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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, October 24, 2017


A storm system passed through Macon County yesterday. The Highland Plateau received the most rain and high winds brought scattered power outages to much of the rest of the county. Power was restored by Duke Energy and Haywood EMC crews in the late afternoon. There were several accidents during the storm that briefly blocked roadways, but they were soon cleared. The image above shows that the most severe weather associated this storm was to our east. Click any image in this briefing to enlarge.

The image with this update shows some rain totals from remote weather stations. A reader shared with clips of the Cullasaja River in the Cullasaja Gorge and it is embedded below. Cullasaja Firefighters reported that River Road was briefly flooded in the 700 block.


Drier and cooler conditions will lead to possible frost on Wednesday and Thursday morning. The weather pattern will be dry through the rest of the week. A front will bring much cooler temperatures and an increased chances for rain on Sunday.


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Weather Almanac for October 24th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 84°F in Franklin in 1978
Lowest Temperature 16°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1952
Greatest Rainfall 2.82 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1945
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 0.4 inches in Nantahala in 1937

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



Partly cloudy to sunny skies with highs in the 50s and winds 5 to 15 out of the northwest and west gusting to 25 mph. Winds will peak in the afternoon hours.


Partly cloudy with lows near freezing and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest gusting to 25 mph. It will drop below freezing in a good bot of the county, but winds will keep most of those locations from seeing frost develop.


Mostly sunny with highs in the 40s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest.


Partly cloudy with lows near freezing and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest. Wind chills will make it feel like it is at or below freezing. Frost may develop in locations that are sheltered from the wind.


Sunny with highs in the 50s and winds out of the west.


Clear with lows in the 30s.


Hazardous weather is not expected today. Temperatures will be dipping below freezing the next two or three nights, so frost is possible in locations that are sheltered from the wind. If you still have frost sensitive plants that are living, cover them or move them indoors for the night.

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 Tue Oct 24 2017

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

1. An elongated low pressure system located near the northeastern coast of Nicaragua is producing widespread cloudiness and disorganized thunderstorms over much of the northwestern and southwestern Caribbean Sea, and the adjacent coastal areas of northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras. Further development, if any, should be slow to occur for the next couple of days due to interaction with the landmass of Central America. However, environmental conditions are expected to be conducive thereafter for some development to occur over the northwestern Caribbean Sea while the system moves slowly northward.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.


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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 7:22 a.m.
Sunrise 7:48 a.m.
Sun transit 1:18 p.m.
Sunset 6:47 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:13 p.m.


Moonrise 12:01 p.m.
Moon transit 5:13 p.m.
Moonset 10:25 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on October 24, 2017: Waxing Crescent with 21% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on October 27, 2017 at 6:22 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 4:02 am on October 24, 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.