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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for June 1, 2017
2017 Hurricane Season Begins


A weak cold front will cross the region today. Dry high pressure will follow the front for Thursday, but as high pressure slides offshore, moist southerly flow returns and shower and thunderstorm chances increase heading into the weekend. Temperatures will remain near normal until another cold front moves through the region early next week with drier and cooler conditions to follow.


Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month.  They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products.  Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.  

Visit their Facebook page at:

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.  


For the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, forecasters predict a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 35 percent chance of a near-normal season, and only a 20 percent chance of a below-normal season.

Forecasters predict a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 2 to 4 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). An average season produces 12 named storms of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.

The seasonal “Tropical Weather Outlook” has returned to the daily briefing and will remain during the Atlantic Hurricane Season. It will be posted below the “Hazards” section of the briefing. Forecast information, Preparedness, and coverage of tropical weather will be included. A separate Tropical Weather Briefing will be published when the tropics are active or it becomes possible that a storm may be headed our way. The main focus will be on storms that form, or threaten to form, in the Atlantic Basin.

The impact of tropical storms in Macon County is usually heavy rain, flooding, and occasional landslides. If a storm maintains some structure or thunderstorm formation is supported, a storm may bring damaging winds, hail and dangerous lightning into the county.

Weather Almanac for June 1st (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2011
Lowest Temperature 34°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1966
Greatest Rainfall 2.68 inches in Highlands in 1997

Weather Extremes for the month of June in Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station June 30, 2012
Lowest Temperature 32°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station June 2, 1966
Greatest Precipitation 7.63 inches rain in Highlands June 16, 1949



Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly sunny with highs near 80 and calm winds.


Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-50s and calm winds. Patchy fog is expected to develop near sunrise.


Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly sunny with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning, then from the northwest in the afternoon. 20% chance of rain, mainly in the afternoon hours.


Partly cloudy with lows in the mid to upper-50s and calm winds.


Mostly sunny with highs near 80.


Mostly cloudy with lows near 60. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight.


Hazardous weather is not expected today.

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


Tropical cyclone activity is not expected during the next 48 hours.


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Wednesday, June 7

Bird walk along the Greenway. Meet at the Macon County Public Library parking area at 8:00 am. Check below in Comments for walk report.

Sunday, June 11


Membership Appreciation Open House - Friends of the Greenway, Inc. is celebrating 15 years as a non-profit organization.  The FROG Board is inviting past, present, and future members to an Open House on Sunday, June 11, 2 pm - 5 p-m at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main St..  Visit with friends, review accomplishments, learn about current projects, and future plans.

Thursday, June 15th

iPhone/iPad Users Group, 2:00 pm in the Macon County Public Library

This is a monthly peer-led meeting open to anyone who has an iPhone or iPad and wants to learn more about applications and resources. It's a great way to share questions, knowledge, and favorite apps. Participants are encouraged to set the agenda, help each other, and share ideas with the group. All levels are welcome, no registration required.

Monday, June 19

Franklin Bird Club meeting at 7 pm in the Macon County Public Library.

The program will feature “Birding in Belize” by Barbara McRae and Bob Gilbert.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,Schizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will ?find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)


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: 5:51 am
Sunrise: 6:20 am
Sunset 8:43 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:12 pm

Moon Phase: First Quarter at 8:42 am.

Moonset 1:59 a.m.
Moonrise 1:33 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 3:56 am on June 1, 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.