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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, October 21, 2017


High pressure will remain in place over our region today into Sunday. Meanwhile, a low-pressure system will develop over the lower Mississippi River Valley late in the weekend and move across the southeast early next week. A cold front associated with this system will cross the region Tuesday, and cooler air will spill into the area through mid-week.


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

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 21st (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1943
Lowest Temperature 14°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1952
Greatest Rainfall 1.80 inches in Franklin in 1882
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (none recorded)

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



Patchy fog early. Cloudy through mid-morning, then sunny skies. Highs ranging from the 60s in the higher elevations and the 70s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the southeast.


Mostly clear with lows in the 40s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southeast.


Partly cloudy early, then becoming mostly cloudy by the afternoon with highs in the 60s and wind 5 to 10 mph out of the southeast.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the 50s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southeast, gusting to 25 mph. Rain chances increasing through the period, with rainfall expected to start mainly after midnight.


Cloudy with rain, heavy at times. Highs in the 60s and winds 10 to 15 mph, gusting to 25 mph. Rain should transition into showers in the afternoon.


Cloudy with lows in the 40s. Near 100% chance of rain.


Hazardous weather is not expected today. Pumpkinfest is today in Franklin. Main Street, Iotla Street and Phillips Street are closed, so adjust your travel plans accordingly.

If you are out driving in the fog, please turn on your headlights so other motorists can see you and increase your following distance.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the possibility of frost in the area. It is posted below for your convenience:

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 Sat Oct 21 2017

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

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


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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.

It is FFA Christmas Tree order time.....
Help support our Franklin FFA ( Future Farmers of America )....
* All proceeds go to the students for competitions *

FFA students are taking orders for Christmas trees...locally grown Frasier Firs...hand selected by students, 6ft, 7ft, 8ft... $25.00 each...order now - pick up Sat Nov 25 9am-12....Ag Building at Franklin Gregory Charles Spala 813-838-7693 or Lori Spala 813-503-2160 calls, text & vm or via FB messenger or send comment...
Cash or checks (FHS....memo line FFA Christmas Tree)

**Thursday, November 16th DEADLINE for orders & money turn in for Christmas Trees**

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 7:19 a.m.
Sunrise 7:45 a.m.
Sun transit 1:18 p.m.
Sunset 6:51 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:16 p.m.


Moonrise 9:19 a.m.
Moon transit 2:53 p.m.
Moonset 8:22 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on October 21, 2017: Waxing Crescent with 4% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on October 19, 2017 at 3:12 p.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 5:25 am on October 21, 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.