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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, July 12, 2017


The United States Forest Service held an open house at Tartan Hall on the plan revision for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. Video from the event and links to where you can find more information about the plan are on the blog. [LINK]


Humidity will steadily return through the week with increasing chances of afternoon and evening thunderstorms each day through Friday. A cold front will approach the region from the northwest on Friday and stall near the forecast area over the weekend. A drying trend will commence by the beginning of next week.


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 12th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 98°F in Highlands in 1930
Lowest Temperature 42°F in Highlands in 1918
Greatest Rainfall 4.55 inches in Highlands in 1948

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



Fog in the morning. Partly sunny with highs in the mid-80s and calm winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected. Higher amounts is possible in locations that are hit by thunderstorms.


Mostly cloudy with patchy fog expected to develop a couple of hours before and after midnight. Lows near the mid to upper 60s and calm winds. Chances of scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to end before midnight.


Partly sunny with highs in the mid-80s with variable light winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected. Higher amounts are possible in locations that are hit by thunderstorms.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid to upper 60s and calm winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight.


Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid-80s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid to upper 60s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms likely.


Scattered thunderstorms will develop across the mountains this afternoon and evening. The thunderstorms will move very slowly and locally heavy rainfall could produce isolated flooding of low-lying and poor drainage areas. Otherwise, expect cloud-to-ground lighting and briefly gusty winds in and near any thunderstorms that develop.

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 Wed Jul 12 2017

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

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


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Tuesday, July 18th

The Franklin Appalachian Trail Community Council's monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, July 18th, 10:00 a.m. at Rathskeller Coffee Haus. Everyone interested in supporting the hiking community is welcome.

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: 6:00 am
Sunrise: 6:29 am
Sunset 8:49 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:19 pm

Day Length (Sunrise to Sunset) 14 h 50 m (2 minutes shorter than yesterday)

Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous with 89% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonset 9:40 a.m
Moonrise 11:11 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 3:12 am on July 12, 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.