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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.


**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 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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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.


**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


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, July 16, 2019





Outlook

High pressure will be in control of the weather across the area for much of the week, while the remnants of Barry remain to the west of the region. With hot and humid conditions each day, a few mainly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms can be expected.


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 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high in the mid-to-upper 80s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm, then a slight chance of showers after 5am. Partly cloudy, with a low in the mid-to-upper 60s. Light winds out of the southwest. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Wednesday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 10am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Thursday

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high in the mid-80s.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-to-upper 60s.




OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high in the mid-to-upper 80s. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low in the mid-to-upper 60s. Light winds out of the southwest.

Wednesday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9am. Mostly sunny, with a high in the mid-80s. Calm winds increasing to coke out of the southwest 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.

Wednesday Night

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

Thursday

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high in the mid-80s.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-to-upper 60s.




HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high in the mid-to-upper 70s. Light and variable winds increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Tonight

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a slight chance of showers after 4am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Wednesday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9am. Mostly sunny, with a high in the mid-70s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high in the mid-to-upper 70s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Thursday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s.



NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A slight chance of showers before 7pm, then a slight chance of showers after 3am. Partly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Wednesday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Light winds out of the southwest increasing to 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 5 mph.

Thursday

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s.




TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Jul 16 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 southern Missouri.

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 16, 2019

Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1980
Lowest Temperature 41°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 5.77 inches in Highlands in 1916
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 16, 2019


Monday, July 15, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, July 15, 2019





Outlook

Weak high pressure will build over the area today, while tropical depression Barry weakens as it moves northward through the Mississippi River Valley. Abundant moisture associated with Barry will spread east across the Ohio Valley Tuesday and into the Appalachians by the middle of the week. Behind the remnants of Barry, very hot and humid conditions will follow as we head into the weekend.

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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

Scattered thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and evening. Any thunderstorm that develops will be capable of producing strong gusty winds, brief heavy rainfall, and cloud to ground lightning. A few of these thunderstorms may become severe and produce damaging wind gusts. In addition, localized flooding and flash flooding will be possible if thunderstorms persist over the same areas and in locations with poor drainage.


**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 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high in the mid-80s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm winds. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

A slight chance of showers between 11am and 1pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high in the upper 80s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday Night

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

Wednesday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high in the mid-60s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a chance of showers between 9pm and 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s. Chance of precipitation is 40%.



OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. Light and variable winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. 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, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

A slight chance of showers between noon and 2pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high in the mid-to-upper 80s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s. Calm winds.

Wednesday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high in the mid-80s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a chance of showers between 9pm and 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s. Chance of precipitation is 40%.




HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high in the mid-70s. Calm winds incrfeasing to come out of the south 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.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Light winds out of the northwest. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

A slight chance of showers between noon and 1pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday Night

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm, then a slight chance of showers between 7pm and midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Wednesday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high in the mid-70s.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a chance of showers between 9pm and 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s. Chance of precipitation is 40%.



NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Light and variable winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s. Calm winds. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Partly sunny, with a high in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s. Light winds out of the southwest.

Wednesday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high in the lower 80s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s. Chance of precipitation is 40%.





TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Jul 15 2019

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

The Weather Prediction Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Depression Barry, located over southwestern Arkansas.

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


Public advisories on Tropical Depression 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



Tropical Storm Barry Discussion Number 19
Tropical Depression Barry Advisory Number 19
NWS Weather Prediction Center College Park MD AL022019
1000 PM CDT Sun Jul 14 2019

...TROPICAL DEPRESSION BARRY CONTINUES MOVING SLOWLY NORTH TOWARD ARKANSAS...
...LOCAL FLASH FLOODING REMAINS LIKELY THROUGH MONDAY...


SUMMARY OF 1000 PM CDT...0300 UTC...INFORMATION
-----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...33.5N 93.5W
ABOUT 70 MI...115 KM N OF SHREVEPORT LOUISIANA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...30 MPH...45 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 360 DEGREES AT 12 MPH...19 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1008 MB...29.77 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
Flash Flood Watches and Warnings are in effect for portions of far southeast Texas through much of Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas, and including parts of the mid Mississippi Valley.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.


DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
----------------------
At 1000 PM CDT (0300 UTC), the center of Tropical Depression Barry was located near latitude 33.5 North, longitude 93.5 West. The depression is moving toward the north near 12 mph (19 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue through tonight. Barry is expected to turn toward the northeast on Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 30 mph (45 km/h) with higher gusts. Some weakening is forecast during the next 24 hours, and Barry is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone by Monday evening.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1008 mb (29.77 inches).


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
RAINFALL: Barry is expected to produce additional rain accumulations of 3 to 6 inches across portions of the lower Mississippi Valley with isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches across eastern Arkansas, western Tennessee and Kentucky, southeast Missouri, and northwest Mississippi.

Additional rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches with isolated storm totals of 10-15 inches are expected across south-central Louisiana. Dangerous flash flooding and some additional river flooding is expected locally throughout the central Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi Valley.

TORNADOES: A couple of tornadoes are possible tonight across parts of southeast Louisiana, Mississippi, western Alabama, eastern Arkansas, and western Tennessee. On Monday the risk of a few tornadoes will expand northeastward from the Mid-South toward the Ohio Valley.


NEXT ADVISORY
-------------
The next public advisory on Barry will be issued at 0400 AM CDT.



FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INIT 15/0300Z 33.5N 93.5W 25 KT 30 MPH
12H 15/1200Z 34.8N 93.5W 25 KT 30 MPH...INLAND
24H 16/0000Z 36.1N 92.9W 20 KT 25 MPH...POST-TROP/INLAND
36H 16/1200Z 38.1N 91.4W 20 KT 25 MPH...POST-TROP/INLAND
48H 17/0000Z 39.9N 89.5W 15 KT 15 MPH...POST-TROP/INLAND
72H 18/0000Z...DISSIPATED





Macon Media Almanac for July 15, 2019

Highest Temperature 95°F in Franklin in 1954
Lowest Temperature 40°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 5.55 inches in Franklin in 1872
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 4:20am on July 15, 2019


Sunday, July 14, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, July 14, 2019





Outlook

A weak surface boundary will remain stalled near our region today. Meanwhile, tropical cyclone Barry will weaken as it moves northward through the Mississippi River Valley today through Monday. Abundant moisture associated with Barry will spread east across the Ohio Valley and into the Appalachians by the middle of the week, followed by very hot and humid conditions toward next weekend.


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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Weather Hazards

Scattered thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and evening. Any thunderstorm that develops will be capable of producing strong gusty winds, brief heavy rainfall, and cloud to ground lightning. A few of these thunderstorms may become severe and produce damaging wind gusts. In addition, localized flooding and flash flooding will be possible if thunderstorms persist over the same areas and in locations with poor drainage.


**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 chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 80. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers before 7pm. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 65. Light winds out of the northwest wind. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Patchy fog between 8am and 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high in the mid-80s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then a slight chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high in the mid-80s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm, then a chance of showers between 10pm and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.



OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, then a chance of showers after noon. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 80. Winds out of the northwest around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 65. Winds out of the north 3 to 5 mph.

Monday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high in the mid-80s. Light and variable winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers between 11pm and 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a chance of showers between 9pm and 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-to-upper 60s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.




HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near the mid-70s. Winds out of the northwest 8 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high in the mid-70s. Winds out of the northeast around 6 mph shifting to come out of the southwest in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers between midnight and 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s. Winds out of the northwest wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high in the mid-to-upper 70s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday 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 chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high in the mid-70s. Winds out of the northwest around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low in the low-to-mid 60s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph.

Monday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Calm winds increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers between 11pm and 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the low-to-mid 60s. Light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-60s.





TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Jul 14 2019

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Barry, located over central Louisiana.

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



Tropical Storm Barry Discussion Number 15
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL022019
1000 PM CDT Sat Jul 13 2019

Radar and surface observations indicate that the center of Barry continues to move farther inland over Louisiana. Although the winds near the center have decreased, tropical-storm-force winds are being observed along portions of the Louisiana coast and over the northern Gulf of Mexico. An automated station near Vermilion Bay reported 44-kt sustained winds around 0000 UTC, and is the basis for the initial wind speed of 45 kt. Barry will continue to gradually weaken as it moves inland, and it is expected to weaken to a tropical depression on Sunday, and degenerate into a trough of low pressure in 48-72 hours.

Barry is moving north-northwestward at about 7 kt. The global models are in good agreement in taking the cyclone generally northward through a weakness in a mid-level ridge during the next day or so. After that time, Barry or its remnants are expected to turn north-northeastward as they become embedded within the mid-latitude westerlies. The new NHC track forecast lies near the middle of the guidance envelope, close to the various consensus models.

It should be noted that the primary hazard associated with Barry over the next couple of days will be heavy rainfall that is expected to spread northward over the Lower Mississippi Valley.




Key Messages:

1. Although Barry has moved inland, life-threatening storm surge inundation continues along the coast of southern and southeastern Louisiana, portions of Lake Pontchartrain, and portions of coastal Mississippi where a Storm Surge Warning remains in effect.

2. Life-threatening flash flooding and significant river flooding are still expected along Barry's path inland from Louisiana up through the lower Mississippi Valley, beginning late tonight and continuing through at least Monday. Widespread rainfall of 4 inches or more is expected, with embedded areas of significantly heavier rain that will lead to rapid water rises.

3. Tropical Storm conditions are occurring within portions of the Tropical Storm Warning area. Through Sunday morning, these conditions will continue along much of the Louisiana coast and spread inland across portions of the lower Mississippi Valley where Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect.




FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INIT 14/0300Z 31.0N 93.0W 45 KT 50 MPH
12H 14/1200Z 32.0N 93.2W 35 KT 40 MPH...INLAND
24H 15/0000Z 33.3N 93.3W 25 KT 30 MPH...INLAND
36H 15/1200Z 34.7N 93.3W 25 KT 30 MPH...INLAND
48H 16/0000Z 36.1N 93.1W 20 KT 25 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
72H 17/0000Z...DISSIPATED


Tropical Tidbits

Here is a discussion of the tropical situation from one of the best amateur meteorologists on the internet.

Levi does not follow storms once they've made landfall

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An outlook from Mark Suddoth of HurricaneTrack.com that was posted July 13th


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Day Four Livestream:


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Macon Media Almanac for July 14, 2019

Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1954
Lowest Temperature 39°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 3.22 inches in Highlands in 1898
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 4:15am on July 14, 2019