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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, October 26, 2017


The young man who went missing Tuesday night was located in Swain County with minor injuries and has been reunited with his family. More information on this can be seen at this link and this link.

The Super Ingles (Ingles #114) opened for business yesterday on the Georgia Road and droves of people visited the supermarket. A few photos are posted below.

And here is a short video from a few days ago that was shot from an aerial perspective of the location.


A gradual warming trend will take place through Saturday. Rain chances will be increased on Saturday and Saturday night. Another round of cool and dry conditions will dominate the local weather pattern next 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 26th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 86°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1947
Lowest Temperature 17°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 2.99 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1977
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 is expected this morning. Skies will be mostly clear and highs will be in the 50s with a few locations possibly roaching 60. Winds will be out of the northwest at the start of the day and will gradually rotate around to come of out the west by noon. Wind speeds will peak around 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon (mostly from 1 pm to 5 pm) and continue shifting southward to come out of the southwest by 6 pm.


Clear skies with patchy frost after midnight. Lows in the 30s. Winds will be out of the south, gradually shirting to come out of the south-southeast just before 6 am.


Patchy frost in the morning and sunny skies and highs ranging from the 50s in the higher elevations to the lower 60s in the lower elevations. Winds will be 5 to 10 mph out of the southwest.


Partly cloudy in the early evening with increasing clouds, becoming mostly cloudy by midnight. Lows in the 40s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the south. 40% chance of rain, mainly after midnight.


Cloudy and rainy with highs in the 50s. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the south. Near 100% chance of rain.


Mostly cloudy and cold, with lows ranging from the upper 20s to the lower 30s. 70% chance of rain, mainly before midnight. Temperatures will be falling at the end of the rain, so it is possible we could see some snow showers, but little or no accumulation is expected in most of Macon County. The higher elevations might see enough to turn the ground white.


Hazardous weather is not expected today. The frost this morning will be more widespread than it was in the past couple of days, but not in all locations.

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


The Atlantic Hurricane Season ends on November 1st. There may be some activity, but with the oceans cooling off the chances are less likely that a significant storm will form.

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Oct 26 2017

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

1. Showers and thunderstorms associated with a broad area of low pressure located over the western Caribbean Sea and Central America are gradually becoming better organized. Close proximity to land is likely to limit development of this system on Thursday. However, environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for the system to become more organized Friday and Saturday as it moves slowly northward over the northwestern Caribbean Sea. Strong upper-level winds associated with an approaching cold front will make conditions less favorable by Sunday. Regardless of development, locally heavy rains are likely over portions of Central America and Cuba during the next several days.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...30 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 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 7:24 a.m.
Sunrise 7:50 a.m.
Sun transit 1:17 p.m.
Sunset 6:45 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:11 p.m.


Moonrise 1:37 p.m.
Moon transit 6:49 p.m.
Moonset 12:03 a.m. tomorrow

Phase of the Moon on October 26, 2017: Waxing Crescent with 38% 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 4:25 am on October 26, 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.