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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, June 22, 2017




LOCAL OUTLOOK

A chance of showers continues through tonight as Tropical Storm Cindy approaches the Louisiana coast. As Cindy lifts north into extreme western Louisiana, tropical moisture is expected to spread across the region today and Friday. A cold front approaches the area early Saturday and lingers across the area through Sunday keeping a chance of showers in the forecast. Cooler weather follows the front with perhaps another round of light rainfall by mid-week.


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Weather Almanac for June 22nd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1964
Lowest Temperature 40°F in Highlands in 1992
Greatest Rainfall 3.65 inches in Highlands in 1957



THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY heavy rain is possible

Patchy fog before noon. Cloudy with highs in the mid-70s. Near 100% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected. Some locations that see heavy rain bands or thunderstorms could see an inch or more in this time period.

TONIGHT heavy rain is possible

Fog is expected to develop tonight, mainly after 9 pm. Cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and winds out of the southeast. Near 100% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between half and three-quarters of an inch expected. Some locations that see heavy rain bands or thunderstorms could see an inch or more in this time period.



FRIDAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy with highs near 80 and winds 5 to 10 mph from the southwest. 50% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch. More is possible in locations that see thunderstorms.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and winds 5 to 10 mph from the southwest. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms.



SATURDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the low-80s. 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the low-60s. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms.


HAZARDS

Tropical moisture is expected to begin moving into the region and up to 2 inches of rain could fall over the next 36 hours.

Please be weather aware and pay attention to forecasts if you live in a low-lying area where flooding may be a concern. More detailed forecasts will be available as the storm gets closer to our area so impacts can be better ascertained.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the region due to expected rainfall from the remnant of CINDY. IT is posted below.

..TODAY...Heavy rain possible. Gulf moisture will continue to stream into the region consequent of Tropical Cyclone Cindy over the next 24 to 36 hours. Improving southerly flow combined with this moisture will lead to increased chances for upslope showers and thunderstorms along the southern Blue Ridge escarpment. Rainfall totals of around 2 inches are expected, with locally higher amounts certainly possible. This heavy rainfall could lead to flooding concerns in later periods.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Jun 22 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Cindy, located south-southeast of the Texas/Louisiana border.

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



TROPICAL STORM CINDY -- PUBLIC ADVISORY

BULLETIN
Tropical Storm Cindy Intermediate Advisory Number 10A
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL032017
100 AM CDT Thu Jun 22 2017

...CINDY CONTINUES TO PRODUCE HEAVY RAINS OVER THE NORTHERN GULF COAST...


SUMMARY OF 100 AM CDT...0600 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...29.2N 93.6W
ABOUT 65 MI...105 KM SSW OF LAKE CHARLES LOUISIANA
ABOUT 50 MI...85 KM SSE OF PORT ARTHUR TEXAS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...45 MPH...75 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNW OR 340 DEGREES AT 7 MPH...11 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...992 MB...29.29 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

None.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* San Luis Pass Texas to Grand Isle Louisiana

Interests elsewhere along the U.S. Gulf Coast from the central Texas coast to the western Florida Panhandle should monitor the progress of this system.

For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.


DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
------------------------------
At 100 AM CDT (0600 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Cindy was located near latitude 29.2 North, longitude 93.6 West. Cindy is moving toward the north-northwest near 7 mph (11 km/h). A turn toward the north should occur later this morning, with a turn toward the northeast expected on Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Cindy will move inland near the Louisiana-Texas border later this morning, then move across western and northern Louisiana and into southeastern Arkansas tonight and early Friday.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Weakening is expected today and tonight while Cindy moves over land.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 992 mb (29.29 inches).


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
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RAINFALL: Cindy is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 6 to 9 inches with isolated maximum amounts up to 15 inches over southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, and western portions of the Florida Panhandle through tonight. This rainfall could cause life-threatening flash flooding in these areas.

Rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 7 inches can be expected farther west across western Louisiana and eastern Texas through tonight. Rainfall should spread northeastward across Arkansas and into portions of the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys through Friday, with total rain accumulations of 3 to 5 inches with locally higher amounts possible.

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are affecting portions of the Tropical Storm Warning area.

STORM SURGE: Inundation of 1 to 3 feet above ground level is expected along the coast in portions of the Tropical Storm Warning area. Inundation of 1 to 3 feet above ground level is also possible elsewhere along the coast from southeastern Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle in areas of strong onshore winds.

TORNADOES: A few tornadoes are possible tonight from the far western Florida Panhandle across southwestern Alabama, southern Mississippi, and southern Louisiana.

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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.

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SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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.



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 5:50 am
Sunrise: 6:20 am
Sunset 8:51 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:21 pm


Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 3% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonrise 5:06 a.m.
Moonset 7:19 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 3:38 am on June 22, 2017

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Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, 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. 

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