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Monday, July 3, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, July 3, 2017


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


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.


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 3rd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 2012
Lowest Temperature 42°F in Highlands in 1908
Greatest Rainfall 2.79 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2013

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 early. Mostly cloudy with highs near the mid-80s and light and variable winds. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms with the greatest chance in the afternoon hours. Rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch, more in locations that see thunderstorms.


Mostly cloudy with calm winds, patchy fog after midnight and lows in the mid-60s. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms.


Partly sunny with highs in the mid-80s and calm winds. 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected. More is possible in locations that see thunderstorms.

INDEPENDENCE DAY NIGHT bring an umbrella to the fireworks

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms with chances peaking for rain between 4 pm and 10 pm as a low-pressure system approaches from the west.


Partly sunny with highs in the mid-80s. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms.


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


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 Mon Jul 3 2017

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

1. A broad low pressure system has remained nearly stationary for the past several hours about 650 miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Although shower and thunderstorm activity is currently disorganized, environmental conditions are forecast to become more conducive for the development of a tropical depression after midweek. The disturbance is expected to drift westward for the next day or two, followed a motion toward the west-northwestward at around 10 mph.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 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: 5:54 am
Sunrise: 6:23 am
Sunset 8:51 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:21 pm

Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous with 72% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

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

Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight

Source for Sky Maps Down

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning

Source for Sky Maps Down

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 4:03 am on July 3, 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.