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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, August 9, 2017


The Macon County Commissioners met last night for their monthly meeting. During the meeting, commissioners voted to make August 21st, the day of the total solar eclipse a paid holiday for county employees. Essential personnel will be on call or will work that day and it will be an all-hands on deck situation for law enforcement and public safety employees from Friday through Monday due to the crowds that may arrive in the county to observe the eclipse.

Video and supporting documents from that meeting will be available on the blog at


A frontal boundary will stall across our region and remain through the end of the week, with deep moisture potentially bringing periods of heavy rainfall. A stronger front will approach the forecast area this weekend and stall as well, with showers and thunderstorms expected to persist through the middle 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.

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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 August 9th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin in 1980
Lowest Temperature 47°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1989
Greatest Rainfall 2.90 inches in Highlands in 1952

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



Partly sunny with highs in the 70s. Calm winds in the morning, then from the southeast in the afternoon. Rain chances will increase through the day, reaching 40% by 6 pm. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible mainly after noon.


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


Mostly cloudy with highs near 80 in the Franklin and Otto areas and in the 70s in Nantahala and Highlands and in the higher elevations. 60% chance of scattered showers with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the 60s and calm winds. 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms.


Mostly cloudy with highs in the lower 80s in the Franklin and Otto areas and the 70s in the Nantahala and Highlands areas and the higher elevations. 60% chance of rain, mainly between 9 am and 3 pm.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the 60s. 40% chance of rain.


No hazardous weather is expected.

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


We are now in the time frame of where storms that develop in the Caribbean Sea or Atlantic Basin could impact our view of the solar eclipse on August 21st.
Tropical Storm FRANKLIN is over the Gulf of Mexico and then it will make land fall in Central Mexico.

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Aug 9 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Franklin, located off the west coast of the Yucatan peninsula.

1. A trough of low pressure located about 550 miles east of the Leeward Islands continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Environmental conditions are expected to remain hostile for significant development during the next couple of days. However, environmental conditions are forecast to become somewhat conducive for development late this week while the system moves generally west-northwestward at about 15 mph over the western Atlantic.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.

ECLIPSE EVENTS (events listed here are paid sponsorships)


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

Other events happening in and near Rabun County the weekend of the eclipse can be found on the Explore Rabun website at


Bryson City invites you to a weekend of celebrating the eclipse. To find out more information, visit their page at

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


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 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.

September 27th, WEDNESDAY


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

For information, visit

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.

Sun and Moon


Begin civil twilight 6:22 a.m.
Sunrise 6:49 a.m.
Sun transit 1:39 p.m.
Sunset 8:28 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:56 p.m.


Moonrise 9:12 p.m. yesterday
Moon transit 2:49 a.m.
Moonset 8:32 a.m.
Moonrise 9:48 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on August 9, 2017: Waning Gibbous with 96% 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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Published at 4:12 am on August 9, 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.