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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Weather Briefing for Wednesday, October 28, 2020



OUTLOOK

Rain chances are expected to increase as Tropical Storm Zeta makes landfall and moves through the Deep South. Periods of heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected overnight tonight through Thursday as the remnants of Zeta pass over the region. Conditions will improve for Friday with cool, dry weather expected through early next week.



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General forecast through Friday night


Today

Patchy fog before 2pm. A chance of showers before 2pm, then rain likely. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs ranging from the lower 60s in the higher elevations to near 70 in the lower elecations. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and rain likely overnight. The rain could be heavy at times. Patchy fog. Lows rainging from the upper 50s in the higher elevations to the lower 50s in the lower elevations. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between three-quarters and one inch possible.

Thursday

Showers. The rain could be heavy at times. Highs ranging from the upper 60s in the higher elevations to the low-to-mid 70s in the lower elevations. Winds from the remnants of ZETA should be at maximum between 6 am to 6pm in the lower elevations with winds starting as early as 3am in the higher elevations and are expected to continue until 3am or so Friday morning. Winds will be out of the southeast 15 to 20 mph in the lower elevations in the morning and shifting over the course of several hours to come out of the southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust to between 15 to 25 mph in the lower elevations and to between 20 to 35 mph in the higher elevations. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between three-quarters and two inches possible.

Thursday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 10pm, then a slight chance of rain after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows dropping to near 40 in the higher elevations and the mid-40s on the lower elevations. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph before midnight shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs ranging from the low-to-mid 50s in the higher elevations to near 60 in the lower elevations.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows dropping below freezing in the higher elevations and the mid-30s in the lower elevations.




News Brief
(repeat from Saturday)

Cowee Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a Benefit for Junior Firefighter Dakota Collins on Saturday, November 7th. [LINK]

Due to COVID-19 cases within Macon County Animal Services and in preparation to continue essential service delivery at Macon County Public Health, Macon County Animal Services (a section within Macon County Public Health) will be limiting services until at least November 2nd, 2020. [LINK]

The 43rd Prosecutorial District Resumes Jury Trials [LINK]

The NC State Board of Election reminds us that voter intimidation is against the law [LINK

NCDHHS has issued guidance for Halloween activities during #COVID19. It's strongly recommended that alternate activities, instead of door-to-door trick-or-treating, take place. Find out which activities are considered low risk & which should be avoided: [PDF]  

NCDHHS Interim Guidance for Fall-Related Events [PDF

Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since May 30, 2020, when the health department started releasing numbers to Macon Media.


Cases

748 Detected
(+1 from Monday and +30 from last Tuesday and +126 in four weeks)

30 Active
(-7 from Monday and +9 from last Tuesday and +12 in four weeks)

711 Recovered
(+8 from Monday and +21 from last Tuesday and +114 in four weeks)

7 Deaths
(unchanged from Monday and unchanged from last Tuesday and unchanged in four weeks)


Testing

6321 by MCPH
(unchanged from Monday and +185 from last Tuesday and +660 in four weeks)

2882 by others
(+73 from Monday and +151 from last Tuesday and +678 in four weeks)

9203 total
(+73 from Monday and +336 from last Tuesday and +1398 in four weeks)

90 tests pending results
(-42 from Monday and -6 from last Tuesday and -10 in four weeks)









HAZARDS




Patchy dense fog is possible this morning mainly across the mountain valleys. The fog could stick around into the afternoon hours.

TONIGHT and TOMORROW

A small chance of flooding rainfall and damaging winds is expected for much of the area tonight through Thursday as the remnants of tropical cyclone Zeta sweep across the region. Monitor the latest forecast for updates on this system.


Air Quality





Air quality is in the extreme upper range of green today for all elevations.

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be low (0.40 out of 12) with ragweed and chenopods being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be bout the same (0.4 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County for October 28th

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2014
Lowest Temperature 15°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.30 inches in Highlands in 1918 Greatest One-Day Snowfall (there has been snowfall recorded on this date since record-keeping began in 1872)




TROPICAL WEATHER
(The North Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1st to Nov 30th)



Tropical Tidbit from Levi Cowan (video recorded yesterday)






Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Oct 28 2020

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on recently upgraded Hurricane Zeta, located over the central Gulf of Mexico.

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





Tropical Storm Zeta Discussion Number 14
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL282020
1000 PM CDT Tue Oct 27 2020

Satellite images show that Zeta is becoming better organized tonight with a ragged eye feature now present, plenty of deep convection and a more symmetric appearance. The Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft has found increasing winds on this flight, recently recording peak flight-level winds of 65 kt and a minimum pressure of around 990 mb. The initial wind speed is raised to 60 kt on the basis of the wind data.

The improving cloud pattern of Zeta is usually one that favors intensification in the short term. In addition, microwave data from a couple hours ago indicated that a 37 GHz low-level ring was present, which also can be a harbinger of strengthening, and sometimes that strengthening is on the rapid side. Since the storm remains over warm water with fairly light shear, the NHC forecast still anticipates Zeta regaining hurricane intensity within the next 6 hours and making a second landfall as a hurricane. The new NHC forecast is a little higher than the previous one, remaining on the high side of the guidance. After landfall, Zeta is likely to become an extratropical cyclone while it approaches the eastern United States in a couple of days, and become absorbed by the same frontal system.

Zeta is moving northwestward a little faster tonight (325/13 kt). The storm is expected to turn northward and move along the western side of a mid-level anticyclone centered east of Florida through Wednesday morning. A deep cold low (responsible for the southern Plains ice storm) approaching from the west will cause Zeta to sharply accelerate north-northeastward and move inland along the southeastern Louisiana coast Wednesday afternoon. The cyclone should continue to accelerate ahead of the trough and move over the southeastern and eastern U.S. through Thursday. Similar to the last forecast, the official track forecast was moved slightly westward during the first 24 hours, not too dissimilar from a consensus of the latest GFS, UKMET and ECMWF forecasts.

Given Zeta's acceleration near landfall, strong winds are likely to spread well inland along the northern Gulf coast Wednesday night.

KEY MESSAGES:

1. A life-threatening storm surge is expected along portions of the northern Gulf Coast by late Wednesday, with the highest inundation occurring somewhere between the Mouth of the Pearl River and Dauphin Island, Alabama. Residents in the Storm Surge Warning area should follow any advice given by local officials.

2. Hurricane conditions are expected Wednesday afternoon within portions of the Hurricane Warning area between Morgan City, Louisiana, and the Mississippi/Alabama border. Damaging winds, especially in gusts, will spread well inland across portions of southeast Mississippi and southern Alabama Wednesday night due to Zeta's fast forward speed.

3. Localized heavy rainfall from Zeta will continue tonight in portions of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and western Cuba where additional flash flooding is possible in urban areas. Between tonight and Thursday, heavy rainfall is expected from portions of the central U.S. Gulf Coast into the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic States near and in advance of Zeta. This rainfall will lead to flash, urban, small stream, and minor river flooding.


FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INIT 28/0300Z 23.8N 91.2W 60 KT 70 MPH
12H 28/1200Z 26.0N 91.7W 75 KT 85 MPH
24H 29/0000Z 30.2N 89.7W 65 KT 75 MPH...INLAND
36H 29/1200Z 35.0N 84.5W 30 KT 35 MPH...INLAND
48H 30/0000Z 39.5N 74.5W 40 KT 45 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
60H 30/1200Z...DISSIPATED




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Published at 4:50am Wednesday, October 28, 2020


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Lowering of the US and NC Flags to Half-Staff Until Sunset Monday, November 2, 2020 in Honor of NC Native, US Coast Guard Ensign Morgan Garrett



Governor Roy Cooper has ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Monday, November 2, 2020 in honor of North Carolina native, US Coast Guard Ensign Morgan Garrett. Originally from Weddington, North Carolina, Ensign Garrett and US Navy Lt. Rhiannon Ross of Wixom, Michigan passed away during a routine training flight from Florida on Friday.

Garrett was a graduate of Weddington High School in Union County. In 2019, she graduated from the Coast Guard Academy where she served as a regimental activities officer.

As a show of respect, individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the duration of time indicated.

Please note, all North Carolina flag announcements are issued in accordance to regulations outlined in the US Flag Code.

News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, October 27, 2020



OUTLOOK

Warm and partly sunny conditions should return today under weak high pressure. Clouds return for Wednesday as tropical cyclone Zeta approaches the central Gulf coast. Rain chances increase Wednesday night as Zeta makes landfall and moves through the Deep South. Periods of heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected overnight Wednesday through Thursday as the remnants of Zeta pass over the region. Conditions improve for Friday with cool, dry weather expected through early next week.




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General forecast through Wednesday night


Today

Patchy fog in the morning, possibly lasting until midmorning. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-60s in the higher elevations to the mid-70s in the lower elevations. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the 50s. Calm winds.

Wednesday

A slight chance of rain before 9am, then a chance of showers as the mositure from the remnanats of Hurricane ZETA beging to arrive. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs ranging from the low-to-mid 60s in the higher elevations to near 70 in the lower elevations. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 1am. Cloudy, with lows ranging from the mid-50s in the higher elevations to near 60 in the lower elevations. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Thursday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 3pm, then showers likely between 3pm and 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Highs ranging from the mid-60s in the higher elevations to the lower 70s in the lower elevations. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Thursday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows ranging from the lower 40s in the higher elevations to near 50 in the lower elevations. Chance of precipitation is 60%.




News Brief


Cowee Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a Benefit for Junior Firefighter Dakota Collins on Saturday, November 7th. [LINK]

President Trump Participates in the Swearing-In Ceremony of the Honorable Amy Coney Barrett as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.



Resources

C-SPAN [LINK]
Wikipedia [LINK]

Due to COVID-19 cases within Macon County Animal Services and in preparation to continue essential service delivery at Macon County Public Health, Macon County Animal Services (a section within Macon County Public Health) will be limiting services until at least November 2nd, 2020. [LINK]

The 43rd Prosecutorial District Resumes Jury Trials [LINK]

The NC State Board of Election reminds us that voter intimidation is against the law [LINK

NCDHHS has issued guidance for Halloween activities during #COVID19. It's strongly recommended that alternate activities, instead of door-to-door trick-or-treating, take place. Find out which activities are considered low risk & which should be avoided: [PDF]  

NCDHHS Interim Guidance for Fall-Related Events [PDF

Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since May 30, 2020, when the health department started releasing numbers to Macon Media.


Cases

747 Detected
(+9 from Thursday and +33 from last Friday and +125 in four weeks)

37 Active
(+2 from Thursday and +14 from last Friday and +14 in four weeks)

703 Recovered
(+7 from Thursday and +19 from last Friday and +111 in four weeks)

7 Deaths
(unchanged from Thursday and unchanged from last Friday and unchanged in four weeks)


Testing

6321 by MCPH
(+63 from Thursday and +190 from last Friday and +660 in four weeks)

2809 by others
(unchanged from Thursday and +182 from last Friday and +694 in four weeks)

9130 total
(+63 from Thursday and +372 from last Friday and +1354 in four weeks)

132 tests pending results
(-51 from Thursday and -73 from last Friday and +32 in four weeks)









HAZARDS



Hazardous weather is not anticipated today. Moisture from Tropical Storm Zeta will bring some rain and storms to the area beginning about midday Wednesday with the core of the storm reaching us sometime Thursday morning, so be prepared for the possibility of heavy rains, high winds, and possible flooding. Most of the action is expected to be south and east of Macon County. Right now, it looks like we could receive anywhere from an inch to 5 inches of rain. Some locations on the Highland Plateau could see 7 inches of rain.

The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement and a copy has been posted here.

Special Weather Statement

A small threat of flooding and damaging wind could develop in parts of the area Wednesday night through Thursday as the remnants of tropical cyclone Zeta sweep across the Southeast. Monitor the latest forecast for updates on this system.


Air Quality





Air quality is in the extreme upper range of green today for all elevations.

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be low (2.0 out of 12) with ragweed and chenopods being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be a little higher (0.3 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County for October 26th

Highest Temperature 81°F in Franklinn in 1963
Lowest Temperature 16°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1962
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.60 inches in Highlands in 1920 Greatest One-Day Snowfall (there has been snowfall recorded on this date since record-keeping began in 1872)




TROPICAL WEATHER
(The North Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1st to Nov 30th)



Tropical Tidbit from Levi Cowan (video recoded yesterday afternoon)






Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Oct 27 2020

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Zeta, located inland over the northeastern Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

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





Hurricane Zeta Discussion Number 10
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL282020
1000 PM CDT Mon Oct 26 2020

Satellite images are showing that convection has been increasing near Zeta tonight, with cold cold tops to at least -93C, and occasional hints of a warm spot related to the early-stages of an eye beneath the clouds. Yet, the NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft mission found that Zeta has basically been steady state in terms of maximum winds and pressures, with peak SFMR values hovering between 65-70 kt and dropsonde data showing central pressures of about 982 mb. The data did show that the area of hurricane-force winds has grown, about 40 n mi in the eastern semicircle, and it is possible that the worst of this hurricane will be after the center makes landfall. The initial wind speed is kept at 70 kt on this advisory.

The hurricane is running out of time to get much stronger before landfall during the next couple of hours, but some increase in intensity is possible. Zeta should spend less than 12 hours over land as it crosses Yucatan, but that's enough time to probably drop it below hurricane strength early tomorrow. However, environmental conditions are unseasonably conducive for intensification so late in the year in the southern and central Gulf of Mexico, with fairly light shear and warm waters during the next 24 to 36 hours. The peak intensity forecast is raised slightly after considering those factors, and some models like the HWRF or ECMWF even suggest it could get a little stronger. As the hurricane nears the northern Gulf Coast, it is likely to encounter stronger shear and cooler waters, so some weakening is anticipated, but Zeta is still expected to be at or near hurricane intensity at landfall. The NHC intensity forecast is generally similar to the previous one, lying above the model consensus.

Zeta continues to move on a generally northwestward track, or about 305/11 kt. The hurricane should move around the southwestern and western periphery of a mid-level subtropical high centered just east of Florida. Thereafter, a potent shortwave trough approaching from the Desert Southwest and Texas is likely to cause the cyclone to accelerate north-northeastward to northeastward on Wednesday and move over the southeastern and eastern United States. Model guidance is in very good agreement, with only some minor differences, and the new forecast is close to the previous one and the models consensus. The system should move off the Mid-Atlantic U.S. coast and become an extratropical cyclone within 3 days, and dissipate soon thereafter.

KEY MESSAGES:

1. Hurricane conditions and dangerous storm surge are expected to continue in portions of the northern Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico through early Tuesday. Heavy rainfall is expected across the Yucatan Peninsula, the Cayman Islands, and western Cuba through Tuesday, which could lead to flash flooding in urban areas.

2. Hurricane conditions and life-threatening storm surge are possible along portions of the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday, and Storm Surge and Hurricane Watches are in effect. Residents in the watch areas should follow any advice given by local officials.

3. Between Tuesday night and Thursday, heavy rainfall is expected from portions of the central Gulf Coast into the southern Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic States near and in advance of Zeta. This rainfall will lead to flash, urban, small stream, and minor river flooding.

FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INIT 27/0300Z 20.2N 87.1W 70 KT 80 MPH
12H 27/1200Z 21.3N 88.8W 60 KT 70 MPH...INLAND
24H 28/0000Z 23.1N 90.7W 65 KT 75 MPH...OVER WATER
36H 28/1200Z 25.6N 91.6W 75 KT 85 MPH
48H 29/0000Z 29.1N 90.1W 65 KT 75 MPH
60H 29/1200Z 33.8N 85.7W 35 KT 40 MPH...INLAND
72H 30/0000Z 38.5N 76.5W 45 KT 50 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
96H 31/0000Z...DISSIPATED




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Published at 4:20am Tuesday, October 27, 2020


Monday, October 26, 2020

News and Weather Briefing for Monday, October 26, 2020



OUTLOOK

Cool high pressure is expected to weaken today as cool temperatures linger. Expect a return to above normal temperatures for Tuesday and Wednesday before the next round of rain appears by Thursday ahead of a strong upper low. As this low moves off the East Coast late Friday, cool, dry high pressure will drop temperatures a little below normal for next weekend.




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General forecast through Wednesday night


Today

Patchy fog this morning. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the 60s. Calm winds.

Monday Night

Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows ranging from the mid-to-upper 40s in the higher elevations to the mid-50s in the lower elevations. Calm winds.

Tuesday

Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-60s in the higher elevations to the mid-70s in the lower elevations. Calm winds.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows ranging from the upper 40s in the higher elevations to the mid-50s in the lower elevations. Calm winds.

Wednesday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 1pm. Partly sunny, with highs mainly in the 60s wqith a few locations in the lower elevations reaching the low 70s.

Wednesday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows tanging from the mid-50s to the lower 60s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.




News Brief
(repeat from Saturday)

Cowee Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a Benefit for Junior Firefighter Dakota Collins on Saturday, November 7th. [LINK]

Due to COVID-19 cases within Macon County Animal Services and in preparation to continue essential service delivery at Macon County Public Health, Macon County Animal Services (a section within Macon County Public Health) will be limiting services until at least November 2nd, 2020. [LINK]

The 43rd Prosecutorial District Resumes Jury Trials [LINK]

The NC State Board of Election reminds us that voter intimidation is against the law [LINK

NCDHHS has issued guidance for Halloween activities during #COVID19. It's strongly recommended that alternate activities, instead of door-to-door trick-or-treating, take place. Find out which activities are considered low risk & which should be avoided: [PDF]  

NCDHHS Interim Guidance for Fall-Related Events [PDF

Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since May 30, 2020, when the health department started releasing numbers to Macon Media.


Cases

738 Detected
(+8 from Thursday and +29 from last Friday and +124 in four weeks)

35 Active
(+6 from Thursday and +9 from last Friday and +13 in four weeks)

696 Recovered
(+2 from Thursday and +18 from last Friday and +111 in four weeks)

7 Deaths
(unchanged from Thursday and unchanged from last Friday and unchanged in four weeks)

Testing

6258 by MCPH
(+70 from Thursday and +164 from last Friday and +663 in four weeks)

2809 by others
(+78 from Thursday and +361 from last Friday and +694 in four weeks)

9067 total
(+148 from Thursday and +525 from last Friday and +1357 in four weeks)

183 tests pending results
(+70 from Thursday and +15 from last Friday and +152 in four weeks)









HAZARDS



Hazardous weather is not anticipated today. Moisture from Tropical Storm Zeta will bring some rain and storms to the area beginning about midday Wednesday with the core of the storm reaching us sometime Thursday morning, so be prepared for the possibility of heavy rains, high winds, and possible flooding. Most of the action is expected to be south and east of Macon County. Right now, it looks like we could receive anywhere from an inch to 5 inches of rain. Some locations on the Highland Plateau could see 7 inches of rain.

The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement and a copy has been posted here.

Special Weather Statement

A small threat of flooding and damaging wind could develop in parts of the area Wednesday night or Thursday as a cold front and the remnants of Tropical Storm Zeta sweep across the Southeast. Monitor the latest forecast for updates on this system.


Air Quality





Air quality is in the extreme upper range of green today for all elevations.

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be low (1.9 out of 12) with ragweed and chenopods being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be a little higher (2.1 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County for October 26th

Highest Temperature 86°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1947
Lowest Temperature 17°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.99 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1977 Greatest One-Day Snowfall (there has been snowfall recorded on this date since record-keeping began in 1872)




TROPICAL WEATHER
(The North Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1st to Nov 30th)



Tropical Tidbit from Levi Cowan (video recoded yesterday afternoon)






Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Oct 26 2020

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Zeta, located over the northwestern Caribbean Sea.

The National Hurricane Center has issued the last advisory on Post-Tropical Cyclone Epsilon, located over the far North Atlantic several hundred miles east of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

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





Tropical Storm Zeta Discussion Number 6
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL282020
1100 PM EDT Sun Oct 25 2020

The tropical storm continues to produce deep convection on its south side, with the low-level center estimated to be near the northern edge of the thunderstorms. The last pass from the NOAA Hurricane Hunters a few hours ago indicated that the minimum pressure had fallen to 997 mb, and since the storm appears better organized than before the initial intensity is nudged up to 50 kt. This intensity estimate is slightly above the latest Dvorak numbers. The NOAA Hurricane Hunters are planning to be in Zeta again overnight and that data will be helpful in assessing the storm's intensity and structure.

Zeta has not moved much during the past several hours, and the initial motion is a very slow north-northwest drift. As ridging begins to build over and near Florida, Zeta is forecast to move faster to the northwest overnight and Monday, and that should take the center of the cyclone near or over the northeastern portion of the Yucatan Peninsula in about 24 hours. The ridge is then expected to shift eastward over the western Atlantic on Tuesday and Wednesday as a large and quite powerful mid- to upper-level low moves eastward across the southwest and south-central United States. This change in the steering pattern should cause Zeta to accelerate northward toward the northern Gulf Coast, and likely make landfall there on Wednesday. The models remain in poor agreement on the details of the evolution of the steering pattern and consequently, there is about a 300 n mi spread in the landfall locations from the various models, which currently spans the region from the far western Florida panhandle to western Louisiana. The NHC track forecast is a little west of the previous one trending toward the middle of the guidance envelope. Based on the poor model agreement, the confidence in the track forecast is lower than normal. It is hoped that data being collected by the NOAA Gulfstream jet flying around Zeta and special NWS weather balloon launches will help the models come into better agreement on the future track of Zeta soon.

Given the low wind shear conditions, moist air mass, and high oceanic heat content over the northwestern Caribbean, steady strengthening seems likely until Zeta reaches the Yucatan Peninsula by late Monday. The cyclone is expected to be a hurricane at landfall in Mexico, and the new forecast shows a slightly higher intensity there based on the new models and favorable conditions. The models differ on how long the core of Zeta will be inland over the Yucatan, but in general, it seems likely that significant weakening won't occur given the storm's expected increasing forward speed. The overall environmental conditions are anticipated to remain generally favorable while Zeta moves across the southern Gulf of Mexico, but there should be an increase in shear when it reaches the central Gulf and the cyclone will then be moving over the cooler shelf waters over the northern Gulf. The combination of the stronger shear and cooler waters should cause Zeta to level off in strength and perhaps weaken slightly before the U.S. landfall. The intensity models are in fair agreement, and the NHC forecast lies near the HCCA and IVCN consensus models.

KEY MESSAGES:

1. Hurricane conditions and storm surge are expected in portions of the northern Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico Monday night and early Tuesday. Tropical storm conditions could occur over extreme western Cuba on Monday.

2. Through Wednesday, heavy rainfall is expected from Zeta across portions of central and western Cuba, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, the northeast Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, southern Florida and the Keys. This rainfall could lead to flash flooding in urban areas.

3. Zeta is forecast to be at or near hurricane strength when it approaches the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday, and there is an increasing risk of storm surge, rainfall, and wind impacts from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle. Residents in these areas should monitor the progress of Zeta and updates to the forecast.

FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INIT 26/0300Z 18.1N 83.8W 50 KT 60 MPH
12H 26/1200Z 18.9N 84.7W 60 KT 70 MPH
24H 27/0000Z 20.2N 86.5W 75 KT 85 MPH
36H 27/1200Z 21.8N 88.6W 65 KT 75 MPH
48H 28/0000Z 24.0N 90.4W 65 KT 75 MPH
60H 28/1200Z 27.1N 91.1W 65 KT 75 MPH
72H 29/0000Z 31.1N 89.6W 50 KT 60 MPH...INLAND
96H 30/0000Z 38.7N 78.8W 30 KT 35 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROPICAL
120H 31/0000Z...DISSIPATED




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Published at 4:00am Monday, October 26, 2020


Sunday, October 25, 2020

Weather Briefing for Sunday, October 25, 2020



OUTLOOK

In the wake of a weak cold frontal passage this morning, cool high pressure is expected to build south into the region through the oday. Cool temperatures will linger into Monday followed by a return to above normal temperatures before the next round of rain appears by Thursday ahead of a strong upper low.







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General forecast through Monday night


Today

Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs mostly in the 60s with a few locations in the lower elevations reaching 70. Light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the 50s. Calm winds.

Monday

A 20 percent chance of showers before noon. Partly sunny, with highs in the 60s. Light and variable winds.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the 50s. Calm winds.

Tuesday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 10am. Mostly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-60s to the mid-70s.

Tuesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers after 3am. Partly cloudy, with lows ranging from the upper 40s in the higher elevations to the mid-50s in the lower elevations.




News Brief
(repeat from Saturday)

Cowee Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a Benefit for Junior Firefighter Dakota Collins on Saturday, November 7th. [LINK]

The 43rd Prosecutorial District Resumes Jury Trials [LINK]

The NC State Board of Election reminds us that voter intimidation is against the law [LINK

NCDHHS has issued guidance for Halloween activities during #COVID19. It's strongly recommended that alternate activities, instead of door-to-door trick-or-treating, take place. Find out which activities are considered low risk & which should be avoided: [PDF https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/guidance/NCDHHS-Interim-Guidance-for-Halloween.pdf NCDHHS Interim Guidance for Fall-Related Events PDF https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/guidance/NCDHHS-Interim-Guidance-for-Fall-Events.pdf

Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since May 30, 2020, when the health department started releasing numbers to the Macon Media.


Cases

738 Detected
(+8 from Thursday and +29 from last Friday and +124 in four weeks)

35 Active
(+6 from Thursday and +9 from last Friday and +13 in four weeks)

696 Recovered
(+2 from Thursday and +18 from last Friday and +111 in four weeks)

7 Deaths
(unchanged from Thursday and unchanged from last Friday and unchanged in four weeks)

Testing

6258 by MCPH
(+70 from Thursday and +164 from last Friday and +663 in four weeks)

2809 by others
(+78 from Thursday and +361 from last Friday and +694 in four weeks)

9067 total
(+148 from Thursday and +525 from last Friday and +1357 in four weeks)

183 tests pending results
(+70 from Thursday and +15 from last Friday and +152 in four weeks)









HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not anticipated today.

Air Quality





Air quality is in the extreme upper range of green today for all elevations.

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be low (0.4 out of 12) with ragweed and chenopods being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be a liitle higher (1.9 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County for October 25th

Highest Temperature 81°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2001
Lowest Temperature 20°F in Highlands in 1917
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.30 inches in Highlands in 2018 Greatest One-Day Snowfall (there has been snowfall recorded on this date since record-keeping began in 1872)




TROPICAL WEATHER
(The North Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1st to Nov 30th)








Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Oct 25 2020

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Epsilon, located several hundred miles south-southwest of Cape Race Newfoundland, and on recently upgraded Tropical Storm Zeta, located over the northwestern Caribbean Sea.

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






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Published at 4:30am Sunday, October 25, 2020


Saturday, October 24, 2020

Weather Briefing for Saturday, October 24, 2020



OUTLOOK

A weak cold front will cross the area today bringing with it a an increasing chance of showers, especially tonight. Slightly cooler temperatures Sunday and Monday will be followed by a return to well above normal temperatures with the next round of rain possible on Thursday ahead of a strong upper low.







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General forecast through Monday night


Today

A chance of showers before 10am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 10am and noon, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Patchy fog before nood. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs ranging from the mid-60s in then higher elevations to the mid-70s in the lower elevations. 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 chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy dense fog after 9pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the 50s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 2pm. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs mainly in the 60s with a few locations in the lower elevations reaching 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the 50s. Calm winds.

Monday

A 20 percent chance of showers before 11am. Partly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-60s in the higher elevations to the lower 70s in the lower elevations.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the 50s.



News Brief


Cowee Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a Benefit for Junior Firefighter Dakota Collins on Saturday, November 7th. [LINK]

There will be another rolling rally in Franklin this morning. The meeting location will be the old Walmart parking lot at 9am and the rollout will be 10am. Details are in the flyer at [LINK]" target="_blank">LINK] The 43rd Prosecutorial District Resumes Jury Trials [LINK]

The NC State Board of Election reminds us that voter intimidation is against the law [LINK



Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since May 30, 2020, when the health department started releasing numbers to the Macon Media.


Cases

738 Detected
(+8 from Thursday and +29 from last Friday and +124 in four weeks)

35 Active
(+6 from Thursday and +9 from last Friday and +13 in four weeks)

696 Recovered
(+2 from Thursday and +18 from last Friday and +111 in four weeks)

7 Deaths
(unchanged from Thursday and unchanged from last Friday and unchanged in four weeks)

Testing

6258 by MCPH
(+70 from Thursday and +164 from last Friday and +663 in four weeks)

2809 by others
(+78 from Thursday and +361 from last Friday and +694 in four weeks)

9067 total
(+148 from Thursday and +525 from last Friday and +1357 in four weeks)

183 tests pending results
(+70 from Thursday and +15 from last Friday and +152 in four weeks)









HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not anticipated today.

Air Quality





Air quality is in the extreme upper range of green today for all elevations.

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be low (0.4 out of 12) with ragweed, chenopods, and grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be the same (0.4 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County for October 24th

Highest Temperature 84°F in Franklins in 1968
Lowest Temperature 16°F in Highlands in 1917
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.00 inches in Highlands in 2017 Greatest One-Day Snowfall 0.4 inches in Nantahala in 1937




TROPICAL WEATHER
(The North Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1st to Nov 30th)



Tropical Tidbit from Levi Cowan (video recoded yesterday afternoon)






Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sat Oct 24 2020

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Epsilon, located over the west-central Atlantic a couple of hundred miles northeast of Bermuda.

1. Satellite and surface observations indicate that a broad area of low pressure has redeveloped just south of Grand Cayman Island. Shower and thunderstorm activity continues to increase in organization, and environmental conditions are expected to remain conducive for further development. A tropical depression will likely form during the next day or two while the low drifts toward the northwest or north. The system could move near western Cuba by Sunday and move slowly across the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by early next week. Interests in western Cuba, the Florida Keys, and southern Florida should monitor the progress of this disturbance. Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall will be possible over portions of the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Cuba, southern Florida, the Florida Keys, and the northwestern Bahamas through the weekend and into early next week.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...80 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 percent.






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Published at 5:00am Saturday, October 24, 2020