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Monday, May 8, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, May 8, 2017


Upper-level ridging will build from the Gulf of Mexico over the next several days allowing temperatures to climb back to above normal. The next storm system is expected to impact the area late in the week.


Carrion Tree Service is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response.

Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.

Weather Almanac for May 8th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 89°F in Highlands in 1940
Lowest Temperature 27°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1989
Greatest Rainfall 3.06 inches in Highlands in 1904
Greatest Snowfall 0.5 inches in Highlands in 1992

Read about the snowstorm that occurred around this time in 1992 at



Sunny with highs near 70. Winds will be light from the northwest, gradually increasing to 10 to 15 mph by 10 am with gusts in the 20 to 25 mph range. Peak winds will be in the afternoon, then will diminish by sunset.


Partly cloudy with news near 50 and winds out of the northwest calming before midnight.


Mostly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 70s. Light winds out of the west increasing to 10 to 15 mph shifting to come out of the northwest by mid-morning. Wind gusts will be in the 20 to 25 mph range. Peak winds will be between noon and 5 pm.


Mostly clear with lows in the mid-50s and winds around 10 mph from the northwest.


Sunny with highs near 80.


Mostly clear with lows in the mid to upper-50s.


No hazardous weather is expected today.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting


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Thursday, May 11, 6 pm

Social Media Panel and Discussion at the Macon County Public Library

On Thursday, May 11th at 6 pm, Macon County Public Library will host a panel and discussion on the uses of social media. This program is an invitation to learn and share perspectives about online resources, whether you are new to social media, immersed in cyberculture, or skeptical about the whole thing. Four local community members--Bobby Coggins, Elise Delfield, Jennifer Dills, and Timothy Tweed, all experienced at choosing between social media platforms and navigating the streams of digital communication--will talk about why they use their social media accounts, the communities they follow, and what they gain from them.



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


Twilight Begins: 6:08 am
Sunrise: 6:35 am
Sunset 8:25 pm
Twilight Ends: 8:53 pm

Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous with 84% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonset 5:35 a.m.
Moonrise 6:30 p.m.

Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning

Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine

Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

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

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


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Published at 4:18 am on May 8, 2017

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