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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Lowering of NC Flags to Half-Staff Immediately Through Sunset on Saturday, November 23 in Honor of Northampton County Sheriff's Deputy Makeem Brooks





Governor Roy Cooper today ordered all North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff immediately through sunset on Saturday, November 23 in honor of Northampton County Sheriff's Deputy Makeem Brooks who died in the line of duty on Wednesday, November 13. Deputy Brooks, who lived in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, was new to the force, serving only six months at the Northampton County Sheriff's Office.



Services for Deputy Brooks will be held on Saturday at Englewood Baptist Church in Rocky Mount.





Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are welcome to fly the flag at half-staff for the same duration of time.





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



The Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, November 21, 2019






Outlook

An area of high pressure will linger over the region today. A cold front with rain showers will approach the area from the west on Friday and move through the region on Saturday. Cool high-pressure returns on Sunday through early next week.

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





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Weather Hazards

Hazardous weather is not expected 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

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Calm winds.

Friday

A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. Calm winds increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph by noon. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday Night

Rain, mainly after 8pm. Low around 50. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 5pm. Highs in the lower 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers between midnight and 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Chance of precipitation is 40%.



OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. WInds out of the southwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Friday

A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday Night

Rain, mainly after 9pm. Lows in the lower 50s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 4pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 60. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 6 mph by midmorning. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers between midnight and 3am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s. Chance of precipitation is 40%.



HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 7 mph by midmorning.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low in the lower 40s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the west 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday Night

Rain, mainly after 9pm. Lows around 50. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 5pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Highs in the lower 50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers between 11pm and 1am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Chance of precipitation is 40%.



NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 30s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

Rain likely, mainly after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high in the upper 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday Night

Showers likely before midnight, then rain between midnight and 4am, then showers after 4am. Lows around 50. Winds out of the south 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 4pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Highs near 60. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Saturday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Chance of precipitation is 60%.




TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK





Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Thu Nov 21 2019

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Sebastien, located a few hundred miles north-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands.

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






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

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 11-04-2003
Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands on 11-25-1950
Greatest Rainfall 4.69 inches in Highlands on 11-29-1914
Greatest Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands on 11-28-1922

Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of October
Data available from 1870 to 2018

Highest Temperature 90°F in Goldsboro, Wayne County 11-09-1900
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Montreat, Yancey County 11-25-1950
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 9.70 in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County 11-19-2003
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 18.0 inches in Montreat, Yancey County on 11-04-1930

Monthly Averages

Warmest Weather Station 58.0°F Hatteras, Dare County
Coldest Weather Station 37.7°F Grandfather Mountain, Avery County
Wettest Weather Station 8.63 in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County
Driest Weather Station 2.55 in Tarboro, Edgecombe County



Published at 4:45am on November 21, 2019


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, November 20, 2019






Outlook

Dry high pressure builds into the region today and lingers through Thursday. A cold front with rain showers will approach the area from the west on Friday and pass through on Saturday. Cool high pressure returns Sunday and continues through early next week.


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

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 60. Light winds out of the northwest.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 35. Calm winds.

Thursday

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then clearing, with a high near 65. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. Calm winds.

Friday

Showers likely, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Friday Night

Showers. Lows in the upper 40s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.




OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low in the mid-to-upper 30s. Calm winds.

Thursday

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then clearing, with a high in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Light and variable winds.

Friday

Showers likely, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high in the lower 60s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Friday Night

Showers. Low around 50. Chance of precipitation is 80%.




HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the north wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 35. Light winds out of the west.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 8 mph in the morning.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. Winds out of the west around 8 mph.

Friday

Showers likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday Night

Showers. Lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.




NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

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

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the lower 40s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

Showers likely, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 50s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Friday Night

Showers. Lows in the upper 40s. Chance of precipitation is 90%.





TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK





Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Wed Nov 20 2019

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Sebastien, located a few hundred miles northeast of the northern Leeward Islands.

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






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

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 11-04-2003
Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands on 11-25-1950
Greatest Rainfall 4.69 inches in Highlands on 11-29-1914
Greatest Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands on 11-28-1922

Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of October
Data available from 1870 to 2018

Highest Temperature 90°F in Goldsboro, Wayne County 11-09-1900
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Montreat, Yancey County 11-25-1950
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 9.70 in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County 11-19-2003
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 18.0 inches in Montreat, Yancey County on 11-04-1930

Monthly Averages

Warmest Weather Station 58.0°F Hatteras, Dare County
Coldest Weather Station 37.7°F Grandfather Mountain, Avery County
Wettest Weather Station 8.63 in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County
Driest Weather Station 2.55 in Tarboro, Edgecombe County



Published at 4:35am on November 20, 2019


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, November 19, 2019






Outlook

A dry front will cross the area tonight, bringing a few showers to the North Carolina mountains. Otherwise, dry high pressure will encompass the region through Thursday. A stronger front will slowly approach from the west and will cross the forecast area over the weekend, bringing widespread rainfall.




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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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

Partly sunny, with a high near 55. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Wednesday

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

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 35. Calm winds.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the lower 40s.




OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. Winds out of the northwest wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 60. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Wednesday Night

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

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the low-to-mid 40s.



HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 35. Light winds out of the northwest.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high in the lower 50s.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.



NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 55. Winds out of the north 3 to 7 mph.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. Calm winds.

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high in the lower 60s.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the lower 40s.




TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK





Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Tue Nov 19 2019

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

1. Showers and thunderstorms associated with a broad area of low pressure centered a little more than 200 miles east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands continue to show signs of organization. Although the surface circulation of the disturbance appears to be gradually consolidating, recent satellite-derived wind data indicate that it does not yet have a well-defined center. Additional development is expected and a tropical or subtropical depression is likely to form while the system moves northwestward and then northward over the open Atlantic during the next day or two. The low is forecast to interact with a frontal system by midweek and further development is unlikely after that time. For more information, see High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service.

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






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

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 11-04-2003
Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands on 11-25-1950
Greatest Rainfall 4.69 inches in Highlands on 11-29-1914
Greatest Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands on 11-28-1922

Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of October
Data available from 1870 to 2018

Highest Temperature 90°F in Goldsboro, Wayne County 11-09-1900
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Montreat, Yancey County 11-25-1950
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 9.70 in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County 11-19-2003
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 18.0 inches in Montreat, Yancey County on 11-04-1930

Monthly Averages

Warmest Weather Station 58.0°F Hatteras, Dare County
Coldest Weather Station 37.7°F Grandfather Mountain, Avery County
Wettest Weather Station 8.63 in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County
Driest Weather Station 2.55 in Tarboro, Edgecombe County



Published at 4:05am on November 19, 2019


Monday, November 18, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, Novmebr 18, 2019






Outlook

A weak cold front will cross the area today, producing light precipitation to some areas as it passes through. An upper-level disturbance follows the front on Tuesday but should be mostly dry. Temperatures will gradually warm Wednesday and Thursday ahead of the next cold front expected to push into the area late in the week.

NCDOT to Close Cullasaja Gorge to Remove Trees

The NCDOT will close the Highlands Road through the Cullasaja Gorge for a few hours today while they remove some hazard trees. A detour through Buck Creek Road will be established. Please account for this in your travel plans through the area. More information can be found on Macon Media. [LINK]


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





WEATHER SPONSOR



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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.


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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

Patchy fog between 7am and 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with a low around freezing. Calm winds.

Tuesday

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 55. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around freezing. Calm winds.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs in the lower 60s.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-to-upper 30s.




OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Patchy fog between 7am and 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high in the mid-50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with lows in the mid-30s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Tuesday

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 55. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 35. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs in the lower 60s.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the upper 40s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. WInds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around freezing. Winds out of the northwest around 10 mph.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 55.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-30s.



NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around freezing. Light winds out of the northwest.

Tuesday

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low in the mid-30s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 60.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 30s.




TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK





Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Mon Nov 18 2019

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

1. A broad area of low pressure located about 450 miles east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms with winds of around 30 mph on its northeast side. Some gradual development of this system is expected, and a tropical or subtropical depression could form during the next couple of days while it moves northwestward and then northward over the open Atlantic. After that time, upper-level winds are expected to become less conducive and the disturbance is forecast to merge with a frontal system after midweek, so additional development is not expected. For more information, see High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service.

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






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

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 11-04-2003
Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands on 11-25-1950
Greatest Rainfall 4.69 inches in Highlands on 11-29-1914
Greatest Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands on 11-28-1922

Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of October
Data available from 1870 to 2018

Highest Temperature 90°F in Goldsboro, Wayne County 11-09-1900
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Montreat, Yancey County 11-25-1950
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 9.70 in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County 11-19-2003
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 18.0 inches in Montreat, Yancey County on 11-04-1930

Monthly Averages

Warmest Weather Station 58.0°F Hatteras, Dare County
Coldest Weather Station 37.7°F Grandfather Mountain, Avery County
Wettest Weather Station 8.63 in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County
Driest Weather Station 2.55 in Tarboro, Edgecombe County



Published at 4:30am on November 18, 2019


Sunday, November 17, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, November 17, 2019






Outlook

A couple of weak cold fronts will move through the area Monday and Tuesday but temperatures will gradually warm Wednesday and Thursday ahead of the next cold front expected late in the week.



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.


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WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
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FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST


Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Calm winds.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing. Calm winds.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Calm winds.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around freezing.




OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high near 60. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Calm winds.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.



HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high near 50. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm before noon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing. Light and variable winds increasing and shifting to come out of the west around 5 mph after midnight.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 40s.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around freezing.



NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Calm winds.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 50.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around freezing.




TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK





Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Sun Nov 17 2019

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

1. A large area of disorganized cloudiness and thunderstorms located over the central Atlantic Ocean several hundred miles east of the northern Leeward Islands is associated with an upper-level low and surface trough. Some slow development of this system is possible during the next few days while it moves northwestward and then northward over the open Atlantic. The disturbance is forecast to merge with a frontal system after midweek and further development is not expected after that time.

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






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

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 11-04-2003
Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands on 11-25-1950
Greatest Rainfall 4.69 inches in Highlands on 11-29-1914
Greatest Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands on 11-28-1922

Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of October
Data available from 1870 to 2018

Highest Temperature 90°F in Goldsboro, Wayne County 11-09-1900
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Montreat, Yancey County 11-25-1950
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 9.70 in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County 11-19-2003
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 18.0 inches in Montreat, Yancey County on 11-04-1930

Monthly Averages

Warmest Weather Station 58.0°F Hatteras, Dare County
Coldest Weather Station 37.7°F Grandfather Mountain, Avery County
Wettest Weather Station 8.63 in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County
Driest Weather Station 2.55 in Tarboro, Edgecombe County



Published at 3:50am on November 17, 2019


Saturday, November 16, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, November 16, 2019






Outlook

A couple of weak cold fronts move through the region on Monday and Tuesday. High pressure builds in on Wednesday into Thursday.


Recount and Canvass Confirm Municipal Election Results

The Macon County Board of Elections conducted the canvass for the 2019 municipal elections and a recount of the Highlands Commissioner race yesterday morning and early afternoon. The finish order remained the same. Photos and more details, including the new vote totals, are posted online at Macon Media. [LINK]

NCDOT to Remove Hazardous Trees in Cullasaja Gorge Monday

NCDOT will close the Highlands Road Monday in order to remove more hazardous trees in the Cullasaja Gorge. The detour will be through Buck Creek Road. More details are in a press release posted at the link. [LINK]

County Commissioners Hold November 2019 Meeting

The Macon County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday night for the regular monthly meeting. Video and an agenda are posted at the link. [LINK]


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 anticipated today or tomorrow.



**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

Sunny, with a high near 60s. Calm winds.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 30. Calm winds.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 60. Light and variable winds.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing. Calm winds.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing.




OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high near 60. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming light and variable by midmorning.

Tonight

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

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 60. Light and variable winds.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Light and variable winds.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Winds out of the northwest around 7 mph.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing.




HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with highs in the upper 40s. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the southeast in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around freezing. Light and variable winds increasing and shifting to come out of the northeast around 5 mph before midnight.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 50. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph after midnight.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing.



NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the northeast around 5 mph becoming light and variable by midmorning.

Tonight

Clear, with a low around 30. Calm winds.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing. Light and variable winds.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 7 mph.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing.




TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK





Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Sat Nov 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 November
Data available from 1872 to 2018

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 11-04-2003
Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands on 11-25-1950
Greatest Rainfall 4.69 inches in Highlands on 11-29-1914
Greatest Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands on 11-28-1922

Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of October
Data available from 1870 to 2018

Highest Temperature 90°F in Goldsboro, Wayne County 11-09-1900
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Montreat, Yancey County 11-25-1950
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 9.70 in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County 11-19-2003
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 18.0 inches in Montreat, Yancey County on 11-04-1930

Monthly Averages

Warmest Weather Station 58.0°F Hatteras, Dare County
Coldest Weather Station 37.7°F Grandfather Mountain, Avery County
Wettest Weather Station 8.63 in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County
Driest Weather Station 2.55 in Tarboro, Edgecombe County



Published at 4:40am on November 16, 2019


Friday, November 15, 2019

Canvass and Recount Completed in 2019 Municipal Elections



Mark Hehn (Highlands Commissioner candidate) and attorney Russell Bowling watch as election officials count provisional ballots in the Highlands Commissioner Race.


Election Canvass Results

The Macon County Board of Elections held their monthly meeting today in the Macon County Courthouse. Among the things they did was a recount of the Highlands Town Commissioner election and the preliminary total was confirmed. They also looked at Provisional ballots and, based on the research of the Board of Elections Director Melanie Thibault, either approved or rejected the ballots.


Russell Bowling watches as election officials recount the votes in the Highlands Commissioner race.


Three of the provisional ballots rejected were from people who had been removed from the rolls after they had failed to vote in the last two federal election years (the elections in even years) and they had failed to respond to two communication attempts from the Board of Elections. Three other provisional ballots were approved. 



The Board of Elections certifying a step in the process of confirming the totals.

Two provisional ballots in the Franklin election were approved, as was an Absentee Ballot that was hand-delivered on election day.

As a result of the adding of the provisional ballots and the absentee by mail ballot, no changes in the order of any race occurred. The new totals, which are final, are posted below after the preliminary results..

Franklin Mayor


CandidatePreliminaryFinal
Bob Scott322324
Barbara Sears McRae213214


Franklin Council (Top Three to be Seated)


CandidatePreliminaryFinal
Mike Lewis301303
Joe Collins300301
Jack Horton284286
Brandon McMahan258259
Peter Mosco155155
TJ Wright6969
Daniel Coates5455
Kevin Klatt4445

Franklin Council (Unexpired Term)


CandidatePreliminaryFinal
Dinah Roper Mashburn413415

Highlands Town Board of Commissioners (Top Three to be Seated)


CandidatePreliminaryFinal
Brian J Stiehler182185
John (Buz) Dotson134136
Marc Hehn134135
Eric Pierson130132
Hank Ross126127
Nick McCall8585
Michael David Rogers5858




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Published at 4:21pm on Friday, November 15, 2019

Hazardous Trees to be Removed in Cullasaja Gorge
Road closure required Monday morning

PRESS RELEASE
NCDOT -DIV 14

FRANKLIN – N.C. Department of Transportation crews will return to a spot in the Cullasaja Gorge where one tree removal revealed that others need to be cut down as well.

A maintenance team will remove hazardous trees from an embankment beside U.S. 64 in the Cullasaja Gorge on Monday, Nov. 18, to make the area safer for drivers.

Flaggers will be in position at 9 a.m. on Monday morning to direct drivers bound for Highlands to utilize Buck Creek Road around the maintenance operation and into Highlands. Drivers heading to Franklin will be diverted to Buck Creek or N.C. 106 down the mountain. No drivers will be allowed between Jackson Hole Gem Mine and Highlands Gap Drive.

“We removed one tree two weeks ago and found others we need to remove,” Macon County Maintenance Engineer Mark Hill said. “It’s best that we take them down before they fall on their own and damage something or somebody.”

Commercial trucks are not allowed on this section of U.S. 64. Residents and local traffic may access side roads off U.S. 64 from their respective sides.

For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.

***NCDOT***

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Published at 2:45pm on Friday, November 15, 2019