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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, November 1, 2017



As of 5 pm on October 31st, only 89 people voted in Franklin and 24 voted in Highlands in local municipal elections. Early voting ends at 1 pm on November 4th and election day is Tuesday, November 7th.


Bringing it to Life Productions organized a forum for candidates who are seeking election tot he Franklin Town Council on October 26th, and the full video of the forum is posted below.

A previous candidate forum was held on September 26th, and it is embedded below for your convenience.


A warm and humid southerly flow will then settle over the region through the end of the work week. Cooler weather is expected over the weekend, as a backdoor cold front moves through the area from the northeast.


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 November 1st (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 81°F in Franklin in 1950
Lowest Temperature 15°F in Highlands in 1917
Greatest Rainfall 2.70 inches in Nantahala in 1951
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 2.2 inches in Highlands in 2014

Record weather events for November in Macon County

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Nov 4, 2003
Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands on Nov 25, 1950
Greatest Rainfall 4.69 inches in Highlands on Nov 29, 1914
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands on Nov 28, 1922


TODAY glorious fall weather continues

Partly sunny with temperatures rising from near the lower 40s to the 50s, some locations in the lower elevations may exceed 60 this afternoon. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the south.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the low to mid-40s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the south. 40% chance of rain, mainly after midnight.


Mostly cloudy with highs in the upper 50s in the higher elevations and the lower 60s in the lower elevations and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the south. 30% chance of rain, mainly before noon.


Partly cloudy with lows in the 40s and winds out of the southwest.


Partly sunny with highs in the 60s.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the upper 40s and lower 50s.


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 Wed Nov 1 2017

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

1. A weak and non-tropical area of low pressure located about 1000 miles east-southeast of Bermuda is producing a minimal amount of shower activity. Subtropical or tropical development of the low is not expected due to unfavorable environmental conditions while the system moves westward near 10 mph during the next couple of days.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...near 0 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 7:29 a.m.
Sunrise 7:55 a.m.
Sun transit 1:17 p.m.
Sunset 6:39 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:05 p.m.


Moonset 4:52 a.m.
Moonrise 5:26 p.m.
Moon transit 11:38 p.m.
Moonset 5:57 a.m. tomorrow

Phase of the Moon on November 1, 2017: Waxing Gibbous with 91% 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 4:00 am on November 1, 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.