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Monday, September 24, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, September 24, 2018




FRANKLIN TOWN COUNCIL CONTINUATION MEETING TONIGHT


The Franklin Town Council will be meeting tonight at 5:30 pm to continue their meeting held on September 4th. Among the items on the agenda are the funding requests for area non-profits, a proposed resolution on the Hospital Corporation of America acquisition of Mission Health, and a discussion on the Town Comprehensive Plan.

AGENDA FOR MEETING [LINK]

VIDEO OF SEPTEMBER 4TH MEETING [LINK]

VIDEO OF NON_PROFIT FUNDING REQUESTS [LINK]


SIX YEARS AGO TODAY

Video of the September 24, 2012 meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners is on the blog. [LINK]



LOCAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

A moist cold front will persist as a nearly stationary front through Tuesday. Another cold front is forecast to push into the forecast area from the west on Wednesday. This front may eventually cross our area, bringing showers and thunderstorms before the start of the weekend.

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Weather Almanac for September 24th (1872-2016)

Record Weather Events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 89°F in Highlands in 1931
Lowest Temperature 29°F in Franklin in 1963
Greatest Rainfall 4.27 inches in Franklin in 1965

Record Weather Events for September (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1964

An expanded almanac is available that covers record weather events, climate averages, and an astronomy section. [LINK]


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 8 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm. 

[click on any image in this article to enlarge]
(These images replace the three-day forecast maps)





OUTLOOK



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FRANKLIN AREA

Today

A chance of showers, mainly between 9am and 2pm, then a slight chance of rain after 2pm. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 75. Southeast wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 50 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog after 9pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows near the lower 60s. East southeast wind 3 to 5 mph. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, with higsa in the upper 70s. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm wind.

Wednesday

Showers and thunderstorms. Highs near the upper 70s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Wednesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 5am. Cloudy, with lows near the lower 60s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.



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OTTO AREA

Today

A chance of showers before 2pm, then a chance of rain between 2pm and 3pm, then a chance of showers after 3pm. Patchy fog before 1pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs near the lower 70s. East southeast wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly between 11pm and 3am. Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows near the lower 60s. East southeast wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 75. South southeast wind 3 to 5 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm wind.

Wednesday

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9am. Highs near the upper 70s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Wednesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 5am. Cloudy, with a lows near the lower 60s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.



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HIGHLANDS AREA

Today

Showers likely, mainly before noon. Patchy fog before 2pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 65. East southeast wind 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly after 9pm. Patchy fog after 7pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 60. East wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 70. Southeast wind around 8 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with lows near the lower 60s. South southeast wind around 6 mph.

Wednesday

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9am. Highs near the lower 70s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Wednesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 70%.



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NANTAHALA AREA

Today

A chance of showers, mainly between 9am and 3pm, then a slight chance of rain after 3pm. Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 70. East southeast wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tonight

A 50 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog after 9pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 60. Southeast wind 7 to 9 mph. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs near the lower 70s. South wind around 7 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. South wind around 6 mph.

Wednesday

Showers and thunderstorms. Highs near the lower 70s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Wednesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 70%.



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GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
11:47 pm last night to 2:17 am this morning


HAZARDS

Severe weather is not expected today.


Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/p/breaking-news-hub.html for those who are interested.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
11:27 am last night to 2:22 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Sep 24 2018

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on recently downgraded Tropical Depression Kirk, located several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, and on Subtropical Storm Leslie located more than 1000 miles west of the Azores.

1. A broad area of low pressure located about midway between Bermuda and the Bahamas continues to produce a limited amount of shower and thunderstorm activity. Environmental conditions are forecast to become slightly more conducive for development during the next couple of days while the system moves west-northwestward to northwestward. By Tuesday night and Wednesday, upper-level winds are expected to increase, limiting the chances for additional development, while the system moves northward near the southeastern United States coast.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...30 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.

2. A non-tropical low pressure system is expected to form north of Subtropical Storm Leslie along a cold front over the central Atlantic by Wednesday. Leslie and the non-tropical low are expected to merge over the central Atlantic, where conditions appear conducive for the low to acquire tropical or subtropical characteristics by the end of the week.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.




MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphics. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.

Organizers of political events must make themselves available for a video interview at least 7 days before a political event they wish Macon Media to promote. Two weeks is the preferred time frame to maximize awareness.

Fontana Regional Library to Observe Banned Books Week

With the American Library Association, Fontana Regional Library will celebrate Banned Books Week 2018 September 23-29. The nationwide observance brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, authors, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek out and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

A banned book is one that has been removed from a school or library based upon the objections of a person or group; a challenged book is one that is threatened with removal or restriction. In many cases, a challenge is unsuccessful and the book remains on the shelf.

Read the entire press release on the blog. [LINK] http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/09/banned-books-week-honors-freedom-to-read.html

Uptown Gallery classes
(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South


Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:58 a.m.
Sunrise 7:23 a.m.
Sun transit 1:25 p.m.
Sunset 7:27 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:53 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 7:06 p.m. last night
Moon transit 12:53 a.m.
Moonset 6:46 a.m.
Moonrise 7:37 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on September 24, 2018: Full Moon at 10:52 p.m. (local daylight time)

Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

CROWDFUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES


If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.



Become a Patron!

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

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

3:05 am on September 24, 2018

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center.

Almanac for September 24, 2018



This is the Almanac for Monday, September 24, 2018. For the next few months, features will be added or removed. If you have suggestions for what you would like to see included here, please email editor@MaconMedia.com and include Almanac in the Subject line of the email.


Weather Averages for September in and around Macon County



Franklin Highlands Andrews Clayton Cullowhee Bryson City
High 78 72 80 79 78 80
Low 54 61 54 55 55 55
Rain 4.61 7.64 4.45 5.94 4.21 5.04
Snow 0 0 0 0 0 0



Today in Weather History

1926: The lowest temperature for September in the continental United States occurred at Yellowstone. It was -9 °F.

1956: Hurricane Flossy made landfall in the panhandle of Florida and would later dump several inches of rain in North Carolina on the 26th.

NWS [LINK]
Wikipedia [LINK]

2005: Hurricane Rita Landfall and tornado outbreak.

The Hurricane Rita tornado outbreak was a significant tropical cyclone-produced tornado outbreak and severe weather event that resulted from the remnants of Hurricane Rita in late-September 2005. The event was the fourth-largest tornado outbreak caused by a tropical cyclone in recorded history. After the hurricane made landfall on the extreme southwestern coast of Louisiana on September 24, the tropical cyclone's strong rainbands affected much of the West South Central and East South Central States, producing heavy rainfall in addition to numerous tornadoes. Tornadic activity was distributed roughly evenly from September 24–25, though activity shifted slightly eastward on September 25. The severe activity ended by September 26, by which time the remnants of Hurricane Rita were absorbed by a frontal boundary.

Wikipedia: Tornado Outbreak [LINK]

Wikipedia: Hurricane Rita [LINK]

Hurricane Rita Coverage (9/24/05 - Landfall) - The Weather Channel



Hurricane Rita Coverage (9/24/05 - 12am) - CNN


KPLC Remembers Hurricane Rita (Southwest Louisiana)


Lesson Learned: A Look Back at Hurricane Rita


Stormchaser: Hurricanetrack (Mark Sudduth) Website [LINK]



2012: Macon County was under a frost advisory. The low was 34 °F and the high was 71 °F. [LINK]




Record Weather Events for September 24th

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

Highest Temperature 89°F in Highlands in 1931
Lowest Temperature 29°F in Franklin in 1963
Greatest Rainfall 4.27 inches in Franklin in 1965

Record Weather Events for September
(1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1964

Record weather events for this date and month in Macon County

Record Weather Events for Sept 24th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 104°F in Belhaven, Beaufort County in 1921
Lowest Temperature 23°F in Oconaluftee, Swain County in 1999
Greatest Rainfall 7.46 inches in Greensboro, Guilford County in 1947
(rainfall was due to the remnants of Tropical Storm Four (called How by the US Air Force) of 1947. Storms

were not named by the National Weather Service at that time) .

Record Weather Events for September in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 109°F in Weldon, Halifax County on 09-07-1954
Lowest Temperature 23°F in Marion, McDowell County on 09-28-2000
Greatest Rainfall 18.30 inches in Southport, Brunswick County on 09-16-1999


Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:58 a.m.
Sunrise 7:23 a.m.
Sun transit 1:25 p.m.
Sunset 7:27 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:53 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 7:06 p.m. last night
Moon transit 12:53 a.m.
Moonset 6:46 a.m.
Moonrise 7:37 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on September 24, 2018: Full Moon at 10:52 p.m. (local daylight time)



CROWDFUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES


If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a

supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.



Become a Patron!

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

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

Published at 2:10 am on September 24, 2018

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconAlmanac


Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, The National Weather Service, National Climatic Data Center, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, CNN, The Weather Channel, Mark Sudduth of Hurricanetrack.com, and the Weather Prediction Center.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, September 23, 2018




LOCAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

A moist cold front will move in from the north tomorrow and persist as a nearly stationary front through Tuesday. Another cold front is forecast to push into the forecast area from the west on Wednesday. This front may eventually cross our area, bringing showers and thunderstorms before the start of the weekend.

WEATHER SPONSOR



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

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


Weather Almanac for September 23rd (1872-2016)

Record Weather Events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Highlands in 1931
Lowest Temperature 30°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1982
Greatest Rainfall 2.91 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2003

Record Weather Events for September (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1964

An expanded almanac is available that covers record weather events, climate averages, and an astronomy section. [LINK]


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 8 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm. 

[click on any image in this article to enlarge]
(These images replace the three-day forecast maps)





THREE DAY OUTLOOK



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FRANKLIN AREA

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 9pm. Patchy fog between midnight and 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm wind. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday

A chance of showers before 9am, then a chance of rain after 9am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the lower 70s. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Tuesday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 75. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tuesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.



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OTTO AREA

Sunday

A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Light east southeast wind. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday

A chance of showers before 9am, then a chance of rain after 9am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 70. East southeast wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. East wind 3 to 5 mph.

Tuesday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 75. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tuesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.



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HIGHLANDS AREA

Sunday

A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 70. Calm wind becoming south southeast 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. East wind 7 to 9 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday

A chance of showers before 9am, then a chance of rain after 9am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 65. East wind 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 60. East wind 9 to 13 mph.

Tuesday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 70. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Tuesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.



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NANTAHALA AREA

Sunday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after noon. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 75. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 10pm. Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. East southeast wind around 6 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday

A chance of showers before 9am, then a chance of rain after 9am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 65. Southeast wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 60. Southeast wind 6 to 9 mph becoming east northeast in the evening.

Tuesday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 70. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Tuesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.


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GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
11:42 pm last night o 2:42 am this morning


HAZARDS

Severe weather is not expected today.


Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/p/breaking-news-hub.html for those who are interested.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
11:52 am last night to 2:47 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Sep 23 2018

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Depression Eleven, located several hundred miles east of the Windward Islands, and on Tropical Storm Kirk, located several hundred miles south-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands.

1. A broad area of low pressure located about 300 miles south-southwest of Bermuda continues to produce limited shower and thunderstorm activity. Although strong upper-level winds currently affecting the system are expected to diminish later today and could allow for some development during the next couple of days, the low will continue to be embedded in a very dry environment while it moves westward and west-northwestward at about 10 mph over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean. By Tuesday or Wednesday, upper-level winds are forecast to strengthen again, likely limiting additional development as the system turns northward and moves by the southeastern coast of the United States.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...30 percent.

2. The evolution of a complex weather system over the central Atlantic Ocean could lead to two separate episodes of subtropical or tropical development during the upcoming week. First, a non-tropical low pressure system currently located about 1000 miles west-southwest of the Azores is producing gale-force winds with some associated showers and thunderstorms. Conditions appear conducive for this system to acquire some subtropical or tropical characteristics during the next day or so while meandering over the central Atlantic Ocean, and the low could become a subtropical or tropical cyclone before it is overtaken and absorbed by a cold front late Tuesday or Wednesday. Additional information on this system can be found in High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...60 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...60 percent.

3. A second non-tropical low pressure system is expected to form along the central Atlantic cold front by Wednesday several hundred miles west of the Azores. Conditions appear conducive for this system to also acquire subtropical or tropical characteristics by the latter part of this week.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...30 percent.




MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphics. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.

Organizers of political events must make themselves available for a video interview at least 7 days before a political event they wish Macon Media to promote. Two weeks is the preferred time frame to maximize awareness.

Fontana Regional Library to Observe Banned Books Week

With the American Library Association, Fontana Regional Library will celebrate Banned Books Week 2018 September 23-29. The nationwide observance brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, authors, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek out and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

A banned book is one that has been removed from a school or library based upon the objections of a person or group; a challenged book is one that is threatened with removal or restriction. In many cases, a challenge is unsuccessful and the book remains on the shelf.

Read the entire press release on the blog. [LINK]

Uptown Gallery classes
(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South


Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:57 a.m.
Sunrise 7:22 a.m.
Sun transit 1:26 p.m.
Sunset 7:29 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:54 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 6:33 p.m. last night
Moon transit 12:08 a.m.
Moonset 5:49 a.m.
Moonrise 7:06 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on September 23, 2018: Waxing Gibbous with 98% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Full Moon on September 24, 2018 at 10:52 p.m. (local daylight time)

Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

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Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center.

Almanac for September 23, 2018



Macon Media will be experimenting with expanding the daily Extreme Almanac to post more information about weather extremes and averages in Macon County, in North Carolina and beyond. 

For the next few months, features will be added or removed. If you have suggestions for what you would like to see included here, please email Almanac at editor@MaconMedia.com


Weather Averages for September in and around Macon County



Franklin Highlands Andrews Clayton Cullowhee Bryson City
High 78 72 80 79 78 80
Low 54 61 54 55 55 55
Rain 4.61 7.64 4.45 5.94 4.21 5.04
Snow 0 0 0 0 0 0



Today in Weather History

1551 (or 1556): Grand Harbour of Malta tornado. A tornado that began as a waterspout killed about 600 people and capsized at least for ships. 


More information is on Wikipedia. [LINK]



1941: Hurricane Two of the 1941 Atlantic Hurricane Season, also known as The Texas Hurricane of 1941, came ashore near Bay City, Texas. Seven people were killed and $6.5 million (about $110 million in 2018 dollars) in damages occured. More information on the storm can be found on Wikipedia. [LINK]


1975: Hurricane Eloise came ashore on the Florida panhandle. The storm killed 80 people and caused $560 million in damages and the name was retired from the list of Atlantic storms.

More information about the storm can be found at the links below.

National Weather Service [LINK]
Wikipedia [LINK]


Record Weather Events for September 23rd

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

Highest Temperature 91°F in Highlands in 1931
Lowest Temperature 30°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1982
Greatest Rainfall 2.91 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2003

Record Weather Events for September
(1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1964

Record weather events for this date and month in Macon County

Record Weather Events for Sept 23rd in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 104°F in Belhaven, Beaufort County in 1921
Lowest Temperature 26°F in Oconaluftee, Swain County in 1999
Greatest Rainfall 11.60 inches in Scotland Neck, Halifax County in 1882
(rainfall was due to the remnants of Tropical Storm Four of 1882. Storms were not named at that time) .

Record Weather Events for September in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 109°F in Weldon, Halifax County on 09-07-1954
Lowest Temperature 23°F in Marion, McDowell County on 09-28-2000
Greatest Rainfall 18.30 inches in Southport, Brunswick County on 09-16-1999


Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:57 a.m.
Sunrise 7:22 a.m.
Sun transit 1:26 p.m.
Sunset 7:29 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:54 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 6:33 p.m. last night
Moon transit 12:08 a.m.
Moonset 5:49 a.m.
Moonrise 7:06 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on September 23, 2018: Waxing Gibbous with 98% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Full Moon on September 24, 2018 at 10:52 p.m. (local daylight time)



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Published at 1:50 am on September 23, 2018

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Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, September 22, 2018




FALL BEGINS TONIGHT

Summer ends tonight as the Autumnal Equinox (or Fall) begins tonight at 9:54 pm. A special section on the season has been added to the daily almanac. [LINK]

LOCAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

High pressure will weaken and move east of the area through Saturday. A weak, yet moist, cold front will then advance from the north Sunday before moving back north on Tuesday. A stronger cold front is forecast to push into the forecast area on Wednesday. Highs and lows begin a downward trend into the early part of next week.

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Weather Almanac for September 22nd (1872-2016)

Record Weather Events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin in 1955
Lowest Temperature 29°F in Highlands in 1918
Greatest Rainfall 3.10 inches in Highlands in 1898
(rainfall was due to the remnants of Tropical Storm Five of 1898. Storms were not named at that time) .

Record Weather Events for September in Macon County

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1964

An expanded almanac is available that covers record weather events, climate averages, and an astronomy section. [LINK]


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 8 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm. 

[click on any image in this article to enlarge]
(These images replace the three-day forecast maps)





THREE DAY OUTLOOK



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FRANKLIN AREA

Today

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Light south wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Calm wind.

Monday

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.



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OTTO AREA

Today

A slight chance of showers between noon and 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Light south wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Light east wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Monday

A 40 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 75.

Monday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.



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HIGHLANDS AREA

Today

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 60. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 70. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. East wind 7 to 9 mph.

Monday

A 40 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 65.

Monday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s.



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NANTAHALA AREA

Today

A slight chance of showers between noon and 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Calm wind becoming west southwest 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. Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 9am. Partly sunny, with highs near the lower 70s. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Light and variable wind becoming east southeast 5 to 7 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Monday

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.



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GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
11:32 pm last night o 2:42 am this morning


HAZARDS

Severe weather is not expected today.


Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/p/breaking-news-hub.html for those who are interested.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
11:52 am last night to 2:47 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK

Despite what you've been hearing from irresponsible meteorologists over the last couple of days, the remnants of Hurricane Florence are NOT going to reform into a tropical storm or hurricane named Kirk and strike the east coast. A cold front will be sweeping off the east coast in the next few days and will take whatever is left of Florence with it into the North Atlantic.


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sat Sep 22 2018

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on newly formed Tropical Depression Eleven, located about 500 miles east of the Windward Islands.

1. Showers and thunderstorms have been increasing since last evening near the center of a low pressure system located about 550 miles south-southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands. Environmental conditions appear conducive for further development of this system, and a tropical depression could form during the next day or two while the low moves westward across the tropical Atlantic Ocean at about 20 mph.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...50 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...60 percent.

2. A broad area of low pressure located about 200 miles south of Bermuda is producing minimal shower activity. Strong upper-level winds are expected to diminish by late this weekend or early next week, possibly allowing for some slow development of this system while it moves westward and then northwestward over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean. By the middle of next week, upper-level winds are likely to strengthen again, which would limit development as the system moves closer to the southeastern coast of the United States.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...30 percent.

3. A non-tropical low pressure system is forming along a frontal boundary about 850 miles west-southwest of the Azores. Conditions are expected to be conducive for the low to acquire subtropical or tropical characteristics, and a subtropical or tropical cyclone is likely to form early next week while the low meanders over the central Atlantic Ocean.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...40 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 percent.




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Fontana Regional Library to Observe Banned Books Week

With the American Library Association, Fontana Regional Library will celebrate Banned Books Week 2018 September 23-29. The nationwide observance brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, authors, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek out and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

A banned book is one that has been removed from a school or library based upon the objections of a person or group; a challenged book is one that is threatened with removal or restriction. In many cases, a challenge is unsuccessful and the book remains on the shelf.

Read the entire press release on the blog. [LINK] http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/09/banned-books-week-honors-freedom-to-read.html

Uptown Gallery classes
(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South


Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:56 a.m.
Sunrise 7:22 a.m.
Sun transit 1:26 p.m.
Sunset 7:30 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:56 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 4:52 a.m.
Moonrise 6:33 p.m.
Moon transit 12:08 a.m. tomorrow morning
Moonset 5:49 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on September 22, 2018: Waxing Gibbous with 94% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Full Moon on September 24, 2018 at 10:52 p.m. (local daylight time)

Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

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

3:10 am on September 22, 2018

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Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center.

Almanac for September 22, 2018



Macon Media will be experimenting with expanding the daily Extreme Almanac to post more information about weather extremes and averages in Macon County, in North Carolina and beyond. 

For the next few months, features will be added or removed. If you have suggestions for what you would like to see included here, please email Almanac at editor@MaconMedia.com


Weather Averages for September in and around Macon County



Franklin Highlands Andrews Clayton Cullowhee Bryson City
High 78 72 80 79 78 80
Low 54 61 54 55 55 55
Rain 4.61 7.64 4.45 5.94 4.21 5.04
Snow 0 0 0 0 0 0

Fall/Autumn Begins Tonight 

The September Equinox that marks the beginning of fall is at 9:54 pm tonight. The days and nights are of almost equal length (the sun rises at 7:22 am this morning and sets at 7:30 pm tonight) and the sun will be reaching a lower and lower altitude in the sky, triggering the beginning of the process that will cause the leaves of deciduous trees to change colors and eventually fall to the ground.

A couple of videos and links have been added below to describe the September Equinox.

National Geographic on the Equinoxes



Why Leaves Change Their Color


Star Date article and podcast about Autumn [LINK]

Sky and Telescope article and podcast about Autumn [LINK]

Today in Weather History

1810: A tornado striking Fernhill Heath in the United Kingdom had a width between 0.5 to 1 mile; making it the widest path ever in Britain.

1890: A severe hailstorm struck Strawberry, Arizona. Five days after the storm hail still lay in drifts 12 to 18 inches deep.

2006: The tri-state area of Missouri, Illinois, and Kentucky was struck by the worst tornado outbreak in the recorded history during the month of September. One supercell produced a long-track F4 tornado across southeastern Missouri into southwestern Illinois. This tornado traveled 27.5 miles and is featured in the first video embedded below. More information on the outbreak can be seen on Wikipedia. [LINK]



F4 Tornado Crosses from Missouri to Illinios




Record Weather Events for September 22nd

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

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin in 1955
Lowest Temperature 29°F in Highlands in 1918
Greatest Rainfall 3.10 inches in Highlands in 1898

Record Weather Events for September
(1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1964

Record weather events for this date and month in Macon County

Record Weather Events for Sept 22nd in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 105°F in Belhaven, Beaufort County in 1921
Lowest Temperature 23°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 1983
Greatest Rainfall 8.00 inches in Patterson, Caldwell County in 18986
(rainfall was due to the remnants of Tropical Storm Five of 1898. Storms were not named at that time) .

Record Weather Events for September in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 109°F in Weldon, Halifax County on 09-07-1954
Lowest Temperature 23°F in Marion, McDowell County on 09-28-2000
Greatest Rainfall 18.30 inches in Southport, Brunswick County on 09-16-1999


Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:56 a.m.
Sunrise 7:22 a.m.
Sun transit 1:26 p.m.
Sunset 7:30 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:56 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 4:52 a.m.
Moonrise 6:33 p.m.
Moon transit 12:08 a.m. tomorrow morning
Moonset 5:49 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on September 22, 2018: Waxing Gibbous with 94% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Full Moon on September 24, 2018 at 10:52 p.m. (local daylight time)



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Published at 2:30 am on September 22, 2018

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Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, The National Weather Service, Star Date Online, Sky and Telescope, National Geographic, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Agenda for September 24th Continuation Meeting of the Franklin Town Council



On Monday at 5:30 pm, the Town of Franklin will be having a continuation meeting from their regular meeting that took place on September 2, 2018. (See links to where you can watch videos from that meeting below).

Council Continuation Meeting
Agenda
September 24, 2018
5:30 pm

l. Call to Order- Mayor Bob Scott

2. Old Business

A.) Discussion on Non-Profit Funding Pool Applications for FY 2018-2019- Town Council
B.) Discussion on Mission and HCA Resolution- Town Council
C.) Discussion on Town of Franklin Comprehensive Plan- Town Attorney John Henning, Jr.

3. Adjournment

See video of the regular September meeting at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/09/franklin-town-council-september-4-2018.html

See the segment focusing on the Non-Profit Funding Requests at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/09/non-profits-request-funds-from-town-of.html



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Published at 8:42 am on September 21, 2018