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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, October 29, 2017

Dry and cool conditions will return to the region Monday and warm back to around seasonal normals through Thursday.


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Weather Almanac for October 29th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 80°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1991
Lowest Temperature 16°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 5.20 inches in Highlands in 1918
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 0.5 inches in Highlands in 1910

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



Mostly sunny and windy with highs in the 30s and wind chills around and below freezing at times. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the northwest gusting to 30 mph, peaking between 11 am and 8 pm. Winds will increase during that time period to 20 to 25 mph, gusting to 40 mph.


Partly cloudy, windy and cold. Lows will be in the 20s and wind chills will make it feel like it is in the teens at times. Winds 15 to 20 mph, gusting to 40 mph. After midnight winds will decrease, dropping below the 5 to 10 mph range by dawn.


Sunny with temperatures warming to the upper 40s in the higher elevations and the mid 50s in the lower elevations. Winds 10 to 15 mph, gusting to 30 mph out of the northwest, calming by noon.


Mostly clear with lows in the 30s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the west.


Sunny with highs in the 50s.


{Partly cloudy with lows in the 30s.


It will be a blustery day today. Winds may cause isolated power outages as limbs and trees fall on power lines. Most of us in Macon County will not be impacted.

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 been upgraded to a Tropical Storm and assigned the name PHILIPPE. The storm will skirt southern Florida this morning and race northeastward over the Atlantic. It presents no danger to Macon County.

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Oct 29 2017

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Philippe, located near the lower Florida Keys.

1. A non-tropical low-pressure system is expected to form during the next few days over the east-central Atlantic Ocean. This low could gradually acquire subtropical or tropical characteristics by the middle of the week well to the southwest of the Azores while the low moves slowly westward.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.

Tropical Storm Philippe Discussion Number 6
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL182017
1100 PM EDT Sat Oct 28 2017

Philippe has a very non-classical structure for a tropical cyclone this evening. A combination of satellite imagery, radar data, and surface observations show that the circulation center is elongated northwest-southeast from southwest of Naples, Florida, to central Cuba with at least three vorticity centers present in this area. The estimated center position is a mean of the multiple vorticity centers, with this position near the region of lowest pressure suggested by the surface observations. Currently, the primary deep convection is located from the northwestern Bahamas southwestward across Cuba into the Caribbean, with a smaller area of convection over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. The initial intensity remains 35 kt, based mainly on continuity from the previous advisory.

The initial motion is a rather uncertain 015/21. A deep-layer trough and developing surface low over the eastern United States should cause Philippe to turn northeastward soon, followed by a rapid northeastward motion across the southern end of the Florida Peninsula into the Atlantic. The cyclone should continue to move around the large baroclinic system until it is absorbed after the 48 h point. The new forecast track is a blend of the previous forecast and the current guidance, and it is shifted to the north of the previous track based mainly on the current initial position.

It is unclear how much additional strengthening Philippe can do as a tropical cyclone, as the shear is increasing over the system and water vapor imagery shows dry air entrainment in the southwestern quadrant. However, the upper-level divergence over the system is very strong, and the large-scale models forecast deepening as the center crosses southern Florida and the Bahamas. In addition, the increasing forward speed may increase the maximum winds as well.
Based on these factors, the intensity forecast calls for some increase in strength during the next 24-36 h. Philippe is likely to merge with a frontal system associated with the eastern U. S. trough in about 36 h, and the mid-latitude cyclone should completely absorb Philippe after 48 h, if not sooner.


1. Although the center of Philippe is now forecast to move across the Florida Keys or extreme south Florida, most of the strongest winds are expected to remain well east and southeast of the center. However, tropical-storm-force winds, mainly in gusts, could occur in brief heavy squalls across the upper Florida Keys and southeast Florida overnight. For that reason, a tropical storm watch remains in effect for these areas.

2. Regardless of the exact track of Philippe, the primary threat from this system will be heavy rainfall that can cause localized flooding across portions of Cuba, the Florida Keys, and South Florida.


INIT 29/0300Z 24.8N 82.1W 35 KT 40 MPH
12H 29/1200Z 27.6N 78.9W 40 KT 45 MPH
24H 30/0000Z 33.9N 74.0W 50 KT 60 MPH
36H 30/1200Z 40.3N 69.6W 55 KT 65 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
48H 31/0000Z 48.0N 67.0W 50 KT 60 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP


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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 7:26 a.m.
Sunrise 7:52 a.m.
Sun transit 1:17 p.m.
Sunset 6:42 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:08 p.m.


Moonset 1:52 a.m.
Moonrise 3:39 p.m.
Moon transit 9:12 p.m.
Moonset 2:50 a.m.tomorrow

Phase of the Moon on October 29, 2017: Waxing Gibbous with 67% 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 3:35 am on October 29, 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.