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Monday, August 19, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, August 19, 2019





Outlook

A trough of low pressure and elevated moisture and instability will persist over the region today through Wednesday. A cold front will approach the region from the northwest on Thursday and then stall in the vicinity on Friday, with abundant moisture remaining in place. The front will gradually settle just south of the area through the weekend as high pressure builds over to the north. Cooler temperatures will develop but moisture will linger.


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DAILY PHOTO



The constellation Orion rising in the early morning hours signals the coming of cooler weather and the approach of fall weather.
This image was taken at the corner of Main Street and Phillips Street in Franklin on August 19, 2019.

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 today.



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




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

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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

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 90. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a slight chance of showers after 3am. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds.

Wednesday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 80s.

Wednesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s.



OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 80s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a slight chance of showers. Patchy fog before midnight, then patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 8am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 50%. 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, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds.

Wednesday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 80s.

Wednesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s.



HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 80. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming light and variable by midmorning. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Scattered showers before 11pm, then isolated showers and thunderstorms between 11pm and 1am, then a slight chance of showers after 1am. Patchy fog before midnight, then patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Light winds out of the northeast. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Light and variable winds increasing to come out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Winds out of the southeast around 6 mph shifting to come out of the west after midnight.

Wednesday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon. Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s.

Wednesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.



NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers after 5am. Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Calm winds increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph after midnight.

Wednesday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 80.

Wednesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.




TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Aug 19 2019

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

1. Thunderstorm activity has increased this morning near and to the northeast of a well-defined low-pressure system located more than 200 miles east-northeast of Norfolk, Virginia. There is still a slight chance for significant organization to occur through today while the system moves northeastward away from the United States. Environmental conditions are expected to become unfavorable for tropical cyclone formation on Tuesday.

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





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

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on 08-09-1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 08-29-1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on 08-13-1940
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 110°F Fayetteville, Cumberland County 08-21-1983
Lowest Temperature 31°F Banner Elk, Avery County 08-23-1930
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 13.08 in Idlewild, Ashe County 08-14-1930

Monthly Averages

Warmest Weather Station 79.7°F Wilmington, New Hanover County
Coldest Weather Station 59.6°F Mount Mitchell, Yancey County
Wettest Weather Station 7.74 in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County
Driest Weather Station 3.12 in Lexington, Davidson County



Published at 4:00am on August 19, 2019


Sunday, August 18, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, August 18, 2019





Outlook

A weak area of high pressure will remain across the area today. Moisture will increase through the first half of the week, as a Bermuda high strengthens over the western Atlantic Ocean. A cold front approaches from the northwest and stalls over the region late in the week.


DAILY PHOTO



Don't be the inconsiderate person who walks their dog and lets it do its business in other people's yards or in public spaces without picking up the little (or big) packages of doggie doo you little critter leaves behind. This used to be a rare thing to find on the sidewalks, in the grass, and in the public parks in Franklin, but it is becoming common.
This image was taken on August 17, 2019, near the Gazebo at the corner of Main Street and Iotla Street in Franklin, NC.

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





WEATHER SPONSOR



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

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

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



Weather Hazards

Hazardous weather is not expected today.



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




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If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month. Those who support Macon Media with at least a dollar a month receive early access to video of some events and meetings before they are made public on the website. Videos and news involving public safety are not subject to early access.

Patreon Subscriber History May 2014 to Present




Become a Patron!

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

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



WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

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



FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Areas of fog in the morning. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 90. Calm winds increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 30%. 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 4am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 90. 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 11pm, then a slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%.

Tuesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 80s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of rain is 40%.



OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Areas of fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly cloudy through midmorning, then becoming sunny, with a high near 90. Calm winds increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 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 before 10pm, then a slight chance of showers between 10pm and 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 80s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%. 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 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%.

Tuesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of rain is 50%.



HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Winds out of the northwest around 6 mph shifting to come out of the southwest in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 40%. 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 10pm, then a slight chance of showers between 10pm and midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm winds increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. 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 midnight, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 40%.

Tuesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.



NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the west around 6 mph in the morning. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Light winds out of the south.

Monday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Light winds out of the north New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Light winds out of the southeast.

Tuesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then a chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.




TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Aug 18 2019

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

1. A small low-pressure system located along the North Carolina coast near Wilmington is producing a compact area of showers and thunderstorms. Any tropical development today is expected to be limited due to the system's proximity to land. By Sunday night, the low is expected to move northeastward over the warmer Atlantic waters offshore of the Outer Banks, where some further organization could occur before the system encounters cooler waters on Tuesday. The low is forecast to produce heavy rainfall along with a threat of flash flooding in coastal portions of South and North Carolina through this evening. Please see products from your local National Weather Service office or the Weather Prediction Center's Excessive Rainfall Outlook for more information.

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





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

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on 08-09-1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 08-29-1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on 08-13-1940
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 110°F Fayetteville, Cumberland County 08-21-1983
Lowest Temperature 31°F Banner Elk, Avery County 08-23-1930
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 13.08 in Idlewild, Ashe County 08-14-1930

Monthly Averages

Warmest Weather Station 79.7°F Wilmington, New Hanover County
Coldest Weather Station 59.6°F Mount Mitchell, Yancey County
Wettest Weather Station 7.74 in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County
Driest Weather Station 3.12 in Lexington, Davidson County



Published at 4:45am on August 18, 2019


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, August 17, 2019





Outlook

A weak area of relatively dry high pressure will build over the area today, but with a lingering front draped in and near the region. Moisture is then expected to increase across the area Sunday through the first half of next week, as a Bermuda high strengthens over the western Atlantic Ocean, threatening a return to warm and humid weather conditions.


DAILY PHOTO



A butterfly takes a break at the Macon Transit Shelter near East Main Street and Nikwasi Lane. The image was taken on August 16, 2019.

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





WEATHER SPONSOR



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

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

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



Weather Hazards

Hazardous weather is not expected today.



**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.




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. Those who support Macon Media with at least a dollar a month receive early access to video of some events and meetings before they are made public on the website. Videos and news involving public safety are not subject to early access.

Patreon Subscriber History May 2014 to Present




Become a Patron!

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

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



WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

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




FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 3pm and 5pm. Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 90. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 65. Calm winds.

Sunday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4pm. Mostly 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.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm winds.

Monday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high in the upper-to-mid 80s.

Monday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.



OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 2pm and 5pm. Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high in the upper 80s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 65. Calm winds.

Sunday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with a high in the mid-to-upper 80s. Calm wind. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm winds.

Monday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.



HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Sunny, with a high near 80. Calm winds increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly clear, with a low in the low-to-mid 60s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Sunday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high in the upper 70s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph shifting to come out of the southeast in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Light and variable winds increasing to come out of the northeast around 5 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon. Mostly sunny, with a high in the upper 70s. Winds out of the north around 6 mph shifting to come out of the south in the afternoon.

Monday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the low-to-mid 60s.



NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Isolated showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 20%.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph.

Sunday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with a high in the lower 80s. Light and variable winds. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

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

Monday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Light winds out of the northeast.

Monday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s.




TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sat Aug 17 2019

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

1. Disorganized cloudiness and showers over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico and northeastern Florida are associated with a weak surface trough. Any tropical development of this system is expected to be slow to occur during the next few days while it moves northeastward at 5 to 10 mph near the coasts of Georgia, South and North Carolina. Regardless of development, the disturbance is forecast to produce heavy rainfall along with a threat of flash flooding in that region. Please see products from your local National Weather Service office or the Weather Prediction Center's Excessive Rainfall Outlook for more information.


* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.






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

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on 08-09-1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 08-29-1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on 08-13-1940
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 110°F Fayetteville, Cumberland County 08-21-1983
Lowest Temperature 31°F Banner Elk, Avery County 08-23-1930
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 13.08 in Idlewild, Ashe County 08-14-1930

Monthly Averages

Warmest Weather Station 79.7°F Wilmington, New Hanover County
Coldest Weather Station 59.6°F Mount Mitchell, Yancey County
Wettest Weather Station 7.74 in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County
Driest Weather Station 3.12 in Lexington, Davidson County



Published at 4:45am on August 17, 2019


Friday, August 16, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, August 16, 2019





Outlook

Drier air across the region will continue to prevent storm development through Friday. Moisture will be increasing by the end of the weekend as a Bermuda high strengthens over the western Atlantic Ocean. A weak area of tropical low pressure and associated moisture may impact the Southeast early next week.

Daily Photo



A scene after sunset.

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





WEATHER SPONSOR



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

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

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



Weather Hazards

Hazardous weather is not expected today.



**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

Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then clearing, with a high in the upper 80s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds.

Saturday

A 20 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. Sunny, with a high near 90. Calm winds.

Saturday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm winds.

Sunday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon. Mostly sunny, with a high in the upper 80s.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm, then a chance of showers between 10pm and 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of rain is 30%.



OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then clearing, with a high in the mid-to-upper 80s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 65. Calm winds.

Saturday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with a high in the upper 80s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%.

Saturday Night

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers between 8pm and 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 20%.

Sunday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon. Mostly sunny, with a high in the upper 80s.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm, then a chance of showers between 10pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of rain is 30%.



HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high in the upper 70s. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low in the low-to-mid 60s. Light winds out of the northeast.

Saturday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 4pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Winds out of the north around 6 mph becoming calm. Chance of rain is 30%.

Saturday Night

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers between 8pm and 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Winds out of the south around 6 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon. Mostly sunny, with a high in the upper 70s.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a chance of showers between 11pm and 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of rain is 40%.



NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, sunny, with a high in the lower 80s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low in the lower 60s. Light and variable winds.


Saturday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Sunny, with a high in the lower 80s. Light and variable winds.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph.

Sunday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a chance of showers between 9pm and 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of rain is 30%.



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Aug 16 2019

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

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





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

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on 08-09-1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 08-29-1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on 08-13-1940
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 110°F Fayetteville, Cumberland County 08-21-1983
Lowest Temperature 31°F Banner Elk, Avery County 08-23-1930
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 13.08 in Idlewild, Ashe County 08-14-1930

Monthly Averages

Warmest Weather Station 79.7°F Wilmington, New Hanover County
Coldest Weather Station 59.6°F Mount Mitchell, Yancey County
Wettest Weather Station 7.74 in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County
Driest Weather Station 3.12 in Lexington, Davidson County



Published at 4:00am on August 16, 2019


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, August 15, 2019





Outlook

Slightly drier air will filter into the forecast area to end the week, limiting chances for afternoon and evening storms Thursday and Friday. Moisture will begin increasing again by the end of the weekend as a Bermuda high strengthens over the western Atlantic Ocean. A weak area of tropical low pressure and associated moisture may impact the region early next week.

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Daily Photo



The view from an alleyway in Franklin taken on August 14, 2019.



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 today.



**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

Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high in the mid-to-upper 80s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low in the lower 60s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 90. Calm winds.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 65. Calm winds.

Saturday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Sunny, with a high near 90. Chance of rain is 30%.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.



OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

A slight chance of showers between 4pm and 5pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Light winds out of the north. Chance of rain is 20%.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low in the lower 60s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Friday

Sunny, with a high in the mid-to-upper 80s. Calm winds.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 65. Calm winds.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Sunny, with a high in the upper 80s.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.



HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

A slight chance of showers between 4pm and 5pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the northwest in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 20%.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low in the lower 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Friday

Sunny, with a high in the upper 70s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low in the low-to-mid 60s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Sunny, with a high in the upper 70s.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.



NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 80. North wind 3 to 6 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Winds out of the northwest around 6 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Friday

Sunny, with a high in the low-to-mid 80s. Light and variable winds.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low in the lower 60s. Calm winds.

Saturday

A slight chance of showers between 2pm and 4pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Sunny, with a high in the low-to-mid 80s. Chance of rain is 20%.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.




TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Aug 15 2019

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

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





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

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on 08-09-1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 08-29-1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on 08-13-1940
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 110°F Fayetteville, Cumberland County 08-21-1983
Lowest Temperature 31°F Banner Elk, Avery County 08-23-1930
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 13.08 in Idlewild, Ashe County 08-14-1930

Monthly Averages

Warmest Weather Station 79.7°F Wilmington, New Hanover County
Coldest Weather Station 59.6°F Mount Mitchell, Yancey County
Wettest Weather Station 7.74 in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County
Driest Weather Station 3.12 in Lexington, Davidson County



Published at 4:45am on August 15, 2019




Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Commissioners Increase County Manager Pay to $140,000

Derek Roland Manager of Macon County



After a closed session lasting from 9:30pm to 10:13pm, County Commissioners came back into open session and voted to give Derek Roland a raise from $120,000 a year to $140,000 a year. The vote was unanimous.

Derek Roland became county manager in 2013 [LINK] at a salary of $100,000. In June 2016, commissioners voted to give him a one-time 5% bonus of $5,490 and in August 2016, they voted to give him a raise to $120,000.

Other videos from this meeting will be posted in the coming days.



Published at 7:12am on Wednesday, August 14, 2019


Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, August 14, 2019





Outlook

Hot and humid conditions will prevail through today as a weak cold front continues to drop south through our area. Expect scattered showers and storms today and Thursday, with rainfall chances decreasing on Friday. Another front will approach from the northwest allowing for rainfall chances to return towards the end of the weekend, continuing into early next week.


Daily Photo



Macon County Solid Waste Director Chris Stahl during a presentation on recycling at the August 13, 2019 meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners.



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

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



Weather Hazards

Showers and thunderstorms are expected today. Some of these storms could produce cloud-to-ground lightning and hail.

The next few days will be warm and humid and those working or playing outdoors should take precautions to avoid a heat-related injury or illness. Some tips are posted below.

Extreme Heat Precautions and Safety Tips

If you are exposed to high temperatures and humidity for too long, you sweat heavily, and don’t drink enough fluids, your natural cooling system may fail. The result may be a heat-related illness.

Heat-related illnesses

Heat Cramps

Heat cramps are muscle pains or spasms-usually in the abdomen, arms, or legs-that may occur in association with strenous activity. Heat cramps may also be a symptom of heat exhaustion. If you have heart problems or are on a low-sodium diet, seek medical attention for heat cramps.

Heat Exhaustion:

Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heart-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids. Elderly people and those with high blood pressure, and those working or exercising in a hot environment are most prone to heat exhaustion.

Heat stroke

Heat stroke is the most serious-heart related illness. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. Body temperature may rise to 106 degrees or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.

For more information go to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention: Extreme Heat, http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/

Here are some tips to follow during periods of extreme high temperatures:

•Slow down, and avoid strenuous activity.
•Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect heat and sunlight and help maintain normal body temperature. •Protect your face with a wide-brimmed hat.
•Drink plenty of water regularly and often, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
•Limit intake of alcoholic beverages. They can actually dehydrate your body.
•Eat well-balanced, light, regular meals.
•Stay indoors as much as possible.
•If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun. Electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help evaporate sweat, which cools your body.
•Go to a place where you can get relief from the heat, such as air conditioned schools, libraries, theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities that may offer refuge during the warmest times of the day.
•Cover windows that get morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers. Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent
•Avoid too much sunshine. Sunburn slows the skin’s ability to cool itself. If you are outside, use sunscreen with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating.
•Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle.
•Do not leave pets outside for extended periods. Make sure pets have plenty of drinking water.
•Check on family, friends, and neighbors regularly.

Additional Resources:

FEMA – Extreme Heat: http://www.ready.gov/heat


**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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Patreon Subscriber History May 2014 to Present




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

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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 between noon and 4pm. Areas of fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Calm wind becoming northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 65. North northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Thursday

Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Light west northwest wind.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 62. Light north wind.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 88.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 65.



OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 11am and 5pm. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 86. North wind 3 to 6 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 65. North northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Thursday

Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Light and variable wind.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 62. Light northwest wind.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 87.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 66.



HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 78. North northwest wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 63. North wind 5 to 7 mph.

Thursday

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 76. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 62. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming north northeast after midnight.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 77.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 64.



NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Isolated showers before 7am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 79. Northwest wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight

Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 62. North northwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming west northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 81.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 63.




TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Aug 14 2019

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

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





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

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on 08-09-1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 08-29-1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on 08-13-1940
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 110°F Fayetteville, Cumberland County 08-21-1983
Lowest Temperature 31°F Banner Elk, Avery County 08-23-1930
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 13.08 in Idlewild, Ashe County 08-14-1930

Monthly Averages

Warmest Weather Station 79.7°F Wilmington, New Hanover County
Coldest Weather Station 59.6°F Mount Mitchell, Yancey County
Wettest Weather Station 7.74 in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County
Driest Weather Station 3.12 in Lexington, Davidson County



Published at 4:55am on August 14, 2019