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Monday, September 18, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, September 18, 2017

Local News
Electrical services have been restored to Macon, Jackson and Rabun Counties over the weekend.

The Franklin Town Council will be reconvening a recessed meeting tonight in the town hall at 6 pm. The public agenda and a link to the recessed meeting video is on the blog. [LINK]


High pressure will remain in control of the weather pattern through much of the week leading to above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation chances. Precipitation chances will increase later in the week as a back door front works into the area on Friday.


Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. We 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. Special Event – Wed 09-20-17 7:30-10:00 AM - OX Tool Fair – Info on FB page.

Visit our Facebook page at:

Phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let us help you with your next project.

Weather Almanac for September 18th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 932°F in Franklin in 1954
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 2.83 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1975

Record weather events for September in Macon County

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1967



Patchy dense fog in the morning. Cloudy with rapid clearing skies by mid-morning. Temperatures will start out on the 50s and top out in the lower 80s in the Franklin area and the mid 70s in Highlands and the higher elevations. Winds will be light out of the northwest with a wind field moving through in the afternoon hours, bringing winds and wind gusts into the 5 to 10 mph range.


Partly cloudy with lows in the 50s and calm winds.


Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the mid-70s to the lower 80s. Calm winds in the morning hours and then from the northwest in the afternoon.


Partly cloudy with lows in the 50s and calm winds.


Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the upper 70s to the lower 80s. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms.


Partly cloudy with lows in the 50s.


After the fog burns away, no hazardous weather is expected.

Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at for those who are interested.

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 Sep 18 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Jose, located a few hundred miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, on Tropical Depression Lee, located over the eastern Atlantic Ocean, and on Hurricane Maria, located a couple of hundred miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles.

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

Tropical Tidbits

An in depth discussion of the tropical situation with an analysis of the potential paths for Hurricane Maria from Levi Cowan of Tropical Tidbits. [LINK]


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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 6:53 a.m.
Sunrise 7:19 a.m.
Sun transit 1:27 p.m.
Sunset 7:36 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:01 p.m.


Moonrise 5:32 a.m.
Moon transit 12:17 p.m.
Moonset 6:56 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on September 18, 2017: Waning Crescent with 3% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on September 20, 2017 at 1:30 a.m. (local daylight time)

Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

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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Posted at 4:12 am on September 18, 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.