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Thursday, November 19, 2020

News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, November 19, 2020



OUTLOOK

Dry high pressure will remain over the region through at least Saturday. Temperatures will gradually warm through the period, with above normal values from Friday through the weekend. A cold front will arrive from the west on Monday, with a stronger cold front likely arriving on Wednesday.


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General forecast through Saturday night


Franklin area

Today

Sunny, with highs near 60. Light winds out of the south.

Tonight

Clear, with lows in the mid-30s. Calm winds.

Friday

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

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Calm winds.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40.

Highlands area

Today

Sunny, with highs near 50. Winds out of the south 3 to 5 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with lows in the mid-30s. Calm winds increasinbg to come out of the southwest around 5 mph after midnight.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 50s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 5 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph early becoming calm by midmorning.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40.

Otto area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the upper 50s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph by noon.

Tonight

Clear, with lows in the mid-30s. Calm winds.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Calm winds.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 30s. Calm winds.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs near 70. Light and variable winds.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s.

Nantahala area

Today

Sunny, with highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Clear, with lows in the mid-30s. Light winds out of the southeast.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Light and variable winds.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Calm winds.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Calm winds.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40.


HAZARDS



Hazardous weather is not expected today. Since conditions will be on the dry side this afternoon, please be very careful about outdoor burning.


News Brief


Macon County Public Health has identified a COVID-19 outbreak at Drake Cottage, a congregate living facility [LINK]

State Introduces COVID-19 County Alert System [LINK]



The Franklin Town Council has approved bids for the construction and financing of a new substation for the Franklin Fire Department. [LINK]

Here is a segment from last week's county commissioner meeting. It is where the commissioners and Dr Tomas discuss the SCC Burn Building and proposed expansion of the Public Safety Training Center into the building that the National Guard had given to the county.





You can see the full meeting at [LINK] Lowering of the US and NC Flags to Half-Staff Until Sunset November 20, 2020 in Honor of North Carolina Native, US Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dallas Gearld Garza [LINK]



COVID-19 Briefing

The Return of the Macon Media COVID-19 Briefing, aka the COVID Linkapalooza [LINK]



Air Quality





Air quality is in the lower range of yellow today for all elevations.

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be low (0.3 out of 12) with ragweed being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be a lower (1.2 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County for November 19th

Highest Temperature 75°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2016
Lowest Temperature 9°F in Franklin in 2014
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.63 inches in Highlands in 1952 Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.5 inches in Nantahala in 1937





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


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Thu Nov 19 2020

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

1. A broad area of low pressure located over the southwestern Caribbean Sea and is producing an area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Development, if any, of this system is expected to slow to occur during the next several days while it drifts west-southwestward or westward across the southwestern Caribbean Sea. Regardless of tropical cyclone formation, areas of heavy rain are possible during the next several days from Nicaragua southward across Central America and into Colombia. These rains could cause new flooding concerns, especially across previously inundated areas.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent.

2. A non-tropical area of low pressure could form between the Bahamas and Bermuda by early next week. The system could gradually develop subtropical characteristics through the middle of next week while it moves northeastward.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.







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Published at 5:10am Thursday, November 19, 2020


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