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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, May 2, 2017


The Franklin Town Board of Aldermen met last night for their regular monthly meeting. Video and supporting documents are on the blog at

A copy of the proposed budget for the Town of Franklin will be posted after 8 am.

Here are the broad figures for the fiscal year that begins on July 1, 2017, and ends on June 30, 2018:

3,953,976 General Fund
   819,582 Fire Dept Fund
3,483,455 Water and Sewer Enterprise Fund
   100,000 Tourism Development Fund
7,788,013 Total

The Aldermen and staff will be having a budget work session to potentially tweak these numbers on Monday, May 15th at 5:30 in the lower level of town hall.


Weak high pressure will build over the region today through Wednesday. A vigorous low-pressure system developing from the plains to the Mississippi River Valley will bring Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico moisture back into the area Wednesday night through Thursday night. Much cooler air will spill into the region Friday through the weekend as the low-pressure system migrates to the eastern seaboard.

Weather Almanac for May 2nd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 88°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2007
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1963
Greatest Rainfall 2.30 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1946
Greatest Snowfall There has been no measurable snowfall on this date since 1872 when weather records began being kept.


Carrion Tree Service is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response. 

Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.



Sunny with highs near 70 and wind 5 to 10 mph from the northwest. Winds gusting in the 20 to 25 mph.


Mostly clear with lows in the mid to upper 40s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the west calming before midnight.


Sunny with highs in the mid to upper 70s and calm wind early rising to come out of the southwest in the afternoon.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the low to mid-50s and light winds out of the southeast. 20% chance of showers, mainly after 10 pm.


Cloudy with highs near the mid-60s. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms.


Cloudy with lows in the mid-40s. 80% chance of showers and thunderstorms.


A wind advisory for strong winds above 3500 feet is in effect until 4 pm today. Winds above 3500 feet will be in the 15 to 25 mph range with gusts as high as 50 mph. Some of this wind could spill into the valleys, so please be careful.

Of course, this wind won't help with the power outage situation. Be thinking of the utility workers who'll be pole dancing in the wind today.

***Wind Advisory***

National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC


.Strong northwest winds will continue across the North Carolina Mountains this morning into the afternoon. These winds will gradually diminish below advisory levels late in the afternoon.


* LOCATIONS...The North Carolina mountains and Blue Ridge sections of the North Carolina foothills.

* HAZARDS...Strong and gusty winds.

* TIMING...This morning through the afternoon.

* WINDS...Northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

* IMPACTS...Strong winds may blow down limbs, trees, and power lines. Scattered power outages are expected.


A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult...especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of weather information for the latest updates. Additional details can be found at

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


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There is no charge for civic, educational or non-profit groups.

Saturday, May 6 at 11 AM

The Emergency Services Personnel Relay for Life Team is hosting a Firetruck pull to earn money for Relay for Life. Teams of 6 for $150. Also having a pull for children under the age of 12 for $50 per team. There will be hot dogs and hamburgers, and games for the kids! Come out, have fun, and help us raise money for Relay for Life!

Learn more about this fundraiser on the 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: 6:14 am
Sunrise: 6:41 am
Sunset 8:20 pm
Twilight Ends: 8:48 pm

Moon Phase: First Quarter at 10:47 pm.
Moonset 1:53 a.m.
Moonrise 12:39 p.m.

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 4:53 am on May 2, 2017

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Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited):, Ian Webster's Github, 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.