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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Weak and dry high pressure will continue to dominate the local weather pattern today. A moderating and marginally moist southerly flow will then settle over the region by midweek. Another cold front may cross the area next weekend.


Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing & public safety updates for the month. 

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Weather Almanac for October 31st (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 84°F in Franklin in 1950
Lowest Temperature 15°F in Highlands in 1917
Greatest Rainfall 3.30 inches in Nantahala in 1949
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 0.7 inches in Highlands in 2012

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 glorious fall weather!!!

The day will start off with temperatures near freezing with very light winds out of the north and partly cloudy skies. By noon, temperatures should reach the mid-50s at the lower elevations and the upper 40s and near 50 in the higher elevations and skies will still be partly cloudy to mostly sunny. Temperatures should peak in the low to mid 60s in the lower elevations and the upper 50s in the higher elevations with mostly sunny skies. Cloud cover should start increasing in the afternoon, reaching partly to mostly cloudy by 6 pm. Winds will be very light out of the northwest at that time.


At around 6 pm, temperatures will be near the upper 50s in the lower elevations and the upper 40s and lower 50s in the higher elevations and partly cloudy skies. Winds will shift from the northwest through the north and northeast and east to come out of the east-southeast by midnight. Temperatures will drop to near 40 in the lower elevations and the mid to upper 30s in the higher elevations. Skies are expected to be mostly cloudy.


Temperatures will start out at 6 am near 40 in the lower elevations with calm winds or very light winds out of the east-southeast and partly to mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures will only rise about 5 degrees or so by noon with very light winds out of the southeast. Temperatures will peak in the lower 60s in the lower elevations and the mid to upper 50s in the higher elevations in the mid-afternoon hours. Skies will be mostly cloudy.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-40s in the lower elevations and the upper 30s in the higher elevations. Winds 5 to 10 out of the south. 30% chance of rain, mainly after midnight.


Partly sunny with highs near the mid-60s in the lower elevations and the mid to upper 50s in the higher elevations.


Partly cloudy with lows in the 40s.


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 Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Oct 31 2017

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

1. A weak non-tropical area of low pressure located about 1000 miles east-southeast of Bermuda is producing limited shower and thunderstorm activity. Strong upper-level winds and dry air are expected to limit any development of subtropical or tropical characteristics with this system during the next couple of days 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...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)

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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 7:28 a.m.
Sunrise 7:54 a.m.
Sun transit 1:17 p.m.
Sunset 6:40 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:06 p.m.


Moonset 3:50 a.m.
Moonrise 4:50 p.m.
Moon transit 10:48 p.m.
Moonset 4:52 a.m. tomorrow

Phase of the Moon on October 31, 2017: Waxing Gibbous with 84% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Full Moon on November 4, 2017 at 1:23 a.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 3:30 am on October 31, 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.