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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, May 15, 2018




LOCAL OUTLOOK

Rain chances will increase today and remain elevated the rest of the week as a slow-moving low-pressure system impacts the area. Temperatures will be near normal.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Macon County Board of Commissioners and the Franklin Town Council will be having work sessions today to discuss their budgets for 2018-2019. The county commissioners will be meeting at noon and the town council will be meeting at 5:30 pm. No agendas have been published.


DAY SPONSOR

A donor supporting the Haywood County 2nd Amendment Rally is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. The rally will be taking place on Saturday, May 19th from 11 am to 4 pm at the Haywood County Courthouse located at 215 North Main Street in Waynesville, NC. Learn more about the rally on the Facebook Event Page. [LINK]

WEATHER SPONSOR



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:
https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

All your masonry needs are available. Our phone number is 828.524.8545, the public is welcome, we’ll help you with your with your next project.

Weather Almanac for May 15th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 89°F in Franklin in 1962
Lowest Temperature 28°F in Highlands in 1910
Greatest Rainfall 3.90 inches in Highlands in 2014

Record Weather Events for May (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on May 20, 1996
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on May 2, 1963
Greatest Rainfall 4.2 inches in Highlands on May 23, 1923
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands on May 7, 1992



THREE DAY OUTLOOK

The images below represent the daily forecast at 8 am for today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. Click on any of them to enlarge.


DAY THREE TO BE ADDED AFTER 3:30 AM

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FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

Isolated showers, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5am. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 59. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 1pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 1pm. Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a low around 60. Southeast wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

THURSDAY

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 5pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. High near 78. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then showers likely between 1am and 2am, then rain likely after 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

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OTTO AREA

TODAY

Isolated showers, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 9am. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming south southeast around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1am. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 59. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY

Showers and thunderstorms. Areas of fog before 8am. High near 80. Calm wind becoming south southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 10pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 10pm. Low around 59. Southeast wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

THURSDAY

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, then showers and thunderstorms after noon. High near 78. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then showers likely between 1am and 2am, then rain likely after 2am. Low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

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HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 4pm and 5pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. Calm wind becoming south southeast 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 9pm. Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 57. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

WEDNESDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 1pm and 2pm, then showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Areas of fog before 8am. High near 70. Light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 11pm. Low around 57. Southeast wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

THURSDAY

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before noon, then showers and thunderstorms after noon. High near 69. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms before 10pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 10pm and 1am, then showers after 1am. Low around 58. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

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NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then scattered showers between 11pm and midnight, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. Southeast wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 10am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 10am and noon, then showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 75. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a low around 57. Southeast wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

THURSDAY

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 1pm, then showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. High near 73. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2am, then rain likely between 2am and 3am, then showers likely after 3am. Cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

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GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
11:37 pm last night to 2:32 am this morning


HAZARDS

Scattered to numerous thunderstorms can be expected throughout the area today. A few storms could be strong with the main hazards being gusty winds, frequent lightning and heavy rain.

Scattered to numerous thunderstorms will continue through Sunday. The greatest chances for thunderstorms will occur during the afternoon and evening hours. A few of these thunderstorms could be strong. Over time, flooding concerns will increase as continued rainfall adds up. Rainfall of 3 to 5 inches will be possible from today into Sunday with locally higher amounts possible.

Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/p/breaking-news-hub.html 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 http://is.gd/MACONWARN



GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
2:02 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK

Hurricane Season Officially begins on June 1, 2018. However, the tropics are already becoming active. Here is the latest outlook:



Special Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
345 PM EDT Mon May 14 2018

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

1. A deep-layer non-tropical area of low pressure located over the eastern Gulf of Mexico continues to produce widespread cloudiness, showers, and thunderstorms across much of Florida and southeastern Georgia. Although this system could still acquire some subtropical or tropical characteristics while it moves slowly northward across the eastern Gulf of Mexico during the next few days, the low has not shown signs of increased organization during the past 24 hours.

Regardless of subtropical or tropical cyclone formation, this system will produce locally heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding across portions of Florida and the southeastern United States during the next few days. For more information on this system, please see products issued by your local weather office. The next Special Tropical Weather Outlook on this system will be issued by 9 AM EDT on Tuesday.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...30 percent.

MACON CALENDAR

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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.


TRIMONT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY COMMUNITY YARDSALE

Want to sell all those extra items collecting dust around your house?

Join the indoor community yard sale at Trimont Christian Academy. Trimont will be doing community-wide advertising for this event.




OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

I am writing to thank the residents of Franklin, Highlands, and Macon County for spreading joy to children around the world this Christmas. Through the generosity of the Macon County community, 4,636 shoeboxes were collected; and the Western North Carolina Area Team was able to exceed our goal by collecting 20,038 shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The International total for 2017 was 11,012,840 shoeboxes!

As National Volunteer Week (April 15 – 21) approaches, I wanted to pass along information about an opportunity for Macon County residents to join a local volunteer team with Operation Christmas Child. This project of the international Christian relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse, sends gift-filled shoeboxes to millions of children in need each year and gives local residents the opportunity to make a worldwide impact. “National Volunteer Week is a great time to become a part of this international project,” said June Trull, who heads up the Western North Carolina Area Team of Operation Christmas Child.“Joining an Operation Christmas Child Area Team is an amazing way to give back year-round and share God’s love with children in need.”



Operation Christmas Child has delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries since 1993. This year, the local Western North Carolina Area Team hopes to collect 21,000 shoebox gifts to contribute to the 2018 global goal of reaching more than 11 million children in need.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Thank You
Brenda Hackett
Samaritan's Purse
Media Support
Western North Carolina Area Team
Operation Christmas Child
828-369-6674/ bjandhack@hotmail.com
samaritanspurse.org/occnewsroom


Uptown Gallery classes
(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.




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)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:01 a.m.
Sunrise 6:30 a.m.
Sun transit 1:30 p.m.
Sunset 8:31 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:59 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 6:53 a.m.
Moon transit 1:48 p.m.
Moonset 8:51 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on May 15, 2018: New Moon at 7:48 a.m. (local daylight time)


Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [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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If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

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You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Published at 2:45 am on May 15, 2018

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Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, 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.

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