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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, May 6, 2017


A deep upper low will remain over the East this weekend bringing another cold front across our region late today. As the deep upper trough slowly lifts northeast, a gradual warming trend will bring our temperatures back to near normal by mid week. The next low pressure system reaches our region late in the week.

Weather Almanac for May 6th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 90°F in Franklin in 1950
Lowest Temperature 26°F in Highlands in 2011
Greatest Rainfall 2.19 inches in Highlands in 1999
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.


TODAY severe storms are possible in the afternoon

Increasing clouds with highs near 60 and winds 10 to 15 mph out of the north. Wind gusts will be in the 20 to 30 mph range. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms, some of which could be severe. Rainfall amounts between a tenth of an inch and a half an inch is expected with more being possible in locations that are hit by thunderstorms.


Cloudy with lows near 40 and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest. 80% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected.


Sunny with highs near the mid 60s and winds 5 to 15 mph out of the northwest. Wind gusts will be in the 20 to 25 mph range.


Mostly clear with lows near 40 and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest calming before midnight.


Sunny with highs near 70.


Partly cloudy with lows in the mid 40s.


There is a chance of severe weather this afternoon, with the main concerns being damaging winds, large hail and frequent lightning. If you plan on being outdoors, please pay attention tot he skies and seek shelter if a storm approaches.

The text of the Hazardous Weather Outlook is posted below:

A fast moving upper impulse will drive a cold front into the region this afternoon and through the early evening hours. Modest upper level support and strong llv [lower level] winds will present a marginal risk for strong to severe thunderstorms along the front. The primary threats will be damaging winds, large hail, and frequent cloud to ground lightning.

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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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

Thursday, May 11, 6 pm

Social Media Panel and Discussion at the Macon County Public Library

On Thursday, May 11th at 6 pm, Macon County Public Library will host a panel and discussion on the uses of social media. This program is an invitation to learn and share perspectives about online resources, whether you are new to social media, immersed in cyberculture, or skeptical about the whole thing. Four local community members--Bobby Coggins, Elise Delfield, Jennifer Dills, and Timothy Tweed, all experienced at choosing between social media platforms and navigating the streams of digital communication--will talk about why they use their social media accounts, the communities they follow, and what they gain from them.



On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting 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: 6:10 am
Sunrise: 6:37 am
Sunset 8:24 pm
Twilight Ends: 8:51 pm

Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous with 84% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonset 4:31 a.m.
Moonrise 4:38 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 5:12 am on May 6, 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.