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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, July 2, 2017


Passing thunderstorms knocked out power to about 200 Duke Energy customers in Macon County last night. Service was restored around midnight to most of them.

After the storms passed residents of Franklin observed a rainbow as the sun peaked out of the clouds before setting. Here is a video taken by Exploring Appalachia.

Many others also saw the rainbow and posted their photos on Macon Media's Facebook weather page. [LINK]


High pressure centered over the western Atlantic and a broad upper-level trough will remain over the eastern part of the nation for a few more days. A weak cold front will linger over our region early this week, helping to generate showers and storms. Another upper-level disturbance will approach our area later in the week, further enhancing the coverage of showers and storms at that time.


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 July 2nd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2012
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2008
Greatest Rainfall 3.00 inches in Franklin in 2003

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands in 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands in 1879



Patchy fog in the morning. Partly sunny with increasing clouds. Calm winds early, then from the northwest in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid-80s. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected. Locations that see thunderstorms will receive more. Rain chances will increase during the day with the greatest chance afternoon and be peaking around 5 pm.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected. Locations that see thunderstorms will receive more.


Partly sunny with highs in the mid-80s and calm winds. 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10 am.


Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid-60s and calm winds.


Partly sunny with highs in the mid-80s. 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s.


No hazardous weather expected.

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


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Jul 2 2017

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

1. A tropical wave located about 550 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing a large area of cloudiness and showers. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for some gradual development of this system during the next several days while it moves generally westward at about 10 mph.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.


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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.

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: 5:53 am
Sunrise: 6:23 am
Sunset 8:51 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:21 pm

Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous with 63% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonset 2:13 a.m
Moonrise 3:13 p.m.

The Naval Observatory website is down, so here is a graphic from Moon Giant.

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 4:48 am on July 2, 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.