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Monday, March 7, 2016

Macon County Daily Weather Briefing
Monday March 7, 2016

National Forecast Map 
Courtesy NOAA Weather Prediction Center





OVERVIEW

Dry high pressure is expected to dominate the local weather pattern through the middle of the week, temperatures will be well above seasonal level. A cold front is expected to arrive from the northwest later in the week, bringing increased chances for rain and thunderstorms.


STRUCTURE FIRE ON MOORE STREET

Several volunteer fire departments battled a fire at a residence on Moore Street Saturday night. More information can be seen at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2016/03/structure-fire-on-moore-street.html


SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK

Governor Pat McCrory has declared the week of March 6th through March 12th, 2016, as “SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK” in North Carolina, and has called upon citizens and interested groups to observe the week with appropriate activities that promote awareness of severe weather and how to stay safe.

In furtherance of that, Macon Media will be publishing a series to articles through the week on severe weather and ways to become more prepared.

2016 severe Weather Awareness Week

SUNDAY • Introduction

MONDAY • Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes (a more complete article that will include images and video on this topic will be published later today. The updated link will be added here when that happens.

What are the differences between a Thunderstorm Watch and Warning?

Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Be Prepared! Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued. Watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center for counties where severe thunderstorms may occur. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Take shelter in a substantial building. Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds. Warnings are issued by your local forecast office. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city or county) that may be impacted by an on-going severe thunderstorm.


What are the differences between a Tornado Watch and Warning?

Tornado Watch: Be Prepared! Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives! Watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center for counties where tornadoes may occur. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.


Tornado Warning: Take Action! A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is imminent danger to life and property. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. Warnings are issued by your local forecast office. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the  size of a city or small county) that may be impacted by a tornado identified by a forecaster on Radar or by a trained spotter/law enforcement who is watching the storm.



TODAY

Partly sunny with highs in the low to mid 60s and light winds out of the southeast shifting to come from the south at 5 to 10 mph by mid morning.


HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected. Unless you're allergic to sunlight and spring-like temperatures.


Current Advisories, Watches and Warnings issued by the National Weather Service for Macon County can be viewed at any time at
http://is.gd/MACONWARN


TONIGHT


Partly cloudy with lows near the upper 30s and winds from the southeast.


TUESDAY

Mostly sunny with highs near the mid to upper 60s and calm winds early rising to 5 to 10 mph from the south by mid morning.


TUESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows near the mid 40s with winds from the southeast.


WEDNESDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 60s.


WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 50.



WEATHER ADVISORIES, WATCHES AND WARNINGS

• No weather advisories are in effect for Macon County as of 3 am.



ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you have an event announcement, or wish to inquire about a day sponsorship, email the information to editor@maconmedia.com.
An advertising fee will be required for events that either charge admission or charge for vendor participation.

Early Voting Underway

Early voting lasts until 1 pm on Saturday, March 12th, then election day is on the 15th from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm.


People can vote at any open polling place in the county during early voting. If you vote on March 15, you must go to your assigned precinct.


Dollar-A-Day Boys at the Macon County Library on March 12, 2016

The Macon County Public Library and the Macon County Historical Museum are co-sponsoring a musical tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps on March 12th, 2016. More information is on the website at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2016/02/dollar-day-boys-at-macon-county-library.html




MACON COUNTY WEATHER EXTREME ALMANAC FOR MARCH 7TH

Highest Temperature • 81°F in Franklin in 1974
Lowest Temperature • -7°F in Highlands in 1899
Greatest One-Day Precipitation • 3.13 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Lab in 1967
Greatest One-Day Snowfall • 2.0 inches in Highlands in 1914


WEATHER EXTREMES FOR MARCH IN MACON COUNTY
(1872-2016)


Highest Temperature -- 86°F at the Coweeta Experimental Lab on March 15, 1967
Lowest Temperature -- -7°F in Highlands on March 7, 1899
Greatest One-Day Precipitation – 6.43 inches in Highlands on March 29, 1898
Greatest One-Day Snowfall – 25.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Lab on March 13, 1993




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(weekend and major holiday publish times are 6 am and weekdays are 5 am)





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