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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, October 28, 2017


A moist cold front will cross the area through the overnight period. Precipitation associated with this front will move east of the area by early Sunday with some lingering showers or snowfall across western North Carolina continuing into the afternoon. Dry and cool conditions will return to the region Monday and warm to seasonal levels through Thursday.


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Weather Almanac for October 28th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2014
Lowest Temperature 15°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 3.30 inches in Highlands in 1918
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


TODAY cold rain

Patchy fog and cloudy. The highs will be in the upper 40s in the higher elevations to the mid-50s in the lower elevations in the morning and temperatures will slowly drop through the day, reaching perhaps 5 to 8 degrees cooler by 6 pm. Winds will be 5 to 10 mph out of the south-southeast with gusts in the 20 mph range, mainly in the afternoon. Near 100% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected.


Patchy fog and cloudy. Temperatures will start out on the mid-40s in the higher elevations to the lower 50s in the lower elevations and drop below freezing in the higher elevations in the higher elevations and near freezing in the lower elevations by midnight or so. Winds will be 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest. 100% chance of rain with a chance of snow showers as the rain tapers off after midnight. Rainfall amounts will be between a quarter to half an inch and snowfall accumulations will the little or none. The ground may get a dusting at the highest elevations in the county.

SUNDAY cold and windy

Partly sunny early with decreasing clouds to become mostly sunny before noon. Highs will range from the upper 30s in the higher elevations to the lower 40s in the lower elevations. Wind chills will make it feel 5 to 8 degrees cooler. Winds will be 15 to 20 mph out of the northwest, gusting to 30 to 40 mph, with the higher wind gusts on the ridgetops.

SUNDAY NIGHT cold and windy

Mostly clear with lows in the 20s with wind chills making it feel like it is in the teens. Winds will be 15 to 20 mph with gusts in the 30 to 40 mph range.


Sunny with highs ranging from the upper 40s in the higher elevations to the low to mid-50s in the lower elevations. Winds will be 5 to 10 mph out of the west.


Mostly clear with lows ranging from the upper 20s to the mid-30s.


Hazardous weather is not expected today. A cold front will bring a period of rain to the county today and heavy rain is expected this afternoon into the evening. If you're out and about, please exercise care on the roadways as water may pond on them in areas with poor drainage or excessive runoff.

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


Potential Tropical Cyclone Eighteen has formed in the Caribbean between the Yucatan Peninsula and Cuba. It is expected to become Tropical Storm EIGHTEEN later today, perhaps around noon or so. This storm is currently expected to travel northeast and will pass near Florida sometime late tonight and early Sunday.

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sat Oct 28 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone Eighteen, located over the northwestern Caribbean Sea.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...80 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.

1. A non-tropical area of low pressure is expected to form next week over the east-central Atlantic Ocean. Some subtropical or tropical development of this low is possible by the middle of next week while it meanders well to the southwest of the Azores.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 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 7:25 a.m.
Sunrise 7:51 a.m.
Sun transit 1:17 p.m.
Sunset 6:43 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:09 p.m.


Moonset 12:56 a.m.
Moonrise 3:00 p.m.
Moon transit 8:24 p.m.
Moonset 1:52 a.m. tomorrow

Phase of the Moon on October 28, 2017: Waxing Gibbous with 57% 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 5:35 am on October 28, 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.