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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, August 14, 2019





Outlook

Hot and humid conditions will prevail through today as a weak cold front continues to drop south through our area. Expect scattered showers and storms today and Thursday, with rainfall chances decreasing on Friday. Another front will approach from the northwest allowing for rainfall chances to return towards the end of the weekend, continuing into early next week.


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Macon County Solid Waste Director Chris Stahl during a presentation on recycling at the August 13, 2019 meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners.



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

Showers and thunderstorms are expected today. Some of these storms could produce cloud-to-ground lightning and hail.

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.
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FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between noon and 4pm. Areas of fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Calm wind becoming northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 65. North northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Thursday

Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Light west northwest wind.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 62. Light north wind.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 88.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 65.



OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 11am and 5pm. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 86. North wind 3 to 6 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 65. North northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Thursday

Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Light and variable wind.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 62. Light northwest wind.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 87.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 66.



HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 78. North northwest wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 63. North wind 5 to 7 mph.

Thursday

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 76. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 62. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming north northeast after midnight.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 77.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 64.



NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Isolated showers before 7am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 79. Northwest wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight

Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 62. North northwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming west northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 81.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 63.




TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Aug 14 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 4:55am on August 14, 2019




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