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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, October 11, 2018




OUTLOOK

Heavy rain and gusty winds associated with the remnants of Hurricane Michael will impact the area today before the rains move out this afternoon. The winds will remain a few hours more, perhaps into the overnight period. Cool high pressure will build in Friday and bring seasonably cooler and drier air into the region through the weekend. A cold front will impact the area early next week with a chance of showers.


**4:25am** The Tropical Storm Warning has been expanded to include the counties to our south and east, Jackson County among them. The rain and wind will be coming from the southeast this morning and will gradually shift to come from the east and the northeast as the day progresses. Elevations above 3,500 feet should see winds above 20 mph today with gusts perhaps reaching 45 to 50 mph on the Highlands Plateau.

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Giles for Sheriff Meet and Greets

October 17th Highlands Library from 4pm-6pm.
October 19th Carson Community Center 5 pm-7pm.
October 27th Old Cowee School 3 pm- Hot Dog Cookout


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Record Weather Events for October 11th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2016)

Highest Temperature 85°F in Franklin in 1954
Lowest Temperature 25°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2000
Greatest Rainfall 2.64 inches in Highlands in 1999


Record Weather Events for October (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on Oct 5, 1954
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands on Oct 30, 1910
Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on Oct 4, 1964
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on October 20, 1913

An expanded almanac is available that covers record weather events, climate averages, and an astronomy section. [LINK]


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)





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FRANKLIN AREA

Today

Showers, mainly before 11am. The rain could be heavy at times. Patchy fog before 11am. High near 75. North northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. North northwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 70. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 40s. Light northwest wind.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs near the upper 60s.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows near the upper 40s.



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OTTO AREA

Today

Showers, mainly before 11am. The rain could be heavy at times. Patchy fog before noon. Highs in the lower 70s. North northwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. North northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 70. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 40s. North northwest wind 3 to 5 mph.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 40s.



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HIGHLANDS AREA

Today

Showers, mainly before noon. The rain could be heavy at times. Patchy fog before 10am. High near 70. Windy, with a north northwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. Breezy, with a north northwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 65. North northwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 45. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 50s.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.



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NANTAHALA AREA

Today

Showers, mainly before noon. The rain could be heavy at times. Patchy fog before noon. High near 70. North wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. North northwest wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. North northwest wind around 10 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 45. North northwest wind around 5 mph.

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 60.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 45.



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GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
12:22 am to 3:12 am this morning

GeoColor is a multispectral product composed of True Color (using a simulated green component) during the daytime, and an Infrared product that uses bands 7 and 13 at night. During the day, the imagery looks approximately as it would appear when viewed with human eyes from space. At night, the blue colors represent liquid water clouds such as fog and stratus, while gray to white indicate higher ice clouds, and the city lights come from a static database that was derived from the VIIRS Day Night Band.

Geocolor was developed at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) and STAR's Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology Branch (RAMMB).


HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

Hurricane Michael will continue to impact the region early today, with heavy rainfall and gusty winds possible. The rains should end by the early afternoon and the end sometime overnight.


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)
12:22 am to 3:12 am this morning (loop not available this morning)

12.3 µm - "Dirty" Longwave IR Window Band - 2 km resolution - Band 15 at 12.3 µm offers nearly continuous monitoring for numerous applications, though usually through a split window difference with a cleaner window channel. These differences can better estimate low-level moisture, volcanic ash, airborne dust/sand, sea surface temperature, and cloud particle size.


TROPICAL TIDBIT BY LEVI COWAN

Hurricane Michael struck the area where Levi Cowan lives and there will be no further updates from him regarding this storm. He has made it through the storm and is okay.

no video available


TROPICAL OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Oct 11 2018

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on recently downgraded Tropical Storm Michael, located over south-central Georgia, on Hurricane Leslie, located over the east-central Atlantic Ocean, and on Tropical Storm Nadine, located over the eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean.

1. A broad area of low pressure is expected to develop over the west-central Caribbean Sea in a day or two. Environmental conditions are expected to support some slow development, and a tropical depression could form late this weekend or early next week while the system moves slowly westward across the northwestern Caribbean Sea toward Central America.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.




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Giles for Sheriff Meet and Greets

October 17th Highlands Library from 4pm-6pm.
October 19th Carson Community Center 5 pm-7pm.
October 27th Old Cowee School 3 pm- Hot Dog Cookout

Fontana Regional Library Catalog Changes Set for Oct 11th-15th

From Thursday, October 11 through Monday, October 15, the NC Cardinal library catalog (shared by Fontana Regional Library and more than 160 libraries across the state) will undergo necessary maintenance and upgrading. During that time, the online catalog will not be fully available either to patrons or to library staff. [LINK] http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/09/fontana-regional-library-catalog.html

REACH Poetry Night

REACH of Macon County has scheduled a Poetry Night in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the Ratheskeller for Wednesday, October 17th from 7 pm until the last poet has been heard. Learn more at https://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/10/reach-schedules-poetry-night-in-honor.html

REACH Purple Purse Challenge


During the month of October, REACH is participating in the Purple Purse Challenge. This Challenge unites nonprofits in a national competition to raise funds for life-changing services for domestic violence survivors. 100% of donations go directly to REACH and they allow REACH to compete for weekly cash prizes and bonus challenges supported by the Allstate Foundation!

You can make a donation securely online through the link below:
www.crowdrise.com/reachofmaconcounty-purplepurse2018

Thank you for your time and support!

Visit REACH of Macon County online at the following locations:

Facebook [LINK]

Website [LINK]

If you have an emergency situation regarding domestic violence, please call 911

REACH 24/7 Hotline:

Macon County 828-369-5544
Jackson County 828-586-8969


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 7:11 a.m.
Sunrise 7:36 a.m.
Sun transit 1:20 p.m.
Sunset 7:04 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:29 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 10:03 a.m.
Moon transit 3:36 p.m.
Moonset 9:05 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on October 11, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 8% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on October 8, 2018 at 11:47 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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3:45 am on October 11, 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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