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Sunday, November 29, 2020

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce 2020 Christmas Parade

Today, Sunday, November 29, 2020, was the Franklin Chamber of Commerce 2020 Christmas Parade in Franklin, NC. 

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Chamber of Commerce modified the parade route and there were no walkers and no one handing out candy or other items. The exception to the walkers was the FHS Franklin Panthers Marching Regiment. Below are the video and a sampling of photos taken during the parade.



**EDIT** Here is the SuperFast Edition of the parade.


Slideshow Part One [FLICKR ALBUM]

2020 Franklin Christmas Parade Part One


Slideshow Part Two [FLICKR ALBUM]

2020 Franklin Christmas parade Part Two





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Published at 6:15pm Sunday, November 29, 2020


News and Weather Briefing for Sunday, November 29, 2020
Christmas Tree Lightning Ceremony



OUTLOOK

A strong low pressure system approaching from the southwest will support widespread showers and isolated thunderstorms from late Sunday through early Monday. Northwest flow snow is expected to develop across the mountains in the storm`s wake from late Monday through Tuesday. Another strong low may cross the region at the end of the week.

Above the Fold

Tree Lighting Ceremony Held in Franklin



The annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony was a subdued affair this year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The tree lighting itself was the only public event and the in-person singing and muical performances were not held, along with the carriage rides and Cookies with Santa that are normally sponsored by the Town of Franklin and the Merchants Association. The main focus of the day was a shop local theme. The Nativity Scene installment has been postponed until Monday and a small candelight service will be held at a later date. Below are videos of the annual events in 2018 and 2019.

2019

Tree Lighting Ceremony [VIDEO]

Candlelight Service and Blessing of the Nativity [VIDEO]

2018

Tree Lightning [VIDEO]

Candlelight Service and Blessing of the Nativity [VIDEO]


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General forecast through Tuesday night


Franklin area

Today

Scattered showers, mainly after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 50s. Calm winds early increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Patchy fog in the morning. Lows in the lower 40s. Winds in the lower 40s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Monday

A chance of showers before 1pm, then a chance of rain after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 50s. WInds out of the south 5 to 15 mph in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Monday Night

A chance of rain before 8pm, then a chance of rain and snow between 8pm and 9pm, then a chance of snow after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 25. Winds out of the northwest around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 30s.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 20.

Highlands area

Today

Scattered showers, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 40s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog after 8pm. Lows around 40. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Monday

A chance of rain before 3pm, then a slight chance of rain and snow. The rain could be heavy at times. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-40s. Breezy, with winds out of the southwest 5 to 15 mph in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly between 7pm and 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 20. WInds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Tuesday

Sunny, with highs near 30.

Tuesday Night

Clear, with lows around 20.

Otto area

Today

Scattered showers, mainly after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-50s. Calm winds early increasing to come out of the east around 5 mph by midmorning. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog after 9pm. Lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Monday

A chance of showers before 1pm, then a slight chance of rain after 1pm. The rain could be heavy at times. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 50. Winds out of the south 5 to 15 mph in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Monday Night

A chance of rain before 8pm, then a chance of rain and snow between 8pm and 10pm, then a chance of snow after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s. Winds out of the northwest around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 30s.

Tuesday Night

Clear, with lows around 20.

Nantahala area

Today

Scattered showers, mainly after 5pm. Increasing clouds, with highs in the mid-50s. Calm winds early increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tonight

Occasional showers before midnight, then occasional showers and possibly a thunderstorm between midnight and 3am, then showers after 3am. Patchy fog after 9pm. Lows around 40. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Monday

Rain showers likely before 4pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 30.

Tuesday Night

Clear, with lows around 20.


HAZARDS



Hazardous weather is not exptected today.

Sunday through Tuesday

A vigorous upper low will cross the Carolinas and northeast Georgia beginning Sunday evening. Prolonged northwest flow snow will set up in the low`s wake late Monday and persist into Tuesday. Snow accumulations are possible, mainly at elevations above 3500 feet and near the Tennessee border.




News Brief


Information About the 2020 edition of Winter Wonderland [LINK]



COVID-19 Briefing

The Macon Media COVID-19 Briefing, aka the COVID Linkapalooza [LINK] is on hiatus until Monday for the Thanksgiving holiday. The local numbers, tables, and graphs are posted below.

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

Cases

927 Detected
(+13 from Tuesday and +55 from last Wednesday and +169 in four weeks)

51 Active
(-3 from Tuesday and -1 from last Wednesday and +20 in four weeks)

867 Recovered
(+16 from Tuesday and +55 from last Wednesday and +147 in four weeks)

9 Deaths
(unchanged from Tuesday and +1 from last Wednesday and +2 in four weeks)

Testing

6883 by MCPH
(unchanged from Tuesday and unchanged from last Wednesday and +495 in four weeks)

3765 by Others
(+17 from Tuesday and +185 from last Wednesday and +883 in four weeks)

10648 total
(+17 from Tuesday and +185 from last Wednesday and +1378 in four weeks)

44 tests pending results
(-27 from Tuesday and -111 from last Wednesday and -113 in four weeks)












Air Quality





Air quality is in the mid-to-upper range of green today for all elevations.

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be low (1.3 out of 12) with Ragweed and Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be lower (0.3 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County for November 29th

Highsest Temperature 74°F in Franklin in 1970
lowsest Temperature 5°F in Highlands in 1922
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.69 inches in Highlands in 1914 Greatest One-Day Snowfall 2.0 inches in Highlands in 1963





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


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Sun Nov 29 2020

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

1. A strong and large non-tropical low pressure system over the far eastern Atlantic is expected to continue moving southward during the next day or so. This low could acquire subtropical characteristics in a couple of days while it meanders just to the north of the Canary Islands. By the middle of the week, environmental conditions are forecast to become unfavorable for further development. Additional information on this system can be found in High Seas Forecasts issued by Meteo France.

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

2. A trough of low pressure located about 700 miles east of Bermuda is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. This system is expected to merge with a non-tropical low pressure system later today, and development is not expected.

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







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Published at 4:30am on Sunday, November 29, 2020


Saturday, November 28, 2020

Weather Briefing for Saturday, November 28, 2020



OUTLOOK

An upper disturbance will move east of the area today. Dry Highs pressure will then briefly return through tonight. A strong Lows pressure system approaching from the southwest may support a threat for heavy rainfall from late Sunday into early Monday. Northwest fLows snow is expected to develop across the mountains in the storm`s wake from late Monday through Tuesday. Another strong Lows may cross the region at the end of the week.


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General forecast through Monday night


Franklin area

Today

Mostly cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the mid-60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Increasing clouds, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Calm winds.

Sunday

A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Rain before 3am, then showers, mainly after 3am. Lows around 40. Winds out of the southeast around 6 mph in the morning becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Monday

Showers likely, mainly before 2pm, then a slight chance of rain after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 40s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s.

Highslands area

Today

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. WInds out of the north 5 to 10 mph in the morning becoming calm in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40. Light winds out of the southeast.

Sunday

Showers likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 40s. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Showers. The rain could be heavy at times. Lows around 40. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph in the morning increasing to come out of the south after midnight. Winds could gust as highs as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Monday

A 20 percent chance of showers before 1pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 40s.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 20.

Otto area

Today

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40. Calm winds.

Sunday

Showers likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Showers. Lows around 401. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 6 mph. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Monday

A 20 percent chance of showers before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 50.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 24.

Nantahala area

Today

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40. Calm winds.

Sunday

Showers likely, mainly after 1pm. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Showers. Lows around 40. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph in the morning becoming light and variable after midnight. WInds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Monday

A chance of rain showers before 4pm, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-40s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s.


HAZARDS



Hazardous weather is not exptected today.

Sunday through Tuesday

A vigorous upper low will cross the Carolinas and northeast Georgia early next week. Prolonged northwest flow snow will set up in the low`s wake late Monday into Tuesday. Snow accumulations are possible, mainly at elevations above 3500 feet and near the Tennessee border.




News Brief


Information About the 2020 edition of Winter Wonderland [LINK]



COVID-19 Briefing

The Macon Media COVID-19 Briefing, aka the COVID Linkapalooza [LINK] is on hiatus until Monday for the Thanksgiving holiday. The local numbers, tables, and graphs are posted below.

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

Cases

927 Detected
(+13 from Tuesday and +55 from last Wednesday and +169 in four weeks)

51 Active
(-3 from Tuesday and -1 from last Wednesday and +20 in four weeks)

867 Recovered
(+16 from Tuesday and +55 from last Wednesday and +147 in four weeks)

9 Deaths
(unchanged from Tuesday and +1 from last Wednesday and +2 in four weeks)

Testing

6883 by MCPH
(unchanged from Tuesday and unchanged from last Wednesday and +495 in four weeks)

3765 by Others
(+17 from Tuesday and +185 from last Wednesday and +883 in four weeks)

10648 total
(+17 from Tuesday and +185 from last Wednesday and +1378 in four weeks)

44 tests pending results
(-27 from Tuesday and -111 from last Wednesday and -113 in four weeks)












Air Quality





Air quality is in the mid-to-upper range of green today for all elevations.

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be low (1.5 out of 12) with Ragweed and Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be lower (1.1 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County for November 28th

Highsest Temperature 74°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 20010
lowsest Temperature 4°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 4.13 inches in Franklin in 1948 Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands in 1922





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


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Sat Nov 28 2020

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

1. A non-tropical low pressure system located about 600 miles southeast of Bermuda is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms, mainly to the north and east of the center. Environmental conditions are expected to be only marginally conducive for development this weekend as the low moves northeastward ahead of an approaching frontal system. By early next week, the system is expected to become absorbed by this frontal system over the north-central Atlantic.

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

2. A non-tropical low pressure system has formed over the far eastern Atlantic. This system is expected to move southward about midway between Portugal and the Azores over the weekend. Environmental conditions are forecast to be marginally conducive for the low to acquire subtropical characteristics early next week while it meanders just to the north of the Canary Islands. Additional information on this system can be found in high seas forecasts issued by Meteo France.

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







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Published at 5:00am on Saturday, November 28, 2020


Friday, November 27, 2020

Weather Briefing for Friday, November 27, 2020



OUTLOOK

Dry high pressure will be in control of our weather for Friday into Saturday. A strong low pressure system approaching from the southwest may support a threat for heavy rain late Sunday into Monday. Northwest flow snow may develop across the mountains in its wake late Monday and continue into Tuesday.


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General forecast through Tuesday night


Franklin area

Today

Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Calm winds.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Calm winds.

Sunday

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 50s.

Sunday Night

Showers. The rain could be heavy at times. Lows in the upper 30s. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Highlands area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the upper 50s.Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. WInds out of the northwest in the morning around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the east around 5 mph before midnight.

Sunday

Showers likely, mainly after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday Night

Showers. The rain could be heavy at times. Lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Otto area

Today

Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Calm winds increasing to come out mof the north around 5 mph by noon.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Calm winds.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Light winds out of the north.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40. Calm winds.

Sunday

Showers likely, mainly after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-50s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday Night

Showers. The rain could be heavy at times. Lows around 40. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Nantahala area

Today

Sunny, with highs near 60. Light winds out of the northwest.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Calm winds.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Calm winds.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s. Calm winds.

Sunday

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 50s.

Sunday Night

Showers. Lows around 40. Chance of precipitation is 90%.


HAZARDS



Hazardous weather is not exptected today.

Sunday through Tuesday

A vigorous upper low will cross the region early next week. Prolonged northwest flow snow will set up in the lows wake late Monday into Tuesday. Snow accumulations are possible, mainly at elevations above 3500 feet and near the Tennessee border.




News Brief


Information About the 2020 edition of Winter Wonderland [LINK]



COVID-19 Briefing

The Macon Media COVID-19 Briefing, aka the COVID Linkapalooza [LINK] is on hiatus until Monday for the Thanksgiving holiday. The local numbers, tables, and graphs are posted below.

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

Cases

927 Detected
(+13 from Tuesday and +55 from last Wednesday and +169 in four weeks)

51 Active
(-3 from Tuesday and -1 from last Wednesday and +20 in four weeks)

867 Recovered
(+16 from Tuesday and +55 from last Wednesday and +147 in four weeks)

9 Deaths
(unchanged from Tuesday and +1 from last Wednesday and +2 in four weeks)

Testing

6883 by MCPH
(unchanged from Tuesday and unchanged from last Wednesday and +495 in four weeks)

3765 by Others
(+17 from Tuesday and +185 from last Wednesday and +883 in four weeks)

10648 total
(+17 from Tuesday and +185 from last Wednesday and +1378 in four weeks)

44 tests pending results
(-27 from Tuesday and -111 from last Wednesday and -113 in four weeks)













Air Quality





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

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be Lows (0.3 out of 12) with mixed traces being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be lower (2.4 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County for November 27th

Highest Temperature 71°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1990
Lowsest Temperature 3°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.84 inches in Highlands in 1984 Greatest One-Day Snowfall 0.8 inches in Highlands in 1950





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


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Fri Nov 27 2020

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

1. A well-defined, non-tropical low pressure system located several hundred miles southeast of Bermuda is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Little development is expected for the next day or two due to unfavorable upper-level winds. By late Saturday or Sunday, however, environmental conditions are expected to become a little more conducive for the low to acquire subtropical characteristics while it moves northeastward ahead of a frontal system. By early next week, conditions are expected to become unfavorable for further development as the system interacts with or becomes absorbed by a frontal system.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...40 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.

2. Another non-tropical area of low pressure is expected to form over the far eastern Atlantic during the weekend. This system could gradually gain subtropical characteristics while it moves slowly southward to the west of Portugal through early next week.

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







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Published at 3:00am on Friday, November 27, 2020


Thursday, November 26, 2020

News and Weather Briefing for Thanksgiving Day, 2020



OUTLOOK

A weakening cold front will cross our region through early Thanksgiving Day followed by dry high pressure for Friday into Saturday. A stronger system approaching from the west may support a threat for heavy rain by Sunday into Monday. As that strong system moves out, expect colder breezy air for the middle of next week.

Above the Fold

Thanksgiving Proclamation by President George Washington [LINK]


Pressidential Proclamation on Thanksgiving Day, 2020 [LINK]


President Trump Turkey Pardon



Governor Cooper Turkey Pardon



Governor Cooper Extends Phase 3 Pandemic Restrictions to December 11, 2020 [LINK]



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General forecast through Saturday night


Franklin area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7am. Mostly cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the mid-to-upper m60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the upper 30s. Calm winds.

Friday

Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Calm winds.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s.

Highlands area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7am. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs near 60. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 7 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 7 mph.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s.

Otto area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7am. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows around 40. Calm winds.

Friday

Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Light winds out of the north.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Calm winds.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40.

Nantahala area

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7am. Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Calm winds.

Friday

Sunny, with highs near 60. Calm winds.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Calm winds.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40.


HAZARDS



A cold front pushing into the region from the west may support isolated to scattered thunderstorms late this evening through the overnight. Occasional cloud-to-ground lightning and brief gusty winds will be possible in some thunderstorms.

Sunday through Tuesday

A vigorous upper low will bring high amounts of moisture and cold air to the region Sunday through Tuesday. Rainfall is expected to change over to snow across the western mountains of North Carolina early Monday and continue into Tuesday. Elevations above 3500 feet could receive a few to several inches of snow by daybreak Tuesday.




News Brief


Information About the 2020 edition of Winter Wonderland [LINK]



COVID-19 Briefing

The Macon Media COVID-19 Briefing, aka the COVID Linkapalooza is on hiatus until Monday for the Thanksgiving holiday. The local numbers, tables, and graphs are posted below.

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

Cases

927 Detected
(+13 from Tuesday and +55 from last Wednesday and +169 in four weeks)

51 Active
(-3 from Tuesday and -1 from last Wednesday and +20 in four weeks)

867 Recovered
(+16 from Tuesday and +55 from last Wednesday and +147 in four weeks)

9 Deaths
(unchanged from Tuesday and +1 from last Wednesday and +2 in four weeks)

Testing

6883 by MCPH
(unchanged from Tuesday and unchanged from last Wednesday and +495 in four weeks)

3765 by Others
(+17 from Tuesday and +185 from last Wednesday and +883 in four weeks)

10648 total
(+17 from Tuesday and +185 from last Wednesday and +1378 in four weeks)

44 tests pending results
(-27 from Tuesday and -111 from last Wednesday and -113 in four weeks)













Air Quality





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

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be Lows (0.3 out of 12) with mixed traces being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be lower (2.4 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County for November 26th

Highest Temperature 73°F in Franklin in 1990
Lowsest Temperature -1°F in Highlands in 1950
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.98 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1979 Greatest One-Day Snowfall 5.0 inches in Highlands in 1902





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


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Thu Nov 26 2020

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

1. A frontal low pressure system is located several hundred miles southeast of Bermuda. The low is forecast to interact with an upper-level trough today and could slowly acquire some subtropical characteristics during the next day or two while it drifts south-southwestward. Environmental conditions are expected to become unfavorable for further development by the weekend.

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

2. A non-tropical area of low pressure is expected to form over the far eastern Atlantic during the weekend. This system could gradually gain subtropical characteristics while it moves slowly southward through early next week.

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







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Published at 4:13am on Thursday, November 26, 2020