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Friday, August 10, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, August 10, 2018




YEAR TO DATE RAINFALL 




The image below shows the year to date rainfall expressed as the percentage of normal. The western segment of the county has received normal or slightly below normal rainfall for the year and the eastern segment of the county has received above normal with the southeastern section receiving between 125 and 150 percent normal amounts of rain. The image below shows the year to date rainfall expressed in inches. The map legend is to the right of the images.




LOCAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

A weak cold front will stall across the region into the weekend. Thunderstorm coverage will be fairly high each afternoon and evening through Monday. The main impacts will be cloud-to-ground lightning, heavy rainfall, and gusty winds. Isolated flooding will be possible each day, especially in locations that see multiple storms in an afternoon. An upper-level disturbance will move across the area on Monday leading to drier weather on Tuesday and Wednesday.



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Weather Almanac for August 10th (1872-2016)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 95°F in Franklin in 1980
Lowest Temperature 44°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1953
Greatest Rainfall 3.14 inches in Nantahala in 1973

Record Weather Events for August (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on August 9, 1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on August 29, 1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on August 13, 1940


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 8 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm. 

[click on any image in this article to enlarge]
(These images replace the three-day forecast maps)





THREE DAY OUTLOOK



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FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 84. Light and variable wind. 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, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SATURDAY

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 2pm and 5pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers between 11pm and midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SUNDAY

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 10pm, then a chance of showers between 10pm and midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


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OTTO AREA

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 4pm and 6pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 83. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest around 5 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

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Calm wind. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SATURDAY

A chance of showers before noon, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between noon and 2pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers between 11pm and 4am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. Light north wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SUNDAY

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 4pm and 5pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SUNDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a chance of showers between 9pm and 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Chance of precipitation is 40%.


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HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 75. Northwest wind 6 to 9 mph becoming southwest 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

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. West wind around 6 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SATURDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 2pm and 4pm, then showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. High near 75. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then a slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. Calm wind becoming north around 6 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SUNDAY

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 3pm and 4pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 10pm, then a chance of showers between 10pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


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NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. West southwest wind 3 to 6 mph. 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, mainly before 7pm. Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. West southwest 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.

SATURDAY

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 2pm and 4pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming west around 5 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.

SATURDAY NIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. North wind 3 to 5 mph.

SUNDAY

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 10am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SUNDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a chance of showers between 9pm and 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

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GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
12:17 am to 3:12 am this morning


HAZARDS

Numerous thunderstorms are expected to form in the region this afternoon. Some of them may become strong or severe. The main concerns are dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning, high winds, small hail and brief torrential downpours. If you're out and about when one of these storms hit, please slow down and increase your following distance because hydroplaning may be an issue for you or other motorists. Be sure to unplug your electronics when the storms roll through.


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)
3:12 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
800 PM EDT Thu Aug 9 2018

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

The National Hurricane Center has issued its last advisory on Post-Tropical Cyclone Debby, located several hundred miles northwest of the Azores.

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



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.

Franklin Health & Fitness 30th Anniversary Celebration [LINK]
http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/07/franklin-health-fitness-announces-their.html

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 6:22 a.m.
Sunrise 6:50 a.m.
Sun transit 1:39 p.m.
Sunset 8:28 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:55 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 5:45 a.m.
Moon transit 12:59 p.m.
Moonset 8:07 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on August 10, 2018: Waning Crescent with 1% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on August 11, 2018 at 5:58 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 August 10, 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, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center.

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