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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, June 15, 2017


Subtropical high pressure centered to our east will continue to weaken, allowing increasing moisture to spread over the forecast area from the south. Chances for showers and thunderstorms will increase each day through the work week and remain elevated through the weekend. A more well-defined cold front will approach the area early next week. Maximum and minimum temperatures will remain above average through the entire forecast.


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.  

Weather Almanac for June 15th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin in 1981
Lowest Temperature 38°F in Highlands in 1933
Greatest Rainfall 5.44 inches in Highlands in 1969



Patchy fog in the morning. Partly sunny with highs in the mid-80s and variable light winds. 50% chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected. Storms are expected to develop around noon and the greatest chances of storm development will be between 2 pm and 6 pm.


Patchy fog after midnight. Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and light winds out of the north. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected.


Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid-80s. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the late afternoon time frame. Coverage is expected to be greater than earlier in the week.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9 pm.


Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid-80s. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the late afternoon time frame.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight.


No hazardous weather expected today outside the typical summer afternoon thunderstorms that may produce brief torrential downpours or lightning or briefly damaging winds.

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


A tropical wave has developed off the west coast of Africa that has a small chance of further development over the next five days and there is an area of concern off the Yucatan Peninsula that has caught the eye of tropical meteorologists. This has a better chance of becoming something and it will be watched closely over the next few days. More information is included in a Tropical Outlook issued by the National Hurricane Center that has been included below for those who want more information.

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Jun 15 2017

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

1. An area of disturbed weather associated with a tropical wave is located well south-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Some gradual development of this system is possible during the next few days while the wave moves westward near 20 mph over the tropical Atlantic.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.

2. A complex area of low pressure is expected to form over the northwestern Caribbean Sea and the adjacent Yucatan peninsula by the weekend. Conditions appear to be favorable for some development of this system while it moves slowly northwestward toward the southern Gulf of Mexico by early next week.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.


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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,8chizophrenia, 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: 5:49 am
Sunrise: 6:19 am
Sunset 8:50 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:19 pm

Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous with 69% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonrise 12:33 a.m.
Moonset 11:45 a.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 4:05 am on June 15, 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.