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Friday, October 27, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, October 27, 2017


A forum was held last night at The Lazy Hiker for candidates in the town council race. Video will be posted by Monday.


Seasonal warm temperatures and a dry airmass will dominate the local weather pattern today. A cold front will cross the region Saturday. Precipitation associated with this front will move east of the area by early Sunday. Another round of dry and cool conditions will return to the region Monday through Wednesday.


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 27th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 81°F in Franklin in 1978
Lowest Temperature 16°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1962
Greatest Rainfall 2.60 inches in Highlands in 1920
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



Patchy fog and partly cloudy this morning, then sunny skies and highs ranging from the 50s in the higher elevations to the lower 60s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the southeast in the morning, then gradually increasing to 5 to 10 mph and shifting to come out of the south by noon and into the afternoon, when wind speeds will peak.


Mostly clear with increasing clouds to become mostly cloudy after midnight with lows int e 40s. Wind gusts will range from 15 to 35 mph overnight and shift to come out of the southeast ahead of an approaching line of rain.

SATURDAY cold rain and windy conditions

Cloudy with highs in the lower 50s and winds 10 to 15 mph out of the south and southeast, gusting to 30 or more mph, especially at higher elevations. 100% chance of rain with rainfall accumulation of around half an inch is expected between 6 am and 6 pm.


Mostly cloudy with rain showers expected to end around midnight. Lows ranging from the upper 20s to the lower 30s. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest. 70% chance of rain, mainly before midnight with rainfall amounts of less than a quarter of an inch expected. The rain could change over to snow after midnight. Little or no snow accumulation is expected.

SUNDAY Cold and Windy

Sunny and windy with highs ranging from the upper 30s in the higher elevations and the lower 30s in the lower elevations. Wind chills will make it feel like it is below freezing at times. Winds will be 145 to 20 mph out of the northwest with gusts in the 35 mph range.


Mostly clear and cold with lows in the 20s.


Hazardous weather is not expected today.

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 Fri Oct 27 2017

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

1. Shower activity associated with a trough of low-pressure over the northwestern Caribbean Sea has become more concentrated during the past several hours between northeastern Honduras and Jamaica. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for some development today and Saturday as the system 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, this system is expected to produce locally heavy rainfall over the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, and portions of Cuba during the next day or two. These rains are forecast to spread northward across portions of South Florida and the Keys on Saturday, and over the northwestern Bahamas Saturday night and Sunday.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...50 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 7:24 a.m.
Sunrise 7:50 a.m.
Sun transit 1:17 p.m.
Sunset 6:44 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:10 p.m.


Moonset 12:03 a.m.
Moonrise 2:20 p.m.
Moon transit 7:37 p.m.
Moonset 12:56 a.m. tomorrow

Phase of the Moon on October 27, 2017: First Quarter 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 4:50 am on October 27, 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.