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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The National Weather Segment will no longer be posted as part of the daily update in favor of publishing more local-related items. A national forecast map will be published in it's place. --Bobby


The Franklin Planning Board met yesterday to discuss the potential designation of areas near the Little Tennessee River in town as a River District. David Culpepper attended the meeting and participated in the discussion, here is what he had to say about it:

Video of the complete meeting can be seen on the blog at

The Franklin Town Board of Aldermen met yesterday for a work session on the upcoming budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. (The town fiscal year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30 of the following calendar year). Complete video and supporting documents can be seen on the blog at


A cold front will remain south of the area today and then return north as a warm front on Wednesday. This will keep unsettled weather in the forecast through midweek. Another storm system will impact the region next weekend.

Weather Almanac for April 18th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 89°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1955
Lowest Temperature 21°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 3.07 inches in Highlands in 1924
Greatest Snowfall There has been no measurable snowfall recorded in Macon County on this date since records began being kept in 1872.



Patchy fog is possible early. Cloudy with highs near the mid to upper 60s and calm winds in the morning, then out of the southeast in the afternoon.60% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected. Scattered thunderstorms are likely between about noon and 6 pm.


Cloudy with patchy dense fog expected between around midnight to 2 am or so. Lows in the lower 50s with a light wind out of the southeast. 60% chance of rain, mainly before 2 am. Rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch is expected.


Mostly cloudy with highs near the upper 60s and calm winds early, then from the southeast in the afternoon. 50% chance of rain, mainly, in scattered showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch. More is possible in locations that are impacted by thunderstorms.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s and calm winds. 20% chance of rain, mainly before midnight.


Partly sunny with highs in the upper 70s. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11 am.


Partly cloudy with lows in the upper 50s.


No hazardous weather is expected.

The National Weather Service will be taking the regional weather radar offline for a few days around April 17th to install upgrades. The Public Information Statement follows:

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC


The weather radar used by the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Greer, SC (KGSP) will be down for up to four days during the week of April 17, 2017. Technicians will install an important technological upgrade. The work on the WSR-88D radar has been scheduled to minimize any potential impacts to office operations and will be delayed if hazardous weather is forecast.

During the outage, radar coverage is available from adjacent radar sites including Columbia, SC (KCAE), Peachtree City, GA (KFFC), Morristown, TN (KMRX), Blacksburg, VA (KFCX), and Raleigh, NC (KRAX), as well as the terminal doppler radar at Charlotte, NC (TCLT).

A crew will install a new signal processor, which replaces obsolete technology, improves processing speed and data quality, provides added functionality, and supports IT security.

This is the first of four major upgrades, known as service life extension projects, planned in the next five years to replace and refurbish major components of the 20 year old WSR-88Ds and to keep the radars operational into the 2030s. The $150M investment is being made by the three organizations that use these radars: the NOAA National Weather Service, United States Air Force, and Federal Aviation Administration. The other service life extension projects include refurbishing the transmitter, pedestal, and equipment shelters.

The tri-agency Radar Operations Center, which supports the radars, estimates it will take about 10 months to upgrade the signal processor on all 159 operational WSR-88Ds.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting


If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high quality photo, to
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.

APRIL 21 & 22

Franklin High School FFA Benefit Rodeo
Macon County Fairgrounds – 1436 Georgia Rd

Tickets available at the gate
$12 Adults
$6 Kids ages 5-10
Under 5 Free

Gates open at 6PM each night
Event starts at 8PM each night
Concessions available on site

Get there early for the best seating!

Saddle Bronc Riding
Bareback Riding
Calf Roping
Steer Wrestling
Ladies Breakaway Roping
Team Roping
Ladies Barrel Racing
Bull Riding

For more information, please visit the Facebook event page at


On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is effecting 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.


Twilight Begins: 6:31 am
Sunrise: 6:57 am
Sunset 8:09 pm
Twilight Ends: 8:35 pm

Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous with 57% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonrise 1:48 am
Moonset 12:17 pm

Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning


Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine

Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [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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Published at 4:18 am on April 18, 2017

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Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited):, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center.