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Monday, October 30, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, October 30, 2017


A candidate forum for those seeking election to the Franklin Town Council was held this past Thursday at the Lazy Hiker. A video of the event will be posted online later today.

As of the closing of the polls on Saturday afternoon, only 63 people had cast a ballot in the Franklin Municipal Election and 4 in Highlands.

Early Voting ends on Saturday, November 4th at 1 pm at both the Macon County Board of Elections Office and the Highlands Civic Center.

Election Day will be November 7th, from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm. Polls will be located at the Franklin Town Hall and the Highlands Civic Center.


A weak and dry high pressure will build over the region today and tomorrow. A moderating and marginally moist southerly flow will then be seen starting midweek. A return to above normal temperatures is expected for the latter half of the week.


Carrion Tree Service is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response.

Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.


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 30th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 82°F in Franklin in 1950
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands in 1910
Greatest Rainfall 3.54 inches in Highlands in 1918
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (no measurable snowfall recorded on this date)

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



It will be mostly sunny today with temperatures starting out around freezing and rising into the 50s. Winds will be out of the northwest, gradually shifting to come out of the west by noon, then continuing to shift clockwise through the afternoon to come out of the southwest. Relative humidity levels will drop close to 30% in the afternoon.


Mostly clear with temperatures dropping to around freezing. Winds will rotate around from coming out of the southwest at 6 pm to coming out of the north-northwest by 6 am.


Sunny with highs in the 50s and winds out of the northwest with a brief shift to come out of the west in the afternoon, then back to out of the northwest by 6 pm.


Mostly clear, becoming mostly cloudy overnight with lows in the 30s to near 40. Winds out of the northwest before midnight, then from the southwest.


Partly sunny with highs in the 50s.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the 40s. 40% chance of rain, mainly around midnight.


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


Tropical Storm PHILIPPE has been absorbed by a cold front and swept out onto the Atlantic.

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Oct 30 2017

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

1. A non-tropical low-pressure system located about 1000 miles east of Bermuda is producing some disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity. This low could gradually acquire some subtropical or tropical characteristics by the middle of the week while it meanders over the central Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Azores.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.


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There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.

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 7:27 a.m.
Sunrise 7:53 a.m.
Sun transit 1:17 p.m.
Sunset 6:41 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:07 p.m.


Moonset 2:50 a.m.
Moonrise 4:15 p.m.
Moon transit 9:59 p.m.
Moonset 3:50 a.m. tomorrow

Phase of the Moon on October 30, 2017: Waxing Gibbous with 76% 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 3:40 am on October 30, 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.