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Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, August 3, 2017




LOCAL OUTLOOK

A crossing cold front Friday night will become stationary across the area over the weekend. Low pressure will move northeast from Texas late Sunday and pull the front northward as a warm front on Monday. As this low pressure moves off the New England coast, the trailing cold front will become stationary across the region through mid week.


WEATHER SPONSOR



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Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.


Weather Almanac for August3rd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 94°F in Franklin in 1957
Lowest Temperature 46°F in Highlands in 1895
Greatest Rainfall 2.39 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1974

Record weather events for August in Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on Aug 9, 1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Aug 29, 1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on Aug 13, 1940


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Areas of fog in the morning. Partly sunny with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning, then from the south in the afternoon.

Conditions by general area for today and tonight
Franklin 20% chance after midnight Highs near 80 and lows near 60
Highlands 20% chance after midnight Highs in the mid 70sand lows near 60
Nantahala 20% chance of rain Highs in the mid-70s and lows near 60
Otto 0% chance of rain Highs near 80 and lows in the lower 60s

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s. Slight chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after midnight.




FRIDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds in the morning, then from the southwest in the afternoon. 50/50 chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the low to mid-60s and calm winds.



SATURDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the low to mid-80s. Higher elevations will be in the mid to upper 70s. Slight chance of showers.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s. Higher elevation in the upper 50s.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected.

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 Aug 3 2017

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

1. A large area of showers and thunderstorms near the west coast of Africa is associated with a tropical wave. Environmental conditions are forecast to be conducive for gradual development, and a tropical depression could form by early next week over the tropical Atlantic Ocean. This system is forecast to move toward the west or west-northwest at 10 to 15 mph for the next several days.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.


ECLIPSE EVENTS (events listed here are paid sponsorships)

RABUN COUNTY

Rabun County, Georgia has a county-wide “Outasight” eclipse viewing party planned for August 21st at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. More information may be found at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgias-total-solar-eclipse-outasight-viewing-party-at-rgns-tickets-36172624293

Other events happening in and near Rabun County the weekend of the eclipse can be found on the Explore Rabun website at http://explorerabun.com/events-happening-total-solar-eclipse-rabun-county-georgia/

BRYSON CITY ECLIPSE WEEKEND

Bryson City invites you to a weekend of celebrating the eclipse. To find out more information, visit their page at https://www.greatsmokies.com/2017eclipse.html

Bryson City is recommended by TravelChannel.com as the spot in North Carolina to watch the eclipse.


MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphic. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.

Wednesday, August 2nd

7:00 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room- "A Trip to the Moon and Beyond: The fantastical science fiction silent films of George Melies"
Each short film will be presented with a LIVE soundtrack featuring musicians Tyler Kittle and Michael Libramento.

Free and open to the public.



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.



Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:16 a.m.
Sunrise 6:44 a.m.
Sun transit 1:43 p.m.
Sunset 8:34 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:02 p.m.

Moon

Moonset 3:13 a.m.
Moonrise 5:33 p.m
Moon transit 9:59 p.m.



Phase of the Moon: Waxing Gibbous with 82% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.


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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You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Published at 3:583 am on August 3, 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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