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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, May 22, 2018




LOCAL OUTLOOK

A moist air mass will remain in control of our weather through today, bringing a continued high chance of showers and storms in the afternoon and evening. A weak front sliding down on Thursday may allow for some brief drying toward the end of the work week. Expect another round of tropical moisture to lift across the area from the Gulf for the weekend.

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Weather Almanac for May 22nd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Highlands in 1941
Lowest Temperature 28°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1954
Greatest Rainfall 4.00 inches in Highlands in 1916

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.



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FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 11am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 11am and 1pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. 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.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog between 10pm and 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

WEDNESDAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers between 11pm and 4am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

THURSDAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

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OTTO AREA

TODAY

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 11am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 11am and noon, then showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. South wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog between 10pm and 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

WEDNESDAY

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Calm wind. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then a slight chance of showers between 1am and 5am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

THURSDAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

THURSDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm, then a chance of showers between 10pm and 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

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HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 11am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 11am and noon, then showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 67. South wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog between 9pm and 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 6 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

WEDNESDAY

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 7am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

THURSDAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

THURSDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
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NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

WEDNESDAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. West wind around 5 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A chance of thunderstorms before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

THURSDAY

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

THURSDAY NIGHT

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62.

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GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
12:07 am to 3:02 am this morning


HAZARDS

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible today and tonight. Severe weather is not anticipated.

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)
3:02 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK

Hurricane Season Officially begins on June 1, 2018. Information will be added to this segment as systems develop.

MACON CALENDAR

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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 5:56 a.m.
Sunrise 6:25 a.m.
Sun transit 1:30 p.m.
Sunset 8:36 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:05 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 2:31 a.m.
Moonrise 1:49 p.m.
Moon transit 8:33 p.m.
Moonset 3:09 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on May 22, 2018: Waxing Gibbous with 56% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on May 21, 2018 at 11:49 p.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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Published at 3:25 am on May 22, 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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