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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Mission Health and BCBS Come to an Agreement


Mission Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield came to an agreement yesterday in their months-long dispute. Below is a video posted by the Asheville Citizen-Time a few months ago explaining the conflict between Mission Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield. They have a story on the agreement between the two organization on their website. [LINK]


A cold front will cross the region tonight and usher in below normal temperatures Wednesday which will persist through the weekend. Meanwhile, increasing moisture will allow for possible wintry precipitation later in the week.


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Weather Almanac for December 6th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 72°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1998
Lowest Temperature 4°F in Highlands in 1937
Greatest Rainfall 2.88 inches in Highlands in 2013
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.0 inches in Nantahala in 1937

Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876



Cloudy with highs in the 40s and winds 5 to 10 mph from the northwest.


Cloudy with lows in the 20s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest. Slight chance of rain, mainly between 4 pm and midnight and possible snow flurries between 10 pm and midnight. Little or no accumulation expected.


Mostly cloudy with highs in the upper 30s in the higher elevations and the lower 40s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the northwest.


Mostly cloudy with lows ranging from the upper teens in the higher elevations and the lower to mid 20s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the northwest. Slight chance of rain, mainly after midnight. Snow flurries possible after midnight.


Mostly cloudy with highs ranging from the upper 20s in the higher elevations and the mid-30s in the lower elevations. 40% chance of precipitation. Some places will see rain, others will see some snow, depending on the temperatures. The greatest chance of precipitation (in whatever form) is between noon and 6 pm. If conditions are just right (and they almost never are) we could see up to an inch of snow in places that do not rise above freezing. It is more likely we see no snow accumulating below 3500 feet. Locations east of us and along the North Carolina-Tennessee border stand a better chance of seeing some accumulation out of this than we do.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the 20s. A few locations could drop into the upper teens.


No hazardous weather is expected today. We could see some snow flurries and snow showers on Friday. The computer models are showing up to an inch is possible in Macon County, but I am skeptical. If we do see snow showers on Friday, please use caution when driving if you have to be out in it.

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As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting

Image from the GOES-16 weather satellite taken at 3 am.


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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:
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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 7:00 a.m.
Sunrise 7:28 a.m.
Sun transit 12:25 p.m.
Sunset 5:21 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:49 p.m.


Moonrise 7:51 p.m. last night
Moon transit 3:07 a.m.
Moonset 10:20 a.m.
Moonrise 8:58 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on December 6, 2017: Waning Gibbous with 87% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Full Moon on December 3, 2017 at 10:47 a.m. (local standard 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 December 6, 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.