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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, October 12, 2017


A backdoor cold front will quickly move south over the area tonight, allowing moist conditions to redevelop well into the weekend. A cold front will cross the region from the northwest Monday, with cooler and drier air arriving through the middle of next week.


Carrion Tree Service is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response.

Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.


Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing & public safety updates for the month. 

Oct 2 to Oct 13, specific surplus pavers will be offered at reduced pricing, pallet quantities only (limited). 

Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:

All your masonry needs are available. Phone number is 828.524.8545, public is welcome, we’ll help with your with your next project.   

Weather Almanac for October 12th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 86°F in Nantahala in 1969
Lowest Temperature 25°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2000
Greatest Rainfall 3.44 inches in Highlands in 1927

Record weather events for October in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on Oct 5, 1954
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands on Oct 30, 1910
Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on Oct 4, 1964
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on Oct 20, 1913



Widespread dense fog. Cloudy early, then clearing. Highs ranging from the 60s in the higher elevations to the mid-70s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the northwest early, then rotating around to come out of the west, then southwest by early afternoon.


Partly cloudy with increasing clouds. Lows in the 50s and winds out of the southwest early in the evening, rotating to come out of the east around midnight or so. Slight chance of showers, mainly after midnight.


Partly sunny with highs ranging from the mid-60s to the mid-70s. Winds out of the southeast. 40% chance of showers, with the greatest chance after 11 am.


Mostly cloudy with lows ranging from the upper 40s in the higher elevations to the upper 50s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the east.


Mostly cloudy with highs in the 60s and 70s. 30% chance of rain, mainly before noon.


Partly cloudy with lows in the 50s.


Dense fog this morning, so please increase your following distance on the roadways and turn on your headlights so other motorists can see you. After the fog burns off, no other hazardous weather is anticipated.

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 Thu Oct 12 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Ophelia, located over the eastern Atlantic Ocean several hundred miles southwest of the Azores.

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


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Friday, October 13, 6 p.m.

Nantahala Hiking Club Annual Awards and Spaghetti Dinner

Please join us at Tartan Hall (First Presbyterian Church) for our Annual Awards Spaghetti Dinner honoring NHC volunteers. Come and applaud the members who maintain the Trail and those who keep us functioning.

The NHC cooking staff encourages everyone to attend and enjoy a good meal having fun with friends and benefiting the Club at the same time. Please bring your own dishes, silverware and a dessert to share. The cost is $10.00 per person. The Spaghetti Dinners are NHC's only fundraising events of the year. We appreciate your support. A little bird told us there will also be eggplant parmesan.

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 7:12 a.m.
Sunrise 7:37 a.m.
Sun transit 1:20 p.m.
Sunset 7:02 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:27 p.m.


Moonrise 12:15 a.m.
Moon transit 7:28 a.m.
Moonset 2:40 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on October 12, 2017: Last Quarter at 8:25 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 3:30 am on October 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.