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Monday, October 12, 2020

Weather Briefing for Columbus Day 2020



OUTLOOK

The remnants of post-tropical system Delta will continue to bring abundant moisture to the region today before the system moves off the east coast on Monday. Gradual drying will occur through the middle of the week despite the approach and passage of a weak front on Tuesday. Drier high pressure will settle in behind the front Wednesday through Thursday. A sharper cold front will move through the region on Friday, with much colder air arriving next weekend.



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News Brief

Today is Columbus Day, a federal holiday. [LINK]  

The NC State Board of Election reminds us that voter intimidation is against the law [LINK]  

Friday's COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County [LINK]  

Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers from Macon Public Health, along with a chart to show you the long-term trends since May 30, 2020, when the health department started releasing numbers to the public.

Cases

680 Detected
(+5 from Thursday and +31 from last Friday and +112 in four weeks)

34 Active
(+1 from Thursday and +1 from last Friday and +21 in four weeks)

6395 Recovered
(+4 from Thursday and +30 from last Friday and +91 in four weeks)

7 Deaths
(unchanged from Thursday and unchanged from last Friday and unchanged in four weeks)


Testing


5920 by MCPH
(+49 from Thursday and +150 from last Friday and +709 in four weeks)

2333 by others
(+1 from Thursday and +73 from last Friday and +466 in four weeks)

8253 in total
(+50 from Thursday and +223 from last Friday and +1175 in four weeks)

130 tests pending results
(+49 from Thursday and -7 from last Friday and +45 in four weeks)






General forecast through Wednesday night


Today

Areas of fog (dense in some locations) could linger into the late morning hours. A 20 percent chance of showers before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs ranging from near 70 in the higher elevations to the upper 70s in the lower elevations. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers after 1am. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with lows in the 50s. Calm winds.

Tuesday

Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs ranging from near 70 in the higher elevations to the upper 70s in the lower elevations. Light winds out of the northwest.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the 40s to near 50 in the lower elevations. Calm winds.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs ranging from near 70 in the higher elevations to the upper 70s in the lower elevations.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows ranging from the mid-40s in the higher elevations to the lower 50s in the lower elevations.



HAZARDS

Dense fog may form this morning and last into the late morning hours. Please turn on your headlights so other motorists can see you.




Air Quality




Air quality is in the middle range of green today for all elevations.

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be low-medium (3.1 out of 12) with mold spores, ragweed, chenopods, and grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low-medium range (4.8 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County for October 12th

Highest Temperature 86°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2017
Lowest Temperature 25°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2000
Greatest One-Day Rain 3.44inches in Highlands in 1927
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (no snowfall has been recorded on this date since records began in 1872 




TROPICAL WEATHER
(The North Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1st to Nov 30th)





Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Oct 12 2020
For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

The Weather Prediction Center has issued its last advisory on Post-Tropical Cyclone Delta, located inland over the southeastern United States.

1. Showers and thunderstorms associated with a tropical wave located about 900 miles east of the Windward Islands have shown signs of organization during the past few hours. Some slight additional development is possible during the next day or so while the disturbance moves generally westward near 15 mph. Strong upper-level winds are expected to limit further development by midweek.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...30 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...30 percent.





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Published at 4:10am Monday, October 12, 2020


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