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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, August 13, 2019





Outlook

Rainfall chances will slowly increase during the first half of the week, peaking on Wednesday with a weak cold front and remaining higher than normal into the weekend. Hot and humid conditions will persist through mid week, with a cooling trend toward the end of the
week.

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Daily Photo



USAF Major Jonathan Jackson of Haywood County piloted one last flight of a C-17 before his retirement yesterday. That flight took him over Macon County between 11:29am and 11:35am and was seen by many Maconians as the craft flew below 4,000 feet for much of the flight over the county. [LINK


This image was taken on Monday, August 12, 2019, from the Main Street area as the plane departed and climbed to pass over Cowee Mountain.



Sometimes, military aircraft can be tracked using websites like RadarBox24 [LINK]. An image from the track of the aircraft is posted above. Other times, an ADS-B Receiver is needed if the operator of the aircraft has requested their tracking information not be shared online. Learn more about how to construct your own virtual radar receiver system at RTL-SDR. [LINK]

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO MEET TONIGHT


The Macon County Board of Commissioners will be meeting tonight at 6pm in the county courthouse. An agenda packet has been posted on the blog. [LINK]


THREE DAY GFS FORECAST


This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.





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Weather Hazards

Strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible today and tonight. Cloud-to-ground lightning, brief heavy rain, and damaging winds will be the primary threats. An isolated tornado could not be ruled out.

The next few days will be warm and humid and those working or playing outdoors should take precautions to avoid a heat-related injury or illness. Some tips are posted below.

Extreme Heat Precautions and Safety Tips

If you are exposed to high temperatures and humidity for too long, you sweat heavily, and don’t drink enough fluids, your natural cooling system may fail. The result may be a heat-related illness.

Heat-related illnesses

Heat Cramps

Heat cramps are muscle pains or spasms-usually in the abdomen, arms, or legs-that may occur in association with strenous activity. Heat cramps may also be a symptom of heat exhaustion. If you have heart problems or are on a low-sodium diet, seek medical attention for heat cramps.

Heat Exhaustion:

Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heart-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids. Elderly people and those with high blood pressure, and those working or exercising in a hot environment are most prone to heat exhaustion.

Heat stroke

Heat stroke is the most serious-heart related illness. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. Body temperature may rise to 106 degrees or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.

For more information go to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention: Extreme Heat, http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/

Here are some tips to follow during periods of extreme high temperatures:

•Slow down, and avoid strenuous activity.
•Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect heat and sunlight and help maintain normal body temperature. •Protect your face with a wide-brimmed hat.
•Drink plenty of water regularly and often, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
•Limit intake of alcoholic beverages. They can actually dehydrate your body.
•Eat well-balanced, light, regular meals.
•Stay indoors as much as possible.
•If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun. Electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help evaporate sweat, which cools your body.
•Go to a place where you can get relief from the heat, such as air conditioned schools, libraries, theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities that may offer refuge during the warmest times of the day.
•Cover windows that get morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers. Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent
•Avoid too much sunshine. Sunburn slows the skin’s ability to cool itself. If you are outside, use sunscreen with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating.
•Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle.
•Do not leave pets outside for extended periods. Make sure pets have plenty of drinking water.
•Check on family, friends, and neighbors regularly.

Additional Resources:

FEMA – Extreme Heat: http://www.ready.gov/heat


**Note** A Tropical Weather Outlook section has been added to the daily weather briefing for the Atlantic Hurricane Season, and since those tend to run long when there is activity, that section has been added between the daily forecasts for the four regions of the county and the almanac section so people can get to their daily forecasts with minimal interference.




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WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]





FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Widespread fog, mainly between 7am and 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm winds increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Light and variable winds. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high in the upper 80s. Light winds out of the northwest. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm winds.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high in the upper 80s.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.




OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Widespread fog, mainly between 7am and 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high in the upper 80s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high in the upper 80s. Light winds out of the northwest. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm winds.

Thursday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Chance of rain is 30%.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.



HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high in the upper 70s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, in the afternoon hours. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the low-to-mid 60s. Winds out of the north around 6 mph.

Thursday

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Chance of rain is 30%.

Thursday Night

A chance of thunderstorms before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 30%.



NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high in the low-to-mid 80s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Winds out of the southwest around 6 mph. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. WInds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the lower 60s. Winds out of the north 3 to 5 mph.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Aug 13 2019

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

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





Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of August
Data available from 1872 to 2018

Highest Temperature 99°F in Franklin on 08-09-1980
Lowest Temperature 40°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 08-29-1968
Greatest Rainfall 9.68 inches in Highlands on 08-13-1940
Greatest Snowfall no measurable snowfall has been recorded since records started being kept in 1873

Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of July
Data available from 1870 to 2018

Highest Temperature 110°F Fayetteville, Cumberland County 08-21-1983
Lowest Temperature 31°F Banner Elk, Avery County 08-23-1930
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 13.08 in Idlewild, Ashe County 08-14-1930

Monthly Averages

Warmest Weather Station 79.7°F Wilmington, New Hanover County
Coldest Weather Station 59.6°F Mount Mitchell, Yancey County
Wettest Weather Station 7.74 in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County
Driest Weather Station 3.12 in Lexington, Davidson County



Published at 4:15am on August 13, 2019


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