Council (four-year term) (three seats open)

Joe Collins (incumbent)
TJ Wright
Jack Horton
Michael Lewis

Daniel Coates
Charles Kevin Klatt
Peter Mosco
Brandon McMahan (incumbent)

Appointed Seat (two-year term) (one seat open)

Dinah Mashburn (incumbent)


Highlands Board of Commissioners (three seats open)

John "Buzz" Dotson (incumbent)
Eric Pierson (incumbent)
Mark Hehn
Hank "Henry" Ross
Nicholas McCall

Brian Stiehler (incumbent)
Michael David Rogers

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published at 12:00pm on Friday, July 19, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, July 19, 2019





Outlook

Summertime heat and humidity will continue into the upcoming weekend. There is a good chance of afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms through the period as well. A cold front will provide relief from the heat and humidity early next week. However, chances for showers and storms will continue.


THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.





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Weather Hazards

Hazardous weather is not expected.


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WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]





FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

TODAY

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high in the upper 80s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then a slight chance of showers. Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A slight chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high in the upper 80s and perhaps even the lower 90s in some locations. Eek! Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 60s. Calm winds.

Sunday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then a chance of showers between midnight and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 60s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.




OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high in the mid-80s. Light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then a slight chance of showers. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low in the upper 60s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A slight chance of showers between 8am and 9am, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high in the upper 80s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds.

Sunday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high in the low-to-mid 80s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a chance of showers between 11pm and 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-to-upper 60s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.




HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 80. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the north 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A slight chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 80. Winds out of the northeast around 6 mph becoming calm by midmorning. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Sunday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high in the mid-70s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a chance of showers between 11pm and 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of precipitation is 60%.



NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high in the low-to-mid 80s. Light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a slight chance of showers. Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A slight chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 85. Light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then a chance of showers between midnight and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of precipitation is 60%.



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Jul 19 2019

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.




Macon Media Almanac for July 19, 2019

Highest Temperature 97°F in Franklin in 1986
Lowest Temperature 47°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2009
Greatest Rainfall 3.79 inches in Highlands in 1959
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snow has been recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872


Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of July
Data available from 1872 to 2018

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on 07-29-1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on 07-27-1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on 07-29-1879
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1873

Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of July
Data available from 1870 to 2018

Highest Temperature 109°F Albemarle, Stanly County 07-28-1940
Lowest Temperature 32°F Celo, Yancey County 07-10-1961
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 21.15 in Highlands, Macon County 07-29-1879

Monthly Averages

Warmest Weather Station 81.3°F Fayetteville, Cumberland County
Coldest Weather Station 60.4°F Mount Mitchell, Yancey County
Wettest Weather Station 7.97 in Wilmington, New Hanover County
Driest Weather Station 2.97 in Asheville, Buncombe County




Published at 3:30am on July 19, 2019


Thursday, July 18, 2019

2019 Municipal Elections
Filing Update

An update to this article has been posted. [LINK]




Candidates continue to filter in and sign up to run for local offices in both the Franklin Town Council and Highlands Board of Commissioners races. 

Here is how things stood as of 4:30pm this afternoon:

Franklin Mayor

Bob Scott (incumbent)
Barbara McRae

Franklin Town Council

Joe Collins (incumbent)
TJ Wright
Jack Horton
Michael Lewis

Appointed Seat (two years)

Dinah Mashburn (incumbent)


Highlands Board of Commissioners

John "Buzz" Dotson (incumbent)
Eric Pierson (incumbent)
Mark Hehn
Hank "Henry" Ross
Nicholas McCall

The filing period closes tomorrow (Friday) at noon.


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Published at 4:47pm on Thursday, July 18, 2019










Flags Lowered in Honor of Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stephens




As a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of John Paul Stevens, retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that on the day of his interment, the flag of the United States shall be flown at half‑staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset on such day. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.

DONALD J. TRUMP


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Published at 9:57am on Thursday, July 18, 2019




Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, July 18, 2019





Outlook

Summertime heat and humidity will continue through the late week and the upcoming weekend. There is a good chance of afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms through the period as well. A cold front will provide relief from the heat and humidity early next week. However, chances for showers and storms will continue.

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THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.





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Weather Hazards

Hazardous weather is not expected.


**Note** A Tropical Weather Outlook section has been added to the daily weather briefing for the Atlantic Hurricane Season, and since those tend to run long when there is activity, that section has been added between the daily forecasts for the four regions of the county and the almanac section so people can get to their daily forecasts with minimal interference.




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WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]





FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

TODAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then a slight chance of showers between 1am and 3am. Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, partly cloudy, then becoming cloudy toward daybreak, with a low in the upper 60s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 60s. Calm winds.

Saturday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 60s.





OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 7am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then a slight chance of showers between 1am and 2am. Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 60s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon. Cloudy through midmorning, then becoming mostly sunny, with a high in the upper 80s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 60s. Calm winds.

Saturday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high in the upper 80s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 60s.




HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 9am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high in the mid-70s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers between midnight and 1am. Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Winds out of the north around 6 mph becoming calm by midmorning. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Saturday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s.



NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 4am, then a slight chance of showers. Patchy fog after 9pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon. Partly sunny, with a high in the mid-80s. Light winds out of the northwest. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm winds.

Saturday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high in the mid-80s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.




TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Jul 18 2019

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.


Macon Media Almanac for July 18, 2019

Highest Temperature 97°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1980
Lowest Temperature 47°F in Highlands in 1904
Greatest Rainfall 2.13 inches in Highlands in 1974
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snow has been recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872


Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of July
Data available from 1872 to 2018

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on 07-29-1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on 07-27-1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on 07-29-1879
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1873

Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of July
Data available from 1870 to 2018

Highest Temperature 109°F Albemarle, Stanly County 07-28-1940
Lowest Temperature 32°F Celo, Yancey County 07-10-1961
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 21.15 in Highlands, Macon County 07-29-1879

Monthly Averages

Warmest Weather Station 81.3°F Fayetteville, Cumberland County
Coldest Weather Station 60.4°F Mount Mitchell, Yancey County
Wettest Weather Station 7.97 in Wilmington, New Hanover County
Driest Weather Station 2.97 in Asheville, Buncombe County




Published at 3:35am on July 18, 2019


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, July 17, 2019





Outlook

Summertime heat and humidity will continue into the upcoming weekend. Moisture from the remnants of tropical cyclone Barry will overspread the region today and tomorrow, increasing the coverage of daily showers and storms.


THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.





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All your masonry needs are available. Our phone number is 828.524.8545, the public is welcome, we’ll help you with your next project.



Weather Hazards

Hazardous weather is not expected.


**Note** A Tropical Weather Outlook section has been added to the daily weather briefing for the Atlantic Hurricane Season, and since those tend to run long when there is activity, that section has been added between the daily forecasts for the four regions of the county and the almanac section so people can get to their daily forecasts with minimal interference.




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WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]




FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high in the mid-to-upper 80s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the west around 6 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 60s. Calm winds.

Friday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low in nthe upper 60s.




OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 4pm and 5pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before midnight. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s. Calm winds. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high in the mid-80s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 60s. Calm winds.

Friday

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high in the mid-80s.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 60s.




HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 4pm and 5pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high in the mid-70s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low in the lower 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 9am. Partly sunny, with a high in the mid-70s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s. Winds out of the northwest around 6 mph.

Friday

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s.



NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

A slight chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 10am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 10pm, then a chance of showers between 10pm and 5am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5am. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Calm winds increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the morning. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Friday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high in the lower 80s.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s.




TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Jul 17 2019

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

The Weather Prediction Center is issuing advisories on Post-Tropical Cyclone Barry, located over Illinois.

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.

BARRY

Public advisories on Barry from the Weather Prediction Center can be found under AWIPS header TCPAT2, WMO header WTNT32 KWNH, and on the web at http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov




Macon Media Almanac for July 17, 2019

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin in 1980
Lowest Temperature 41°F in Highlands in 1904
Greatest Rainfall 2.04 inches in Highlands in 1963
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snow has been recorded on this date since records started being kept in 1872


Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of July
Data available from 1872 to 2018

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on 07-29-1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on 07-27-1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on 07-29-1879
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1873

Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of July
Data available from 1870 to 2018

Highest Temperature 109°F Albemarle, Stanly County 07-28-1940
Lowest Temperature 32°F Celo, Yancey County 07-10-1961
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 21.15 in Highlands, Macon County 07-29-1879

Monthly Averages

Warmest Weather Station 81.3°F Fayetteville, Cumberland County
Coldest Weather Station 60.4°F Mount Mitchell, Yancey County
Wettest Weather Station 7.97 in Wilmington, New Hanover County
Driest Weather Station 2.97 in Asheville, Buncombe County




Published at 3:47am on July 17, 2019