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Friday, June 16, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, June 16, 2017


A deep ridge over the Atlantic will continue to transport warm, moist air into the area through the weekend and into early next week, keeping chances of afternoon showers and thunderstorms in the forecast. A cold front approaching the area will increase chances for storms on Monday, with some rain chances hanging around next week as the front stalls near our area.


Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month.  They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products.  Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.  

Visit their Facebook page at:

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.  


A number of people are reporting issues with Frontier internet service since last night. Since Frontier does not provide outage maps or estimated times of service restoration like other utility companies, one of the few tools we have to gauge the coverage of the outage is through social media. does that and here is a map they've created that shows where people are complaining about interruptions in service. The screenshot was taken at 4:00 am and you can see a live version at

You can also let Down Detector know you have a problem with Frontier's service at, just click the red button and indicate which service you are having problems with when the dialog box pops up.

If you are having problems locally, let us know in the comments on our facebook page at

Also, let us know when service is restored so the rest of us can know to stop using data on our phones.

time 4:15 am on 06-16-2017

Weather Almanac for June 16th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 90°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2015
Lowest Temperature 38°F in Highlands in 1917
Greatest Rainfall 7.63 inches in Highlands in 1949



Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy with highs near the mid-80s and variable light winds. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch are expected with locations that see thunderstorms possibly receiving more.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the low to mid-60s and calm winds. 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch possible.


Partly sunny with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds early, then from the southwest in the afternoon. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch possible.


Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms.


Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid-80s. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the late afternoon time frame.


Partly sunny with highs in the low to mid-80s. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the late afternoon.


No hazardous weather expected today outside the typical summer afternoon thunderstorms that may produce brief torrential downpours or lightning or briefly damaging winds.

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


A tropical wave has developed off the west coast of Africa that has a small chance of further development over the next five days and there is an area of concern off the Yucatan Peninsula that has caught the eye of tropical meteorologists. This has a better chance of becoming something and it will be watched closely over the next few days. More information is included in a Tropical Outlook issued by the National Hurricane Center that has been included below for those who want more information.

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Jun 16 2017

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

1. Cloudiness and showers associated with a tropical wave located several hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands are showing some signs of organization. However, development, if any, of this system should be slow to occur during the next few days while the wave moves westward near 20 mph over the tropical Atlantic.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.

2. A broad area of low pressure is expected to form over the northwestern Caribbean Sea and the Yucatan peninsula this weekend. Conditions appear to be favorable for gradual development of this system while it moves slowly northwestward toward the southern Gulf of Mexico early next week.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.


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Thursday, June 15th

iPhone/iPad Users Group, 2:00 pm in the Macon County Public Library

This is a monthly peer-led meeting open to anyone who has an iPhone or iPad and wants to learn more about applications and resources. It's a great way to share questions, knowledge, and favorite apps. Participants are encouraged to set the agenda, help each other, and share ideas with the group. All levels are welcome, no registration required.

Monday, June 19

Franklin Bird Club meeting at 7 pm in the Macon County Public Library.

The program will feature “Birding in Belize” by Barbara McRae and Bob Gilbert.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will ?find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)


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: 5:49 am
Sunrise: 6:19 am
Sunset 8:50 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:20 pm

Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous with 69% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonrise 1:09 a.m.
Moonset 12:44 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 3:56 am on June 16, 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.