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Monday, June 25, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, June 25, 2018




Thunderstorms Roll Through County Over Weekend


Image captured by WKRK of a shelf cloud rolling through Cherokee County Sunday afternoon

A line of thunderstorms rolled through Macon County Saturday afternoon, knocking down trees and power lines, leaving over 2,000 Maconians without electrical service for several hours. An open thread that took place during the event on Facebook has been transcribed to the blog and can be seen on MaconMedia.com. Scroll down to see the liveblog posted in reverse chronological order.

More storms rolled through Sunday afternoon, the first line coming through at 3:30 pm [OPEN THREAD] and the second just after 7 pm [OPEN THREAD]. The Sunday storms did not cause as much damage to the electrical infrastructure and knock down as many trees, or generate as many emergency calls as the Saturday event, although numerous residents reported the Sunday afternoon storm was stronger than the Saturday storm.

The National Weather Service is forecasting multiple rounds of storms today, so please keep an eye on the skies and don't stray far from shelter.


NC UTILITIES COMMISSION DENIES DUKE RATE INCREASE REQUEST

Late Friday afternoon, the North Carolina Utilities Commission denied the rate increase requested by Duke Energy. More on this ruling on the blog. [LINK]

LOCAL OUTLOOK

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will return again today with warm and humid conditions preceding an upper-level disturbance. A weak cold front will drop through the forecast area tonight, bringing more seasonable temperatures Tuesday. A passing trough will increase chances for showers and storms Wednesday, with hot weather returning to end the week.

DAY SPONSOR

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Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.

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:
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Weather Almanac for June 25th (1872-2016)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 93°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 39°F in Highlands in 1922
Greatest Rainfall 4.05 inches in Highlands in 1912

Record Weather Events for June (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 99°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on June 30, 2012
Lowest Temperature 32°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on June 2, 1966
Greatest Rainfall 7.63 inches in Highlands on June 16, 1949


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




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FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly in the afternoon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 3am. Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Calm wind. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TUESDAY

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 85. Light and variable wind. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TUESDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

WEDNESDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


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OTTO AREA

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly in the afternoon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming west northwest around 5 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

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2am. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Calm wind. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TUESDAY

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 83. Light and variable wind. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TUESDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Light east southeast wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

WEDNESDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


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HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 77. West northwest wind around 8 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2am. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. West northwest wind 5 to 7 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TUESDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 76. Light and variable wind becoming northeast around 5 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TUESDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. East southeast wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

WEDNESDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

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NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly in the afternoon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 77. West wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 3am. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TUESDAY

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Light and variable wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TUESDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Southeast wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

WEDNESDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

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


HAZARDS

Isolated to scattered severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and evening. Damaging winds will be the main th heat, and large hail will also be possible. Dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning and brief heavy rain can be expected as well.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Statement regarding the threat. It is posted below:

NWS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

..TODAY...Severe weather possible. Several rounds of thunderstorms will be possible today and tonight. Some of those storms may become severe.

Otherwise, potentially more significant convection will occur today when Storm Prediction Center has the area in a marginal risk category with some prospect for an upgrade to slight. Computer models have shown an MCS with an MCV structure propagating along frontal zone from Illinois to Tennessee, reaching the forecast area in the afternoon. Timing is favorable for continuing any severe convection with this feature. If this feature becomes sufficiently organized, more widespread severe winds may be possible. Temperatures will remain 5 or so degrees above seasonal normals as weak sagging front does little to change the air mass.

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)
3:07 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Jun 25 2018

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

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.



MACON CALENDAR

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Suminski Family Books Summer Film Fest for Families

All ticket sales sold by FROG volunteers benefit:

FRIENDS OF THE GREENWAY, INC.

Location: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Start time for each movie: 7:00 PM
Save When You Pre-Buy Your Tickets!

Single Ticket $5 for each movie (pre & at the door)
Season Pass $15 1 ticket to each movie Family of 4 Season Passes $50 4 tickets to each movie

Movies and Dates:

Paddington 2 on July 12, 2018
Hidden Figures on July 19, 2018
Peter Rabbit on August 19, 2018
Wonder on August 26, 2018 (benefits Friends of the Greenway)

Purchase at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main (next to new bridge) Hours: Wed-Fri, 9 AM-2 PM

There are 3 other non-profits involved: Folk Heritage Association of Macon County NC, Grandpa’s Woodshed Project, Women’s History Trail, and Read2Me. The FROG-specific specific movie is Wonder, but our members can pre-sell tickets to all movies.



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 5:50 a.m.
Sunrise 6:20 a.m.
Sun transit 1:36 p.m.
Sunset 8:52 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:22 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 4:00 a.m.
Moonrise 5:46 p.m.
Moon transit 11:14 p.m.
Moonset 4:37 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on June 24, 2018: Waxing Gibbous with 88% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Full Moon on June 28, 2018 at 12:53 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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Published at 3:40 am on June 25, 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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