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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, OCtober 25, 2017


Cowee and Nantahala Fire Departments were dispatched at 9:14 pm last night for a search along the Appalachian Trail area between Tellico Gap and Wesser Bald for a missing person reported to be operating a motorcycle on the Appalachian Trail. MAMA-1 joined the search for a time but has had to return to Asheville due to fuel concerns. Firefighters are still searching as of 3:50 am, when this report was filed.

**5:02 am** Local public safety personnel have told WLOS that they're looking for "18-year-old Harley Cochran was last seen at 5:30 Tuesday night. He told his family he was going to ride his dirt bike on the forest trails. He hasn't been seen since."


Drier and cooler air will bring the possibility of frosty conditions again on Thursday morning. Dry conditions are expected to persist through the remainder of the work week before another cold front moves into the area over the weekend. This front is expected to increase chances for precipitation Saturday and into Sunday, with modest cooling and drying expected behind the front to start next week.


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

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Weather Almanac for October 25th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 81°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1978
Lowest Temperature 20°F in Highlands in 1952
Greatest Rainfall 3.30 inches in Highlands in 1945
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (no measurable snowfall 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



Areas of frost and patchy fog this morning. Partly sunny with a slight increase in clouds as the day progresses. Highs in the 40s. Winds 5 to 10 mph from the northwest, gusting to 25 in the afternoon.


Mostly cloudy, then clearing to be mostly cloudy by 2 am. This will be conducive to the formation of frost in locations that are sheltered from the wind. Lows will be in the 30s. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest, gusting to 25 mph.


Areas of frost in the morning that may persist until around 9 am or so. Sunny with highs in the 50s. Some locations may reach 60. Winds out of the west.


Clear with lows in the 30s and winds out of the southwest.


Sunny with highs ranging from the upper 50s in the higher elevations to the lower 60s in the lower elevations.


Partly cloudy with lows in the lower 40s. 40% chance of rain, mainly after midnight.


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.

The National Weather Service has issued a Frost Advisory for Macon County until 9 am this morning and Freeze Warning from midnight tonight until 9 am tomorrow morning. A Frost Advisory means that widespread frost is expected. Sensitive outdoor plants may be killed if left uncovered. A Freeze Warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

A copy is posted below for your convenience.

National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
313 AM EDT Wed Oct 25 2017


.Cool temperatures spilling into the North Carolina mountains will lead to freeze and frost conditions this morning. Even colder air will arrive through tonight to make frost and freeze conditions a bit more widespread.


The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a Freeze Warning, which is in effect from midnight tonight to 9 AM EDT Thursday.

* LOCATIONS...The Central and Southern North Carolina mountains.

* TEMPERATURES...Lows in the lower to middle 30s this morning, and in the lower 30s tonight.

* IMPACTS...Frost and freeze conditions may damage sensitive vegetation. Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold.


A Frost Advisory means that widespread frost is expected. Sensitive outdoor plants may be killed if left uncovered.

A Freeze Warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

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 Wed Oct 25 2017

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

1. A broad area of low pressure over Nicaragua, Honduras, and the adjacent Caribbean waters is producing widespread, but disorganized, showers and thunderstorms. Close proximity to land is likely to limit development of this system for the next day or so. However, environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for some development to occur later this week while the system moves slowly northward over the northwestern Caribbean Sea. Regardless of development, locally heavy rains are likely over portions of Central America during the next several days.

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


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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 7:23 a.m.
Sunrise 7:49 a.m.
Sun transit 1:18 p.m.
Sunset 6:46 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:12 p.m.


Moonrise 12:50 p.m.
Moon transit 6:01 p.m.
Moonset 11:12 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on October 25, 2017: Waxing Crescent with 29% 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 3:50 am on October 25, 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.