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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, July 19, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

A stalled frontal boundary will slowly dissipate to our southeast over the next few days as a strong upper ridge gradually builds into the region from the west. This will bring hot temperatures and a reduction in the coverage of diurnal showers and thunderstorms through the end of the work week. Temperatures will begin to moderate by the weekend while enhanced thunderstorm chances return to the forecast early next week. Heat index values may rise to uncomfortable levels through Sunday and those who participate in outdoor activities are advised to take extra care that they do not overheat. Additional information has been posted in the Hazards section of the daily briefing.


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Weather Almanac for July 19th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 97°F in Franklin in 1986
Lowest Temperature 47°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2009
Greatest Rainfall 3.79 inches in Highlands in 1959

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


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY isolated strong to severe thunderstorms possible

Patchy fog in the morning. Cloudy through mid-morning, then clearing. Highs in the mid to upper 80s with heat indexes rising into the low 90s. Light winds out of the northwest. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the late afternoon. Some of those that develop could become strong or severe.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds.



THURSDAY

Sunny with highs near 90 and light winds out of the northwest. Heat index values in the low to mid 90s.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid to upper 60s and calm winds.



FRIDAY

Patchy fog early. Mostly sunny with highs near 90 and heat index values in the low-90s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the upper 60s. Fog may form after 3 am.

HAZARDS

Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop again across the area this afternoon and evening. The main threats will be from cloud to ground lightning and locally heavy rainfall. However, a few storms could become briefly severe, with damaging winds being the primary threat.

It is becoming more likely that our region will be experiencing a heat wave later this week. Though conditions will not be as extreme in Macon County as they will be in Tennessee or Georgia and the Upstate, it will be more uncomfortable than is normal for us. More information on the possible heat wave and precautions that are advised have been posted below, and you may refer to the NOAA Heat Safety Page at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/ for more detailed information:



...Heat Wave Developing this Week through the Weekend...

A strong ridge of high pressure will be in place from Wednesday through Saturday. During this time, temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s combined with increasing humidity levels will allow heat index values to climb to uncomfortable levels. Heat index values on Wednesday will range from the upper 80s and low 90s, Thursday low to mid 90s, Friday and Saturday the low to mid 90s, and Sunday in the upper 80s to lower 90s.

Please take the following heat safety precautions:

1) When outdoors, stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade as often as possible.

2) Check up on the elderly, sick and those without air conditioning.

3) Never leave kids or pets unattended in vehicles. Remember, Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat.

4) Limit strenuous outdoor activities, especially during the afternoon, find shade and stay hydrated.

The upper ridge will break down by late this weekend allowing for increasing coverage of showers and thunderstorms. Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio and other local media for further details or updates.

For more information on dealing with excessive heat, please check out http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/

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 Wed Jul 19 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center has issued the last advisory on the remnants of Don, located over the southeastern Caribbean Sea.

1. A low pressure system located more than 1100 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing a large area of cloudiness and showers. Some slow development of this system is possible during the next day or two while it moves toward the west-northwest or northwest at 10 to 15 mph. After that time, environmental conditions are forecast to become unfavorable for development.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...30 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...30 percent.


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July 19th, WEDNESDAY

FRANKLIN BIRD CLUB

Bird walk along the Greenway. Meet at the Macon County Public Library parking area at 8:00 am. Check below in Comments for walk report.

September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


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)

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

Section deprecated for today due to time constraints

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 4:37 am on July 19, 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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